The Gospel Centered Mom–Giveaway!

gospelcenteredmomI just got my review copy yesterday!

“I think you’ll agree with me that nothing knocks your pride flat on the ground, crumbles your sense of self-sufficiency, or liquefies all those rational brain cells you worked so hard to develop in college like motherhood. The mess leaves room for little else. Ironically, the fuller life gets, the more room there is for the gospel.” (pg. 9)

I think I’m going to like this book! 🙂

I have another copy that I am going to give away to one lucky winner! If you would like to enter to win, just comment on this post. Comment only once (multiple commenting will result in being removed from the drawing). I will use Random.org to draw the name of our winner a week from today, on Thursday, March 15.  The winner’s name will be posted in the comments on this blog post, so be sure to follow this!

To learn more about the book, go here. It’s very economical, and in a nice, concise, spiral (and hardbound) format, and even comes with its own pen! Sara also has a blog here.

I plan to begin a chapter by chapter study through this book, and will be doing something new and posting the weekly discussions here on the blog. They will be in video format. Let me know if you would like to join us here…I’d love to have a good group of moms doing this together. The chapters are not lengthy, and each has study questions. One thing I really like is that Sara includes a scripture index at the end. I’ve done the same for my current study group through Heidi St. John’s Becoming MomStrong book study...because in the end, God promises to bless His word and He’s never wrong. We need that firm foundation of truth for any parenting study. Agree? 🙂

 

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A Smile for the Pizza Gal

pizzaboxSo, yesterday by the time I got done with the long-overdue grocery shopping, I was exhausted and decided to pick up some Little Caesar’s for the family for supper. The usual SOP, placing the order, etc. When the gal brought the pizzas to the counter, she opened the lid for me to inspect them.
 
Me: It’s sort of weird that you are even required to do this. It looks great.
 
Pizza gal (looking forlorn): I had a woman scream at me because one of her pepperonis was cut in half by the pizza cutter.
 
Me: Oh dear, really?
 
Pizza gal: We get a good number of people who refuse their pizzas for stuff like that.
 
Me: Well, then, please allow me to apologize for all of those people. From what I can see, you’re doing a terrific job.
 
Pizza gal: (brightening) Have a wonderful day, and thank you!
 
So first…it doesn’t cost anything to show some kindness. Working in food service is tough. I think there should be some sort of “karma” thing which requires difficult people to spend at least a week on the other side of the counter.
 
Second…I shudder to think what will happen if things get really tough in this country. It is concerning to me, how entitled and rude some Americans have become. How insistent they are, regarding their own convenience and how incensed they can become when their desires are not immediately granted according to their specifications. I’m convinced that as things continually degrade in modern society, showing concern and kindness for others is going to be one more way that believers can be “peculiar people” (unusual/unique) and have the door of gospel opportunity flung open wide for them as a result.
 
The turn-over rate at fast food places is significant. I may or may not see that same pizza gal again; but if I do, it may very well be that she’ll remember the kind word, the warmth of a smile, and one day be willing to listen or thoughtfully consider a gospel tract. We never know how God will use seemingly chance meetings. We need to raise the bar. We need to be more. Consider this brief quote from a beautiful sermon by Charles Spurgeon (read it here): 
 
The life of the Christian, even if he is a servant, is to be an ornament of Christianity. Christ does not look for the ornament of his religion in the riches or the talents of his followers, but in their holy lives “that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.”

Live Free

There is more to you than yesterday.3Dear Friends, the accuser of the brethren has his name for a reason. He has great contempt for the Cross and the freedom it has provided for us. Even if we’ve come for forgiveness, the adversary wants to convince us to doubt the truth, to question its thoroughness, to live in such a way that we keep the memory of forgiven faults fresh.

God cannot lie. He tells us that the believer who has sought forgiveness from God for his or her sin has been freed. God chooses not to remember those past deeds… puts them behind His back where they cannot be seen and will not be rehearsed again…buries them in the deepest parts of the sea where no man has ever ventured… separates them from us as far as east is from west (for they never meet).

Be blessed today in the assurance that His forgiveness is complete and final. Jesus said “It is finished”…His work as our perfect sacrifice is done. Our God is the God of hope (Romans 15:13), who sees the potential of who you can be in Christ—He does not define you by your yesterdays. Believe it, and live free today.

  • “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12
  • “Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.” Isa. 38:17
  • “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:19
  • “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Ps. 103:12

It May Not Be the Flu.

We dropped in at Walmart real quick last night for a few things. I was astounded at the crowd lined up at the pharmacy counter. It’s flu season. We’ve seen it in our home. But please, please be educated.

People, children, have been woefully misdiagnosed with flu when in actuality it was Type 1 Diabetes…and it was too late. So grievous. Kisses for Kycie educates about this very thing. The photo on the right is Katie on Easter, prior to her diagnosis on May 17 of that same year. I thought, “How slim and mature she’s becoming”, and then a few weeks later began the incessant water drinking, the lethargy, the blurred vision… Please look at this graphic and be familiar with it. No one ever thinks it could actually happen to them. But we are here to tell you…yes, it can. I post this each flu season. I’ll continue to do so. Educate and share. 

Come over to the Injectagirl Blog to follow what is going on with our adventure. Also, follow us on our Facebook page as well as our Injectagirl Type 1 Superhero YouTube channel.  Help us educate and spread awareness!

Just Mom

Dear Mom Friend,

I wonder if this has ever sounded like you:

I’m just mom.

I’m…

  • the one who nags about getting the chores done
  • the one who is supposed to keep things like milk and toilet paper in stock
  • the one who pushes for the school work to be finished
  • the one who has the answer to “What’s for supper?”
  • the one who expects teeth to be brushed and clean clothes to be worn
  • the one who checks under the bed when when the room is pronounced to be clean

retromomI’m…

  • not remarkable
  • not significant
  • not the “show case” mom
  • not the “amazing” mom
  • not the “fun” mom
  • certainly not the June Cleaver/Proverbs 31 Woman hybrid I once aspired to be

I’m just mom.

Recently in a school Bible lesson we were listening to, the children in the listening audience were asked to choose the person most inspirational in their lives. Without missing a beat, our youngest chirped, “I know who mine would be…it would be (insert name that isn’t mine)!” And, just like that,  the accuser of the brethren had his foothold. I allowed him to firmly plant his foot there in my heart, and he whispered that “just mom” speech in my ear, trying to convince me that my life is mundane, what I do is unimportant.

Thing is, the “inspirational” person my daughter chose is a lovely person. I’d like to be like her myself. And the other thing is this…my goal as a mom is not to be remarkable, significant, amazing, fun, or a sort of trophy to exhibit…it is not to compare. My most important “accomplishments” may never be noticed while I walk this earth…not by other people, anyway.

What I needed in that moment was truth. Even the most subtle of Satan’s whispers can drown out the Spirit’s still, small voice when that soul is weary, fearful, hormonally-challenged, or overwhelmed. I needed the stabilizing truths of the Word to trample down the  deceitfulness of my own heart. I needed to speak freeing truth…the truth which releases from the shackles of discouragement…into my own heart, and take control of my thinking. Ladies, our adversary wants us on the bench, any way he can do it. Be on the watch for his prowling, wicked advances.

More and more I want the inner strength that passes the test. I want to be the marathon runner who endures and pushes past the weakness and failings, the self-doubt and the unrealistic expectations. I want more and more to be the kind of mom who prays in secret, wearing out the knees of her soul, and gives unreservedly and without fanfare.

“And may they forget the channel, Seeing only Him.”

Don’t let the enemy of your soul speak lies to you. Hug your kids tight, with that mixture of fierce love, wistful hope, and a smidge of healthy watchfulness only you can infuse into it.

That can’t be done by just anyone, Mom.

You are His choice “for such a time as this“, so only you will do.

You’ll never be “just mom” in His eyes. Listen to Him.