Why I Need Grace

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Last month, I wrote about dealing with challenging behavior.  I wrote out my absolute best intentions in that post — how everything would be in a perfect world.  I’d be happy and patient and I’d mete out discipline lovingly, and there would never be any yelling or crying in my home.  I’d have an endless ability to deal with whatever my children threw at me, and I’d never let their antics destroy my positive attitude. If you’ve been a […]

How Do You Deal With Challenging Behavior? (An Attitude Check for Moms)

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer There was one morning early in my third pregnancy when I was still exhausted and I was attempting to sleep just a little more after my kids got up.  I would leave my bedroom door open so I could hear them, and they would go get a snack.  Most of the time this worked out fine — they’d sit in their playroom, or come back and sit next to me in bed and have a snack, and I’d hear […]

The Friends and Foes of Motherhood

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Motherhood isn’t easy.  There are many ways to describe motherhood – joyful, challenging, unique, consuming, wonderful, exhausting, humbling, rewarding – but easy isn’t one of them. As mothers, our greatest privileges and our greatest joys in life also happen to be some of our greatest challenges. There are things we can do to help make the job of motherhood easier and more joyful. Those things are like friends in that they lighten our burden and make our journey more joyful.  They are the friends of […]

I Wasn’t Trained to Be a Mom (But I Can Still Love It)

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Sometimes I end up rummaging through past posts for one reason or another, and a post that I have written (and forgotten about) will jump out at me and I am freshly inspired by whatever it was that spurred me on to write the post in the first place. The quote below is from just such a post that I re-discovered a few weeks ago. It was called “Rejoicing in my Role“, and it keenly expressed a challenge that I still deal with, more than […]

Encouragement for Mamas of Strong Willed Children

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By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer The other morning I was snuggling with my three year old daughter on the couch right after she had woken up.  I love those times of the morning, where my kids are bleary eyed and will actually sit with me for extended minutes while I kiss their heads, rub their backs and just breathe in all of the their sweetness. “I love you mom, so much… I could never even stop loving you!” she says to me.  The emotion in […]

Finding Joy in the Early Morning

When morning gilds the skies my heart awaking cries: May Jesus Christ be praised! Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair: May Jesus Christ be praised! When you begin the day, O never fail to say, May Jesus Christ be praised! And at your work rejoice, to sing with heart and voice, May Jesus Christ be praised! I have blessedly fond memories of waking up in the early morning to find my mother huddled in her robe, praying at the kitchen table – […]

Finding Fulfillment in Being a Mother Only

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Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer For many years I’ve disliked filling out paperwork at a doctor’s office or school that asks for my employment status.  I struggle with knowing the right adjective or title to describe all I do in a day. Usually, I simply put “homemaker”.  That never seems fair to anyone.  Does that mean that the mother who works is not a homemaker, too?  No.  Does that mean that all I do all day is manage my home?  Of course not.  So […]

How to Be a Good Steward of Your Story

Guest Post by Janna Antenorcruz Did you know it’s possible to be a good steward of your life story? Your life is an amazing love story of a Father’s pursuit of His precious daughter. He formed you in your mother’s womb, He created new life within you, and some day He will receive you into His bosom. Your Father has relentlessly pursued you, protected you, and lavished His love upon you. This is my Father reading his homemade Father’s Day note from me. Experiencing God’s […]