Help us be the Moms you Have Called us to be, Today.

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There’s a reason Jesus gave us these words: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust also in me.” John 14:1

He knew we would face difficulty.

There’s a reason the Lord told us “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3

He knew the world would be chaotic at times.

There’s a reason God told us that He holds all things in His hands: “In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him…I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”  Isaiah 49, Psalm 95

He knew that sometimes the world would feel like it’s spinning out of control.

There’s a reason Jesus gave us the command to “love one another.” John 13

He knew there would be times our anger and hurt would try to lead the way.

There’s a reason Jesus told us, “if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6

He knew that each of us would fall short and need grace from one another. 

There’s a reason Jesus told us that “all things are possible with God.” Mark 10

He knew that sometimes things would seem impossible.

There’s a reason Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” John 14 

He knew that we would feel lost and need Him.

There’s a reason Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8

He knew there would be darkness here, but that even then, we can have hope & walk in the light because He IS the light of the world. 

With Jesus, indeed, all will be well because this isn’t it. With the Lord, is life forever. What hope there is in Jesus. “Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.” – Jesus (John 6)

May we fix our eyes on Jesus, today and always, being the lights he has called us to be and trusting him to be the light to guide us. 

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Mounds of Laundry & The Advent Wreath

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Advent Candle Activity!

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This is a simple, fun activity you can start today to prepare our families for Christmas. (If you don’t have a new, fancy candle, that’s okay! I used one that had already been lit many times and just squeezed the numbers on it.) This is what you do:

1. Number a candle from 25 at the top to 1 at the bottom.

2. Once a day, light the candle (we light it at mealtime).

3. Read the verse for that day about the story of Jesus. Older kids can look up the verse to read in a Bible (Daily Verse Calendar via HappyHomeFairy.)

4. Blow the candle out when it reaches the next number.

Enjoy slowing down and breathing in the meaning of Christmas with this activity.

Martha Gets a Bad Rap & 3:00

Martha gets a bad rap. 

We often hear about how Martha was busy and distracted in Luke 11, while her sister, Mary, chose what was better and sat at Jesus’ feet and listened. 

But, do you know which of the two sisters was the first one to greet Jesus after her brother, Lazarus, died? 

Martha, but “Mary stayed at home.” (John 11:20)

That’s the part about Martha that often gets left out: Martha listened to Jesus and changed. 

Jesus cares deeply about us changing and turning our hearts to him. 

Martha wasn’t distracted this time. She went out to meet Jesus right away. 

What we see in this story is a beautiful testimony of change. 

Martha didn’t worry about preparing her home for Jesus like last time, but went out to meet him. 

Martha was given another chance and chose what was better: Jesus.

And I think that was pretty honoring to the Lord. 

Friends, that’s the gospel.

Change.

Hope.

Newness.

Redemption.

In Jesus. 

Through his death and resurrection.

We are given new life and new hope, when we turn to him.

In our mess-ups, our mistakes, our less than, Jesus meets us there. 

He lets us know where we can have real life, and then wants us to choose that. To choose Him.

Martha might have chosen jealousy and bitterness at first, but later she chose what was better. 

When we seek the Lord, he transforms our hearts and also gives us a chance to choose what’s better. 

We will fall short time and time again since we’re human, but Jesus longs for us to choose the better way: Him.

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live.” Jesus (John 11:25)–_________________________________

Thankful that His grace and mercies are new every morning. ❤️

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During WWII, people all over the world prayed for peace at the same time every day. It is called The Silent Minute. 

At 3pm each day, my friends and I are praying for our country and the world, and we’d love for you to join us! I set a daily reminder for 3pm to remind my kids and I to pray for 3 things:

1. Healing, peace, & reconciliation for our country and world,
2. Wisdom for leaders, and
3. For people to turn to Jesus.

I hope you’ll join us! There is power in praying together. ❤️

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16