Motherhood

Panic in the Midst of Faith?

Panic in the Midst of Faith?

It's weird. This feeling of having strong faith, yet falling into sheer panic when something frightening happens. Like all of a sudden I doubt God's ability to handle the situation. Have you ever felt that way?

Not long ago my daughter took a fall and the enemy used her injury and my mama fear to launch his spiritual attack. Even after all I've been through over the years, all of the storms of life - my mind still went there. It still listened to the lies.

Today I'm over at 5 Minutes for Faith sharing a faith revelation I'm finally beginning to grasp. Join me there? Just click on the link below titled He Is Sufficient.

He Is Sufficient

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Blessings!

 

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Published in Faith, Motherhood, Guest Post

A Letter to My Future Son-in-Law

A Letter to My Future Son-in-Law

I know how crazy this sounds. My daughter is only 8 years old, yet here I am writing a letter to her future spouse.

See, the thing is, my husband and I have a nightly routine with our daughters where we pray for them out loud before tucking them into bed. I've recently felt very called to pray for whoever the young boy is out there that will one day marry my daughter.

So I pray for things like- a good home life as he grows up, a family upbringing as an active believer, a good father who will teach his son how to work hard like a man should, treat his wife like Christ loves the church, and lead his family well.

What can I say? I want only the best for my daughter and my future grandchildren. It's never too early to start praying for that part of her life, right?

There's things about my daughter (and her family) I really want the man who will spend his life with her to know, so I thought it would ...

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Celebrate Her Birthday With an Art Party

Celebrate Her Birthday With an Art Party

My husband and I are trying to get to the point where our children aren't expecting some huge birthday party every year. After all, I never had birthday parties and neither did he. It shouldn't be a requirement should it? Planning a birthday party is not only time consuming but costly too. And when you give in and throw a party for one child, you inevitably become obligated to do the same for all other children.

So when the topic arose of how we'd help our daughter celebrate her 8th birthday, I immediately suggested that instead of having a party we could allow her to have a few friends over and let them do something fun together. That's not a party, right?

Hmmm...somehow one thing led to another and we ended up with a party on our hands. What can I say? We tried. Next year I'm going to use my friend's idea and take my daughter plus two friends of her choice out for lunch and bowling. Easy peasy. But wait, knowing me, it will turn into a birthday ...

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Published in Family Fun, Parenting

To My Fellow SuperMoms…Yes, You! – A Word of Love From Me

To My Fellow SuperMoms…Yes, You! – A Word of Love From Me

 

My dear readers,

I adore and appreciate each of you so much! You aren't just beautiful hearts walking alongside me on this journey through motherhood, you are an amazing community of friends. You bless me!  Thank you for taking time out of your busy mama schedule to read and comment here at ChristianSuperMom. I truly appreciate you!

Today as I celebrate the gift of motherhood with my children and reflect on the endless supply of love my own mother poured into me year after year, I also celebrate you!  

I think you would agree being a mom is probably the most rewarding experience of a woman's life. I'm still in awe of the amount of love that just overflows from my heart for my daughters. Really, I never knew it was possible to love another human being so much.   

We love because He first loved us.  ~ 1 John 4:19

Motherhood is not always easy though. Our children throw us (sometimes painfully frustrating) parenting curve balls on a regular basis; still we persevere with grace. We sacrifice ...

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Loud Time With the Lord

Loud Time With the Lord

Please welcome my guest today, Katie Phillips.  Blogging over at Operation: Leap of Faith, Katie has a beautiful gift for storytelling.  I was captivated by her words when I first read this.  And I could totally relate with her experience.  Take a look!

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My quiet time lately has been ridiculous. And by ridiculous, I mean, it's been loud. It should be called "loud time" with the Lord. Loud, rambunctious, non-quiet quiet time.

Part of it is my own fault, really. I could get up earlier. I tend to be a snooze button pusher. A stay-up-later kind of gal. I read into the wee hours.

By the time I roll out of bed and make my way to the coffee, Littles (aka The Farmer-in-Training) is up and at 'em. He tends to veer toward silence only when he is unconscious. Meaning: when he's awake, the gums are flapping. I'm usually able to give him a quick kiss and smile before I start into "you know this is mama's quiet time. No talking, Bubba."

The sincerity of his silence lasts nearly ...

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Published in Faith, Motherhood, Guest Post

When God Inspires a Child to Raise Her Hands in Worship

When God Inspires a Child to Raise Her Hands in Worship

The other night the most amazing thing happened.  I'm still in awe of it.

My husband and I usually put our daughters to bed at the same time.  He puts one to bed.  I put the other to bed.  Each night we alternate.

This particular night, he was out of town for work.  I had to put the girls to bed on my own and decided we would have a group bedtime routine rather than individual.

Normally I would read their individual devotions to them, but since they're three years apart in age and their devotions are very age specific, I decided to skip the reading and do something a little bit different.

I grabbed the iPad and we snuggled up together.  I pulled up YouTube and typed in a search phrase "Christian Kids" not really sure what would come up, if anything.   Immediately my oldest daughter tapped on the following video:

Because of all the kids in the video, both of my daughters were completely captivated by it.  My youngest can't read very well yet, so she ...

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When Prayer Time With Your Child Becomes Challenging

When Prayer Time With Your Child Becomes Challenging

Praying with our children is so important but it can also be challenging at times.  With a 4 year old and a 7 year old, we've seen our fair share of awkward prayer moments.  Here are just a few, with tips on how we've overcome these challenges.  At least, for the moment.

The Wiggles

When my 4 year old gets tired she has a tendency to get a bad case of the wiggles, which can really be distracting (not to mention disrespectful) during prayer.

Maybe your little one has the same problem...

She puts her hands together well intentioned, but then the urge to do a somersault is more than she can bear.

So she slowly leans forward placing her head on the bed, pulls her knees up under her and gives a little push off her feet.

She falls to the side, decides to try again and falls to the other side.

Third times a charm, right?

As I'm praying, my hand reaches over in an attempt to hold her still, but then a foot randomly kicks me in ...

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Spring Forward: Celebrating More Daylight Hours With Our Children

Spring Forward: Celebrating More Daylight Hours With Our Children

It's almost time to Spring forward!  One hour, that is.

I love this time of year when daylight savings arrives and the days gradually get longer.  I seem to have more energy with more daylight hours.  Don't you?

An added bonus is that more daylight hours and warmer temperatures means this mama gets to enjoy more opportunities for outdoor jogging!  Woo Hoo!

Of course there are a few downsides to springing ahead.  Longer days mean it's harder to get my kiddos to sleep at night, with all that day light shining through their windows.  As a result, it's more difficult to get their sleepy heads out of bed in the morning.  But after a few weeks we adapt!  

Spring in Western PA also means the likelihood for severe weather conditions, like tornado warnings.  I'm not gonna lie.  It's been an adjustment for this Southern California girl to get used to the good and the bad of the four seasons.

I thought it would be fun to think about and share some ways our family will be celebrating {and burning ...

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The Truth Behind Sibling Rivalry

The Truth Behind Sibling Rivalry

I have two young daughters, both uniquely awesome in their little personalities.  Sibling rivalry has been rearing its ugly head in our home a lot lately and what's most disturbing is my girls haven't even reached those highly competitive school-age thru teen years yet.

My oldest is seven.  She's your classic follow-the-rules-and-make-sure-everyone-else-does-too kind of girl.  She's also an overachiever and highly competitive.

Full of energy and life, rarely is silence heard when she's in the room.  I believe she loves the sound of her high pitched squeals and wants to be sure everyone else around her has an opportunity to hear her.  She's quite confident that way.

Underneath the surface, my bright-eyed beautiful girl has an extremely sensitive heart.  It doesn't take much to send her running to her room in tears certain she's had the worst day ever and her heart will never mend from being broken.

She is just like me in so many ways!

Then there's my four year old, who is what my husband and I jokingly (although at times we're concerned) refer to as our ...

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Through the Eyes of Her 7 Year Old Heart…

Through the Eyes of Her 7 Year Old Heart…

I learned something fascinating about my sweet seven year old last night.

She worries!

I've always known her to have a sensitive heart, but to be a worrier....just like her mama?

Even more interesting (and admittedly flattering) was what she was worried about.

It all started while we were reading our Mother/Daughter devotion, which by the way, we LOVE!  {If you click on the image, you can go straight to Amazon for your copy!}

 

Here was the Bible verse we read together:

Then Jesus said to his disciples:  "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat;  or about your body, what you will wear.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

Consider the ravens:  They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.  And how much more valuable you are than birds!  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

Consider ...

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