Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mommy Moments #237



Welcome to Mommy Moments! It is a blessing to look back on the past several years with all of our co-hosts, guest hosts, and community of moms linking up to encourage and challenge one another. It's worth so much to know that moms have been blessed and maybe felt a little less alone in doing what God has called them to do. Thank you all for using your writing to be a blessing to me as well as to the hundreds of other mamas who are reading it. I'm thankful for each of you who have made this link up possible!
It's no secret that motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its joys. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world! 
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Our top viewed post from last week belongs to Bible Love Notes, and the post, "If We Think What Is Right, We Will Speak What Is Right." This short and sweet post serves as a great reminder that what is in the heart, comes out. By guarding our thoughts, we are guarding what comes out of our mouths! Make sure you visit this great devotional post for some extra encouragement this week!
Your mother was right, If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all




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Now, link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends! Use the hashtag #mommymoments to help us all stay connected!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!





Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mommy Moments #236



Welcome to Mommy Moments! It is a blessing to look back on the past several years with all of our co-hosts, guest hosts, and community of moms linking up to encourage and challenge one another. It's worth so much to know that moms have been blessed and maybe felt a little less alone in doing what God has called them to do. Thank you all for using your writing to be a blessing to me as well as to the hundreds of other mamas who are reading it. I'm thankful for each of you who have made this link up possible!
It's no secret that motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its joys. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world! 
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Our top viewed post from last week belongs to Joy from Artful Homemaking and her post "7 Habits of Highly Effective Homemakers." This post has some very helpful steps for being a great homemaker, even with children. It's so hard to be organized at times but taking the time to plan for order truly makes a difference. Thank you for sharing, Joy!
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Now, link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends! Use the hashtag #mommymoments to help us all stay connected!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!





Monday, February 6, 2017

I love you because you're mine.


I love you.
I speak this phrase to my children countless times a day. Because if I fail at everything else in life, I want my children to know without a doubt that they are loved. 

A few days ago, my daughter asked me, "do you love me because I'm funny?"
I thought for a second about how to answer that.
I love that my daughter is funny.
I love that she's adorable.
I love that she has a big heart and wants to send her toys to kids in Africa.

I love all of those things and so much more.

But those aren't the things that make me love her.

Would I stop loving her if she stopped being funny, adorable and generous? Of course not!
And so I told my sweet girl,

"I love you because you're mine."


As soon as I answered her, I realized how similar that conversation was to one that I often have with God. You see, I continuously fall into the practice of measuring God's love for me in relation to the good things that I'm doing.

I'm like my daughter asking, 


"God, do you love me because I read my Bible?"

Or maybe it's because I'm a faithful wife and a loving mom.
And then I go to church so he will love me more, right?

Wrong. So wrong.

God doesn't love us because we are good or because we do good things.

God loves us because we are His.
That's enough.

Romans 5:8,"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

He died for us when we weren't reading our Bibles, praying, or being good people. He gave His life in love when He knew that we were sinners. So when we try to earn God's love by being generous, kind and devoted, it's as silly as my children trying to be funny so I'll love them. It would break my heart to think that they would try to earn my love when it's already theirs. It's the same way with God.

The faith of a child is the perfect example for us to follow in our relationship with our heavenly Father. Children just let themselves be loved. They place their hand in the open hand of their father's and just trust. God's love is there whether we let ourselves be loved or not. So let's learn together to stop measuring our lovableness based on our goodness, and just be and be loved for who we are not for what we do.
"But now, this is what the Lord says—He who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.  Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.
 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;" -
Isaiah 43:1-5
Let God love you. You are His, and that's enough.
Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Mommy Moments #235



Welcome to Mommy Moments! It is a blessing to look back on the past several years with all of our co-hosts, guest hosts, and community of moms linking up to encourage and challenge one another. It's worth so much to know that moms have been blessed and maybe felt a little less alone in doing what God has called them to do. Thank you all for using your writing to be a blessing to me as well as to the hundreds of other mamas who are reading it. I'm thankful for each of you who have made this link up possible!
It's no secret that motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its joys. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world! 
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Our top viewed post from last week belongs to Tehila from Women Abiding and her post "The Decision That Will Change Everything." Tehila shares about the importance of surrender in the midst of uncertainty. When we stop fighting what God has for us, we can more easily see his hand in our circumstances. Thank you for the encouragement, Tehila!
The-Decision-That-Will-Change-Everything-womenabiding-surrender


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Now, link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends! Use the hashtag #mommymoments to help us all stay connected!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!





Monday, January 30, 2017

Will You Trust God When He Doesn't Heal?

Hey friends! I know I've been a little MIA over the past year. A second child will do that to a person. Consider yourself warned! In transparency, though, the past year has been a faith building journey for our family as we have experienced life with a baby who isn't completely healthy and are learning to trust God, even when He doesn't heal.

Having a healthy family is something I always took for granted, until our little man was born with some kidney issues. So many of you prayed with us during my pregnancy last year for the Lord to heal my baby as we went through the up and down experience of not knowing what he was going to be born with. I am so grateful to all of you who encouraged me through that time. Prayers were answered as the originally suspected diagnosis of Down Syndrome was incorrect. However, with his diagnosis of Renal Hydronephrosis, we have had numerous ultrasounds, a VCUG, Renal scan, orthopedic appointments and physical therapy for our sweet boy.


If you know anything about life with a toddler and a new baby, you will understand why multiple doctor's appointments in a week just adds chaos on top of an already chaotic adjustment! I quickly learned to offer myself grace and temporarily set aside the things that I find joy in, like writing, for the things that bring me greater joy, my family. I have no regrets.


Watching my baby in a hospital bed in extreme pain and being able to do nothing to help him has been one of the most heartbreaking experiences of my life. I wanted so badly for God to heal him. We, and so many others prayed, even fasted and prayed, but God said no.

I remember wondering why God wasn't answering my prayers for healing in the way I thought he should. Every time we went to the doctor for an ultrasound, I mustered up all of the faith I could find and believed that my baby was healed. After all, since my name is faith, I should have more of it, right? Yet, at every appointment last year, the outcome wasn't as I believed it would be. It's easy to trust God when He's doing what you want. Could I trust Him even if he wasn't giving me the tomorrow I was praying for?

Isaiah 55:9-13 says,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
    will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
    and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
    for an everlasting sign,
    that will endure forever.”

This passage has often reminded me that God is writing the lyrics to my song. I don't understand why he lets it rain or puts thorns in it, but I don't have to. He's making something beautiful with it as I trust Him. This song of life is no one else's to sing and can't be compared to those around me. It's an original. Choosing to trust God with my song even when I think the lyrics should be different has built my faith in great ways. My song isn't being written for my happiness or to display my beauty, my accomplishments, or even my faith. My song is being written to point people to Jesus and that's how I'm learning to sing it.

A few weeks ago, we had another ultrasound done to check on little guy's kidney function. For the first time since he was born, it was showing improvement. We are praising the Lord and so grateful to everyone who has been praying with us! No, he's not healed like we've prayed. Maybe he won't ever be. But we are resting in God's perfect plans that he has not only for our family, but for our son as well. As I trust God, my prayer is becoming less about healing and more about God being glorified through our lives.

If you're in the middle of some tough life lyrics, I hope you are encouraged that God knows what He's doing, even when we don't.
My heart goes out to other parents who have children with illnesses far worse than my son or have experienced the loss of a child who wasn't healed. I know that what we have dealt with is by no means as serious as what many families go through, but I hope that our journey can be encouraging in some way. If you need prayer or someone to share with, please send me a message and I'm happy to join you in the journey that God has you or your little ones on.
Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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