Helping women realize their God-given calling and purpose as moms

Made To Crave

Made To Crave

Do you crave the things of this world?

1 John 2:15-16 says,  “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world” (NLT).  As you parent your child, what do they see you craving for?  Are you craving for selfish desires or prideful pursuits. Your child will be able to tell the difference. They will follow your example (for good or for bad).

God uses your call to parent your child to help conform His character in you. He is weeding selfishness of you by giving you an opportunity to be selfless with your daughter or son. Give up the cravings of this world and seek that which truly satisfies, a relationship with Him.

 

	

Persuaded By Love

Persuaded By Love

Are you fully persuaded that God loves you?

Romans 8:38-39 says “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NKJV). For you to be a good mom or dad, you must first know that God loves you. It must be unshakable in your heart and mind that nothing can separate you from God’s love.

If you are fully convinced, then you will convincingly communicate God’s love to your child.  Your son or daughter will know that the love of God is real as you live it out day by day. The love of God is contagious when it rules and reigns in your heart, mind and home. Let God’s love make a difference in your child’s heart today, by freshly receiving His love — for you.

 

	

Quick To Listen

Quick To Listen

Are you quick to listen to find the heart of your child?

James 1:19-20 says, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires” (NLT). If you jump in to speak first, you may never find out the true heart feelings of your child.

Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit as you value the heart of your son or daughter. You may have a preference for how you communicate… but learn to know what is helpful for them.  In any case, your anger will not help your child open up to you. Anger will communicate that you are not safe. Allow God’s love to transform you from the inside out. Let His love flow through you as you truly listen to our child.

 

	

Life Lessons

Life Lessons

Do you try rescue your children at all costs?

It is hard to see your child go through difficult things, and you may want to help them avoid pain. God’s ways are higher than your ways, and he chooses to let us go through things to build our character. Romans 5:3-4 says, We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.”

The next time you are tempted to take a trial away from your child, think again. Is this an opportunity for my child to become more like Jesus?  Will this trial strengthen their character and hope in Christ?  Come into agreement with God’s word, will and ways with your child.  Allow them to go through life lessons that make them more like Him.

 

	

Real Love

Real Love

Do you know what real love looks like?

A child may think that real love is being given whatever you want. But that is childish… Real love is displayed in Proverbs 3:12 when it says, “For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights” (New Living Translation).

Correction is bringing into proper alignment our relationship with God and others. If you are off balance, out of order, or you just plain missed the mark the most loving thing to do is to show you the right way.  You may be tempted as a parent to let things slide, but that keeps your daughter or son from learning the lesson that God designed for her or him.

However, be careful: A father or mother who corrects harshly is rebuked by Paul in Ephesians 6:4 when he says “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord” (NLT). When you discipline, remember you are discipling your child in God’s ways, not your preferences. Your child is only on loan from God. You are stewarding one of the most precious vessels, so be careful to show your daughter or son real love.

 

	

Fullness Of Hope

Fullness Of Hope

Are you filled with hope?

Romans 5:4-5 says that “…endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Hope is a confident expectation that God is at work in our lives. It never disappoints because it is anchored in God’s unfailing love. I remember having lunch with a family whose daughter was suffering with leukemia.  This little girl amazed me. She talked about heaven as a real place that she was looking forward to. It wasn’t too long after that that this little girl passed away from her family and entered into the presence of Jesus. I can only imagine the pain of this loss, but even death does not destroy our hope in the eternal one that has the power to save us.

Today, anchor your expectation on God Himself, He will fill you with a fullness of hope.

 

	

Sue Detweiler interviews Paris Goodyear-Brown

Sue Detweiler interviews Paris Goodyear-Brown

Paris Goodyear-Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with 18 years of experience in treating traumatized and attachment disturbed children and families. She is an Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University, guest lecturer for several universities in middle Tennessee, maintains a private practice, and has an international reputation as a dynamic speaker and innovative clinician. With recent trainings in Morocco, Australia, and Sweden, as well as frequent domestic presentations, she is best known for developing clinically sound, played-based interventions that are used to treat a variety of childhood problems. She has received the APT award for Play Therapy Promotion and Education. She is the author of multiple books, chapters and articles related to child therapy. Her newest books include the Handbook of Child Sexual Abuse: Identification, Assessment, and Treatment, Play Therapy with Traumatized Children: A Prescriptive Approach and The Worry Wars: An Anxiety Workbook for Kids and their Helpful Adults. Other Publications can be found on the products page of her website. Paris has been married for 23 years and has three children.

 

Full Of Joy

Full Of Joy

Do you think you need to wait till your circumstances are just right to be full of joy?

Romans 5:3 in the Amplified says, “Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.”  I don’t know about you, but this is a challenging word from Scripture. My mind can become so wrapped around my problems that I have trouble seeing God at work in the midst of the difficulty.

When I was having a baby every two years, I didn’t think that there would ever be a time that I wasn’t changing diapers, nursing, or waking up in the middle of the night. But now, rather than having a baby cling to me, I have daughters coming home from college. It was the difficult things that helped build the bond between us.  God uses the “stuff” in our lives to produce character. So don’t wait for something to pass, enjoy the moments of your day to the full!

 

	

Soar Like An Eagle

Soar Like An Eagle

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a pit?

Psalm 103:4-5 in the Amplified says, that God is the One “Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy; Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]!

Not only does God get you out of the pit, satisfying you with good things, He causes you to soar like an eagle. He makes you strong to overcome. He doesn’t leave you in an undignified position, He dignifies you. He not only cares about your physical needs but your emotional and psychological needs as well.

If you need a fresh start, God is the One who can help you soar.

 

	

Benefits

Benefits

“Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases” Psalm 103:2-3 NLT.

Do you sometimes forget all of God’s benefits?

God has made a way for you and for me through the shed blood of His son, so that all of your sins can be completely forgiven and your diseases completely healed. He doesn’t withhold good things from you, they are available to you as you praise Him, believe Him, and receive from Him.

As a Christian, you have a pretty awesome “benefits package.”  The key to access your benefits is to remember His goodness. It takes putting faith in God and His word rather than in your symptoms or problems. Nothing will help you get out of the dumps sooner than to praise God for who He is and for what He has done for you.

 

	

Watch Your Words

Watch Your Words

“Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines. Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze!” James 3:4-5 The Amplified Bible

Do you find yourself blurting things out of your mouth that you don’t really mean?

Your mouth is your rudder on the ship of your life. If you aimlessly sail through life saying anything that is on your mind you are headed for a shipwreck. You will lose friends, and loved ones who are hurt by the carelessness of your tongue. True honesty is not vomiting out emotional words. Honesty is tempered by the integrity of wisdom. Have you ever noticed that if you just allow the dust to settle, what you felt intensely in the moment has dimmed to a more balanced perspective.

Your words will direct your destiny and the destiny of your kids. Do you speak life and hope into your kids? Do you encourage them, affirm them, celebrate them?  Do you ask them questions about their day and engage them in life? Your tongue can be edifying to your child or it can be destructive.

 

There is life and death in the power of your tongue. Choose life.

 

	

The Abundance Of Your Heart

The Abundance Of Your Heart

Have you ever listened to yourself talk?

Matthew 12:34 says that “… out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (NKJV). What is in your heart?  If you want to know where you are in your walk with God, just listen to what you are saying.  Your words are an indicator. Especially the words you say when you are stressed or under pressure.

So take a check up today. What is in the abundance of your heart?  Do you have an overflow of confidence because you have been meditating on God’s word over your life? Or are you dripping with despair because you have allowed the world to “slime you” with doubt, and discouragement.

If you are not clear on how you are doing, likely those around you like your co-workers or kids know how you are doing. They hear your words, they see the look on your face, and they notice your body gestures. Maybe you need to take stock on what is truly the abundance of your heart by listening to what you say. Remember, life and death is in the power of the tongue – so choose life.

 

	

Sue Detweiler interviews Teasi Cannon, Part 2

Sue Detweiler interviews Teasi Cannon, Part 2

As a former middle school teacher, women’s public speaker, and survivor of a lifelong emotional battle with her body, Teasi Cannon is no stranger to body angst. But after experiencing a profound healing, she now loves what she sees in the mirror, and encourages women of all ages to join her in making this powerful switch: Rather than aching to change how we look, let’s allow God to change how we see.

As an author of her book called My Big Bottom Blessing, Teasi delivers an inspiring message to all women—one of healing and godly empowerment. Teasi is married to her best friend, Bill Cannon, who is the Children’s Pastor at their church in Franklin, Tennessee.  Bill and Teasi have three awesome children: Carli, Ben, and Sam. You can find out more information at www.teasicannon.com.

Take The Limits Off

Take The Limits Off

Do you have put limits on yourself?

In Jeremiah 1:7 God speaks straight with the prophet Jeremiah when He says  “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you” (NLT). If God were to have a straight conversation with you, what would he say to you… Don’t say, ‘I’m a woman….” Don’t say “I’m too old…”

Whatever the excuse is for you to not to obey God, get rid of the excuse and say to God. “Here I am, send me. I will go anywhere You want me to go… I will do anything You want me to do… I am willing Lord!”

When you take the limits off your life, you will enter into an epic adventure specifically designed for you by your Epic Creator, God.

 

	

Let The Weak Say “I Am Strong”

Let The Weak Say “I Am Strong”

How do you view your life?

If you want to change your life, change your perspective.  There were times in the Bible when God’s people didn’t see themselves like God saw them. In Joel 3:10 God challenges the people with “let the weak say, “I am strong.”  He was calling them to stand up and fight.

There are times that you need to look in the mirror and say, “Okay, I feel weak right now… but it doesn’t matter how I feel… I am going to put my trust in God. He is the One who is fighting for me, so I am going to join Him in how He sees me.  With God, I can o all things, because He is strengthening me!”  Now that kind of talk with yourself will help you.  It’s good to be able to see things from God’s point of view and then to say it out-loud.

Let your view of your life come from your identity in Christ.

 

	

Hopeful Perspective

Hopeful Perspective

Do you ever feel hopeless?

Romans 15:4 tells us that “…the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled” (New Living Translation). In fact, joy, peace, and abounding home come from believing in God (See Romans 15:13).  The amount of hope you have in your life directly corresponds to how much of the Bible you are digesting in your daily life.

Change you perspective, and begin to consume the Word.  You can meditate on the word through key scriptures and bible plans that help you read through the Bible in a year. You can get involved in a Bible Study and go deeper in the word. You can pull out the book of Psalms and begin to read them out-loud and your hope will rise as you put your trust in God.

Look at your life through the lenses of the finished work of the cross. You can abound in hope for your life and for everyone connected to you. God’s promises for you are good. You have a future and a hope because of Him.

 

	

Be Kind To Yourself

Be Kind To Yourself

Are you hard on yourself?

If you are a mom, at one point or another you have probably blamed yourself for something…. you didn’t spend enough time with your son or daughter… you should have said the right thing… you should be like other mom’s who________ (you fill in the blank).

Now sometimes the Holy Spirit is genuinely convicting you of sin towards your son or daughter and you need to change your ways. Other times it is the enemy who is trying to make you live up to the “law” of what you “should” be as a mom.

Galatians 3:5 in the New Living Translation says, “… does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ”

Part of the way you can live out God’s word in your daily life is to cut yourself some slack… Trust the Holy Spirit to help you to do the best you can and then watch Him work a miracle in your son or daughter’s life.

 

	

Inherit the Land

Inherit the Land

Do you ever wonder whether it is worth it to do things God’s way?

Psalm 37:9 says, “ For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord [in the end] shall inherit the earth.” In the short run, it may look like cheating may get you ahead. But in the long run, God has a way of balancing the eternal scales.

If you choose to walk on a daily basis following God’s word and His will in His way, you will inherit the earth. You will possess all that is valuable and eternal. Choose today to do things God’s way.

 

	

Sue Detweiler interviews Teasi Cannon

Sue Detweiler interviews Teasi Cannon

As a former middle school teacher, women’s public speaker, and survivor of a lifelong emotional battle with her body, Teasi Cannon is no stranger to body angst. But after experiencing a profound healing, she now loves what she sees in the mirror, and encourages women of all ages to join her in making this powerful switch: Rather than aching to change how we look, let’s allow God to change how we see.

As an author of her book called My Big Bottom Blessing, Teasi delivers an inspiring message to all women—one of healing and godly empowerment. Teasi is married to her best friend, Bill Cannon, who is the Children’s Pastor at their church in Franklin, Tennessee.  Bill and Teasi have three awesome children: Carli, Ben, and Sam. You can find out more information at www.teasicannon.com.

 

Let Love Flow Through You

Let Love Flow Through You

Love flows but not when you find yourself getting angry with your kids.

Psalm 37:8 says, “Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm.” As a mom you will undoubtedly have times that you are angry, but in your anger you don’t need to sin. If you lose your temper you will hurt your relationships. It is hard to mend a relationship when it has been torn with angry words.

I made the mistake as a young mom of feeling justified in my anger at times that my children behaved badly. Every child will misbehave at some point in their lives… your role as a mom is to train them to walk in God’s ways without crossing lines where you yell, scream, or discipline in anger.  Remember, love covers a multitude of sins. As you discipline and correct your children do it out of love for them. Let God’s love flow through you.

 

	

Rest in God

Rest in God

Do you rest in God’s presence?

Psalm 37:7 says “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” To be still in the presence of the LORD, requires you to put your trust in God and not in yourself. It cause you to turn away from self-reliance and to turn to a total confidence in God to bring things to pass.

Think about your life with your family. Are you becoming frustrated with situations that you can’t control?  Are your frustrated with your how your child acts, or your husband, or someone from work. If you are frustrated or fretting, then you are not at rest. To be at rest is to relax in God, to slow down and take a break from striving, to trust God to bring it to pass. What a great way to live — at rest in God’s presence.

 

	

Commit Your Way to God

Commit Your Way to God

Are you truly ready to commit your ways to God?

Psalm 37:5 says “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” The word for commit in the Hebrew is a picture of a camel being loaded down with packages getting down on it’s knees and rolling the whole load off of his back. When you truly commit your cares to God you roll them off of your back on to Him.

Today as you think about cares that may be heavy on your back, trust fully in God by confidently passing on your cares and even your desires to Him. He is the One who will bring it to pass in His timing and in His very unique way.