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Don’t Miss the Bible Study Expo!

Bible Study ExpoAre you a Bible study leader? Women’s Ministry leader? Do you simply love to study the Bible? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, mark you calendar to attend this year’s Bible Study Expo. It’s happening online this Friday, March 31st.

The annual Bible Study Expo is a free, online event organized and hosted by Marnie Swedberg. Her goal is to inform Christian women about new, exciting Bible study material and Christian books and to introduce them to the authors. You will not only meet twelve authors and hear about twelve books, you will also have a chance to win one of the many book giveaways! (Register in advance to be included in the book drawings!)

The Bible Study Expo begins online at 2pm CT. Every fifteen minutes Marnie will interview another author about her book. Music and book giveaways will be dispersed throughout. Marie will introduce you to Sharon Jaynes, Suzie Eller, Liz Curtis Higgs, and more! (See the full author lineup here.)

I am honored to be one the Bible Study Expo authors this year! At 3pm central, I will talking to Marnie about my newest Bible study “Lavish Grace!”

One of the great things about the Bible Study Expo is you can tune in from wherever you might be. You can catch a few of the authors or all of the authors. Totally free and totally flexible! I’d love to “see” you there!

What is one of your favorite Bible studies and why? What Bible study do you want to do that you haven’t yet?

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Have you ever forsaken God?

I can see a lot of us shaking our heads and saying, “No! I have never forsaken God!” If you are a Christian, this thought probably seems shocking and unimaginable. But let’s pause for a moment to consider if we have ever left God behind or forgotten about Him for a time.

Have you forsaken God?

Here are just a few ways we may have forsaken God:

  • Doubted God’s goodness, faithfulness, or provision during times of difficulty
  • Forgot that God was in control and took matters into our own hands
  • Failed to give God glory or recognition when He answered our prayers
  • Didn’t remember God’s past mighty works or intervention on our behalf

Forsaken GodI don’t know about you, but I must admit that I have forsaken God. My friend Janet Thompson addresses this topic in her new book, “Forsaken God: Remembering the Goodness of God our Culture has Forgotten.” In Forsaken God?, Janet helps us recall our own memories of God and learn new ways to remember God’s goodness. She also shows us the power of sharing those memories with the next generation.

Today, Janet shares some thoughts from Forsaken God? to help put us on a path of remembering our great God!

Today’s culture is quickly forgetting the goodness and power of our Great God. If we don’t remember what God has already done, we won’t believe what He is capable of doing in the future. Memory builds faith.

The Bible describes the potential destruction to people who forget and forsake God. The dangers are paramount. We read the Old Testament and lament at how forgetful the Israelites were of God’s goodness. Every time he did something good for them, they started grumbling that they needed something else.

God was only as good as the next miracle or provision. A forsaken God.

We wonder at how the Israelites could be so blind and ungrateful. Why couldn’t they trust that a God who provided and protected them in the past, would do the same in the present and future?  But are we any different today?

Our memories tend to be very short. God has done amazing things in our lives, but when the next crisis arises, we panic that He might not show up for us this time. Or when prayers are answered, we might take credit ourselves or offer praise to someone else instead of giving God the glory and recognition he deserves.

We would never intentionally forsake God, but if we’re honest, we do unintentionally forget Him. 

We live in a world today that is quickly trying to eliminate God from the public square and even in the private domain. Christians must help a lost world remember God and that starts with remembering him ourselves.

Questions to Prompt Your Memory

Use the following four questions to get the memories flowing. Have a journal or notebook ready to record what God brings to mind:

  • What has God been doing in your life?
  • How did you become a Christian?
  • How does God help you through the day?
  • How did God answer a prayer request?

Helps to Remember the Future

Now with some past memories firmly in place, let’s be purposeful in recognizing and remembering the things God will do in the future. Here are some ways to capture them:

  • Take pictures
  • Journal
  • Read our Bibles
  • Receive Communion
  • Keep an ongoing “thankful list”
  • Join a small group
  • Share with others

What other ways can you think of to remember and share the goodness of God?

ForsakenGod.inddJanet’s book is challenging and practical. If you want to cling to the goodness of God and share it with the next generation, get a copy of Forsaken God?” today! Each chapter includes questions and conversation starters for discussion in small groups, Bible study groups, book clubs, mentors and mentees, or with family and friends.

Forsaken God? is available at:

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3 Bible Studies that Impacted My Faith

People often ask me for Bible study recommendations and usually I have some suggestions. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of experience with Bible studies from many different angles. I have been a student of the Bible and a “consumer” of Bible study curriculum for almost 30 years. I have also taught Bible study, chosen curriculum for church ministries, and written Bible studies.

But recently, a conversation I had with a friend got me thinking about the Bible studies that have had the greatest impact on my own life. I want to share those with you today.

First, I want to emphasize that our first source for growing in our faith and in our knowledge of God is His Word. The Bible should always be our primary study book. The Holy Spirit is our teacher; we need no other. But God has also given us gifted teachers with great biblical insight. Their material can supplement and enhance our personal study of the Bible.

I’ve lost count of the number of study books I’ve used over the years. However, these three stand out because each of them profoundly affected my faith. They guided me into a deeper understanding of Scripture. Each provided multiple “aha” moments by connecting some biblical dots or making me aware of an aspect of God’s character or ways I had somehow missed before.

They are deep and thoughtful. It’s obvious the authors walk closely with God and take the teaching of His Word very seriously. I know two of the authors personally and their lives match their writing. And although I trust their teaching, I also check everything they write against the Bible. So far, I have not been disappointed.

Here are my top three:

  1. Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby & Claude King – This study highlights truths from Scripture that helps readers know how God works in the world and how He relates to us.
  2. Live a Praying Life by Jennifer Kennedy Dean – This study wipes out our misconception about prayer by pointing us to what the Bible says about its purpose and working.
  3. Believing God by Beth Moore – Too many Christians settle for belief in God when we could believe Him.

I have done some Bible studies over the years that have encouraged me in a particular area or increased my knowledge of God. Others have wasted my time. But these three address foundational truths of our faith and directly impacted my relationship with God. The first two I’ve done more than once, and I know I would benefit from doing all of them again.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Have you done these? Are there others that God used mightily in your life?


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Advent Devotional Helps Girls in Poverty

Good Tidings postThat month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is often consumed with busyness. Decorating. Cooking. Cleaning. Parties. Shopping. And… you fill in the blank!

Unless we purposefully and intentionally focus on the reason we celebrate, Jesus and His coming easily gets lost in the whirlwind of activity.

“Good Tidings of Great Joy,” a 25-day advent devotional book, will give you a brief, daily reminder of the birth of our Savior. All proceeds of the $5 book cost go directly to benefit the Light of Hope Learning Center in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

LOHLC was established in 2006 by two American Christian women who had a desire to help Bangladeshi girls from the slums get off the streets and away from the dangers of human trafficking. At The Light of Hope, girls and young women receive basic education, vocational training, nutrition, hygiene and the Gospel message of Jesus.

When you purchase “Good Tidings of Great Joy,” your dollars directly benefit these girls and help keep the LOHLC operating. For the cost of a venti latte you can help protect a girl and feed a family. And, the devotional will help your family focus on Christ this Christmas!

Purchase your copy today and get it in time for the Advent season!

Find out more about the Light of Hope Learning Center and BFF, an advocacy ministry for the work in Bangladesh.

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5 Resources to Equip You for Bible Study

5 Bible Study ResourcesBible studies written by someone else can be great guides to help us study God’s Word. But they should be supplemental to our own personal study of the Bible. They shouldn’t be the only – or even primary – way we study. There is no substitute for going straight to the Source!

Want to study the Bible on your own, but you aren’t sure how to get started? Maybe you’re afraid you might “do it wrong.” Remember, as believers, we have direct access to THE Teacher. The Holy Spirit, who indwells every Christian, is our Counselor and Guide. He is the One who gives us understanding of spiritual truths.

However, there are right ways and wrong ways to approach God’s Word. For instance, we always need to consider the context and the book’s literary genre. But with just a little help, you can easily study the Bible for yourself. Once you are equipped with the right tools, you will enjoy a lifetime of digging into the depths of God’s truth!

Although there are numerous great resources available, I want to share five with you today. I have read all but one of them and it came highly recommended from a trusted source.

  1. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart – I first read this book during seminary. The author’s primary purpose is to help readers understand the differences between the various literary genres of the Bible – like poetry, narrative, prophecy – and how that affects the way we understand and apply it.

2. Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin – This book is a great place to start. Wilkin identifies common ways we incorrectly approach the Bible and gently gets us back on the right track. She gives an easy to follow and correct approach to personal Bible study.

3. How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur – Arthur did not invent the inductive approach to Bible study, but she did make it popular through her Precepts Bible studies. This book will show you how to study any passage through “observation,” “interpretation,” and “application.”

4. Living by the Book by Howard Hendricks and William Hendricks – This book is the only one of the five I haven’t read, but it’s next on my list. Like Arthur’s book, this one also teaches the inductive method, but it goes into more depth, adding valuable information and tools.

5. Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods: Twelve Ways You Can Unlock God’s Word – Warren shows readers how to do 12 different kinds of approaches to Bible study like a chapter analysis, word study, verse-by-verse, or character study. The book includes examples of each method as well as helpful forms you can reproduce for your own use.

If this is all new to you, a good place to start is with Women of the Word. It’s easy to read and gives great overall direction. Again, the idea is to let God speak directly to you through His Word instead of using another go-between. Use those Bible study guides as a supplement to what you’re doing on your own!

What have you been studying recently? I’d love to hear. Also, if you have another resource to equip us for studying on our own, share it with us!

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“The Making of a Mom” – Moms Mentoring Moms

Today, my friend Stephanie Shott shares her “clueless” motherhood story and how we can help today’s young moms.

Stephanie ShottI caught a glimpse of her as she walked across the parking lot. She looked to be about sixteen. Young in years, but great with child.

Reflecting on my own teen pregnancy, I couldn’t help but wonder if she was ready for the journey ahead. Did she grasp the greatness of her newfound role and how everything she had ever known was about to change? Would someone walk with through her motherhood or would she have to go it alone?

I Needed a Mentor!

I was eighteen when my son was born and had no idea what it meant to be a mom. Oh, I thought the whole mom thing was going to be a breeze, but it didn’t take long to learn that my dream of motherhood was very different from my reality.

I wanted to be the mom who did all the right things, never had to count to three, and baked her own bread.

But instead, I was a single mom, without Christ, without a mentor, and without a clue.

As the years passed, I married, and not long after that I became a Christian. Everything changed except that I still didn’t have a mentor and I barely had a clue.

That was twenty-seven years ago, and as I reflect on the way I muddled through motherhood, I can’t help but wonder where all the mentors were. I remember looking up to several women in the church, yet for some reason I was never able to wiggle my way under their wing.

But it shouldn’t have been that hard, and no mom should have to go it alone. After all, mentoring should be woven into the fabric of the church. Right?

The Power of Mentoring

Mentoring moms has the power to change the world. It’s not only a God-given way in which we can leave a legacy of faith, but it’s also an amazing tool to help us reach our communities and this culture for Jesus.

MOM InitiativeTwo years ago I started The M.O.M. Initiative—a ministry devoted to helping the church make mentoring missional. Evangelistic in nature, the mission is to begin M.O.M. Groups that not only minister to moms who know Christ but also reach those who don’t.

Ultimately, our goal is to reach a MILLION MOMS for Christ. And if only 3 women in 1/2 of the churches in the United States would mentor just 3 other moms, that would translate into reaching a MILLION MOMS for Christ and impacting over 2.5 MILLION CHILDREN as a result.

A Mentoring Resource was “Birthed”

Sitting in the parking lot, a ministry was born and a book was conceived. I wrote The Making of a Mom to be a unique dual-purpose resource. A book to help lay a solid biblical foundations for real moms who are in the trenches of motherhood…to help answer the deep questions of a mom’s heart and to help each mom embrace the significance of her role as a mother. I want moms to know they are deeply loved and profoundly influential.

The Making of a MomI also wrote The Making of a Mom to provide a discipleship and outreach resource for the church. As a discipleship resource, this book will help the body of Christ weave mentoring into the fabric of the local church. As an outreach tool, The Making of a Mom equips local churches reach their communities by mentoring moms in urban areas, in low-income apartment complexes, neighborhoods, prisons, homeless shelters, crisis pregnancy centers, the mission field and wherever young moms can be found.

You see, if we reach the moms of this generation, we’ll reach the heart of the next generation. Today, you and I have an opportunity to change the world one mom at a time through the power and beauty of mentoring.

If you’re a young mom, you don’t have to go it alone. If you’re an “experienced” mom, you can impact the young moms of your church and community.

If you’re a young mom do you have a mentor? If you’re a more “experienced” mom, do you mentor any younger moms?

Stephanie Shott is the founder of The M.O.M. Initiative, a ministry devoted to making mentoring intentionally missional. She is an author and a popular speaker who helps women live full, fearless and faithful lives. To invite Stephanie to speak at your next event, visit her website at www.stephanieshott.com. To find out more about The M.O.M. Initiative or to begin a M.O.M. Mentor Group, visit www.themominitiative.com.

 

 

 

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4 Things Your Pastor’s Wife Wish You Knew About Her

How do you feel about your pastor’s wife? Perhaps you think she’s the greatest example ever of a godly wife and leader and you hope some day to be just like her. Or maybe you think she needs to step up her game a notch or two, and be more involved or act friendlier or change the way she dresses or …

Join the InsanityOkay, I am exaggerating just a bit. But the wives of our church pastors and ministers hold a very visible and precarious position. The church usually has certain expectations. Everyone knows who she is and all eyes are often on her. Unfortunately, we often misjudge – and mistreat – our pastor’s other half.

Last week, I had the chance to sit down with author, TV show host, and pastor’s wife, Rhonda Rhea. Rhonda’s new book, Join the Insanity, written specifically for women in the “P-Dub” club (short for “pastors’ wives), encourages pastors’ wives in their unique role and encourages them to love their church and make Jesus look good.

Rhonda and I talked a lot about pastors’ wives stereotypes and how the church can best support and encourage P-Dubs. One question really sparked some great conversation:

What do P-Dubs wish the women in their church knew/understood about them?

  1. “I’m just an average chick” – Pastors’ wives don’t have a super power. They don’t have some super spiritual characteristic unavailable to the rest of us. They’re just another Christian woman doing the best they can to follow Jesus. They just happen to be married to your pastor. Women of the church can encourage P-dubs to thrive by letting go of preconceptions and allowing her to be who God created her to be.
  2. Being on a pedestal is a scary place – This position of high-visibility is a place of extremes. P-dubs often either receive harsh criticism or glowing accolades. According to Rhonda, “usually we haven’t earned either.” Let’s release our P-dubs from unrealistic expectations and see her for the wife and woman God created her to be.
  3. Many P-dubs are hurting – Ministry is difficult and it often comes with hardship and pain. P-dubs can carry many wounds. They share their husbands with the entire church. They often live life in a fish bowl. And – believe it or not – sometimes churches are extremely rough on their pastors and their families. Let’s reach out to our P-dubs. One of the best things we can do is ask our P-dubs how we can pray for them and then do it!
  4. P-dubs have to do friendship differently – Their husband’s position puts them in a precarious position. They can’t share everything they know with their girlfriends and we wouldn’t want them to. They can’t “play favorites.” They must be cautious about friendship. However, they also desperately need and want girlfriends in their church. Offer your P-dub your friendship. She’s more approachable than you might think. Ask her to lunch. Be interested in her. In other words, treat her like you’d like to be treated.

Let’s share some wisdom! What do you think is a way we can encourage our P-dubs?

Find out more about my sweet, funny friend Rhonda Rhea, her ministry, and her books.

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Free Gift for You to Further Freedom

My friend Julie Sanders has a gift to share with you today. Your acceptance could mean freedom for others.

In this season of comfort and joy, it’s easy to turn off unpleasant tidings that accost our ears. After all, who wants to spoil the most wonderful time of the year? But the reality is an estimated 29.8 million people suffer various forms of bondage today, including human trafficking, forced labor, child marriage, and slavery by inheritance. Around the world, captives long for comfort and joy.

Does such an ugly issue really belong in the holidays, when we’re decking the halls? In truth, a fresh look at modern captivity stirs new gratitude in our hearts for the coming of the God-man to the lowly manger. If not for His coming, we would still be in bondage.

The birth of Jesus is really all about setting captives free. When the babe grew to manhood, He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,” (Luke 4:18).

That’s where Christmas comes in; the prophecies, the decree, the star, the manger, the shepherds … it’s all about setting captives free. For those of us who know what it is to be the rescued, what other response is fitting but to long for and provide for the release of others?  Do you know what it is to beg for redemption? After the shepherds saw the baby-Messiah who would bring peace on earth, they had the only fitting response for the event. “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” (Luke 2:20)

Christmas is still about setting captives free. Twenty-four writers, who have personally encountered the Christ who brings peace, came together from around the world to create Released: 30 Days to Stand for Freedom. This 30-day devotional focuses on God’s heart for freedom.

Released, human traffickingWe invite you to receive this free tool about human trafficking and modern slavery. A variety of facts, relevant scripture, and guided prayers representing eleven different countries will inform and inspire you. The 30 days format will take you right up to the National Day of Prayer for Human Trafficking on January 11. You can begin to stand for freedom just by reading, learning and praying. Would you join us?

Click to download your free copy of  Released 30 Days to Stand for Freedom. We invite you to share it widely, so many people will be informed and inspired.

Christmas is all about God’s heart for freedom and the sacrifice He made to buy back His beloved ones from the ultimate Slave Maker. When you see the baby in the manger on Christmas cards, movies or nativities this season, remember God’s longing for people to be Released.

Get more information about Released and Julie Sanders, who compiled it.

Have you ever known anyone that was held in physical bondage?

 

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Who Said Moms Have to be Perfect?

We’ve all felt it. All us women have bent under the weight of it.

The pressure for moms to do everything just right. The push to be perfect.

I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. I tried to meet the unrealistic expectations. To keep a squeaky clean home. To turn out well-behaved, academically-advanced children preschoolers. To cook tasty, healthy, budget-conscious meals seven days a week.  And to do it all looking great!

But you know what happened. I did my best, but I wasn’t perfect. I messed up and so did my kids.

Looking back now, I know that the greatest pressure to be perfect came from me. I was pushing myself too hard and expecting too much.

WonderWomanWannabe_final frontThere is a brand-new resource for moms I wish I’d had back then. In “Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe,” author Jenny Lee Sulpizio gives moms practical advice from a Christian foundation. Her helpful hints are shared with honesty and humor.

Jenny tackles topics from the best way to manage drive time and peeing in peace to handling homework, meal planning, stress, and more! She also shares wisdom to not only help moms continue to pursue Jesus but also gives tips for moms to help the kiddos fall in love with Jesus too. And today, you have a chance to win a copy! (Be sure to read to the end to find out how!)

Here’s a sample:

Our faith, our passion for Christ, and our adoration for all things biblical is a love that must be shared with others. As mothers, the first disciples of Christ we look to create should be those of our offspring. We are raising the next generation of Christ followers, which means that every aspect of our children’s journeys in faith should be focused on the truth as depicted in the Bible. This is a routine that needs to be shared, and impressed upon your sweet children, as well. Luckily, I’ve got tips to do just that.

That’s why we pray: Get your days, and those of your children started off right by spending time in prayer with them each morning. Ask God for strength, wisdom, and protection over those little guys of yours. And pray that they will honor God in everything they do. Include Scripture in their lunchboxes, along with notes of encouragement and love. Follow this up at dinnertime with prayers of gratitude and appreciation. Teach them that one can never pray enough, and to pray hard and pray often.

Word up!: The use of chalkboards within the home are all the rage these days. Well, why not use one of these fun boards as a means to present Scripture to your children each and every week? Every Monday, select a verse from the Bible and spend the rest of the week committing those words to memory as a family. Discuss this verse daily. Ask your children questions about the meaning behind the words selected and how they can be applied to each of your lives. Get your kiddos discussing God, memorizing Scripture, and get them further in touch with their spirituality.

Daily Devotionals: I’ve already mentioned praying together, but investing in a devotional geared toward your children is yet another way that they can further their walks with God. Devotionals such as these are not only age-appropriate, but can assist your child with exploring biblical passages in depth and applying them accordingly. God online or visit a Christian bookstore near you for your best options when it comes to purchasing a children’s devotional.

Hump Day hallelujahs: Obviously, Wednesday is smack-dab in the middle of our calendar week, which makes it the perfect night to bring your family together to spend some time with on another. After homework is done and dinner is finished, after baths have been taken and the kids are winding down (yah, right), use this designated time to play games, watch a movie, pray, or anything else that strikes your fancy. Heat up some popcorn, sip on some hot cocoa, and make it a night your kids can look forward to experiencing each and every week. They’ll relish the moments spent together as a tight-knit clan, soaking up the Word and one another.

Jenny’s book gives moms permission to be less-than-perfect while giving us encouragement and practical help to be our best. “Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe” is well worth your precious time!

Want a chance to win a copy of “Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe” for yourself? You can enter up to three times. First, respond to one of the following questions in the comments section. Second, like Jenny’s Facebook author page and tell me you did in the comments. Third, sign-up for Jenny’s newsletter, then tell me about it in the comments! Contest ends at noon on Thursday, September 26!

What’s the toughest area for you as a mom? What message do we hear from the world that we most need to ignore?!

Jenny Lee SulpizioJenny Lee Sulpizio is a wife and mother of three who enjoys writing about anything and everything under the sun, but especially loves to instruct, motivate, and guide other moms with practical advice, tips, and a whole lot of comic relief in the process. Jenny is a contributing writer for The MOB Society and Moms Together, and is the author of the recently released guide for all mamas titled, “Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe: On a Mission to Save Sanity, One Mom at a Time.” To find out more about Jenny or to follow her blog, connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

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For Anyone Expecting or Who Expects to be Expecting

Before you ask – I’m not expecting a baby and don’t expect to be. But, I have “been there and done that” three times. I’m sure I even had some corny t-shirt with something like “Baby on Board” scrawled across the front.

Expectant, Julie SandersHowever, many of you are expecting or know someone who is. Whether it’s your first, second, or fifth, big changes are ahead. It’s really impossible to fully know what to expect. That’s why I’ve invited my wise friend Julie Sanders to visit with us today about her brand new book “Expectant: 40 Devotions for New and Expectant Moms.”

Julie’s first baby has grown up and gone off to college and the second is close behind. Having a baby looked different than she expected, but the motherhood journey has exceeded all she imagined. As a pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, and women’s ministry leader, Julie enjoys walking the path of motherhood with moms in all seasons.

Julie, how is motherhood different than you expected?

Julie Sanders, ExpectantI knew I would love our children, but I never imagined how much I would enjoy our children. Every season has been amazing, but moving through the changes of childhood, along with the accidents and surprises, has kept me prayerful. Being a mom is great for your prayer life!

Being a mom has stretched me more personally than I ever expected. God uses motherhood to expose my weaknesses, my failures, and my sin. While I’ve been watching our kids grow, God has been growing my heart and life.

What was most difficult for you during the “young years?”  How did you grow as a mother?

When I delivered our first baby, nothing happened the way we anticipated. I was left with fear and disappointment, and it took a long time for me to feel whole again. Feeling fragile was not only hard, it wasn’t what I expected.

I always wanted to have children, but I also loved being a teacher. Making a transition to spending the day with the baby at home was not as easy as I thought it would be, and before long I found myself overcommitted and worn out. I was challenged to take a close look at where I found my identity and where I placed my trust. Motherhood turned out to be as much about growing me as growing our children.

Your website is called Come have a Peace. How do you find peace as a mother?

God means for us to live out our days experiencing His peace in the practical, real life, relational stuff. For a mom, it seems impossible sometimes, but we don’t have to live in discouragement. God desire to fill us with peace, and Jesus said we find it in Him, (John 16:33). Mamas need that message all day, every day, and often through the night.

God has used major transitions, distance from family, and multiple crises in our lives to show me my “peaceful mom’s heart” does not depend on my circumstances. I’ve become a “pray all day” kinda mom who cries out often and openly to the only perfect Parent we know, God Himself. I’ve learned to give myself a lot of grace, not expect perfection, and to refuse to compare myself to moms around me.  And I give our kids a lot of grace, trying to keep the “big picture” in mind as God unfolds His plans for them.

In Expectant, Julie honestly shares her heart, her own experiences, and the truth of God’s Word to encourage young women as they enter into motherhood. The devotions are organized into sections about you, other grown-ups, the baby, and your new normal. Each one includes words from scripture to grow your heart, as well as questions to get the conversation started with a friend, mentor, or dad-to-be. It’s formatted so that it would be easy to do with a partner or small group of moms.

Connect with Julie at her website Come Have a Peace, where she offers peace for your days by sharing God’s truth for the things of life, marriage, and motherhood. As you grow your family, she will help you grow your Expectant heart on the journey of motherhood.

Find Julie on Twitter at @JulieSanders_ and join in the conversations about EXPECTANT on Facebook. Purchase the Kindle version now!

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