Category: Encouragement

Thirty Days in Isaiah 53 for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 2: Suffering and Exaltation


Good morning! After our accidental start on Saturday, and another opportunity to finish the assignment on Sunday, we’re ready to get to work! We’re going to start out easy today. We’ll read Isaiah 52:13-15 and all of Isaiah 53, make some observations, and then reflect on what we’ve observed. We’ll be highlighting and writing notes in the text as we study all month. If you would rather not mark directly in […]

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Thirty Days in Isaiah 53 for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 1: Getting Started (Again)


So . . . I gave most of you a head start yesterday. Somehow I scheduled the first lesson to post on February 28 instead of March 1. (Over-eager, I guess?) My apologies. I’m sure it won’t be the only mistake I make over the next thirty days. I’m reposting the same lesson again today, for those who may have just joined us. For those who did this lesson yesterday, you […]

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Get Ready to Study Isaiah 53!


Just three more days! On Sunday we start our new Busy Mamas Bible Study on Isaiah 53! The more I study this chapter, the more excited I get! This one short passage can change the way we see ourselves, the way we see God, the way we see those around us. It can revolutionize the way we live if we really take hold of its message! There is a reason […]

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Mothering with Our Eyes on Jesus


It’s so quiet here tonight. We watched an entire movie without interruption. I read part of a book (that didn’t have pictures). I ate dinner without cutting anyone else’s meat or cleaning up any spilled milk. There are no toys to pick up, no paper sticking to the glue on the counter, no books to gather, no missing hand towels, no bedtime stories, no misplaced pajamas, no last minute drinks. […]

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How to Raise a Child Whose Faith Is in Jesus and Not in Himself


We’ve talked about why we need to take our children to the cross when we discipline them. We’ve talked about how our children may respond if we fail to give them the hope that is ours through Christ’s death on the cross. Now how do we raise children who are secure in God’s love? How can we help them rest in Christ’s saving work on the cross, secure in His love, even […]

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3 Ways Our Children May Respond to Discipline that Overlooks the Gospel


We need to handle God’s Word with care as we discipline our children. In our last post, we considered the need to give our children the hope of the gospel when we correct them. If we only take them to the Bible to show them how God says to live, we’ve missed our prime opportunity to tell them how they can live that way. They’re not going to obey God by […]

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Our Children Need More than a Mirror


Have you ever looked in the mirror an hour or two after dinner only to discover that a portion of your meal is still stuck in your teeth? You probably took care of the problem as quickly as possible (while reviewing in your mind how many people you had smiled at since you ate). You rinsed your mouth. You brushed your teeth. The mirror helped you see what was wrong […]

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An Eye-opening Experience


Sometimes I take care of the kids for a few hours while my wife goes out. Other times, when she’s sick, I step in to help do some of her work and keep the household running. That’s what I’ve been doing the past few days. How she ever has dinner ready AND the house clean when I come home at night, I don’t know. It never happens when I’m in […]

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Why One Mother Is Glad Her Children Don’t Obey


I’m heading to Florida this weekend for a one-day conference. I fly all day Friday, talk on Saturday, and get back on a plane at 6 a.m. (which will feel like 3 a.m. to me) on Sunday morning to fly back home. So I’m trying to shift my body from Pacific Time to Eastern Time now, since I won’t have much time to turn my internal clock around while I’m […]

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How I Survived Motherhood

How I Survived Motherhood

I remember some pretty exhausted seasons of parenting. It used to feel like my children were taking shifts. One would challenge us in a particular way, and then, about the time it felt like we were figuring out what to do with that situation, the next child would punch in with a completely different problem. Sometimes their “shifts” were each only a few minutes long and the problems were resolved […]

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