Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Clean

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  Psalms 51:2

B: Gretchen Speer

We are not big car wash people.  My van is almost always dirty, both inside and out, and I’m okay with that.  That’s just how we roll…literally.  But, after a quick trip back to visit family and several stretches on country roads you could hardly tell what color our van was.  I tried to convince my husband that the muddy brown hue complemented the blue, but he wasn’t having it.  So off to the car wash I went.

Somehow I ended up running this errand alone (Which is odd because my kids LOVE the car wash!).   As usual, as I sat in the quiet, the Holy Spirit began to speak.

“Does this process seem familiar?”

“Yes, I’ve been to the car wash several times before……….ahhh.  My heart needs this process just as much as my van does.” Continue reading

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Captivating Heart: A Heart-healing Experience

“The nations will see your vindication,
and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
No longer will they call you Deserted,
or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah,
and your land Beulah;
for the Lord will take delight in you,
and your land will be married.”  Isaiah 62:2-4

By: Jamie Smith

Those words, so simple, have a power that is difficult to truly fathom, right? How many of us as women have a name that we’ve given ourselves, or by others that tells us who we think we are. I’m not talking about names like Jamie or Sue. I’m talking about “in the way” or “ugly” or … enter Satan’s name for you here.

The truth is, God delights in us. Did you read that? Read it again. He delights in us. He doesn’t love us out of obligation, he takes joy in his children. As a woman of God, you are a child of the King. He has many names for each of us, and they are all beautiful. Let me share some of the names God has given me recently: glory, treasure, warrior princess, mine.

I think this is an idea that I will forever be exploring, be re-believing. I first came to hear of this concept at the first Captivating Heart retreat last year.  As a member of the planning committee this year, I want to invite Mosaic of Moms readers to attend the 2013 Captivating Heart retreat. Continue reading

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The Small Life

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” John 6:9

By: Jennifer Mullen

My life is a small life. I live in a small house.  In a small neighborhood. In a small town.  In a small state.

My husband and I have a small bank account.  A small budget.

My job is to take care our small children.  I teach a small group of pre-schoolers and a small group of high schoolers.

I write for a small blog.

Small does not equate insignificant. Continue reading

The Clarks Go North

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Summer Highlights

By: Jennifer Clark

I love summertime in Arkansas, as long as I am indoors with the AC cranked up. So when I my husband suggested we go north to visit his family in July, I weighed my options. Yes, Indiana beckoned me with double digit temperatures and the chance for an occasional breeze, but, there was the boy to consider. Could we survive a thirteen hour car trip with a three year old? As the mercury continued to rise down south, we bought a portable dvd player and headed north.

Jackson was so excited to see his Grandpa and Mimi, Uncle Alex, Aunt Amy and his cousins, Chasen and Kyan. And, of course, all the corn. Continue reading

Smith Family Summer Summary 2013

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Summer Highlights

By: Sarah Smithsmith ssummer summarry

Summer was kicked off with a very significant event when my oldest son graduated from high school!  I imagine our summers will never be the same.

Mid-June I drove my Dad (and my daughter) to Texas so we could see my sisters and their families.  The highlight of the trip for me was being with family.  The highlight for my daughter was getting to give hand-signals to Shamu at Sea World.  (bottom left in the collage) Continue reading