But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast. Proverbs 15:15b
By: Jennifer Mullen
Fall his here! To me that means snuggly blankets, slipper socks, yoga pants and comfort food(hence the need for the yoga pants). Fall also means that school activities are in full swing and the evenings are packed with homework, practices, and various other seasonal events. Those two things do not have to be at odds!
Today I want to share a quick crockpot recipe that my mother-in-law introduced me to. She calls it Frantic Stew. You can easily throw it together as you leave in the morning, and enjoy this warm, comfort food when you get home from your busy day. No chopping required! I have tried several variations of this recipe, but this is the one I like the best. Continue reading
“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.” Ephesians 6:1
By: Jennifer Mullen
Lately I have felt like a broken record. The two things I hear myself saying over and over to my kids are “Obey right away” and “You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.” (I know…I know “get” and “fit” don’t rhyme…unless you live in the South!)
As I was saying, I catch myself saying these two phrases over and over! In a moment of frustration I angrily poured out my heart to the Father. “Why don’t they get it? Why don’t they ever pay attention to me? Why are they so ungrateful?” And then the still, small voice began to whisper His truths to me. Continue reading
Awhile back I asked my friend, Jennifer Bristow, to write a piece to teach me how to play with my kids without loosing my mind. She was excited for the opportunity to share with us mommas her expertise in therapeutic play. Enjoy! Continue reading
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
By: Jennifer Clark
“I want to stay home with you today, Mommy,” my son told me from his car seat on the way to preschool. I looked in the rear view mirror and saw his big blue eyes well up with tears.
Some days the drive in to work is harder than others.
Other mornings he urges me to drive faster, “Hurry, Mommy, that truck is beating us!” He can’t wait to get to school and play with his friends. We get there, and he jumps out of the car. He hugs me as an afterthought, and bursts into his classroom, leaving me standing at the door, watching him. Continue reading
“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