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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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Hospitality in My Home

“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home…” 1 Peter 4:8-9a NLT

By Guest Contributor: Sarah Patrick

A few months ago when the thought of having guests in my home crossed my mind, my to-do list would double. I would think of all the things I haven’t got to yet and all the new things I now needed to do. When would I find the time?  I think woman of all seasons of life can relate to this. Society makes us think we have to “have it all together”. Is there a simpler way to entertaining guests in my home without turning my family’s life upside down twenty-four hours prior to my guest’s arrival?  A new motto changed my perspective: “Meaningful Entertainment…Made Simple” (Mary & Martha)

I had to change my attention from myself and my home to my guests and their needs. Doing this makes the experience more enjoyable for everyone. We are the one who sets the tone of how people feel in our homes. If we are comfortable they will be too. Continue reading

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In All Circumstances: The Heartache of Miscarriage

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

By Guest Contributor: Heather Sines

mosaicOver the years I have heard of, and have known a few, people who have had a miscarriage.  While I couldn’t identify with them I did wonder how they dealt with it.  How hard that must be to lose a most wanted child.  Because of that, I didn’t know what to say to them or even if I should say anything.

In November of 2011, four days before Thanksgiving, I found out I was pregnant with baby #2.  Our son was only 8 months old, and I was a little shocked at the thought of have 2 kids so close together.  My husband, on the other hand, was excited and thought it would be fun.  Slowly his enthusiasm rubbed off on me and I started planning.  We would need another crib, a double stroller, I would need to pull out all of the baby clothes. The  lists started. One week later it wouldn’t matter. I had started miscarrying. We had just moved to the area and I still didn’t have a doctor. I didn’t know who to call or where to go. After my husband called around, he found a VERY nice doctor that squeezed me into his busy schedule. He explained the different possibilities and calmed my nerves. He said if I was indeed miscarrying I would know soon.  And I did. Continue reading

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The Discipline of Solitude: Practicing Spiritual Disciplines Part Two

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalms 46:10

By Guest Blogger: Courtney Steedpeacefulrest (Medium)

One of the spiritual disciplines stand out more than the others for me. Of the traditionally accepted “spiritual disciplines” as exercised by Christ himself, solitude is one that I both am the most attracted to and find the hardest time mastering.

First of all, solitude is not something that comes real easy to us nowadays..right?

What comes to mind when you think of solitude? Quiet? Alone? Wonderful?

How often do you experience solitude? …raise your hand if you just snickered. If you are anywhere near the season I am in (kids at home, married, etc) then you know that solitude is pretty much non-existent. People are around us all the time. Little people need us to help manage their every need, and our sweet husbands need us in more ways than they want to admit it. We have homes, jobs, parent meetings, meals to cook and laundry to do. We are busy. And, dare I say we are getting busier by the day. Continue reading