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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

Mosaic of Moms Women’s Bible Study

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

By: Jennifer Mullenwomen's bible study

During this season of my life, nothing has encouraged me more than being around other women who share their lives in authentic ways. For the past six years, I have been involved with a weekly bible study with a group of women from our church.  Having a diversity of thought, backgrounds, and age within our group has brought me so much perspective in my day to day walk with the LORD.what-happens-when-women-walk-in-faith

Serving the LORD through the act of encouraging women and teaching them about the Word is a passion of ours.  Having said that we are excited to announce that Mosaic of Moms will be starting a bible study on Thursday nights beginning September 12th.  We will meet at 8:00 p.m. every Thursday. (Location TBA- Contact us for more info.)  No, you don’t have to be a mom to join us.  This is open to all women!

This semester we will be working through Lysa TerKeurst’s book What Happens When Women Walk in Faith. No matter where you are at in your walk with God, this book will stretch you.  If you are a babe in Christ or a seasoned warrior, the LORD has more for you.  In this book we will take a deep look at the calling of Abraham and the five phases that he went through to realize the fulfillment of that calling.  Lysa then helps you to identify what stage you are in on the road to the fulfillment of your own calling.

If you are interested in joining us and/or for more details including the location of our meet-ups, please contact at mosaicofmoms@gmail.com or on our Facebook page for more details.

Then I Became a Mother: Book Review and Giveaway

“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 MSG

By: Jennifer Mullen

My best friend from my childhood called me awhile back to inform me that she was reading our blog.  This surprised me until I realized that she was trying to tell me she was expecting her first child.  I squealed in excitement.  A million things flooded my mind of what I wanted to share with her.  Things I wish someone would have told me.  I simply could not put into words all my thoughts. Too much to tell with too much distance between us. So, I congratulated her and left it at that.  After all she would figure it out sooner or later like we all did.

A few weeks later she posted a link on Facebook to a book that her cousin had written about the process of becoming a mother.  I checked it out. It was hysterical and spot on!  It was everything I wanted to tell my friend and so much more.

Then I Became a Mother, by Robin Kramer is a must read for every expecting mother, new mom, or any mom of young children.  Kramer has an uncanny ability to use the written word to mentor a mother’s heart.  Her writing style seemed as intimate and genuine as having coffee with a dear friend.

Kramer used the humor that comes with day-to-day parenting to make her nine pieces of advice relatable and easy to accept.

Her antidotes convinced me that I was not an anomaly.  I truly wish that I had read this book years ago when I was in trudging through sleep training and breastfeeding.  But there was plenty of advice for me to still benefit from such as avoiding comparisons, redefining accomplishments, and adjusting my standard for a clean house.

I am confident that my dear childhood friend now has received coherent and sound advice that will serve her well in the first few years of parenting.

If you or someone you know would benefit from this book, you can order an e-copy of this book here.  Also, you can do a book study with it in your mother’s group or with a few of your friends.  Click here to download free discussion guides.  If you would like to read more from Robin Kramer, check out her blog: Pink Dyer Lint.

Giveaway:

Robin Kramer has graciously offered an e-copy of Then I Became a Mother as a giveaway to Mosaic of Moms.  We are going to do a drawing for the winner from our subscribers.  If you have not yet subscribed, go ahead and do it now.

At the top of the right hand column enter your e-mail address.  You will receive an e-mail  to confirm your subscription.  Once you do that, you are entered to win!  You will also start receiving e-mails when we post articles to our blog which is only twice (on rare occasions three times) a week.

A Few Quick Rules:

  • All entries must be submitted by January 18, 2013 at 11:59 CST.
  • The winner will be selected via random.org and and be notified by e-mail. If we do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.
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Why MOPS? Because You Are Not Alone!

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

By: Jennifer Mullen

It’s that time of year again.  MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group leaders around the world are making preparations for the mothers who they will be ministering to this year.  They are planning for guest speakers, crafts, discussion groups, and childcare.  They are praying for the mothers who will walk through the doors of the churches where they meet.  They are striving to provide a warm environment for growth of friendship, parenting skills, and future ministry leadership skills.  They want you to know: “You are not alone.” Continue reading

Dear Mama, Rest… Love, Me

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” Genesis 2:2-3

“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.” Matthew 11:28-29a.

Dear Mama,

You need a break. You need some time to pursue your interests. You need to rest. Yes, you. “How?” you ask. I’ll give you some suggestions.

Love, Me

HOW

1)      Your husband CAN handle it. He’s not a babysitter, he’s the dad. If he does things differently than you would it’s not wrong. As a team you should agree that both of you need “you” time. Figure out the best way to make it happen.

2)      Partner with a friend or neighbor. You watch her kids; she watches yours.

3)      Babysitter! If you can’t afford one find a younger girl that can be a mother’s helper. Give her firm guidelines and have some activities ready.

WHY

1)      You need a break from your kids, and they need to learn they can get along without you. They can learn to trust.

2)      It’s important to maintain or develop interests apart from your children. Yes, being a mom is consuming in good and bad ways, but it shouldn’t be the entire definition of who you are.

3)      It’s important that you are a good example to your children. Taking time to exercise, maintain your health, read the Bible and trying new things are good things for your children to see you doing.

I know that I’ve made it seem simple in this short post. In some ways it is, but in some ways it isn’t. For some mamas it will take more work than others. The moms at Mosaic of Moms can try to give you specific suggestions if you want to send us your questions. And I’m not just talking to new mommies, you moms who have been at this for a while may need to re-evaluate.