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Bittersweet Goodbye Makes Way for a New Thing

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

By: Jennifer Mullen

Good morning, Sweet Mommas.

What a journey we have been on!  Since the day I received the calling to begin working on this project, I have loved you.  I have had a deep desire to encourage you…to strengthen you…to lead you ever closer to the Father.

This journey has been an act of obedience and blessings have resulted from that obedience.  And now I must humbly and obediently release this work to make room for something new.

Gretchen and I have prayed and discussed for months (really since the beginning) about the direction this ministry should go in.  We have acknowledged it is not ours to hold on to, but at times I wanted to because I thought I knew best. After many weeks of back and forth with Gretchen and with the LORD in prayer, one day out of the blue I felt a great burden taken off my shoulders. I knew I had been released from this project.

I know in my heart that this body of work, the blog itself, is complete.

In the stillness I have heard whispers of an all-knowing God, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19a).

So before I tell you the big news about what is to come, I just want to say a few thanks.

Thank you, Father, for taking me through this process.  Teaching me that even in the darkness you are there and your desire is for us to seek your glory.  I stand in awe of the work that you have done through this ministry…not just in the hearts of our readers, but the hearts of our writers as well.

Thank you to my husband, Michael, for you encouraging me for years to start blogging before I even knew what a blog was.  Thank you also for the countless hours of coding and website development.  You make us look good!

Thank you to my original writing team: Gretchen, Kerri, and Melissa.  What a blessing it was for you to come alongside of me and embrace the vision of my calling!  I will never forget the first few times we met to pray about this ministry and how clear it was that it was what we needed to do.

Thank you to the writers who finished the project with us: Dana, Sarah, and Jennifer. You all were so inspiring because you were our readers who caught the vision and wanted to be apart of the process.

Thank you to our guest writers, photographers, and giveaways sponsors.  Your contributions deepened and enriched the mosaic.

Thank you to our readers!  How could I forget you!  I will always cherish you in my heart.  As the Ecclesiastes 3:11 states, I will never know from begin to end what the LORD has done, but I know that He has taken this work of love and used it to encourage you.  You have blessed my live greatly even though I may not even now your name.

And last but not least, thank you to my co-admin, Gretchen.  It has been amazing to see how our friendship has developed through this process.  I can never express in words what your friendship, accountability, prayers, and countless hours on the phone has meant to me.  I could have never imagined what God would have taken us through in developing our characters and leadership skills over the past three years.

Ok, I better stop. It’s like I can hear the music at the Academy Awards telling me everyone is losing interest, but when you have your opportunity you have to take it. 🙂

So what about that new thing?

Well it is Gretchen’s idea.  We are not sure were the LORD will take it,  but like I said sometimes you have to weed out some things to make room for the new work.

We are starting a new site to widen our focus ministry from just moms to all women.

Brace yourself…we will be podcasting!  Please be gracious as we are amateurs. Also we will be networking several Christian blogs on our site.

Where can you find us?  We will be over at Women Living In Faith.  Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter too.

Click here to hear the details of our next big adventure!Facebookcoverwlif

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Polina’s Promise: A story of hope, redemption, and dreams come true

“I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him.” Job 29:12

By: Dana Baran

I have a story to share with you. It’s a story that shows the power of God and how deep a mother’s love can go. The main characters in my story are Continue reading

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Finding Time

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

By: Melissa Pope

Do you find it hard to make time for Bible reading and prayer since school is back in swing? I sure do. We are busy from the time our feet hit the floor until our heads find the pillow at night.

Finding time to pray and read God’s Word is important for many reasons. I find power and strength when I am spending time with God. I am a better mom when I make my spiritual life a priority.

Here are some things that help me when time runs short:

  • Keep it simple. No time for in-depth study? Read one Proverb each day.  There are thirty-one Proverbs, so read the one that corresponds with the day of the month.
  • Listen. Listen to Christian music during the day.
  • Unplug! Don’t fill all your time with mindless television or radio. Turn it off and listen for God’s still small voice.

Take time today to seek the LORD.  You will find Him if you seek Him with all of your heart.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

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Some Days Are Harder Than Others

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

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“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”  Ecclesiastes 3:11

by: Kerri Young

When we first arrived in our new home in the Middle East we were, as can be expected, a little overwhelmed.

Life is different here. Not different bad. Just different.

HomesWe traded our yard and white picket fence (literally) for a fourth story flat with three balconies (which we love!). I exchanged my mini-van for public transportation in the form of a taxi, bus and Metro, which I will write about in another post sometime soon. We cannot buy brown sugar, vanilla extract, macaroni and cheese, pop tarts, most breakfast cereals, fruit snacks or shredded cheese at the grocery store (and those are just a few of the things we are missing). Our language skills, and thus our ability to communicate effectively with the local people, are on par with my two year old’s ability to communicate with us. But, we are learning….slowly. Continue reading