Category Archives: Seasons of Change

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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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Living the adventure…and trying to stay in the boat

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

By: Dana Baran

I came to the realization at the beginning of this summer that I was beginning to lose my sense of adventure, that I was letting motherhood overshadow my desire to try new things and take risks. It took the challenge of climbing out of the boat and onto a small inflatable tube to reignite my passion for adventure (for the full story click here). 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

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An Open Letter to My Daughter’s Kindergarten Teacher

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Dear Mrs. Kindergarten Teacher,

Today I will entrust you with my firstborn.   She is my joy.  She is my hopes and my dreams incarnate.  From the very beginning she has kept me on my toes, and I am sure you will be no different.  She is so ready to learn! I see so much potential for her life and her calling.

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The MOMS are in Time Out

“To everything there is a season…” Ecclesiastes 3:1a

By: Jennifer Mullen

(Scroll to the bottom to see the survival guide.)

Everything has its season. Being a teacher, I have kept a school calendar since I started kindergarten…well I guess that would be since I knew what a calendar was. 🙂 It is summer time, and it is time to refuel!

The MOMS feel that it is time to take a sabbatical from the blog.  Gretchen and I both have children who will be entering kindergarten in a few weeks.  Sarah’s eldest child will be starting his college career.  Dana is busy making preparations for the next year as co-coordinator of her MOPS group. Jennifer Clark is on her summer break at school.  And Kerri is adjusting to her new surroundings half-way across the world.  It is vital that we recognize the importance of transition for each of these seasons in our own lives and allow ourselves to give undivided attention to our situations. We plan to return in mid-August. Continue reading