From the book: He chose the womb

By Erin Davis

(Taken from the upcoming book, “Beyond Bath Time,” by Erin Davis. Look for it in April!)

Motherhood seems to be made up of a million small things. We hold our tiny babies. We fold their little clothes. We lose their tiny shoes in our mini vans and their teensy weensy socks in our dryers. We celebrate baby steps and small victories. And there are days when we can’t seem to think past the smallest increments of time — five more minutes of sleep, thirty-second showers, two-minute time outs. All of those small things have a tendency to narrow our focus, but in reality the big picture is much, well, bigger. Continue reading

From the book: A new breed of hero

By Erin Davis

(Taken from the upcoming book, “Beyond Bath Time,” by Erin Davis. Look for it in April!)

I’ve always adored Wonder Woman. With enviable powers such as superhuman strength, super speed and super stamina, she’s unstoppable. Wonder Woman always knows how to take out the bad guys, and she can do it all rocking a killer pair of red boots. She’s a superhero of the most impressive and glamorous type and there are many days I want to be just like her. Continue reading

Don’t just hang in there

By Kimberly Wagner

From www.truewoman.com (01.28.11)

Wow, I can’t get adjusted to the idea of being a “grandma!” Please don’t misunderstand — I love having a grandchild, it’s just that this season kind of crept up on me real fast. I guess I’m a slow adjuster, like when I continued to lay out a place setting for my daughter for months after she went to college!

For all the challenges and long nights that motherhood requires, one thing will never change — it passes far more quickly than you realize. When you’re drowning in laundry and dirty diapers, it seems you’ll never come up for air again. But I assure those of you who are young moms — one day you’ll be setting the dinner table and look up to realize the little ones have all grown up.

I had the delight of spending the first couple of weeks with my new grandbaby. Rocking and singing hymns to her through night vigils brought sweet memories and tears as I returned to early years of motherhood. It seems any moment now I should “wake up” and have my own little ones climbing into my lap.

Moms, please don’t let these days slip by too quickly. Stop to play. Stop to sing and rock. Stop to pray with your toddler. Hug the squabbling siblings and sneak out of the house to have a Sonic date with your teen!

Take it from a mom (now a “grandmom”) who has to fight back tears when reminiscing over those days.

Don’t just “hang in there”— intentionally enjoy your children!

“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3).

KIMBERLY WAGNER is married to her favorite pastor, LeRoy Wagner. Their children include Rachel and her husband Adam, Caleb and his wife Lindsey, plus a growing tribe of grandchildren! Kim’s passion is Christ, and she desires to ignite women’s pursuit of God’s glory. She is a frequent guest on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, as well as a regular contributor to the True Woman blog. Kim has written several devotionals and resource materials for women and loves encouraging women to become students of the Word. She is the author of “Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior.” You can connect with her through her website: http://www.kimberlywagner.org/ where she’s transparent about what God is teaching her.

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Tiny clothes

By Erin Davis

From www.truewoman.com (04.20.10)

I recently found myself surrounded by tiny clothes, bawling my eyes out. I was sorting through bags of my oldest son’s clothes looking for hand-me-downs that would fit my new baby. Eli just turned two, and his brother, Noble, is quickly outgrowing his newborn onesies. As I sorted through mountains of little boy clothes looking for items that would fit my little guy, I was suddenly struck by how quickly the time was passing. It seems like just a few weeks ago that Eli wore those clothes as I snuggled him close or rocked him to sleep. But now he’s too busy to do much cuddling and too big to rock to sleep. I know I will soon face the same reality with Noble. Continue reading

Where have all the babies gone?

By Kimberly Wagner

From www.truewoman.com (01.22.10)

Feminism’s impact on American society brought about rapid social change. Traditional gender roles were swept away by this cultural revolution. Womanhood was redefined. Motherhood was dismantled and reassembled with the myth of the “supermom.” But perhaps the most obvious change that feminism produced is seen in the realm of reproduction as feminism fought for “freedom of choice.” Continue reading

Mommas who leave

By Erin Davis

From www.truewoman.com (09.14.10)

I was feeling a little under the weather the other day, so my sweet husband decided to take my boys out for breakfast to give me a break. When the hostess asked how many to seat and my husband replied “just the three of us,” she bent in close and whispered, “Did momma leave?” Continue reading

The war of learning self control

By Erin Davis

From www.truewoman.com (09.01.10)

We are born sinful. I know that for a fact, because I have a two year old. My Eli is a very good boy most of the time, but there are times when he is downright carnal. And if given the opportunity to choose between what’s best for him and what isn’t, he usually picks option b. Continue reading

Beyond Bath Time

Is there more to your role as a mom than sleepless nights, laundry to fold and endless dirty diapers? Is it possible that while the tasks of mothering may seem mundane, they’re really part of the mission God has for you as He uses you to do big things for the Kingdom? Find out in this insightful new book by author Erin Davis. Continue reading

Superheroes in cute shoes

By Jill McDaniel

With the hundreds of heroes made famous in comic books, why hasn’t there been a superhero mom? Moms display the same amazing abilities as the most popular heroes. We can leap tall buildings left in the center of the hallway. We use X-ray vision to find belts no one else can see in the closet. We can bend and align plastic train tracks with our bare hands. Continue reading

Ministry beyond your front door

By Erin Davis

From www.truewoman.com (03.04.11)

Here’s a passage that jumped off the page at me recently:

“Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas?” (1 Corinthians 9:5).

The writer here is Paul. What most surprises me is his mention of the other apostles’ wives. Honestly, I’d never given much thought to whether or not the early apostles had wives. Now that seems silly. It isn’t likely that God chose to build His church only on the backs of bachelors. And if they had wives, we should assume that they had children, as they lived long before the era of modern birth control.

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