From True Woman ’12: I Fell Out of the Raft

By Jessica Drews

Hi, my name is Jessica. I’m 25 and I can’t swim. You would think my inability to keep floating would keep me from a rafting expedition on the Delaware River. Nope.

I wanted to do something adventurous, to be George Washington. I fell out of the raft, and the only thing I could do was hang on to a metal ring on the back. Continue reading

From True Woman ’12: The Five P’s

By Jessica Drews

I’ll just go ahead and say it: No, you can’t be excused. Not a lack of time, or a messy house or a crying kid can keep you from this one thing — Bible study.

I don’t mean meeting with a group of ladies for snacks and study. I mean personal, sit down, shut out the world, and spend time with God Bible study.

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From True Woman ’12: The Five P’s

By Jessica Drews

I’ll just go ahead and say it: No, you can’t be excused. Not a lack of time, or a messy house or a crying kid can keep you from this one thing — Bible study.

I don’t mean meeting with a group of ladies for snacks and study. I mean personal, sit down, shut out the world, and spend time with God Bible study. Continue reading

Breaking Out of the Isolation Zone

By Erin Davis

Add to the loooong list of things I never knew about motherhood the fact that it has a tendency to sequester me into a lonely motherhood bubble. Friendships that thrived pre-kids dwindle among the chaos of the family schedule and my inability to have quiet, uninterrupted conversation. Where free time used to present options for connecting with others it is now most often spend catching up on sleep, quality family time or household chores. Continue reading

Trading Up

By Erin Davis

“And he said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come” Luke 11:2.

When my children were babies and they would cry for no reason, my husband would pick up their chubby bodies and say, “Let’s go survey the kingdom.” Our particular “kingdom” encompassed a three-bedroom ranch, big back yard and occasional stray cat. No castle, but I’ve got enough laundry to make a moat and I do occasionally feel like a maiden locked in the tower. Continue reading

Helping Kids Through Times of Transition

By Erin Davis

I can’t find my hairbrush or my spatula or my grandmother’s antique teacups. None of this seems to bother my two sons even though it’s making me batty. However, Eli is not thrilled that I’ve lost his cowboy boots, his catcher’s mask, and his collection of baseball DVDs. Every day Noble asks if I have found his backhoe and I have to tell him “not yet,” to which he usually sulks off with a pout or the occasional tear. Continue reading

One Tired Momma

By Erin Davis

I haven’t slept in four and a half years. At least, that’s what it feels like. If there is one thing that motherhood changes big time, it’s sleep patterns. In flashbacks of my pre-kid life I see myself nestled in a featherbed, sleeping until noon, and waking up beautifully rested. Continue reading

From True Woman ’12: Looking for My Love

By Jessica Drews

I have an overwhelming desire for control of my life, and lately I’ve been doing just about anything to get it. I’m neglecting to read my Bible. I’m spending more money than I have trying to get answers to my fears. I’m distracting myself with work, TV and the Internet to avoid facing Truth. Continue reading

Finding the Joy

By Dougetta Nuneviller

As I was listening to one mother’s account of her child’s impending birth and early years of life, I suddenly became ashamed of myself. Her story began by her telling us that her child would be born with a problem with his intestines. He would never be able to live his life as a normal baby. He would have to endure many operations and he would have to carry this burden the rest of his life. Continue reading

Yearbook Pictures Aren’t Scratch-and-Sniff

By Shannon Popkin

As we prepared for Cole’s second day of middle school, I reminded him, “Tomorrow is picture day.” He showed me the shirt he had already chosen for pictures. But as he packed another shirt for his second-hour gym class, he said, “I’m worried I won’t have time to change before gym. I don’t want to be tardy …” Continue reading

Count Your Blessings

By Dougetta Nuneviller

It all began as a normal day around the house. There were many activities planned such as friends coming over for lunch and a pool party, obligations of coaching, of course errands to be run and household chores to be done. Continue reading

Three Questions for Parents

By Shannon Popkin

(From www.shannonpopkin.blogspot.com, 07.20.12)

Recently, my friend and I were talking about getting to the root (heart) issue when we discipline our kids. I shared with her my 3 Questions (which I got from another friend!), which I have found to be helpful with my own kids. She asked me to write them down for her, so I figured I’d write them here, since there might be other moms who could use them. Continue reading

The Roller Coaster

By Jill McDaniel

What do you feel when you stand in front of a huge roller coaster? Some of you may feel a surge of excitement, and some of you may feel a surge of nausea.

I fall into the first category. I love roller coasters. But I have discovered a pesky little fact of motherhood: When you go to an amusement park with your kids, it’s really hard to go on any ride that is NOT shaped like an animal. Continue reading

Angry Mom

By Erin Davis

“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs
25:28.

Before baby I was a pretty cool cucumber but motherhood has a strange way of bringing my claws out. Sometimes I want to yell. Sometimes I want to stomp out of the room. Sometimes I want to get all up in their faces. But then I remember that they are two and four. I am the adult and what they see, they will eventually do. No matter how my children behave the Bible doesn’t allow me to sin in my frustration, exhaustion or anger. Continue reading