Dumb Things Moms Say Part 3

By: Erin Davis

Words-Have-PowerI was in a room of women once. We were introducing ourselves with by answering the standard openers…”What’s your name?” and “Where do you work?”

“Teacher.”

“Writer.”

“Case Manager.”

Everyone took a turn. Except for one woman who seemed to be trying to melt into the wall. When someone asked her what she did, she timidly said one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard a mom say…

“I’m just a mom.”

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Dumb Things Moms Say Part 2

By: Erin Davis

Words-Have-PowerSometimes we moms say the dumbest things (guilty!). I’m on a mission to cut some of the silly things we say from our collective vocabulary. If you missed my first post in this series, be sure to check it out here.

Remember, I gave two litmus tests straight from God’s Word to help us know what we should (and should not) say.

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Moms Say The Dumbest Things

By: Erin Davis 

Words-Have-PowerRemember that game show Kids Say the Darndest Things? I’d like to propose a sequel…

Mom’s Say The Dumbest Things.

I’ve been paying attention and there are a few momisms that just need to go. As a mom myself I’ve been known to say plenty of dumb things but I’m trying to kick the habit and I hope you’ll join me.

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When A Mom Crashes Into the Whitehouse

By: Erin Davis

ID-100137117I can’t stop thinking about Miriam Carey.

You may know her as the woman who crashed her car into the White House a couple of weeks ago. She was killed by D.C. police after leading them on a terrifying chase. Her 18-month-old daughter was strapped in her car seat in the back seat.

Miriam was not a terrorist.

She was a dental hygienist from Connecticut with no known history of violence.

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Holy30~ 1 Corinthians 2:2

By: Erin Davis

cream-floral-design-powerpoint-backgrounds (1)“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” 1 Corinthians 2:2.

There are all kinds of little g gospels. These are messages we preach to ourselves citing the (false) reasons that God will surely love and accept us.

There’s the gospel of association. “I’m a Christian because I was raised in a Christian home.”

There’s the gospel of achievement. “God loves me because I do so much for Him.”

There’s the gospel of comparison. “I am holy because I’m not as messed up as she is.”

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Holy30 ~ Hebrews 12:1-2

What is Holy30?

By: Erin Davis

cream-floral-design-powerpoint-backgrounds (1)I’ve got a verse for us to ponder for today’s Holy 30 devo, but first but would you mind taking the time to watch this short video? It’s a powerful reminder all mommas need.

That was hard to watch wasn’t it? No one likes to see little mouths smoking cigarettes or little hands flipping the bird. The parts that were the hardest to watch for me were the angry moms and dads. I’ve been very honest on this blog about the fact that I often struggle with anger toward my children.

Anger may not be your particular hang up. But I know there’s something…something you don’t want your children to inherit from you. Something that if you saw your littles repeating, you’d feel like the worst mom ever. Something that you just can’t seem to get under the Spirit’s control.

Those somethings can make us very discouraged. When we try and fail, try and fail, try and fail we can be so tempted to throw in the towel. To give up. To stop trying. To stay in a position of defeat. But God’s Word reminds us why we need to keep working, to keep praying, to keep struggling to become more like Christ and less like our fleshy selves.

Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

The “cloud of witnesses” this particular passage is referring to is the great people of faith mentioned in Hebrews 11, but there’s a principle here that we all need reminded of as moms.

Our particular “cloud of witnesses” is our children. They watch our every move. They mimic us more than we realize. So what does God’s Word call us to do? Here’s the list that Hebrews 12 gives.

• Lay aside every thing that weighs us down.
• Let go of sin even though it wants to stick to us like Velcro.
• Run with endurance the race that God has set for us.
• Look to Jesus.
• Remember that He went through more than we ever will but now He has the reward that we have been promised.

When you want to give up. Remember your cloud of witnesses.
When you want to give in to sin. Remember your cloud of witnesses.
When you feel like you can’t keep running. Remember your cloud of witnesses.

And when you struggle with fear and failure, remember Jesus. He endured much to loose sin’s grip on you. In His strength you can have victory that will impact your little cloud of witnesses for generations. As your kids fix their eyes on you, fix your eyes on Him and keep running!

Holy30 ~ Jeremiah 29:13

What is Holy30?

By: Erin Davis

cream-floral-design-powerpoint-backgrounds (1)You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13.

Somewhere along the line, I’ve heard the story of a village in Africa where physical healings are commonplace. Broken bones are made straight. Head wounds have been closed up. The dead have even been brought back to life. When I pressed about why that was happening there, and not here (at least not as often) I was told that Jesus was their only hope. With no access to ambulances, doctors, or emergency rooms, the people in this village put all of their hope in Christ. And He delivers.

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Holy30 ~ Matthew 6:33

What is Holy30?
By: Erin Davis

cream-floral-design-powerpoint-backgrounds (1)“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” Matthew 6:33.

When our children are babies and they have one of those crying spells that nothing seems to fix, my husband always takes them for a stroll to “survey the kingdom.” For the first two our “kingdom” encompassed a three-bedroom ranch, big back yard, and occasional stray cat. Our new edition, Judah has been born into a slightly larger “kingdom” that includes a little farm, a Goldendoodle, three cows, and a goat named Oreo. No castle, but I’ve got enough laundry to make a moat and I do occasionally feel like a maiden locked in the tower.

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Are You Shepherding or Sheltering?

By: Erin Davis

I have three sons. One of the things that has shocked me about raising so much testosterone is how much they like to fight. Every stick is a potential sword. Every opportunity to play seems to turn into a battle.IMG_9207

When this first started happening, I reasoned that what my children were watching must be the culprit for their fascination with duking it out. Looking back I can see this didn’t make logical sense. We monitor our children’s media choices carefully. They’ve had zero exposure to violent content. As a result, my attempts to curb the fighting by screening what their little eyes saw produced basically no results. But I kept barking up that tree for months, cutting more and more programs out of their list of mommy approved viewing material.

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The Debate We Must Stop Having

By: Erin Davis

ID-10092736I’m late in getting this post up because I’ve got a five-year old with the flu and a newborn who always wants held. I know for a fact that achieving balance between my work and my kids is an equation that will never add up for me. I know that’s true for many (dare I say all) moms. That’s why I’m putting us all in time out.

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Jesus Had a Momma. So What?

By: Erin Davis

603854bsjmqook0Warning: obvious statement ahead…

Jesus was a man.

He liked to fish. He hung out primarily with other dudes. He had a beard. Despite the slightly feminine pictures of Him that sometimes hang in church hallways, I picture Jesus as a real mans’ man. He was authoritative, rugged, and not too big on touchy feely conversations.

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Just For Angry Moms

By Erin Davis

ID-10081510I’m an angry mom.

That’s the confession I made several months ago on Focus on the Family. You can hear the audio of me fessing up to my mom anger here.

I’m not proud of my tendency to loose my cool in front of my kids. In fact, I hate how quickly and how often I find myself seething with anger toward them. But even though I hate that side of me, my tendency is to brush it off, justify it, or act like blowing my top is just an occupational hazard of my job as a mom.

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School Choice: Undecided

We’ve been talking “school choice” around here! (Public and Homeschool, Homeschool, Public School Part 1, Part 2) Erin wraps up this series with her heart on being “undecided”.

Eli first day of preschoolBy: Erin Davis

Here’s a little background.

I am the daughter of a teacher. My momma has a master’s degree in education. She taught in my public elementary school for decades. She only allowed us to miss school if there was proof we were literally at death’s door. Needless to say, education was a highly elevated virtue in my house growing up.

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Groundhog Sightings

By Erin Davis

GroundhogI have a random theory.

I think that God chooses one thing from nature to remind each of us individually of His love for us. He uses that thing to woo us and to remind us that even though He is the Creator and we are the created, He’s totally smitten with us. I’m not sure if it’s a theory that works across the board, but I do know that God has always used one specific creature in nature to affirm His love and remind me of His sweetness.

What is it, you ask?

Groundhogs.

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