By: Heather Patenaude @heatherarnel
How did it go?
Did anything surprise you about taking the Holy30 challenge?
By: Shannon Popkin
When I was in college, I was very interested in God’s input on the Biggies. Things like:
Whom should I marry?
What major should I choose?
What should I do after college?
I would pray and journal, and look for ‘signs’ from God, like when the cute football player in my chemistry class walked me to my dorm after class.
By: Shannon Popkin
It’s not hard to tell if a woman is drunk.
She’s uninhibited, and speaks her mind.
She takes uncharacteristic risks, and doesn’t fret about consequences or what others think.
She does things that she would never, otherwise, do.
By: Erin Davis
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.”
By: Heidi Jo Fulk
I Thessalonians 5:23-24—May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. (NIV)
These are my #1 weapon verses. I memorized these two verses about eight years ago when I was desperately seeking to renew my mind and thoughts. I knew I needed to “take every thought captive to obey Christ”, so every time I was tempted or a sinful thought or image would come into my mind, I would say these two verses. Out loud, in my head—whatever I needed to do. Still do. Sometimes over and over like scrubbing a crusty pan with a scouring pad until those thoughts are gone. Captive.
By Miriam Walsh
The troops were getting restless. Boys have some innate inclination that makes them extra wiggly and mischievous in a mall setting with rounds of clothing as far as their little eyes can see. I asked my younger son, who was 4 at the time, to please wait patiently while I tried to find the right size. He agreed. Moments later I heard him singing a song he had just composed. “How’s your bottom? How’s your bottom? How’s your bottom today?!” Now that’s waiting creatively. We still are joking about it ten years later.
By: Heather Patenaude
An unexpected diagnosis, a rebellious teen, the deep hurt of a close friend, rejection of a family member, the sudden loss of someone close, a church division over the scandal of one of its leaders, long term health issue, or the breakdown of your marriage are the harsh reality for many of us.
The question isn’t if we’ll experience heartache in life, the question is how will we respond?
By: Julie Paulsen
Is this a “thirsty” season of life for you? Are you a dehydrated Mom looking for a quiet moment to think, or for all your children to nap simultaneously? Are you thirsty for meaningful conversation with your husband or maybe a simple meal with no milk or food on the floor?
By: Shannon Popkin
I wonder if Sarah, Abraham’s wife, experienced new devastation at that certain time each month. The new show of blood must have served as monthly evidence that once again, her body had not produced the baby she longed for. For at least one more month, the family line that was to bless the whole world was not yet a reality. And she and Abraham were just two aging people with big unfulfilled dreams.
By: Kimberly Wagner
When I was fourteen my pastor introduced me to a radical concept. It was radical for me because I was what you might call a television junkie. I loved all those shows that people now call “vintage.” Growing up, my typical day was filled with several hours vegging in front of the T.V.
Things changed when my pastor issued a challenge to me one day. He challenged me to use Philippians 4:8 as my guide for what I filled my head with. He challenged me to place my music, television programs, books, magazines, and even my conversations, through the grid of Philippians 4:8 and see if they fit the criteria of things that would help me grow in my relationship with Christ. If Internet would’ve been around back then I’m sure he would’ve thrown that into the mix.
by Kimberly Wagner
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2)
What does that mean?
What does that look like?
By: Amy Catilina
The words “be still and know that I am God” appear at the end of a Psalm that has recounted God’s mighty deeds in the midst of chaos, strife, disaster, and warfare. To be still is quite the opposite of our natural tendencies; we are far more inclined to fret, panic, and get busy doing something.
By Miriam Walsh
It was never our intention to send our son to preschool. But when his younger brother was born, he had a lot of feeding issues and was very colicky. The house was filled with tension. Preschool was a way to give my older child a couple of hours of peace. An escape. One day I stood watching through the window into the classroom and observed my son playing with the roughest, meanest kid in his class. They had nothing in common.
What is Holy30?
By: Erin Davis
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!
By: Heid Jo Fulk
2 Corinthians 10:4-5—For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. (ESV)
Imagine an army. A fierce, well-trained force armed with every high-powered weapon known to man. Prepared, ready, and eager to fight…and at your disposal.