By: Heather Patenaude @heatherarnel
Recently a friend had to add formula to her 9 month olds diet because he wasn’t putting on weight like she had hoped. She shared privately how embarrassed she was to put that can of formula on the convayer belt at the grocery store. Thoughts of pride, mingled with fear of man, “What will people think?” blended.
Another friend chimed in that nursing her 4 month old had become an ordeal and they switched to all bottles, at a conference this new mom received a very insensitive comment from someone who didn’t know the full story!
By: Heidi Jo Fulk
Guilt. That all too familiar feeling in my gut—wearing on my mind and heart. As a child of God, I know I have grace and forgiveness and that guilt should not have a hold on me. “Therefore there is now no condemnation…” (Romans 8:1-2). I think I know that I can’t and shouldn’t live in guilt, but guilt still comes. And I’m pretty confident I’m not alone on this one. So what do we do with it? What should be our reaction?
By: Amy Cantilina
As my kids’ school year comes hurtling to a close in about a week, I am looking ahead at summer vacation with my usual sense of excitement and eagerness to do fun things together, let go of routines, and savor down time. The end-of-school-year frenzy of field trips, class parties, authors’ teas, concerts, banquets, sports day, and awards ceremonies has my head spinning and longing for a blank calendar.
By: Carrie Ward
“We shouldn’t have a child-centered home.”
I’ve heard that phrase many times; perhaps you have, as well. I agree with the idea behind this statement, but I find that sometimes what I really want is a self-centered home. I want my children and my husband to do things my way. I want my home to be ME-centered.
By Erin Davis
I 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?
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By Jill Savage
When child number one threw a fit in the grocery store one day, screaming at the top of her lungs in this very public place, I was so embarrassed. I’d witnessed a scene like that before I had children, and I swore my kids would never do that. Since becoming a mom, I’ve found myself in all kinds of situations I never thought I’d be in.
By Erin Davis
Motherhood is hard for me. Its’ not hard in the usual way. The I’m sleep deprived, I have so much laundry to do, my kids are pushing my buttons way. Honestly, I can handle those challenges most of the time. But still, most days motherhood feels extraordinarily tough. I think I know why.