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Dear Fellow Mom: You Are Not a Failure

Before I had my daughter, I had so many ideas of what kind of mom I would be.

I was going to have a natural, drug-free birth. I was going to breastfeed for at least six months. We wouldn’t introduce solids until six months to maximize the amount of breast milk she was getting. I was going to lose all the baby weight in the first few months, without much effort. I mean, everyone says that if you’re breast feeding, the weight just magically falls off, right? I wasn’t going to have any problems with the baby blues because I would just be so ecstatically happy all of the time. I was so sure I would be able to comfort my child. She would be a good sleeper and a great eater. Failure wasn’t even an option I considered.

I simply knew that I was designed by God to be a mother. So it would all come naturally. What could possibly go wrong?

Ask God if it’s True: Taking Your Insecurities to God

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with insecurities. I feel like I’m not good enough in so many areas of my life: Marriage, motherhood, beauty, intelligence, spirituality. The list goes on and on. I can usually stave off these negative thoughts, especially during the busy hours of the day. But sometimes at night, when I’m already weary and my defenses are down, they hit me like a ton of bricks.

I’m not a good enough wife and mother.

My husband and daughter would be better off with someone else.

I’m ugly.

I’m fat.

I’m stupid.

I don’t love God enough.

The Lies We Tell Ourselves about Anger

Ever been angry? Me too. It happens from time to time, right?

Maybe someone cuts you off in traffic or your husband comes home late without calling for the third night in a row or maybe your kids are running around the house after you just told them to stop.

Whatever the reason, anger is an inevitable part of life.

And, really, anger itself isn’t necessarily a problem. Sometimes it spurs us into action to stand up for our beliefs or to not fall into that same bad behavior pattern for the millionth time.

The problem is the lies we tell ourselves. These lies impact how we view and deal with anger.

Scripture Saturdays: It’s the Little Things

It’s hard to find time in your busy schedule to spend time with the Lord, but it is so very crucial to our spiritual well-being that we make this time. My challenge to you (and to myself) is that each Saturday morning we come together and study a verse from the Bible. Let’s talk about what it means to us and how we can apply it in our daily lives. So look for a new verse every Saturday morning, grab a cup of coffee and your prayer journal, and let’s grow together in the Lord!

“Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming!” (Song of Songs 2:15).

Scripture Saturdays: Being Still and Hearing From God

It’s hard to find time in your busy schedule to spend time with the Lord, but it is so very crucial to our spiritual well-being that we make this time. My challenge to you (and to myself) is that each Saturday morning we come together and study a verse from the Bible. Let’s talk about what it means to us and how we can apply it in our daily lives. So look for a new verse every Saturday morning, grab a cup of coffee and your prayer journal, and let’s grow together in the Lord!

“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10).

Dealing with Disappointment: 6 Godly Ways to Cope

Disappointment is a part of life. We all have times when others don’t live up to our expectations or let us down in some way. Often, it seems that the people who disappoint us the most are those closest to us because we tend to hold them to higher standards than everyone else. After all, no one is supposed to love us more than those in our “inner circle.”

When someone close to us hurts us in some way it can be tempting to hold a grudge against that person. Maybe we feel like they don’t deserve our grace or that, if we forgive them this time, they’ll only do it again. Whatever the reason, we hold onto the grudge, we nurture it. Even when the hurt begins to fade, we renew it in our hearts because we just can’t seem to let it go.