women

I know you know what I’m saying. You, as a woman of God, desire to live a life as a disciple of Christ.  You read, you pray, you study, you attend church.  But at home, there is no support.  There is no one urging you to do this.  There is no one asking the family to sit down around the table and do family Bible time together.  No one initiates prayer time between the two of you. You turn to your girlfriends for counsel before you turn to him. Because he isn’t your spiritual leader. We know that it is Biblical for the man to be the leader of the household.  He is to love and lead his wife like Christ loves and leads the Church.  We, as the wife, are to submit to his authority and be his helper in leading the family to Christ. So what happens if your husband isn’t fulfilling his role? Before you start piling enormous amounts of pressure on yourself, take a moment to breathe. This is where we, as wives and mothers, have to pick up where the husband leaves off.  Someone has to be the leader.  Your first priority mission field is right

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I was not a good mom this weekend. This was your Daddy’s long weekend, and often on these weekends, I feel completely overwhelmed and worn out.  I don’t get many breathing breaks. On Saturday after work, I knew we were leaving pretty quickly from GiGi’s house to go get a prize for your excellent behavior last week.  You filled up your behavior chart except for two spaces, so that warranted a trip to the Dollar Tree.  I parked my car and ran in the house, leaving the garage door open, but being sure to lock the house door.  I always do this if we aren’t staying at GiGi’s long. You weren’t quite ready to go, so I dressed you and took JP upstairs to change his diaper.  GiGi was getting dressed in her room.  You joined me to help with JPs diaper and then you decided to go back downstairs.  I finished getting JP ready and then went to see how much longer GiGi would be.  She said you had not brushed your teeth yet, so I went downstairs to find you. Your new favorite game is hide and seek, so when I called your name, I figured you were hiding.  I put your brother

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I had the pleasure this weekend of attending a women’s conference at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham with my mother in law.  We attended Shades when we lived in Birmingham, so it was nice to be back and see all of our friends. The keynote speaker for the event was Jen Hatmaker.  If you have not read her books or heard her speak, I would highly encourage you to.  You know that episode of Friends where the book Kujo scares Joey, so he puts the book in the freezer?  Jen Hatmaker did the same thing for me with her book, Interrupted.  I’ve actually hidden it so well that I can’t find it anymore, which is a shame because Mom wants to borrow it. I have to hide it because she speaks truth so well that it hits the deepest core of me and it scares me to death that I am actually being challenged to do what she is asking of me. But it’s not her asking me at all.  It’s the Holy Spirit prodding and urging and pushing me to do these things that He’s called me to do.  And as Mordecai made it clear to Esther (Esther

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I am not a perfect mom.  I make my own choices about how to mother my children. For the past three mornings, Brooke Allen has had a Peep with her breakfast, which is a Pop-Tart or a Clif bar.  She gets Sprite with her meals at restaurants, and Sprite with cherry flavoring at Moe’s when she eats her cheese quesadilla.  She eats a lot of quesadillas, actually.  Anything with cheese.  I figure the cow that made the milk that made the cheese ate grass at some point and there’s some vegetable quality in that.  I don’t worry about buying organic, gluten free, dairy free, GMO free, all the stuff that makes food taste good free.  Brooke Allen likes her macaroni and cheese from a blue box (I do, too). I didn’t breastfeed either of my babies.  Truth be told, I didn’t want to.  I’m also a working mom, and what little time I have at home, I didn’t want to be tied down to a breastpump, thinking of all the things that need to be done because I am home by myself with two kids.  There is laundry to do, children to bathe, and sleep to be had before we

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70% of people living below the poverty line around the world are women. 40% of all women live on less than $2 per day. That’s less than my coffee run on Wednesdays. It’s because of these statistics that women find themselves trapped in a system of sex trafficking and sex slavery.  In some countries, being a prostitute is the only way to put food on the table or buy shoes for their kid.  For these women, there is no choice.  Their lives are stolen and they see no way out.  Many are victims of abduction and kidnapping.  Others enter willingly for a quick dollar and quickly become entrapped in a vicious and deadly cycle.  They are under the literal death grip of a pimp who can make $150,000 per victim annually, and pimps usually “manage” 4-5 victims at a time, and the victims get pennies, if any, money for their “work.” In the United States alone: Human trafficking, which is not only women, but also boys and children, generates over $9.5 billion annually. The average age of entry into prostitution is 13 years old. The average victim is forced to have sex, on average, 20-40 times per day. One in

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