Category Archives: Encouragement

Tuesday Tidbit, Do to Others…

We were at a playdate the other day, which had me thinking. As grace grows, I want her to develop effective relationships with other kids. I want her to care about them and treat them kindly. So, I thought about what we needed to start instilling in her now so that when she’s old enough she develops that kind of thoughtfulness toward others and couldn’t help but think of this week’s verse.Caring for others is one of the most significant things we do. Discover how you can teach and apply the concept of caring for others in today's mini-devo.

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Tuesday Tidbit, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

As I have undergone the physical and emotional transformation that has been my weight loss journey post baby, I have come to love and appreciate my body more than ever. One reason I took on this task of getting healthier and improving my self-concept was to help my daughter navigate those choppy waters of self-doubt and body image as she grows. I know that the way I view my body does and will have a significant impact on how she view hers, so I want to start instilling confidence in her from a very young age. I can’t help but look to this week’s verse for encouragement!We were all fearfully and wonderfully made by a God who makes only good things. Discover how this impacts your perspective of self in today's devo.

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Tuesday Tidbit, I Formed You…

Each night before we tuck Grace into bed, we each have special things we say to her. Part of mine is telling her that God made her to do great things. I want her to know from a very young age that God set her apart and called her to be a woman after His own heart, someone that He has a purpose and a plan for, and that is one way I am instilling it in her. I’ve also claimed verses for her since before she was born, and this week’s key verse is one of them.Even before they were born, God had intentions for our little ones. Take today as a reminder that God formed your little one with a purpose in mind.

You may or may not be aware that received a somewhat uncommon diagnosis for our pregnancy after our full anatomy scan at around 20 weeks. The initial ultrasound indicated that we might have a marginal cord insertion, and when we had the follow up a few weeks later, it was confirmed. If you’ve ever experienced having an unconfirmed diagnosis (and being hours out of town before), then you have an idea of what I was going through. But, add on top of that that the diagnosis had more to do with my unborn baby than me, and you get a little mental image of what this mama’s heart was feeling… Continue reading

Tuesday Tidbit, This Isn’t Fair

Many of the lessons I want to teach Grace from an early age actually stem from things that I wish I would have started applying sooner. (Read that right. It’s not that they weren’t taught to me. I just didn’t apply them…) That being said, I’ve recently been reading through Lysa Terkeurst’s book Made to Crave, and to say it’s been eye-opening is an understatement. One of the things that has struck me the most recently is a chapter she title, “This Isn’t Fair!”So often we hear or repeat the phrase, "This isn't fair!" Discover how to move beyond this mentality and rely on God's strength in moments of comparison.

How many times do we hear that phrase? And, how many times do we say that phrase? “This isn’t fair…” We compare our situations to others or even just consider our own situation and deem it unfair. The point she makes in the text, though, is if we can get past that “this isn’t fair” mentality, it opens us up to live in even closer relationship with God, and that’s what I want Grace to understand from this week’s verse. Continue reading