He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8

God seems to be impressing on me lately that I am not a very merciful person. Whether it be at home with our children and my responses to their shenanigans, or encounters with others in which I am quick to judge or have an opinion on.

It’s wrong. And unfair. In whatever circumstance it may occur. God has called us as believers to LOVE each other, no matter what our ideals or situations may be. To LOVE MERCY. In this and only this can we truly walk in humility.

As a mom we can be under a lot of pressure – in how we provide for our families, raise our families, activities we participate in – everyone has an opinion, and online it’s all in up in your face. We can easily let ourselves feel guilty and judged by a decision we’ve made. But what matters most is that WE are doing what’s best for us and our families.

So I’m calling us up to a higher standard, and calling us out onto the carpet. Stop looking around, and comparing to make yourself feel better or others feel worse.

Instead, look down – into those faces of the precious ones God has called you to care for. They’re who you’re working for, and they don’t care about anything other than you making the best of whatever time you have with them. You don’t have to impress them, they already love you for who you are!

And look up! God is pleased, for he has given you this amazing blessing and privilege of raising up the next generation. But the gifts that he’s given you are for YOU, the goals and abilities are yours. Don’t try to project them onto others.

Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God. Eyes on him!

I Am a Mom, Hear Me Roar1

I am first and foremost a follower of Christ, then a wife, then a mother.

I am the best mother for MY children. Own it!

I will not be ashamed of the state of my home, for it bears the marks of life, love and laughter.

I will gift gifts of love, time, beauty and joy to my children. But more importantly, I will devote my life to God first, then my husband, then them.

I will not be bullied by the latest opinions, or “best practices”, but I will use God-given wisdom and my own momma instinct.

I will not let others dictate how I choose to teach, feed, raise or instruct my children – I am responsible for my actions to God alone.

Whether I take my photos with my phone or a camera, make my food from a box or “whole” ingredients, use cloth or disposable, teach Latin or…not… is no standard of worth.

My house is my kingdom where I will reign supreme (and decide what that means), alongside Lego, books, and nacho supreme, puzzles, Kraft Dinner and Mr. Clean, laughter, learning and smoothies that are (sometimes :D) green.

I will not let what I eat, or the shape of my body, or how my clothes fit shame me into feeling less than worthy, for I am a daughter of the king.

I am a Mom, hear me ROAR!!