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“I just want to quit.” -me (and most likely you)

I remember sitting in my ninth grade Sunday school class hearing about peer pressure. The example was someone standing on a chair trying to pull another friend up onto the chair with them. No matter how hard she tried, it was much easier for the friend on the ground to pull the friend off the […]

There’s probably a woman out there who loves folding laundry and scrubbing dirty dishes, and I am not that woman. I don’t naturally love cleaning and picking up every single day. With me, my two year old and my husband under one roof, our home gets messy in the blink of an eye. It sometimes […]

This post was written by Kelly Strickland. You can read more about Kelly at the bottom of the post! Learning to let go of the perfect “quiet time” with the Lord has been quite a difficult journey for me. My love language is quality time and so when our son Will came along I realized […]

This post was written by Elizabeth Santelmann. Read more about Elizabeth at the bottom of the post. I struggle to keep Truth before me. I tend to be one of those people who move back and forth between agonizing doubt and stepping forward in faith. The dry times in various phases of motherhood have derailed […]

There is a mother, bent and gray, her children grown and living.
They shower her with words of praise, for all her love and giving.

Another mother down the street is nursing her grown daughter
Whose body’s wracked by this disease; her life is stolen from her.

And on this day a mother cries as newborn life spills forth;
Her precious son blinks in the light and cries for mother’s warmth…

Today Maegan is sharing her story of redefined expectations and unexpected blessings in motherhood. We pray this story blesses you as you evaluate your own expectations of your children and the work that God can do in and through their lives.

It is no surprise that post birth our bodies change drastically. Along with that physical change comes an added spiritual change. Raising children is no small task. It has been argued that motherhood is by far one of the most important tasks on earth, because we as mothers are shaping the future leaders of the next generation! In my own heart I carry a deep conviction that these days with my little boy are meant for greater purposes— for kingdom purposes. But in order to truly grasp that and live it out, I have to put my “mom pants” on. Let me explain.

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching us and each year when this day comes around my heart becomes tender for the women who are hurting. Mother’s Day is not only a day we celebrate our mamas, but it is also a day we love those who are mourning a loss, desiring a baby, or feeling left out. There are women who have suffered miscarriages, women who have wayward children, women who are orphans, women who are grieving losing their mamas, and women who are mourning the loss of a child. You may be reading this and immediately identify with one of those descriptions, or you may be thinking about a woman who needs encouragement to her weary soul.

It was about a year ago, now, when we first learned that there was possibly something wrong in my pregnancy. On that sunny Friday morning in April, I traveled to Dallas alone for my 12-week pregnancy checkup. Trey stayed home with Kate, and I was looking forward to eating at Chuy’s by myself after the appointment. It was to be a routine checkup, but it became very un-routine when when my obstetrician couldn’t find the baby’s heartbeat. We walked two rooms down to have a sonogram performed. Once the sono tech placed the wand on my gel-covered abdomen, I was quickly relieved to see the screen light up with life. My relief did not last long, though, for in a matter of moments, both my doctor and the sono tech were discussing with me nuchal translucency, genetic testing, and a possible chromosome abnormality.

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