Encouragement for Stepmoms (Trust)

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me... Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:1, 27 My husband and I parent very differently than his ex-wife. She has more of a free spirit style and we are more structured. This is hard to write without feeling like I'm judging or condemning. Basically sometimes T is allowed to do things that I feel may … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Moms of Littles (Character and Faith)

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 As Christian mamas the one thing we want more than anything is for our littles to grow up to love Jesus. It's our job to teach them about Jesus and encourage them to have a relationship with Him. It's also our job to teach our kids character and help them grow a rock solid faith. We must gently help them to know that while they are not perfect they serve a God who is. Do a few intentional … [Read more...]

Rerun Tuesday: Weary Stepmom

Last year I wrote the words below and as I re-read them I'm thinking about how they apply to being any kind of parent - step, biological it doesn't matter. If you are a mom God made you for this. There will be days when yo are touted but don't grow weary. Lean into God and remember... God has a plan and you being a stepmom is part of it. God created me for this. He made me to be a stepmom to T. To be another mom for him. I’m messing up, yes. And I always will because I am human, but I am not … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Stepmoms (Consistent)

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 You hear how important being consistent with your child is. But it's not easy, is it? It's hard to be consistent with bedtimes, eating healthily and consequences when you're running from homework to the ball field and trying to feed your kiddo at some point before shower and bed. And what if your kid only lives with you part-time? Being consistent while parenting isn't … [Read more...]

Rest

This week our posts focus on weariness our rather working on not growing weary in our parenting. Try memorizing this scripture: And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 Keep doing your best mama and you will reap the harvest :(your good work at the proper time. … [Read more...]

Favorite Things

Have you heard of BookBub? It's totally one of my favorite things right now! You sign up to receive recommendations on current ebook deals based on your interests. It's awesome. I've got a ton of free ebooks this way. I also love LifeVerse Books for FREE and DISCOUNTED Christian books. I listen to a lot of podcasts on my commute each day. Here are some of my very favorite ones: Inspired to Action God Centeted Mom Slate's Mom and Dad are Fighting (warning explicit language) The … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Moms of Littles (Overwhelmed) 

 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers.  1 Peter 3:12 The first few weeks of being home with some newborn were Over. Whelm. Ing. I didn't expect to feel that way since I'd been a stepmom for ten years, I'd pulled all nighters in college, and my husband is an amazing dad and partner. I had no idea. I had heard that the tiredness you feel when sleep deprived from a newborn is like nothing else but I didn't get it. And it used to make me mad … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Stepmoms (He is Near)

 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. Acts 17:27 Being a stepmom can be a lonely place. You're a mom but you don't have the same rights as a bio mom and often your child feels conflict about loving you or having a relationship with you because it's seen as a betrayal to the bio mom. It's hard to express how that feels. Your hubby can try to understand and be empathetic but you still feel alone. Can you … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Moms of Littles (Get Wisdom)

 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 Breast feed or formula? What brand of diapers are most environmental friendly, good for my baby's bum, and won't cost a fortune? What vaccination schedule is best for my family? Should I put my baby on a sleep schedule? These are just a few of the many, many decisions we have to make as mamas. Read, research, find as much information as you can and want to. But seek wisdom from … [Read more...]

Rerun Tuesday: Encouragement

I wrote this post almost two years ago for the same reason I write most posts: because it's what I need to hear myself! One of our biggest worries and fears as moms/stepmoms is that we might be messing up our kids. We question our decisions and actions. I feel like as stepmoms we might second guess ourselves even more. As I wrote in the post from the past: Mamas, you are not messing up your kids. You may mess up now and again but you are not messing up your kids. You are human. You will … [Read more...]