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Formula Flop

formula flop       Oh, you know the “easy, homemade, simple” recipe for kid’s paint? You know it isn’t hard to figure out, and it only requires a few ingredients that you already have? You know it worked on Pinterest?

All of the above is true of my try at kid’s paint today, but my easy paint recipe turned out more like barely tinted gravy instead of bright colorful paint as I had envisioned.

It reminded me of how we naturally gravitate to lists and formulas in our lives. Some of us are even willing to take on challenging recipes or formulas over the simple for desired results.

These thoughts I share with you, my fellow mom friends, from my formula flop:

  1. Every child/parent/family is unique, therefore, there is not one simple formula guaranteeing success.
  2. Although there is not a sole simple robotic formula for parenting, there is a simple way to find the formulas or recipes that work for you and your family. It is through the access that we have to the Holy Spirit. He is ready and willing to direct us if we truly want the answer. What may help one child may not help another. What may work for you in parenting may not work for me.

I’m thankful to be reminded that when my formulas or plans do not make pretty paint, that I can ask the LORD to show me what I need to change for the particular project or problem. Most importantly, I’m reminded that I’m never alone. When my recipe flops, He is there in my failure, and ready to help me get His formula.

Maybe, I’ll try a new paint recipe tomorrow. “His mercies are new every morning.”

Blessings, Jeri Lynn

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Joy Is Coming!

Hey, moms!  I have had a time of it.  From a neck injury to a respiratory infection going through my family, this past week has been a rough one.  As a result, I totally forgot that it was my turn to share here again, so I am somewhat unprepared.

When I looked at the date, I realized I would “just’ have to share my favorite verse.  Psalm 30:5b “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

I don’t know what you are going through, sweet momma.  I don’t know about your sleepless night last night or the pain in your body.  I wasn’t there when you were weeping.  I can’t physically hug you but I want you to know that this too will pass. The morning always comes!

The heartbreak will fade and joy will return.  It’s a promise from the Bible!  If it’s night time, try to rest your head, because the dawn is coming.


Joy T.


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Why, not me?

Why did I have to go through four major spinal surgeries in high school?

Why was my daughter born with certain health issues that led her into ICU twice and surgery once before the age of one?

Why do people go through strokes and sickness?

Why do I ______(fill in the blank) ?

As moms, wives and woman of the Word, we can feel that our load is too heavy.

“We gave our lives to you, Lord, why are you allowing this? Why isn’t my husband responding Biblically? Why aren’t my kids __________ (fill in the blank)

There are many great answers to these questions of illness and trials, but after reading Luke today, I felt that one of the best answers to this, is Mary’s response “Why, NOT me?”

In Luke 1, we meet a godly YOUNG woman who was engaged to be married. She was a virgin and had her whole life ahead of her. An angel came to her and told her of news that would turn everything upside down. She would become pregnant with the Messiah, the repercussions from which she would forever have to contend.

Mary’s response was two-fold.

“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” – Luke 1:38

First she replied that she was the handmaid of the Lord. In the Greek, the word is “doulē,” meaning a female slave.

She was saying that her life was not her own. She was voluntarily serving her Master, no matter the cost.

Then secondly, she said “Be it unto me.”  This response was not just a “I have to because I serve Him” but a “Give me all you have willed for me.”

She embraced the plan God gave her.

The commentary of Matthew Henry says it best “She objects not the danger of spoiling her marriage, and blemishing her reputation, but leaves the issue with God, and submits entirely to his will.”

Mary was not put on a pedestal like she is in our day and age. She was most likely looked down on, talked about and shunned as the “unwed mom.”

But her response to what God had handed to her was a response that we all can learn.

“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” – Luke 1:38

Rejoicing in the Present,

Joy T.


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