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Ordinary moms living on Prayer, the Bible, and Jesus!


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Show and Tell

From the earliest moments of a child’s ability to observe surroundings, he or she should be taught to recognize the beauty of God’s handiwork in nature. At this very moment as I write, thunder is crashing and lightning is bolting. All my family members remain asleep, and I wonder if anyone will be awakened by the storm as I have been. I whisper prayers for protection from the effects the storm could bring.

Since I know WHO made the thunder and lightning and rain, I can trust Him in the force of the storm.

Since I know WHO controls the faucet of sky showers and the sound board of the thunder, I can watch and listen to the rhythm of the storm.

Since I know WHO sees the entire weather radar across the world all at once and at all times, I can understand that storms work together for His purposes.

Since I know WHO is with me in the sunshine as I observe wildflowers, I can believe that God is with me in the storm and be hopeful that the storm will pass in His timing.

Since I know WHO hears my spoken praise to Him on the sunny days, I know God hears my heart crys and whispered prayers during the loud storm.

Since I know WHO promises mercies new every morning, I can expect a beautiful rainbow in my life after God-selected storms.

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Wildflowers for Mom

We have great opportunity and responsibility as mothers to teach our children Who God is, what He made, and how He works. Observe colorful sunsets, beautiful fields of wheat, wildflower fields, and cloud patterns. Stop to feel gentle breezes or comment on high winds. Hear the morning birds chirping or the crashing of sea waves. Smell the salt of the sea and the scent of a flower passed by. Taste the honeysuckle, the fresh fruit you pick, and water from a natural spring.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” -Psalm 34:8

There are so many ways He has given us to SHOW His handiwork to our children in order to TELL them of the Most High God WHO is worthy of their love and their lives.

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” – Revelation 4:11

Below are some passages that encourage me to teach my children. Let’s show and tell our children {and others} about our Most High and loving God!  ~Jeri Lynn

□ Psalm 78

□ Deuteronomy 6

□ Genesis 1-2

□ Psalm 8

□ Deuteronomy 11


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My Little Evangelist

Baby “A” is not such a baby anymore.  He is a never-stops-talking preschooler.  On Wednesday night at our church he goes to a prayer class where he learns a Bible story and then they pray.  Our little guy is super concerned about “the lost”, the people who do not know about the Savior.  He talks about that a lot and recently we started praying specifically for some close friends and family.

A few weeks ago, he told me “We need to tell people about Jesus.”
I agreed and told him that He could tell people that Jesus loves them. I figured that was an easy way for him to get started.

We didn’t talk about it much more but I could tell he was thinking about it.

A few weeks passed by. Then, one day we were checking out at Macy’s when he loudly told me. “Mom, Jesus loves you.”

I smiled at him and said “Yes, He does!”

He then said. “Mom, you need to tell someone (while pointing at the cashier with his head) ‘Jesus loves you’.”

I remembered our conversation and realized that he wanted to tell the man about Jesus.  So, I said “Yes, you need to.”

Little “A” got very shy, so I kindly looked at the man and said, “My son wants to tell you that Jesus loves you.”

The man got a huge smile on his face and said down to our son “And Jesus loves you too!”  It was very sweet.  Later on, I saw the man again and he still had a huge smile on his face.

I know that personally, I can get so busy that I forget to see the people in front of me. It’s like I can separate the people that I minister to and the “everyday people.” But everyone is in need of hearing that “Jesus loves you.”

I’m thankful for my little evangelist of reminding me of that.

Rejoicing,

Joy T.

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature – Mark 16:15


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We Need Each Other

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to a mom’s group. I thought at the time that I was going to a Bible study but it turned out to be a mom’s group. 


At this group we listened to a little devotional, a yummy recipe was handed out and talked about, and then the ladies discussed questions about motherhood.  These questions were turned in ahead of time; the moderator brought them up and let the room give suggestions and opinions.  The questions could be anything from potty training to handling in-laws to pregnancy to breastfeeding.  It was really neat to hear the different perspectives. 


Leaving there, I was inspired by the thought that woman need each other. 
How much can we learn, how much more success can we achieve by listening to the wisdom and experience of other women who have gone before. 


There was a young woman who was expecting who had a lot of questions. The other moms and I were able to give her insight about how our pregnancy and birthing experiences went. 

Titus 2 says “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”


In Titus, it speaks of the older woman teaching the younger woman.  I’m not ancient, but I do have experience.  My experience can help someone else.  It is important for me to mentor other “younger” women.  It is important for you to reach out to other less-experienced women to teach them.

It is also important me to sit at the feet of other older, more experienced woman and get wisdom for the path that I am traveling. 


We need each other. We all have different life circumstances and challenges.  We all can learn from each other.  God has given each of us different experiences so that we can help each other.  We need each other. 


Don’t hog your experiences!  Share them.  Help someone else.  You never know how your story might just be what another mom needs.  I need you! You need me!

– Rejoicing,

Joy T