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


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Super Mom Defined

We hear many speak of “Super Moms” these days! Recently, as I pushed my cart out of my favorite grocery store, feeling like a very “UN-SUPER” Mom, I saw this van! I did a double-take. It was a white van with silver lettering!  Then, questions flooded my mind. Did her children put this on her van? Did her husband? Did her friend? Did she do it herself? Or was I seeing things? Did God just have that van sitting right there to send me affirmation that He sees my heart and efforts as a mother?  I mean… He did know my heart and efforts that no one else knew at that particular hour.  It certainly made me stop, think, and smile.

Google’s definition of “super” as an adjective is: “very good or pleasant; excellent.” Google’s synonyms for “super” include these: “excellent, superb, superlative, first-class, outstanding, marvelous, magnificent, wonderful, splendid, glorious, great, fantastic, fabulous, terrific, ace, divine, A1, smashing, brilliant, superfine etc…” Of course, after defining this title, what mom wouldn’t want to be recognized as a SUPER MOM?

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Assuming I am a normal mom, there are some days that life goes smoothly and being mom is glorious. More often than not, there are days that being “Super Mom” is a fictitious sport that people speak of.  We know how a super mom is defined, but how do we become one?

One way to ensure failure in becoming a super mom is comparison. We are surrounded by mothers everywhere we turn. After all, birthing and mothering was designed by God! What a privilege He gave to women. Every mother is different in some area. No two mothers are alike. Some are birth mothers, adoptive mothers, foster mothers, single mothers, or stepmothers. Some are bright and carefree while others are meditative and melancholy. Some are physically strong, and some are frail. Some have Godly support in family members and friends; some have none. Some have one child; some have many. Some are financially stable; some live from hand to mouth. Some homeschool their children; some choose private or public education. Some have resources and knowledge to live very healthy lifestyles; others do not. The differences could go on and on. If I compare myself to any other mother, there will be at least one factor that is variable which negates the one-size-fits-all formula to become that “Super Mom.”

The only way I know to be a super mom on any given day is to live according to God’s way for my life. With a prayerful heart, I can let His Words direct me. Dependence on the Holy Spirit is a must to help me make decisions every moment of the day. I am called on to decide on instruction, discipline, entertainment, activities, meals, chores, schedule, ministry opportunites, etc… I will sometimes have to say no to some activities that are good in order to do what God has clearly impressed on me to do. Though I like to please others, my choices will not always match up to the choices of others. Ultimately, I am personally accountable to God for my actions and for my reactions. I will never be perfect as a mother or as a human being, for I am a sinner who will battle my flesh until I get Home to Heaven. Yet, I do feel God makes a way for us to strive for excellence in our calling as mothers. With so many voices screaming for me to do this or that in order to be superfine, it is much simpler to follow one Voice – the voice of the God Who made me who I am, with my individual gifts, idiosyncrasies, strengths and weaknesses. He knows my name. He sees my heart. Likewise, He knows the same about the people He’s entrusted to my care. He knows the circumstances He’s allowed in my life to conform me to His image. He knows my future. And He knows your name. He sees your heart. He knows the people He’s entrusted to your care. He knows every detail of your circumstances. He knows your future. He is an amazing God.

Below are some verses that are helpful reminders to me. I cannot be a Super Mom or a Super Anything unless I deliberately choose His power, His Spirit, His love, His wisdom, and His Word over my good intentions or my best performances.

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

II Corinthians 10:5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

Titus 2:3-5 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.”

Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Enter His presence, and tap into His power available to all believers.  We are nothing without Him. Be a Mom with a super God!

Blessings, Jeri Lynn

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“For This Child I Prayed”

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It’s hard to believe but my little boy turned 2 yesterday! It has been a fast two years. It has also been two years of learning to trust that the Lord knows what is best for my little boy.

In January of 2013 God blessed our family with our first boy. We were overjoyed! After two girls, I knew I was entering new territory, but I was excited to see what God was going to do with my son.

I didn’t have to wait very long. When he was 7 months old, his pediatrician was concerned because he wasn’t gaining weight as he should. I was nursing him and was waiting to start him on baby food because he seemed content and was sleeping well at night. Our pediatrician wanted him supplemented with formula and for him to have some blood tests. When some of his blood test numbers came back slightly abnormal, the pediatrician wanted him tested for cystic fibrosis and also checked for kidney problems.

I don’t think I have ever been as afraid as I was the night before his cystic fibrosis test. I don’t think I’ve ever prayed so hard. When he was given the cystic fibrosis test the next day, it came back normal as did the kidney tests. To say the least, we were relieved.

In the next months he continued to grow as a healthy little boy should. This past fall my mother-in-law asked my husband if we were concerned about our little boy’s speech as he wasn’t saying any words other than making baby babbling noises. Once again, he has been such a content little boy, and this hadn’t concerned us. Recently, we took him to his pediatrician and asked about our speech concerns. At the time, he had an ear infection which the pediatrician said could affect his hearing and speech. We are set to go back at the end of February for a recheck of his ears and from there we’ll decide if he needs to see a hearing specialist or perhaps even a speech therapist in the future.

I have to admit as a mother I struggled (still do) for a time, worried about my little boy, BUT God has been faithful even when I was fearful. He has used these situations in my life for me to see my need of praying more specifically for my children and their needs.

I remember how I prayed in the spring of 2012 for a son and found out a couple months later I was expecting. When I found out that fall I was going to have a boy, I wondered just what plan God had for this special answer to prayer. I’m just getting a glimpse now of the plan God has for my little boy.

So many times as parents we think God gives us children for what we will teach and train THEM about Him, but God gives us children so often for what He wants to teach US as parents about Himself.

God loves my little boy. He gave him an infectious laugh that fills my days with such joy. God knows why he isn’t talking much yet. God has all the details worked out. I need to wait and trust Him as those things unfold in HIS time. I can rest knowing He will give me strength for whatever lies ahead. I am so thankful I serve a God Who loves my little boy so much more than I do!

“For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of Him:” -I Sam. 1:27

“And therefore will the LORD wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for Him.” -Isa. 30:18

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because He trusteth in Thee.” -Isa. 26:3Praying woman hands


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my “to-do” list… and yours

Today I am over on my own blog… sharing a thought that is dear to my heart.

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It is overwhelming. This day-to-day of being a wife and mother, a sister and daughter, a friend, a mentor.

There is pressure from the world to do-all, be-all, have-all…. and if you don’t… well, I won’t go there.

There is pressure from within ourselves, and sometimes even from within our circle of friends, to do-it-right, to-make-it-look-good… and if there’s a crack in that mirage you’re selling to the public, the whole thing comes crashing down one day.

But do you know where none of that pressure originates? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Please join me over there to read the rest!