Dear Mama, the Pressure is Off

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Sometimes people say things to me like, “You must be so patient to have six kids.” My answer to that is usually a laugh and, “Not really, God just had a lot more refining work to do on me.” My friends, I am sharing this story because maybe it’ll help you take the pressure off. I’m hoping you don’t have to get to Number Six before you learn to lean into Jesus. I’m praying that you don’t allow other people to be the judge of you and your mamahood. First, let me stress to you that you are not God. You are not messing up your kiddo when you aren’t …

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Christian Hospitality

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When my family moved from Illinois to Georgia last summer, one thing I vowed to focus on (once we were settled) was Christian Hospitality. I wanted to be that welcoming homemaker who handled visits—scheduled or not— with grace and warmth. The Hostess is the Grossest The entire first week we were in our new home, I made sure to shower every day, reasonably do my hair and makeup, and get dressed in real clothes. Wouldn’t you know it, not a single person stopped by during the first six days. On the seventh day, I took a note from God’s playbook and rested from my regimen. Can you guess what happened …

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