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This week in our study of A Confident Heart by Renee Swope, we’re discussing Chapter 6, “When Doubt Whispers … I’m Not Good Enough.”

Oh sweet friends, my heart desperately wishes this chapter weren’t so applicable in my life.  But it is.  (I wrote more on that earlier in the week as we introduced this chapter.)

One area, especially, where doubt whispers “Not good enough” to me is in the area of motherhood.

It’s so common for moms to question themselves and their parenting abilities.  Yet today, as I celebrate the birthday of my youngest daughter, I’m very aware that just like a corporate employee can improve in her job skills, moms can gain skills and confidence in our roles as well.  Moms can, and do, get better through the years.  (Separately … maybe there needs to be some kind of an “It Gets Better Project” for young moms??!  We’ll save that for another day.) Continue Reading…

Lamentations 3 from The Message. (c) 2013 Stephanie Raquel

Lamentations 3 from The Message. (c) 2013 Stephanie Raquel

This past week, my Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study had the chance to bless an organization called Dove’s Nest in Charlotte, N.C. in our study, “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” by Lysa TerKeurst.  We’ve shared prayers, encouraging scripture cards, and financial contributions.  At last count, we were up to approximately $20,000 donated!  WOW!  That’s a whole lotta sayin’ YES!

We also had the opportunity to write a letter to someone who’s staying at Dove’s Next, part of the Charlotte Rescue Mission.  Here’s mine…

Oh Dear One,

You might be reading this wondering what on earth has brought you to this place.  And although I don’t know all the details, I do know that GOD does.  He knows the hairs on your head, the troubles in your heart, the battles you have faced, and the tears you have cried.  Continue Reading…

BackToSchool

And … they’re off.

As my kids head back to school today, my prayer for them as they begin another year is that they are filled with peace.  School can be a challenge to navigate at any point, but especially at the beginning of a new year!

So Lord, I do pray.  I pray for all the kids who return to school again in the coming weeks.

 Dear God,

 I pray for our children to learn and grow and stretch their minds, and be disciplined in their studies.  I pray they may have favor with their teachers.  I pray they grow in wisdom and stature, like Jesus did.  I pray they will be honest and fair and treat others the way they wish to be treated.

 I pray for them to form new friendships, and to reinforce ‘old’ friendships as well.  I pray they can help welcome ‘the new kid’ – whoever that may be.  I was ‘the new kid’ myself when I was a child.  Continue Reading…

I could have blown that on sunscreens at Target, I thought.  Or a casual dinner out, on a night I just didn’t feel like cooking.

1075138_10151743689151119_1981336467_nA meager $38 a month …

Four sunscreens. 

Or, maybe … one life … forever changed.  In Guatemala, through Compassion International.

Last week, I had the chance to visit several Child Development Centers, meet some young college leaders, and see the amazing work that Compassion International is doing to reach some 44,000 children in the most malnourished country in Central America and the Caribbean — Guatemala.

On the first visit, they paraded us through festive balloons and Handel’s MessiahContinue Reading…