Moms Are World Changers
I believe that moms need to take time for themselves. I know this isn’t easy; it's a daily battle that I have. I am learning, though, when I do take a few minutes a day to spend with Jesus I am a better mommy, wife and person. One way I believe we can equip ourselves is through reading material that will help us grow in our faith.
How it Works
I wanted to provide a resource page for you with some of my favorite books, music, etc. Each month I will have a featured resource and I will be giving that resource away! All you have to do is comment on my latest blog and/or click on the button below. Don’t worry, if you don’t win the resource, I will have a link provided on my site for you if you would like to purchase it. So get sharing and commenting!
Resource of the Month!
Charlotte Gambill is my favorite female speaker. I heard her speak about a year ago at the Wave Conference in Virginia Beach and have been listening to her ever since. Charlotte Gambill and her husband Steve are the lead pastors of Life Church in England. So when I heard she was writing a new book, Miracle in the Middle, I pre-ordered it right away.
Miracle in the Middle
Have you ever been on a trip with children? Usually about halfway through your journey the children usually will announce, “Are we there yet?” Sometimes this is how we feel in our journey with God. Midway, we at times become frustrated, doubtful, and even have difficult obstacles that come. In Charlotte Gambill’s new book, Miracle in the Middle, she tells the story about the disciples and their journey on the lake and a revelation of Jesus that they had never seen on the shore. In the middle is where we learn and it can be a time of learning our greatest lessons. In this book Charlotte helps us learn how to navigate the middles in our life so we can make it to the next shore in our journey!
This book has been such an amazing encouragement for me as I am in a middle of my journey. I literally could of highlighted the whole book! Miracle in the Middle has taught me how to be better equip for the journey ahead. It has inspired me to keep going, to focus on HIM, and that the next shore is so much better then the one I just left! This is a book that I will read again and again!
Our words are powerful. More powerful then we sometimes realize. I’ve noticed that when I am frustrated or just having a bad day my words can “kill” and not bring life. We all have bad days and these are the days that we need to be extra careful with our words.
My son, Landon will be four in September and he still isn’t 100% potty trained. In his defense it has been a rough year for our family and I just haven’t been as consistent as I should. But the past month or so I have been more on top of it and I still have been extremely disappointed. Not just with him but myself. I honestly feel like he is never going to be potty trained! I have literally pictured myself changing poopy diapers FOREVER!
Ever time I talk to people or other mothers I constantly find myself comparing. I am always saying, “Yah, Landon will never be potty trained!” or “My one year old will be trained before him.”
One day while I was having one of my rants and talking about my struggles with potty training I felt extremely convicted. It was like all of a sudden I realized that I was talking negatively about my son. I should be his #1 fan, his biggest supporter! I was allowing my frustrations to take over! I should be speaking life over him and declaring that he will be potty trained!
You are probably thinking I am crazy… It is just potty training! But then I began to really start evaluating what I am speaking over my children. Is it positive or negative?
Proverbs 12:6 “The words of the wicked kill, the speech of the upright saves.” (MSG)
Proverbs 18:21 “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit - you choose.” (MSG)
This week I challenge you to speak life over your children, over yourself, your spouse, family & friends! You maybe surprised with the outcome!
I am not going to lie, Landon still isn’t 100% potty trained but he is doing so much better! Words do bring life and I am speaking life over him…NO MORE POOPY DIAPERS!
A lot of times we allow others, and especially ourselves, to be the biggest doubts in our lives. I believe that the devil speaks to us and puts thoughts in our head of “Why Bother.” Instead we need to respond to our “why bothers,” with “Just Believe.”
Jairus could of agreed with the people at his house or maybe what he was feeling at that moment and missed out on the blessing of his daughter’s life because it was easier to handle. Instead he believed.
We often focus on the facts of our situation instead of the truth.
For awhile I believed that fact and truth were the same but they are quite different. The fact in Jairus’ situation was that his daughter was died. The truth is that Jesus can raise her to life. “I believe.”
The fact is that you have no money for groceries this month. The truth is that God can provide. “I believe.”
The fact is that your marriage is falling apart. The truth is that God can restore that relationship. “I believe.”
The fact is your children are far from from God. The truth is that one day they will be serving in His house! “I believe.”
Jesus wouldn’t of told Jairus to “Just Believe,” if he didn’t know the end result.
I encourage you to not let the “Why Bothers” in your life have you miss out on the the “Just Believes.” I know that the journey of the “Just Believe” is not easy, it's discouraging and at times and feels easier to just give up! Don’t be discouraged by your doubts. Don’t stop praying. Don’t stop doing good. “Just Believe.”
Many of us lose out on the miracles in our lives because we get to the place of “Why Bother.” You are probably wondering what I mean by “Why Bother”? Let me give you an example… As a mother I feel I am constantly cleaning up after my 3 year old son and 1 year old daughter. I pick up one section of the living room and I turn around and the other section is a mess. this continues throughout the day! I finally give up and say to myself, “Why Bother.”
In Mark 5:21-34 (NIV) there is a story about a man named Jairus. He comes up to Jesus and says “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” Jesus went with Jairus and while walking to his house a women “butted in line” and received a miracle before Jairus. I don’t know what Jairus response was but I would be pretty ticked! I would be thinking, why is she receiving her miracle right now and my daughter could die at any moment! I know I struggle with this.
Do you ever feel like everyone is being blessed but you! This person has been blessed financially and can payoff their debt or that person applied for less jobs then me and got one already.
Mark 5:35, “While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
I believe that God speaks to us and directs us to take steps and when we don’t see the results right away it is easier to be in the “Why Bother” stage. What we don’t always realize is that God has already started the miracle in our life... You see, Jesus already started the journey to Jarius’ house.
A lot of times we don’t let the miracles in our lives happen because of the “Why Bother.”
I applied for a 100 jobs and I keep getting rejected, why bother?
I give according to your word and you promised to provide, I can’t make my rent, why bother?
My marriage is falling apart and I just don’t know what to do anymore, why bother?
My children are already far from God, why bother?
Everyone else is partying and getting drunk and I am sick of being the goody-good, why bother?
Mark 5: 36-43 “Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you get up!). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were, completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give here something to eat.”
Happen to be looking through old journal entries of mine and felt to share this one today. It is amazing how sometimes God reminds you and shows you just what you need!
A horrible storm came through. It blew everything off my deck, including a brand new AMAZING kiddie pool (I was extremely upset about this one!). Our power flickered several times until it was completely out.
I really hate not having power. I feel extremely unsettled, uncomfortable and it is just dark! As I am sitting on our couch, bored out of my mind (all I wanted to do was watch tv and chill) I looked out my window and saw a beautiful sky. It was full of vibrant colors; orange, purple and pink. Just breath taking….the only kind of sky you see after a storm.
I decided to go outside and take a picture. It was one of those skies I didn’t want to forget. I took a picture and I looked up and felt God say, “Everything that is new must have rain.”
Isaiah 43: 18-20 (CEVUS06) “Forget what happened long ago! Don’t think about the past. I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands. Every wild animal honors me, even jackals and owls. I provide water in deserts-streams in thirsty lands for my chosen people.”
Before you can be refreshed, before your “new” is here, there may have to be a storm. With a storm comes rain. From the rain there is water. In the water there is new, refreshing, life. Storms aren’t easy. You may lose power, feel unsettled, doubtful and discouraged! But once your storm is over I can promise you will have a beautiful sky and the ability to be refreshed!
I love how God says, “There it is! Do you see it?” I know that lately I haven’t even seen what God is doing. I just see a big black sky, with wet rain and no power! I never think about how without the rain I would have no water to drink, plants wouldn't grow, life wouldn’t be in existence! I just focus on the hardship, the inconvenience and the pain.
Today I challenge you to stop focusing on that desert; God is preparing that path for you! Stop focusing on your stormy weather; He is providing a stream in your thirsty lands! He will refresh your life, just like water does on a hot summers day! Don’t give up or be discouraged because God is creating something NEW.
Hello my name is Tiffany. I am a mom to two beautiful children, Landon & Madelyn and a wife to my Prince Charming, David. A few of my favorite things are Disney, the beach, sharpies & post its.