Faith Spilling Over… Into Everyday Life


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For the Mom Who Only Sees the Mess

Today I have a special treat I think you’ll enjoy: a guest post from Abby McDonald at Fearfully Made Mom. Abby inspires me with her uncommon insights on motherhood.

Image AbbyAbby McDonald is a mom, wife and southern girl who fell in love with writing at a young age. She currently lives on the mountain side of Maryland. She started Fearfully Made Mom because she felt God gently pushing her to share her writing with others who may feel alone in their struggles with self-doubt, accepting God’s grace, and finding their identity in Christ. Her desire is to show women they are fearfully and wonderfully made by a God who will relentlessly pursue them, even during their darkest times.

When she’s not chasing her two little boys around, Abby enjoys hiking, photography, reading, and consuming copious amounts of coffee with friends.

Abby would love to connect with you on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

 

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One of my two-year-old’s favorite pastimes is destroying the Lego masterpieces his older brother meticulously puts together. My oldest son spends hours putting together intricate creations, only to find them later in hundreds of tiny pieces.

Often my toddler takes the same approach to work I’ve done around the house. I make the bed. He unmakes it. I clean up. He makes a new mess.

As a tightly wound woman and recovering perfectionist, I often have to remind myself that these things are just tiny inconveniences in the bigger picture of motherhood. I like for my work to be seen. I want to have items checked off my to-do list. But I don’t want a list of chores to rob me of the joy of being a mom, wife and friend.

In my search for perfection, I often miss the most important work which is right in front of me.

The opportunity to love those around me.

To speak the language of these tiny human beings I am raising to become thriving, Jesus-following adults.

Sometimes I need to remind myself that my kids, my family and the people I do life with are not a task on a list. I look at the mess around me and feel like I’m unraveling. I want for someone to pat me on the back and congratulate me for a job well done, but joy and growth is found in the journey and in stops along the way.

In the continual work of motherhood, I can choose to be fully present in the little moments. Because it’s in those moments that memories are made.

Last Friday, I saw that there is grace found when I loosen my grip. When I just let go and unwind.

We were having company over after dinner for the first Bible study we’d hosted in our home. I was trying to clean. My two-year-old had other plans. He wanted to play. He wanted to jump on the bed. Yes, he wanted to be a kid.

And to be honest, I really didn’t want to oblige him. I wanted to continue with plan A. I could feel my blood pressure rising.

But instead of throwing a mini-tantrum, I took a breath and seized an opportunity to make some memories with my son. We had a pillow fight. We wrestled. We laughed and giggled.

Despite all my striving for my work to be visible, I could sense God saying that this time when I slowed down glorified him even when others did not see. He gave me one command: to love. And in that moment I loved my son in a language he understood.

No one else saw it but me, my son and God, but that was enough.

Colossians 2:17 states, He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Even in the space of time between a mama and her toddler on the bed, He is there. While we may see the mess and the pile of dishes, He sees the heart.

He sees it all, and I’m convinced that when we choose to love, He pronounces those little moments as good. Very, very good.

Now it’s your turn. Do you feel like you sometimes miss the most important job right in front of you? Is laying your to-do list aside hard? 

Linking up with Holly Barrett, Meredith Bernard, and Holley Gerth

 


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Fall Favorite: Taco Soup (Faith-in-Action Fridays)

taco soupNow that cooler fall days are here, and I no longer have to sweat over a hot stove in a 90° kitchen, I’m enjoying cooking again.

Nothing puts feet to our faith like preparing a meal for people we love. It’s a tangible way to communicate love and care. We rarely receive special thanks for it, yet cooking is a ministry, a daily work of service God sees. (He also sees our efforts to stop by the drive through on the way home or heat convenience foods on busy days.)

I love this taco soup recipe because it’s simple, quick, and GOOD! It’s great for week night family dinner, and it’s an easy company dish to make for a crowd. Continue reading


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When Complaints Crowd Out Contentment

portion and cupMy heart lurched as I stared at the 15 year old pick-up, complete with cobwebs, that was supposed to take my family of 4 from Austin, Texas to Washington D.C. and back.

“You.Have.Got.To.Be.Kidding.” I whispered to God.

“Are you crazy?” I silently asked my husband. Continue reading


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The Best Gift You Can Give Today

Faith in Action Fridays

What if you knew a secret that revolutionizes relationships? This nugget of wisdom can make us better wives, better parents, and wiser counsellors.  It’s one of the best gifts you can give someone.

No book offers more practical wisdom for putting feet to our faith than James, and in the 1st chapter he says this:

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” (James 1:19) Continue reading


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Building Community: Let’s Get to Know Each Other

Today’s post is different than usual. I’m sharing my new “About” page, so you can get to know me and my blog better. I’d love to get to know you too. Please leave a comment to tell me a bit about yourself. If you have a blog, leave a link for your about page too!

 

me pic for blogHi, I’m Betsy. I love dark roast coffee and home schooling. I want my faith to spill over into my every day, even during the bumpy moments, like when you have a family blow-up with fireworks during breakfast.

I’m passionate about enjoying God.  I want to know Him better. I’m also passionate about enjoying the one life He’s given me. I try to open my eyes wider to see beyond my crazy, stress-filled moments and recognize the gifts God gives me every day. Continue reading


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Rescue House Cleaning for Busy Women

Faith in Action Fridays

Most days my house looks like the Queen of Chaos lives here, not the Proverbs 31 Woman. My home has a mind of its own and quickly slips out control. While I’m cleaning the kitchen, entropy takes over in the bathroom. I do a quick room rescue in the living room, but by bedtime it looks like World War III. Continue reading


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10 Tips for Getting Out of a Bible Reading Rut

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Have you ever been bored by the Bible? Back in high school, I’d make grand plans to read the whole Book, and I’d open to page 1 of Genesis. After 5 minutes, I’d start yawning, and that would be the end of it. Then a month later, I’d start again on page 1 of Genesis. By the time I got to the genealogy of Noah, I was snoozing.

It’s easy to get into a rut with Bible reading. Continue reading

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