‘Tis the season for soul-bending schedules that have moms everywhere asking, “Am I over-scheduling my kids?” It seems every year…scratch that…every season, my family was struggling with the question of “how much is too much?” From my oldest’s first year of AWANA Cubbies and Boy Scouts to my youngest’s last year of high school soccer and basketball, the Gresh family was trying its best to find balance that still created space for the kind of quality parent-child connecting that we so firmly believe is important. When it comes to extra-curricular activities, there is a lot of social pressure from other moms and a lot of debate from medical and psychological experts on just how much soccer, piano, and clubbing is good for our kids.
How is a mom to know what’s right for her children? Scratch that! How’s a mom to know what’s right for each individual child?
Do you feel lonely in motherhood? Hard pressed to have a vibrant prayer life? Maybe it’s because you shouldn’t be praying alone!
At the thirtieth anniversary of Moms In Prayer International, the founder and my dear friend Fern Nichols taught on the nature of prayer. She said that most of the teaching on prayer in Scripture is in the context of corporate prayer as opposed to private prayer. “When two or three are gathered, there I am in the midst of them.” Jesus said this is how we should pray: “Our Father, who art in heaven…” Not my Father, but our Father. We were not made to walk this Christian life alone, but in community. I’ve found the exhilarating power of praying in community with my Christian sisters and I want you to know it, too. That’s why I’m going to pay one mom (with children under the age of 18) $500 to pray with four other moms (with children under the age of 18).* Read on to learn how you can enter the random drawing on October 25th.
This campaign is over! We’re happy to announce that you gave $8,813.00 to help Haiti. With our matching grant of $5,000, we sent $13,813.00 to Conduit Missions. Keep praying, giving, and preparing your hearts to go.
Girls in Haiti need our help NOW! Our Secret Keeper Girl-to-Girl program supports a home for at-risk girls in Jacmel, Haiti. We provide $1500 a month to feed, house, clothe, educate and provide medical care for fourteen girls. Their home was flooded, as was the church associated with the ministry who runs the home, Conduit Mission. For the next five days, we will match every dollar you give with one dollar from our Secret Keeper Girl-to-Girl emergency fund up to $5,000. Give now.
Here is what the streets of Jacmel looked like just a few days ago…
It’s one of the scariest questions moms will face: to halloween or not to halloween? The question is kind of like a zombie in that it comes back to life every October just when we thought it was dead. I just googled it, and found one article titled “Seven Reasons Why Christians Should Celebrate Halloween” and another titled “Why Christians should absolutely not celebrate halloween.” So, should you or shouldn’t you?
This isn’t the only question that fuels the proverbial cat-fight-like Mommy Wars. If ever a mom needed answers, it’s on the backdrop of being a millennial, where Pinterest-perfect domestication meets career-minded savvy. A mom is expected to craft, bake, sew, decorate, and blog about it with hipster style, all while generating income in some ultra-creative fashion, whether it’s a new Shark Tank–worthy start-up company or the world’s most SEO-friendly Etsy store. (Did I mention that when you bake it needs to be with ingredients that are local, organic, grass-fed, and dairy-free?) Of course, this month you should be grabbing your sewing machine to craft a Hollywood-quality costume for your child that rivals every other mom’s skillz. (Or should you?)
In the midst of a battle with cancer, Pastor Tim Keller stands before a congregation that has missed and prayed for him. He used the sharing of his battle to also invite his congregation to step into the place where he was currently living: a place of peace. “How do you face troubles like this with peace?” he asked. “The ultimate way to handle the troubles of life with peace is not through petitionary prayer, but through worship.”
His body weak from treatments and eagerly anticipating a vacation, he musters the strength to stand before his church for just one sermon. He tells the story of a woman who has inherited an old brooch, which has been thrown into a pile of other bobbles with little consideration.