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20 Reasons You Are a Great Mom

20 Reasons You Are a Great Mom

In a day and age when social media makes comparison all too tempting and easy, all the reasons you are a great mom may not be the first thoughts that come to your mind. We can be prone to listing our faults faster and longer than we can fill a grocery list on a holiday weekend. But those messages you tell yourself about how inadequate you are, and how you fear the mistakes you have made will scar your precious children for life are lies from the enemy of your soul. We’ve all been there. We’ve all fallen prey to the lying whispers of our enemy. God bestowed upon you the gift of mothering your particular children because you were the best one to steward, guide, and love them. God knew you would be an amazing mom! That’s why He picked you.

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How To Help a Grieving Friend

How To Help a Grieving Friend

If you have a friend who has suffered the loss of a loved one, you likely want to know how to help that friend who is experiencing grief. Today, I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Susan Mead, an author, speaker, and chaplain who lost a sister as well as experienced every parent’s worst nightmare in the loss of her teenage son. She knows what helps and what doesn’t help when someone is experiencing grief. Read more for 5 ways to help a grieving friend.

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5 Encouraging Words for Mothers Who Have Lost a Child

5 Encouraging Words for Mothers Who Have Lost a Child

Several years ago, my husband and I experienced the devastating loss of a child to miscarriage. Nothing can prepare you for the pain and shock of learning your baby no longer had a heartbeat. The grief-filled experience taught me a few things that I can share to encourage other mothers and parents who are grieving. These 5 encouraging words for mothers who have lost a child will bring comfort.

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Seeing Yourself as God Sees You

Seeing Yourself as God Sees You

When you look at your reflection, what do you see? Do you see your flaws? Beauty is more than skin deep. Seeing yourself as God sees you means you look past the flaws into the interior beauty of the heart.

I’m a work in progress but when my Heavenly Father looks at me, He thinks I’m gorgeous! These Bible Verses describe how God sees you. They will help you see yourself as God sees you.

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5 Tips for Having a Servant Heart

5 Tips for Having a Servant Heart

God’s kingdom operates differently from ours. Jesus came as a servant, providing a living, breathing example for us to follow of how we are to treat others. In God’s economy, if we want to be great, having a servant heart is key. Greatness in God’s kingdom does not come from being powerful or praised by men. We must be willing to be a servant of all.

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Never Alone: 15 Bible Verses When You Feel Alone

Never Alone: 15 Bible Verses When You Feel Alone

Are you feeling alone or lonely today? At some point in our lives, everyone will feel alone or experience loneliness. How often do we just need God’s assurance, as our Good Father, that He is there, and that we are not alone? Read more and dwell on Bible verses when you feel alone. Allow God to reinforce this truth: we are never alone. God is always with us.

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10 Scriptures for When You Need Strength

10 Scriptures for When You Need Strength

There are days that seem like they are almost too much to handle. Where do we turn during hard times when we need strength? We can focus on God and His scripture for strength and encouragement.

I don’t know how people find the strength to carry on through some of life’s most difficult trials if they don’t rely on God and His strength. These ten scriptures on strength are my favorite verses when times are hard and I need strength.

God gave us the His word filled with Bible Verses and quotes that we can rely on to help us make it through hard times. Read more for 10 scriptures when you need strength.

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How We Pray Makes All the Difference

How We Pray Makes All the Difference

Has God ever challenged you? Perhaps pointed out flaws in your thinking? Had you question whether or not your beliefs have lined up with what He said in His word?

Recently, God has challenged me with regard to my prayer life.

Have you ever prayed, wanting God to hear and answer your prayer, but wondering if He really would? How we pray makes all the difference.

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Finding Rest in God

Finding Rest in God

“Rest.” It sounds simple enough, but when God calls us to rest, what does He mean? In Genesis, God modeled rest after His work was complete. In the gospels, Jesus drew away to rest. Over a period of several years, He taught me four lessons about finding rest in God.

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How To Fight Fearful Thoughts and Win

How To Fight Fearful Thoughts and Win

Just two weeks after we took my eldest son 1500 miles away to college, news and weather reports warned of an impending hurricane, a couple days from hitting the United States. During a time when we had anticipated hearing from him about classes and new friends, we were instead trying to make safe evacuation plans while continuously monitoring forecasts.

Nothing will make a mother more worried, fearful, or anxious than the welfare of our children. Unfortunately, our young children observe much more than we give them credit for. If we don’t learn how to effectively fight fearful thoughts, our children may learn to be anxious. No mother wants to be the cause of their child’s anxiety, but rather, a safe haven for them to find shelter.

God knew fear would be a fierce battle for us to fight. That’s why He gave us the tools we need to be effective in battle. Don’t allow fear and anxiety to run rampant in your mind. Read more for how to fight fearful thoughts and win.

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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