encouragement

Press On, Weary Mama

Press On, Weary Mama

Mothering is hard, exhausting work.  And that’s on a good day!  There comes a season for every mother when she is tempted to throw in the towel (if only she could find a clean one, as Crystal Paine likes to say), when she genuinely wonders whether her failures as a mother can possibly be redeemed.

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Will You Love Me?

Will You Love Me?

I’d Rather Be Doing Something…Alone As a type A, task-oriented, “high functioning introvert”, some of my best moments are spent alone–creating, reflecting, accomplishing.  Crossing items off my to-do list.  Making things happen. Motivating others. Planning great things. If you’re familiar with the biblical account of Mary and Martha, I’m definitely a Martha.  I’m a doer.…

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10 Practical Ways to Help a Hurting Friend

10 Practical Ways to Help a Friend in Need

Do you know someone who could use a little encouragement?  Is someone you love going through a difficult time? If you’d like to help a hurting friend but aren’t quite sure what to do, this list of suggestions should point you in the right direction.  

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Take Courage

Take Courage

I stumbled back into bed around 4:45 am, after a back-breaking, mind-numbing two hours spent feeding and comforting Baby Brother.  Less than thirty minutes later, I felt Mr. Native Texan shaking me awake.  “He’s crying.  Is it time to feed him again?”

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How to Encourage a Hurting Friend

How to Encourage a Hurting Friend

It’s safe to say that each of us has been on both sides: we’ve all experienced times of suffering and we’ve also stood by and watched loved ones suffer. When a friend is in crisis, it can be hard to know what to do.  We want to demonstrate care and concern, but we’re afraid of…

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