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Momming On The Go
An encouragement for moms that you are not alone and you have what it takes to be a great mom! Walk with me as I live life with my kids and see God at work in the good, the mistakes, and the humorous.
Feb 16, 2021
I Had My Baby Boy Too Early
Two days ago, on Valentine's Day 2021, I gave birth to a baby boy. It was probably the hardest thing I have ever done since he was 18 weeks 5 days along. My journey is fresh, it is real, it is hard, but I am not alone. I am loved, I am surrounded by prayer, and I have hope. Scripture Reference: Psalm 23 Music: It Is Well With My Soul Lyricist: Spafford, H.G. / Arranger: Bliss, P.P. Public Domain, played by Paul Most
Feb 2, 2021
Tips On Surviving A Hard Week
Last week was a rough week for me. Nothing bad happened but lots of hard just compiled together made it a stretch of hard days. I realized a few things throughout the hard, like how important it is to have my family and friends pray for me specifically when life is hard, and to just take life one second at a time. Scripture Reference: Psalm 46 Music: It Is Well With My Soul Lyricist: Spafford, H.G. / Arranger: Bliss, P.P. Public Domain, played by Paul Most
Jan 26, 2021
Will You Forgive Me?
This weekend I was convicted of the important of walking in forgiveness to walk close to God. It is not always easy to forgive or to apologize, but God calls us to forgive and in that forgiveness He brings healing and freedom. Note. It is really hard to forgive sometimes. Like so hard. I know. Two of the people who have hurt me the deepest never apologized and it took me going through counseling to recognize the importance of forgiving them and then going through the process so I could forgive them. Note this is not an exhaustive discussion of forgiveness, like how important it is to forgive yourself, just what I was thinking back on this weekend. Scripture References: 1 John 1:9 Ephesians 1:7 Ephesians 4:32 Matthew 6:14 Matthew 18:21-22 Mark 11:25 2 Corinthians 10:5 Here is my plug for counselors and a link to find a counselor from one of my trustworthy counseling professors: https://www.caps.net/online-directory/ Music: It Is Well With My Soul Lyricist: Spafford, H.G. / Arranger: Bliss, P.P. Public Domain, played by Paul Most
Jan 19, 2021
Can We Be Different Together?
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day yesterday we read the fabulous book God's Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri and then listened to Dr. King's powerful "I Have A Dream" speech. I talked with my kids about God and how He created us all in His image and He created us to love each other, even in ways we are different. My podcast is not political and I do not have a hidden agenda. It is simply about what my husband and I are teaching our kids about who God is, who He created us to be, and His plan for us. Link to God's Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri: http://www.trillianewbell.com/gods-very-good-idea/ (Scroll to bottom of page for purchasing options.) (I am not promoting this nor do I get any kind of commission for including this link, I just think it is that great.) Link to Dr. King's Speech on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP4iY1TtS3s Scripture Reference: John 3:16 Zephaniah 3:17 John 14:6 Music: It Is Well With My Soul Lyricist: Spafford, H.G. / Arranger: Bliss, P.P. Public Domain, played by Paul Most
Jan 12, 2021
Whooping Cough, Covid, And The Breath Of Life
My girls both had whooping cough in the summer of 2016. It took a full year for their lungs to heal completely and that year taught me to respect those respiratory illnesses, no matter how minor they might be. This last year Covid-19 got me thinking back to whooping cough. God used those memories to remind me of His breath of Life and the work and fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life now. Scripture Reference: Galatians 5:22-23 Music: It Is Well With My Soul Lyricist: Spafford, H.G. / Arranger: Bliss, P.P. Public Domain, played by Paul Most
Dec 23, 2020
A Lion For The Fourth Day of Christmas
I created my own advent to do with my kids this year, 12 Days of Christmas style. The theme of my advent is God's redemptive plan for us from the very beginning. God's plan for us has always been life forevermore! Specific Scripture Reference: John 3:16 Let me know if you want a copy of my advent!
Dec 16, 2020
Maybe It Was Something I Ate?
Yesterday I felt sick all day. I realized that even the littlest things make the biggest impact on my day. I also realized I can't do life on my own which made me really appreciate my husband. My big take away from yesterday though was that it doesn't take much to brighten up the day of the people around me -- a smile, genuine interest in their life, acknowledging they are human... What better way to approach Christmas than with a happy heart, contagious with the love of Jesus? Scripture References: Psalm 139:14 Proverbs 16:24 Music: It Is Well With My Soul Lyricist: Spafford, H. G. / Arranger: Bliss, P. P. Public Domain, played by Paul Most
Dec 8, 2020
The Little Lad Talked To Jesus On The Phone
Oren talked to Jesus on the phone last night. He was excited, yet reverent. It was special for him to talk to Jesus, and he did not stop his conversation with only words. He went around the room showing Jesus things that were special to him. I was reminded of the importance of treating God with that reverence, and also including Him in all of the parts of my life. Scripture Reference: Hebrews 4:16 Music: It Is Well With My Soul Lyricist: Spafford, H. G. / Arranger: Bliss, P. P. Public Domain, played by Paul Most
Dec 1, 2020
SPECIAL GUEST: Megan White: Encouragement From a Pastor's Wife: Part B
This is Part 2! This week we get to learn from someone I have known for about 19 years: Megan White! She has been a pastor’s wife for as long as I have known her and she shares with me a little what it is like to be a pastor’s wife with younger kids, how to love pastor’s wives well, and encouragement for moms with younger kids in general. I am so thankful for who she has been in my life and how she helped guide me when I was in high school in the right direction of loving God and living well. Thank you so much, Megan! Scripture References: Proverbs 14:1 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Music: It Is Well With My Soul Lyricist: Spafford, H. G. / Arranger: Bliss, P. P. Public Domain, played by Paul Most
Dec 1, 2020
SPECIAL GUEST: Megan White: Encouragement From a Pastor's Wife: Part A
This is Part 1! This week we get to learn from someone I have known for about 19 years: Megan White! She has been a pastor’s wife for as long as I have known her and she shares with me a little what it is like to be a pastor’s wife with younger kids, how to love pastor’s wives well, and encouragement for moms with younger kids in general. I am so thankful for who she has been in my life and how she helped guide me when I was in high school in the right direction of loving God and living well. Thank you so much, Megan! Music: It Is Well With My Soul Lyricist: Spafford, H. G. / Arranger: Bliss, P. P. Public Domain, played by Paul Most
Nov 24, 2020
Turning My Fear Into Thanks
I have been battling fear this month. When I called to schedule something the Office Manager I talked to heard those fears and encouraged me to remember God's promises. When I remember those promises and to be thankful to God the more I remember how big God is and can walk forward in God's joy and strength. A Big Thank you to my family and friends who contributed to sharing what they are thankful for! Things the younger people were thankful for: "tractors," "my house," "my self," "newspapers," "back hoes," "green tractor," "seals." Scripture Reference: Psalm 118:14 Music: It Is Well With My Soul Lyricist: Spafford, H. G. / Arranger: Bliss, P. P. Public Domain, played by Paul Most
Nov 17, 2020
I Wasn't Planning On Company
My husband brought someone I didn't really know home for lunch last week. As we got to know him I realized anew how important it is to welcome people into our lives and be normal and real with them, letting them get to know us, and getting to know them. Everyone needs to know they are loved and cared for, and when we love the people around us, we all thrive. Scripture Reference: Hebrews 13:2 Music: It Is Well With My Soul Lyricist: Spafford, H. G. / Arranger: Bliss, P. P. Public Domain, played by Paul Most
Nov 10, 2020
"Mommy, Does God Change His Mind?"
My daughter asked me yesterday if God changed His mind. She is asking God for something specific and was asking me, without asking me, if she could trust God. Can we trust God? Yes. We talked about a few of the verses and Bible stories that show us that God does what He says He is going to do. Scripture References: Numbers 23:19, Genesis 9, Genesis 17:19, John 3:16, the ends of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, John 14, Galatians 5:22-23, Psalm 46. Hebrews 13:8. Music: It Is Well With My Soul Lyricist: Spafford, H. G. / Arranger: Bliss, P. P. Public Domain, played by Paul Most Thank you for listening! Connect with me on instagram. Contact email: email@example.com.
Nov 3, 2020
The SUV Almost Hit Us
Are you stressed because of the future? Last week we were almost hit by a car and I was reminded tangibly of how God sees what is happening and how He protects us in what is going on. No matter what happens, He is still God and He is my hope, peace, and joy. Music: "It Is Well With My Soul," Lyricist: Spafford, H. G. / Arranger: Bliss, P. P. Public Domain, played by Paul Most Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org Connect with me on Instagram.
Oct 27, 2020
My Two-Year-Old Ran Away...
My two year old has a habit of running away. He knows what he wants and he figures out how to go for it. Although this is not a good thing, and we have taken steps to make it harder for him to do, I realized there is a positive spin on his actions. Am I doing what I can to live the FULL life God created me to live? Scripture references: Psalm 16:11, John 10:10b, Psalm 145:18, Psalm 73:28, Matthew 28:20. Link to episode 22: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1237064/5833207 *If your child has actually run away, I am so sorry. I do not want to make light of that. If you have been encouraged, let me know! If you want to be encouraged, let me know that too! Contact email: email@example.com Connect with me on Instagram.
Oct 20, 2020
Just When I Thought I Was Perfect...
My girls recently performed in their first piano recital. Although they had practiced and were prepared, they were nervous they would mess up. We got to encourage them that it is ok to mess up. We are humans. We all mess up. All our mess ups keep us from God. But God has a good plan and His plan means we are not stuck in our mess ups. If you have been encouraged, let me know! If you want to be encouraged, let me know that too! Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org Connect with me on Instagram.
Oct 13, 2020
SPECIAL GUEST: Tidbits From The Trusted: Margarete Weise
Margarete Weise is the respected mother of 7 adult children and their spouses, and a first born son who lived for 3 months. She has 26 grand children and 13 great-grandchildren with 1 on the way. She loves children and has been involved with teaching children for over 60 years, including having Bible clubs at her house, teaching Sunday school, taking kids on field trips, and countless other activities. She is passionate about loving Jesus and spends as much time in the Word as she can, teaching others what she learns. I have learned many things from watching her love Jesus and love people and am thankful for her wisdom in my life. If you have been encouraged, let me know! If you want to be encouraged, let me know that too! Contact email: email@example.com Connect with me on Instagram.
Oct 6, 2020
Emotions: When Your Heart Leaks Out Onto Your Face
We watched a movie about emotions the other day that elicited lots of emotions from our kids. They reminded me that God created us to have feelings and emotions. Sometimes the emotions are pleasant and sometimes they aren’t. As we identify our emotions we can teach our kids to identify their emotions too. When we identify our emotions it is easier to figure out what to do with them. If you need a counselor, here is a website recommended by one of my counseling professors who is a trustworthy psychologist: https://www.caps.net/online-directory/ If you have been encouraged, let me know! If you want to be encouraged, let me know that too! Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org Connect with me on Instagram.
Sep 29, 2020
Noise, Noise, Noise, Earmuffs: How to Avoid Spiraling Into Insanity
This week we started our 8th week of school. Overall it is going well, but I am always surrounded by people. How do I get the alone time I need? I am figuring that out. Jesus was always surrounded by people too. Be encouraged. God has promised you strength and He is making something beautiful with your life. *If you have been encouraged, let me know! If you want to be encouraged, let me know that too! Link to Bible Study Fellowship: https://www.bsfinternational.org (It is international!) Link to Online BSF: https://www.bsfonline.org Contact email: email@example.com Connect with me on Instagram.
Sep 22, 2020
"When Did You Meet Daddy?"
My daughters asked me this question this past weekend. As I shared some of our story with them I reflected on how my parents gave me the gift of loving God, each other, and me and my siblings. If you are a single parent or feel alone in your parenting you too can show your kids healthy love. Book Mentioned in Podcast: "8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child's Intelligences" by Kathy Koch, PhD *I’m not promoting this book, just sharing about it since my husband and I are enjoying it right now. **Guest vocal appearance by Greta. ***If you have been encouraged, let me know! If you want to be encouraged, let me know that too! Connect with me on Instagram.
Sep 15, 2020
Lessons I've Learned From My Grandmas
This past Sunday was Grandparent's Day. This episode is to honor my grandmas and great grandmas, which includes my husband's grandma. I learned something from each grandma on how to love Jesus and my kids better. Learn with me from these older and wiser women of God who I love! Books mentioned: "How I Know... God Answers Prayer" by Rosalind Goforth "Married For Life" by Stuart and Jill Briscoe "Passion & Purity" by Elisabeth Elliot
Sep 8, 2020
Canning and Strawberry Jam
I recently learned how to can -- make jam, or relish, and then put it in a jar that goes into a water bath so it can be stored on a shelf until a later date. The process of canning reminded me of how God is working in my life. It is definitely a process and God is making me more like Him through this process.
Sep 1, 2020
Covered Wagons And Scenic Routes
We took the scenic route on our way home from Nebraska. Even though it took a little longer it was well worth it because we happened upon, thanks to my husband, the Little House on the Prairie Museum in Kansas. Sometimes in life it is okay to go the fast way. Other times you can see more of the things God made for you to enjoy and be thankful for when you go the slow route.
Aug 27, 2020
Miscarriage Part B
This is the second part of my miscarriage story. My miscarriage story has been a journey in my life, and this second part has more peace in it than the first part. If you have had a miscarriage, know that you are not alone, and it is okay to mourn for your baby. I have prayed for you and I am praying for you.
Aug 24, 2020
I Made Wrong Choices and Got Muddy Hands Too
I had a day of wrong choices this past week. In the midst of the day I knew I needed to reset but it wasn't until my hands, and one of my kids, were covered in mud that my reset came. God was faithful, and is faithful, and gives grace with forgiveness.
Aug 18, 2020
720 Miles of Flexibility
We just went on a road trip across the country on short notice. My kids were part of this long car trek, and watching them adapt and be flexible with their attitudes confined in their seats reminded me that I can choose my attitude when life happens to me too.
Aug 12, 2020
Miscarriage Part A
This is Part A. I have had 3 miscarriages. They are painful in many ways. If you have had a miscarriage, I am so sorry. You are not alone. Here is the first part of my story. If you know someone who has had a miscarriage, here are 5 tips for how to be with them through their pain.
Aug 10, 2020
Doing Hard Things
Today was a hard day -- my daughter starting kindergarten had to completely let go of her dream of starting kindergarten at school, and I quit my job. There are lots of hard things we face in life, but we do not face them alone.
Aug 7, 2020
Puddles Of Apple Juice All Over My Kitchen
Sometimes my kids have the best intentions but they make big messes. I make messes in my life too. God is patient and merciful. He is not overwhelmed by my messes and He always welcomes me with open arms.
Aug 6, 2020
Our son had GERD (gastro-esophageal disease). It threw our life into upheaval for many months. There is hope! *This is not about medical advice, I'm just sharing how my family survived the trials that come with baby GERD.
Aug 5, 2020
Life Is In The Little Things
My husband joined us on or pool trip today. Our kids were not expecting him and were thrilled when he joined us: he made things that much more fun for us. Do we invite God in to what we do every day?
Aug 4, 2020
Sometimes I Forget To Ask
Sometimes it is very obvious when my kids want something but they never actually ask... Do we remember to ask God when we need or even want something? He hears us!
Aug 3, 2020
When Love Is Loudest
My kids are works in progress. Sometimes the best form of discipline is to sit down and speak to them with all love and grace.* I'm a work in progress too. God is always ready to embrace me, US, with forgiveness, love, and grace. *Disclaimer: this is not always the best choice. I am sharing what has worked for me and my family in specific instances.
Jul 31, 2020
The Goliath In Your Life
Are there people or circumstances in your life that are scary and intimidating? You are not alone in them.
Jul 30, 2020
Is There Something Scary Behind Your Curtains?
We all have fears. What are you doing with your fears? You do not have to walk in them alone!
Jul 30, 2020
That Day My Kids Wore Me Out
Do you every have those days when your kids wear you out? Not that anything terrible happened but all day was spent doing something for someone and you are exhausted and discouraged.
Jul 28, 2020
I Said I'd Never Homeschool...
With two kids in school this year and the whole coronavirus pandemic causing academic upheaval we had to decide what school was going to look like for our family. Our older daughter has gone to the public school in our neighborhood for two years which and it has been a good experience for us. Will keeping them in public school while the guidelines and requirements are doing flip flops be bad for their well being and negatively impact their actual learning?
Jul 27, 2020
Intro to Me
In this episode you will learn a brief history of me, where I've come from, and why I am doing this podcast on encouraging moms.