But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Your Mom Has a Blog - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:03

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 44

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On this episode we talk about New York City, Christmas cards, what people will say at our funerals, and the Great Commission.

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:23

Mother of Sorrows

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They say that a mother is only as happy as her saddest child. In my experience this is 100% true. How many times have I searched the faces of my children, wondering how they are feeling? Trying to gauge how hurt or disappointed or discouraged they are? How many times have I cried hot tears…...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 11:42

Make Christmas a Starting Place, Not a Dead End

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Something happens in Christian families around the holidays. Everyone starts looking for advent resources. We get online and buy books about baby Jesus. We start googling creative ways to make Christmas about Him instead of about presents. We decide to start new traditions, like reading the...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 07:50

Truly Safe

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On Sunday we ate breakfast together, a family of faith chatting in the fellowship hall, eating donuts and breakfast tacos. We hugged. We laughed. We talked about the week that had passed and the one that was beginning. When our bellies were full we moved to rooms all over the church; Sunday school...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 22:21

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 43

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This week we talk about appreciating your spouse and letting go of all of those ridiculous fantasy expectations. Thanks for listening!

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Monday, 30 October 2017 14:00

Like Voices in the Wilderness of Our Living Rooms

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Growing up as a good Southern Baptist girl, I learned plenty about the heroes of Christian missionary work around the world. As a teenager I once dressed like Lottie Moon and retold the story we’d all heard so many times before–Lottie Moon, starving to death as she gave away all she had...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 13:35

What a Way to Grow

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I grew up in a town of about 1200 people. In those days, it was a peanut farming community, and I lived out in the country where I could walk out our front door and dig up raw peanuts from the field in front of our house. The delicious, rich aroma of roasted peanuts greeted… [read more]

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 14:55

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 42

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This week we talk about being patient with our children as they grow spiritually. Also, Chad brags about the party bus.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 12:33

You Were Created for More Than Motherhood

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I remember when my first baby was about two weeks old. I had been thrust into this terrifying world of trying desperately to keep a tiny human being alive. I fell into bed at night, exhausted, but I woke up at every slight noise coming from my fragile little charge. I constantly worried that...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 14:59

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 41

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This week: 10 Ways to Teach Politeness to Children. Plus, Andy Griffith, Ernest P. Worrell, and more.

Authors: Melissa...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 14:33

Letter to a Church Member (or a Letter to Myself)

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Your church doesn’t exist to make you feel good about yourself. It isn’t here so you can be a star of the Christian world or so that you can be exalted as good or hard-working or gifted. Your church is not designed to bring you recognition or appreciation or to give you a thousand...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 12:55

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 40

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We’re finally back! This week we talk about braces, the shooting in Las Vegas, Hugh Hefner, legacy, and more. Careful if your kids are nearby–we tackle some more grown up themes than usual! Follow these links to check out the articles we mention: “An Act of Pure...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 06:21

Where There is Faith

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I remember the way he used to react when I walked into a room. All the time I was growing up, through all the awkward phases, the big hair, the oversized glasses, the braces, the fashion disasters. My uncle never failed to tell me how beautiful he thought I was. He could tell a story… [read...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 12:38

Setting the Tone in Your Home

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I will never forget the day that little five year old Sawyer looked up at me and said, “Mama, you’re always mad.” It was a wake up call like no other. The truth is that I hadn’t realized how irritable I had become in that phase of life. But, when he said it, scenes...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:24

Every Dark Shadow

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No one truly loves you until they have seen every dark shadow inside you and stayed. It was just another meme on Facebook. Just another quote designed to get clicks, created to appeal to people’s sense of romance. It helps us remember how blessed we are when people put up with our faults....

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 14:37

For the Ordinary Women

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Today was a long day. By the time I finally cruised into the dollar store to buy cat food at nine o’clock tonight, I’m sure I looked as tired as I felt. I practically zombie walked to the aisle I needed and then went straight to the counter to pay. At the cash register stood… [r...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 11:54

Mama, Don’t You See? You are the Sun.

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I watched her today as she power walked beside her daddy, pumping her legs as fast as they would go just to keep up with his wide, manly stride. Emerald is growing long and lanky in her fifth year of life. Suddenly she seems more girlish than baby-ish, but still she takes three steps for… [...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:03

The God of the Hurricane

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They found her today, drifting there in the middle of the chaos of flood and hurricane, clinging to her mother’s lifeless body. She is only three. She has probably learned all kinds of words and phrases and ideas in the past year of her life. I remember when Emerald was three, and she handed...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 11:42

Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids

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I often have people ask me what my strategies are for getting in Bible study time while I have three kids. The truth is, Bible reading and prayer time have been two of my biggest struggles as a Christian parent. Since I had kids, I have felt like my study time is short and somewhat… [read...

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 12:50

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 39

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This week we talk about school, cafeterias, concession stand food, my worst first day of school, mom shirts, and more. Thanks for listening!

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Monday, 21 August 2017 13:04

When Our Beautiful Mess Isn’t

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I’m not going to lie. The kids and I have spent a lot of time listening to the Beatles lately. As one who was raised on the Beatles by Baby Boomer parents, I take some satisfaction in hearing all three of my kids belt out “She Loves You” at the top of their lungs while… [r...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 12:56

Following Jesus is a Different Kind of Safe

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Dear Adelade, Sawyer, and Emerald, The other day I received an email from some company or other, asking me to help promote a new children’s book. The book is about Jesus, whom I love. It is meant to teach children that Jesus is their friend and that He will always watch over them and...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 12:17

Sex Should be Spiritual

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God designed sex within marriage to be a sacred, pleasurable, and spiritual act. We don’t often stop and think about how amazing it really is that God invented sex and gave it such potential to build a physical and spiritual union between two people in the safety and devotion of a Christian...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:54

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 38

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This week we talk about turning 40, church camp, special music, Chad’s idiotic teenaged hero moment, and more.

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 13:56

What I Still Haven’t Really Learned at 40

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Today I’m 40 years old. The kids have been so into my birthday. For two days Emerald has been saying, “Happy birthday, Mama! You’re 50!” And all I can picture is me walking around in stretchy pants, doing high kicks, declaring that I’m 50 years old. Thankfully, I am...

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