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
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!

Authors: Melissa...

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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.

Authors: Melissa...

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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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Sunday, 23 July 2017 15:24

It Turns Out That Mom Shirts Matter

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My Facebook newsfeed is filled with little boutiques that are marketing to moms like me, basic church-going women with 2.5 kids and a dog and the proverbial white picket fence who want to look cute when they’re running errands. I’ve noticed a huge rise in tshirts with little saying for...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:12

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 37

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Well, we’re back! This week we talk about our vacation, Teen Vogue, a kidney transplant, sleeping in church, and more! Click here to go to my Facebook page and enter the giveaway we talk about!

Authors: Melissa...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 08:02

Dear Feminists, Where Are You?

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Dear Feminists, Where are you? When a culture of brutality and abuse and sexual torture against women is being built around an empire called pornography? Where are you when teen magazines encourage young girls to let their porn-influenced boyfriends sodomize them? When sexual experts tell girls...

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You may have read that Teen Vogue published an article this week for its audience of girls, ages 12-18, which is a how-to guide for anal sex. In fact, the creators of this magazine are writing instructive articles for all kinds of sexual acts. They want young girls to believe that sexual...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 07:26

Why We Should All Work in the Church Nursery

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I remember when Emerald was tiny, and I was completely overwhelmed with my life. I had a first grader, a preschooler, and a new baby, and I couldn’t wait for those glorious two hours on Sunday when I could drop all of them off in their various classes and go have some adult conversation,...

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Sunday, 02 July 2017 13:33

Altar of the Feels

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If you have kids of most any age, chances are that today they felt all the feels. And, if you are a mama of said children of any age, then I’m betting that today you, too, felt all the feels. I’m not really sure where that term came from, but it pretty much sums up… [read more]

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This is a sponsored post. Thanks to Basic Invite for helping sponsor the blog this week! When the kids were younger I was the queen of themed birthday bashes. I would painstakingly craft individual invitations to hand out or send to friends, and I loved every minute of it. But, things have gotten...

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I went to a conference a few years ago and sat in a room with a hundred other women, perched on the edge of my chair with my notebook and pen in hand. A mother of six children got up to speak, looking thin and radiant with her long blonde hair and perfectly made up… [read more]

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