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, 21 February 2018 14:35

The Long Drive Home

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She was the kind of girl who always said the wrong thing. She tried to claw her way into the popular crowd, in her de-clawed, shy kitten sort of way. It was high school in the early nineties, and we were all just doing the best we could with the very little that we knew… [read more]

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 09:47

When God Calls You to Nowhere

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For eighteen days I have been in my house, fighting off multiple illnesses in my three children. It has been an unprecedented experience, unequaled in all of my years of motherhood, and I’m ready for its end. It’s been a crazy flu year in Texas. Otherwise healthy, strong, young people...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 12:53

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 45

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I’ll bet you thought this was never going to happen! We’re back! We’re talking about the flu, Carrie, Vidangel, Curate the Hate on Facebook, presidential portraits, marriage, and more!

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Monday, 05 February 2018 11:33

Love Must Be Tender

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I suppose I always imagined myself as a tough wife. As one who wouldn’t put up with this or that. When I was much younger I had a list of things in my mind that would make me walk out. Non-negotiables. Love must be tough, says one Christian psychologist. And I know it must be… [read...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 23:11

What I Didn’t See

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I recently went to a women’s event where a well-dressed and put-together woman sat beside me. We exchanged pleasantries and as we talked I began to build a narrative in my head about the kind of life she has led. Based on her appearance, I decided that she has enjoyed a privileged...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 11:24

Every Sunday is an Opportunity

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I was young, tender and impressionable in those days, when I would often leave church services with traces of tears on my cheeks, convicted and moved and wide-eyed in my pursuit of Christ. I remember one morning, sitting enthralled as the pastor read the story of Lot and his wife and daughters...

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Chad and I have been married for almost 19 years. In that time we have had some beautifully romantic moments that stand out in my mind. But, the truth is that in the long haul, marriage isn’t a continual series of memorable romantic gestures. Real romance isn’t just flowers or jewelry...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 13:26

When Beauty Pours Out

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She was walking, one tiny step at a time, up the hospital hallway when we spotted her. She looked surprisingly radiant, leaning on a walker in her pink pajamas and pink robe. She has been in the hospital for a week, her 83 year old body fighting off pneumonia while doctors and nurses prick...

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Friday, 29 December 2017 06:27

My Favorite Posts of 2017

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Yesterday I brought you a list of my most-shared posts of the year. Today I’d like to compile a different kind of list–my favorite posts of the year. It’s funny how it almost never works out that my favorite things that I write are the ones that get passed around the internet. So,...

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 12:04

Top Posts of 2017

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It’s become an annual tradition to compile a list of the most popular posts from my blog in the past year. It’s always interesting to see which posts get passed around the internet. I hope these posts were helpful to readers, made some people think, and most importantly, glorified...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:13

Let Your Pastor’s Wife Be Herself

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Every year since Chad became a pastor, we have hosted a Christmas open house in our home. I love decorating for Christmas, and I like to deck out the house and have our friends over for a fun night of hanging out and eating delicious food. Tonight is the night, and I am so looking… [read...

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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.

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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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