The Biggest Lie Moms Believe

She followed me out of church and I could tell she wanted to talk.

I didn’t know her. But I could tell she was nervous.

I stopped and turned. I waited.

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“Hi, you don’t know me, but I wanted to ask you a question.”

I smiled encouragingly.

“I have a small business. I sell children’s clothes and I want to find someone in Kenya to sew for me. I’d love to provide a job for someone who needs it.”

I love how God works, how weaves our stories together. Our community group had just bought two sewing machines to help two people start a sewing business in Kenya.

She continued, “I don’t know where to start or what to do. I’m just a mom and there’s no way I could ever travel to another country or do something big like that. So I wanted to ask you.”

I started to say something and I stopped. I waited for her to see my reality.

My 6 year old was pulling on my arm, begging for another cookie. You know the ones reserved for visitors. But she’d had three and we are hardly visitors. My son was gurgling water from the water fountain and my oldest was asking (again), if we can leave now.

And I saw her lightbulb moment.

“Well, I know you’re just a Mom, too. But you know what I mean.”

I looked her in the eyes and I said these words, “I know what you mean about just being a mom and I want you to know it’s a lie you don’t have to believe. You can do something for Jesus. Being a mom doesn’t disqualify you. Because being a mom is doing something big for Jesus.

And dreaming big and asking these hard questions and helping someone else –that is changing the world.”

We live in a size-obessessed culture that insists bigger is better. But it’s the small daily acts of service to our children, the little steps we take to think of others, and the dream of making a difference that matters.

“You are doing something great with your life – when you’re doing all the small things with His Great love.

You are changing the world – when you are changing one person’s world.

You aren’t missing your best life – when you aren’t missing opportunities to love like Christ.” -Ann Voskamp

In God’s upside down Kingdom, moms are the logical solution to change the world. We serve on our knees, cleaning up boy bathrooms. We bend low scooping up toys and messes.

You there, changing your 6th diaper of the day while you watch your 4 year old daughter change her clothes again, and your son searching the couch cushions for change—your day-in-and-day out service to your family is life-changing.

Mom, you saying yes, right where you are–that makes you a world changer.

This is the truth we need to believe.

Happy Freedom

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Watching my family fly above me.

Freedom.

Thank you to those who provide it.

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Blessings Unlimited, by Dayspring is having a fantastic sale! Check it out.

We leave our Gratitude Journal, (now $6) on our kitchen table and add to our gratitude list after dinner a few times a week. It’s really amazing to look back and recount all the blessings in our life.

This fun set of Faith-Building Magnets, (now $6) makes a great gift for kids. My daughter gave a box to her little friend last week for her birthday.

We celebrate special days with this Happy Days Platter, (now $10). It’s really big and festive and perfect for birthdays and it makes a regular day special.

I love my If You Seek Him Weathervane, (now $25) I’ve had for years now. It adds a nice old world touch to our home.

I have a thing for maps and globes. I recently added this colorful Pathway Globe (now $15) to my “collection.”

Check out other sale items here. (If this link doesn’t work, click on my sidebar Blessings Unlimited link)

Happy 4th of July, friends!

WFMW: Guest Post-DIY Paint Tip

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Hi, I’m Jennifer from Studio {JRU}. I am so excited to guest post for Kristen today! This is such a great link-up. The ideas that are shared here each week are fantastic… I learn so much!
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I love to paint. Love. To. Paint. A good portion of our home is decorated with things that got a new life with a coat of paint! And there is nothing easier than breaking out the spray paint for a quick way to refresh something. If you have done any amount of spray painting, you know what I mean when I say your hands and fingers can start to hurt. You get that red indent into your pointy finger that is pressing down on the nozzle. Your finger gets paint on it. Your hand cramps up. That is where this awesome tool comes in… it will save your fingers people! And make painting oh so much easier!
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You simply squeeze this grip over any spray paint can and spray away! You can find a variety of these handles by the spray paints in your store. It pushes the nozzle down for you with even pressure and you have a nice grip and trigger to use. It is like using an airbrush!
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One thing I spray paint often is frames. Inexpensive frames are so easy to find and so easy to give a new look to with a simple coat of paint. It really just takes a few minutes. And all those newly painted frames work great to put my art prints in! Like the one framed below… a plain wooden frame got a nice coat of black paint. Simple change, but such a big change!
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I thought since it works for me, I want it work for you too! I have an online shop (http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/StudioJRU) full of inspiring and encouraging art for your walls. I would love to offer a special discount code… 20% off… to all of Kristen’s WFMW community! Today through Saturday, July 6th, use code ‘WFMW’ at checkout for 20% off your order.
Spray painting and discount codes work for me!

 

I {Declare} Giveaway

Congrats to random commenter #7 Janet @ Frugal & Focused

You might remember I’m going to Hawaii with my husband in August.

After 10 years at his job, he won this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

{it’s okay to be jealous}

This is our first time away for more than an overnight from our children in nearly 19 years of marriage. {I need to squeal. Again.}

I was invited to speak at a wonderful new conference the same week and I had to say no (because a free trip to Hawaii trumps everything), but I wanted to share it with you.

The Declare Blogging Conference, is a place to equip women with encouragement, support & community as they seek to know God and make Him known. Dallas- August 9-10. I love the theme: one message, many voices.

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Even though I can’t be there in body, Mercy House Kenya (among many others) will be there unveiling brand new shirts, totes and a free gift for every attendee.

Check it out here.

Plus, today I’m giving away one ticket to the Declare Blogging Conference in Dallas, TX Aug. 9/10

Leave a comment if you’d like to be entered and tell me if you read blogs or write them. Either way, this conference is for you!