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Christian Motherhood  A community of encouraging Christian women. Introducing a new mama every day. DM @christianmotherhood to be featured. Created by @theshaulisfamily.

I'm Erin, a wife and mama to my almost 4 year old boy. I work full time as a speech language pathologist, and I also love to write for my lifestyle blog.
For too long I've run around waving that flag, (of perfection, not surrender) trying to do it all and wanting everything to be perfect. I can honestly say I am at that point where I have finally realized perfect is a goal I'll never achieve. I think I've known this for quite some time. Ive just been struggling to let go.
You see, God gave us a free will, which means we have the choice to choose the things that we are going to do that will consume our time. We can create to-do lists, try to cram more hours in a day, and continuously strive and work for things that are not our purpose. And God will allow us to operate this way for awhile until we finally realize, no matter what the plans we have in our heart, His purpose will prevail. I wish I could say that I realized this a lot sooner, it would have saved me a lot of worry and stress.
Yet not what I will, but what You will. -Mark 14:36
This has been my go to verse for awhile now, and in some areas of my life I do apply this, but that's not how it should be. I can't just pick and choose what's best for me. I need to surrender it all. Every plan, desire, dream, every need and want, I need to let go of it all and surrender control. I started reading this book Present Over Perfect. One part really spoke to me..."I don't want to miss the actual fabric of the interior of my life, the beautiful child growing up right this second, in my own home, (my husbands needs, and loving friendships), because I am working to please people somewhere out there. -Shauna Niequist (adapted by me)
I know that this life of striving for perfection is not the life God intended for me. So I'm making every effort to choose present over perfect. These precious moments won't last. I don't want to look back and wish Id spent my time differently. Things can change in an instant. Each day is a gift and for that I am so very grateful!
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You can find Erin @the.erin.elizabeth.
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Hi, my name is Jessi and I'm a 22 year old wife and #SAHM to my 5 month old son, Elliot!
I was born and raised in a Christian home and as I grew older I developed my own relationship and love with the Lord. I always wanted to be a mother and I knew that when I got married, I wanted to start a family!
Being a young mom and just a mom in general has taught me so much; to have patience, to be humble, to put someone else before myself, etc. Ephesians 4:2, "Be completely humble and gentle; be pateint bearing with one another in love." I could not do any of these without the power of God in me.
When I find myself at my weakest, I always turn to that verse because it teaches me how God wants me to be. I have to be humble, patient, and give love.
It's a calling to be a mother and I was called to be a mom. Therefore, I will give everything I have to God and I will let him mold me in the way he wants me to be. Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." Without God, I am nothing. I will glorify him on this wonderful but difficult journey of motherhood and I will let him live in me. This way I am able to be best mom that I can be as long as I have God to guide me.
I look forward to see what God has planned for my family and I because I know that as long as we will serve him, he will not fail us. To every mama out there, know that you are not alone, you have God to guide you through your motherhood journey and know that you will do great! Much love, Jessi ♡
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You can find Jessi at @jessi.craciunescu.
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Hello! My name is Jodi. I am a mother of three creative, assertive and bright young things (ages 6, 8 and 9). I am, before that, a wife, and way before that, a child of God. I grew up in a Christian home, but I have definitely had my seasons of doubting God and wrestling with God’s ways, which are clearly higher than my own. I rest in a place of faith and in God’s grace. My husband and I have a passion for strong families, which is why I do what I do in blogging and why we serve in a marriage ministry in our church.

I went into parenting pretty sure that I'd rock at the job. I had been a teacher, a camp counselor, and a youth worker. Being young at heart and dedicated to raising kids, I knew I always wanted to be a #SAHM. Man, did I have mothering down...until I actually became a mom. I was quickly humbled, realizing quite early that God had a lot of work to still do on me. I found parenting and marriage to be a mirror into my own shortcomings - my lack of patience and an ever-present pride and selfishness. God is in the process of refining me.

In motherhood, I found myself surviving rather than thriving. I had pictured myself as one mom - effective, involved, fun and creative. Rather than actually seeing those qualities in my parenting, I found myself discontent, impatient, bitter and fruitless. I knew something needed to change.

Meaningful Mama began as personal motivation to become the mom I wanted to be. I also wanted Meaningful Mama to be a place that would inspire other moms to a more intentional and creative family experience. My heart is to pass along any wisdom I glean or discover on this road. I always want to keep it real because this parenting thing isn’t easy, and I don’t want others to feel alone in the journey.
I invite you along for the ride.
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You can find Jodi at @meaningfulmama or follow her blog www.meaningfulmama.com.
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Hi! My name is Elizabeth and I am a daughter of the King.
I am a wife to a Doctoral student and a mother of girls. I have been so encouraged and blessed by this band of women and I am so thankful for groups like this!
Recently the Lord has been pressing on my heart the importance of contentment.
Hebrews 13: 5 says, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.” How many times I have looked at my neighbor and wanted what they had. Whether it be my actual neighbor, or my virtual neighbor, looking at other people, instead of keeping my focus on the Lord, makes my heart discontent with what He has blessed me with.
I’ve learned recently that the Lord lavishes us with so much love, He gives me more than earthly possessions, He gives me a faith that can move mountains. He gives me love that is deeper than the sea. He gives me a mansion in Glory.
My prayer is to have a heart like Paul when he wrote in Philippians 4:11 “I have learned in whatever situation I am, to be content.” Having a spirit of contentment is not an easy battle, but the Lord is faithful and I know, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”  _________________
You can follow Elizabeth over @esther_and_beverly.
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Welcome to our @christianmotherhood chat! Each week we feature some amazing Christian mamas. Our chat is hosted by this week's ladies. So get comfy, and prepare to be encouraged!
Here's how to participate..... ______________________________
1. FOLLOW me @christianmotherhood & any other chat guests you'd like to get to know. We always love meeting new people!
2. COMMENT your answer to the question below.
3. TAP on the photo to bring you to the next chat guest!

Once you get back to my page, you have completed the loop!

We are always looking for new mamas to feature! If you are interested in being highlighted next week, follow the instructions above and then DM @christianmotherhood or my personal page @theshaulisfamily.
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QUESTION: What is the most encouraging thing anyone has ever done for you?

You know how the story goes… Sarah plain and tall. I struggled with the internal battle of purpose. "God, I want to do something great for you like mission work or full-time ministry." Overtime God spoke to my heart, "Sarah, you are in ministry and it is an important one." I have come to realize my calling in this season of life is to my family and to other moms of littles.
Being a mom is a sacred calling.  Nurturing, loving and protecting tiny humans is a hard ministry full of blessing.  It requires dying to self daily, putting another's needs above your own. It is prayerfully and intentionally guiding a Young heart to seek the Lord and His word above all else.
Deuteronomy 6:7 "you shall teach the Lord's commands diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." Has defined and given purpose to my parenting.
As a blogger I want to encourage moms and empower them with tools, activities, ideas to help them be intentional about speaking truth into little hearts and teaching them about Gods love.  God doesn't expect us to be perfect parents but offers us strength, patience (Lord give me patience) and grace.  He created us for this moment, this season and for these precious children entrusted to us.
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To read more from Sarah, be sure to follow her at @kingdom.mama.
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Hey y'all! I'm Sheri...wife, mother of 6, author and I am absolutely head over heels in love with Jesus! I was raised in a very religious home. I was the wild child and went through many years of a rebellious stage. It wasn't until I was at a very low point that for the first time ever I heard God speaking to me. It was the most amazing, wonderful, heartwarming, and terrifying moment of conviction I've ever experienced.

All doubt that I was worthy of God's grace & mercy were removed and in that moment I knew part of my earthly journey would be boldly sharing about my falls and stumbles so that other Christian women can see what an amazing Heavenly Father we have.

I openly share my journey of PTSD, depression, and having a child with autism in hopes that people can vividly see what a powerful God we serve. A God of joy, redemption, restoration, and love! I am excited to connect with other woman and help them embrace how truly empowered we are as daughters of the Most High King.

Some say I share too much but I think sometimes I don't share enough! If my journey helps just one person, then it is well worth it. Looking forward to connecting with y'all! 💖🙌🏼 P.S. Fun fact about me...my favorite scripture is "Be still and know that I and God." ~ Psalm 46:10
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To read more from Sheri, be sure to follow her at @graceshared.
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Hello my fellow sisters!! I'm Valerie Brown, a happy wife of 21 years and mom to two daughters who are 14 months apart. My daughters are now freshman and sophomores in college.
The empty nest has found me & as much as I tried to prepare for this day, there is still a void that only God can fill. Since I’ve dropped off a part of my heart, I’ve been meditating on several scriptures but one that I found is Psalm 31:14, “but as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” It’s definitely a new season where I need God more and more to fill the emptiness and soothe my natural tendency to worry.
I was a stay at home mom for 13 years, returning to work in 2009. Currently, I work as a management consultant for a large consulting firm.  I’m also a certified professional coach, and have a coaching business where I educate, empower, and equip women over the age of 40 to thrive in the second half of life.  I’m active in the financial ministry in my church and love connecting others to resources.  As a self-described personal development junkie, I am passionate about living my best life and using my God-given, unique talents to impact others.

Simply put, I struggled for years trying to figure out what my purpose was. But, God has made it crystal clear to me that I am to inspire and motivate others, helping them reach their goals. Friends have also identified the gift of administration in me, so I’m walking in that as a mentor and accountability partner.

God has brought me through a lot and I’ve learned to incorporate exercise as a stress reliever.  My morning routine consist of prayer and meditation, then exercise. I’m an avid outdoor runner and am part of the 1% who has run a full marathon. Running has saved my life because there have been times when I thought I’d lose it.  As moms, we have loads of responsibility but between God, running and exercise in general, I’ve been able to hold on. I am grateful to God for my life and count it a privilege to be a wife and mom. 
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To read more from Valerie, be sure to follow her at @valbrownspeaks.
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Hi - I'm Mary Leigh!  I'm married to my best friend and am Mama to one incredible toddler.
I am learning more everyday about depending fully on God to help me raise my son, love my husband, manage our home, and build relationships with others.
It's too easy to get swept away in the hustle and bustle trying to get everything done and be all things to all people, but the truth is, as moms (& people), we just can't do it all. There are two verses that I have to cling to daily.  2 Corinthians 12:9 says, But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.  Second, Lamentations 3:22-23 reads, Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

These verses remind me that my strength comes from God.  This is encouraging because it means that weakness is actually a good thing.  Not always feeling capable reminds us that we need to rely on God. And we can!
Praise God that his love is never ending. His mercies are new every single morning (a great reminder at the end of a hard day), and He is faithful to us.
He truly is a good father!
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To read more from Mary Leigh, be sure to follow her at @livewellplaytogether or check out her blog at livewellplaytogether.com.
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Hi Everyone!  My name is Michele and I am a 34 year old working wife/mom and entrepreneur residing in Indiana with my husband James and our two boys James III (2 years old) and Joshua (1 year old). Life in Indiana has been wonderful to our family, but of course that doesn’t go without its challenges. I recently returned to the work force after being a stay at home for the past two years.  While at home I had the opportunity to nurture our sons and start my blog & ministry “She Prayed For Me” as well as my business providing inspirational products and services.  I felt the need to create a place where wives, moms, and women can share prayers, scriptures, experiences, accomplishments, and encouragement.
Taking care of two babies fourteen months apart is no easy task, and my community of moms and wives has been a big help to me not losing myself completely.
As much as I have been able to provide for my children, they have been able to give me so much more. I am so thankful for the time I had at home with my boys, because it tested my patience, my work ethic, my determination, my empathy, my spirit…you name it, I have been challenged in it.  But all in all, my spiritual life and the spiritual life of family has grown tremendously and for that I am extremely thankful.

My message to the Christian Mommas out there:  Stay the course.  It gets tough, but stay the course.  You will feel like you’re not doing enough, like you’re not everything to everyone, and that’s ok.  God is the only one who can be everything to everybody, and releasing that self-expectation will help you go a long way.  Honor God by honoring your responsibility to your husband and your children, and He will do the rest & bless you, just as His Word says.

When it gets tough, know that God will grace you to handle everything He has given you.  Thank you Jesus for being strong in my weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9) I am nothing without you! #sheprayedforme #PrayLiveBeBOLD
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You can follow Michele over @sheprayedforme.
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Welcome to our @christianmotherhood chat! Each week we feature some amazing Christian mamas. Our chat is hosted by this week's ladies. So get comfy, and prepare to be encouraged!
Here's how to participate..... ______________________________
1. FOLLOW me @christianmotherhood & any other chat guests you'd like to get to know. We always love meeting new people!
2. COMMENT your answer to the question below.
3. TAP on the photo to bring you to the next chat guest!

Once you get back to my page, you have completed the loop!

We are always looking for new mamas to feature! If you are interested in being highlighted next week, follow the instructions above and then DM @christianmotherhood or my personal page @theshaulisfamily.
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QUESTION: Tag an instamom who inspires you!

Hi everyone, my name is Kate and I'm Mission Mumma. I am originally from Australia, married to Paula who is from the Island country Tonga in the middle of the pacific.. and we have 3 gorgeous children (Soana-7, Evalini-4 and Fehi- 10 months). We live and work with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in the Cook Islands (another island in the South Pacific) so as a mum who is currently living and working on the mission field life can get pretty busy and exciting.
However after being here for 7 years I have come to a realisation that I wish I had discovered years ago.
My children are my main Mission field!! As a mum I am their first view of God's love and I get to share the gospel with them practically and that is an amazing privilege.

Being in Missions as a family has its ups and downs, but learning to continue to point my kids to Jesus in every situation and every day is something that I'm learning to do.
I have a passion for prayer and going deep into the Word! I teach on our Discipleship Training School(DTS) here at YWAM on intercession and having quiet times with the Lord. I love getting time alone with God, it strengthens me and gives me what I need each day.

I am passionate about encouraging other mums in their ministry and mission of being a mum as well as encouraging them in their own relationship with God. I blog about it and leave daily encouragements on Instagram.
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You can follow Kate over @missionmumma.
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