Roof open at the Waterside Pool - a beautiful day for a swim!

A snapshot like this can make my day seem idyllic but it's rarely the whole story (in fact before and after our swim it was the exact opposite!)
It's easy to see how God is with me during these good moments of motherhood but I need to remember He is still with me during ALL the stormy ones too. Even in my darkness moments I can find mercy. (I just don't like taking pictures of them!)
#greatisyourfaithfulness #hismerciesareneweverymorning #surelyiamwithyoualways

Enjoyed my morning coffee on the front porch this morning.

Here comes the sun ☀️ “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. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.””
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:22-24‬

#hismerciesareneweverymorning #greatishisfaithfulness #sunriseatthebeach #welcomesummer

Good morning from New Smyrna Beach.
Photo credit: keepnsbclean
#igettolivehere #thankful

Well, the day I’ve been eyeing on the calendar for the past few weeks and months is here. Three years ago today... every year, it’s a complication specific list of so many what ifs.
What if the elevator had been working?
What if I fell instead?
What if I didn’t eventually catch my breath?
What if I had just gone back to my desk?
What if I didn’t agree to the ambulance ride to the ER?
What if Dr. M hadn’t been working that shift?
What if he let me go home instead of insisting on one more test?
What if they missed the silent killers altogether?
What if? What if? What if?
There are millions more. The only solace I found in the throes of the scariest week of my life (caveat: up until then!) was that if the worst case scenario occurred, the boy and I were in it together. Momma and baby. It’s the single biggest reason why the second near miss following his birth is so much more traumatic for me.
As time goes on, I’m realizing more fully how many women aren’t lucky enough to walk away. I know their names now. I know their families. And it’s why I’ll stand on my head until my dying day to make sure more of them go home with and to their babies.
#maternalnearmiss #traumaversary #trauma #threeyearstoday #somanywhatifs #maternalhealth #maternalmorbidity #safemotherhood #pulmonaryembolism #pe #stoptheclot #thrombosis #maternalmortality #endmaternalmortality #marchformoms #123formoms #everymothercounts #closecall #tooclose #hismerciesareneweverymorning #Godisnotdonewithmeyet

I’ve always loved those times when the sun casts a warm golden hue as it ends the day. ☀️
Today was one of those days I’ve been needing. I’m finding refreshment. I’m experiencing grace. I’m relearning (always learning..) to let go of things that hinder.
It’s a journey and I’m thankful God is guiding me.
#rest #presentoverperfect #handsfreemama #motherculture #hismerciesareneweverymorning

As children of the King we can rest assured that even on those days when the baby is fussy and teething, the house is messier at the end of the day than when it started, the air conditioner is on the fritz and the momma is hot and tuckered out, that today is still our day because with our Father for us, who can be against us! Amen and let's go to bed and start fresh again tomorrow! #hismerciesareneweverymorning #thisismyday #longday #teethingbaby #faithbuilders #christianwomeninbusiness #womenoffaith

He is a shield to those who take refuge in him. (Proverbs 30:5)
Do you ever feel like you need a shield in life? Just a safe place for some rest and relaxation? I know I do.
God is our flawless shield. A friend once told me a beautiful story from long ago. A teenage girl didn't know where she'd sleep one night and walked past a house trailer when the door just opened and no one was inside. She went in and slept feeling like it was a gift from God, like He was cupping her in his enormous, gentle hands, watching over her when she felt lonely and without protection. What a metaphor for our own souls. We may well have a beautiful house to sleep in, but our souls ache for this deep soul protection that only our Father can provide.
Let's take some time this summer to run to this Refuge and let our souls rest in his Presence, in his refining love. That's the best way toward real R & R.

Lord Jesus, hold us. We invite you to be our refuge, our safe place. Take our weary hearts, turn them to you, and renew us. Help us to stop all the go, go, go and rest in your loving, refining presence. Renew our hearts and souls. Help us to know we are not alone. .
#bestill #bestillandknow #womenintheword #christianwoman #christfollower #jesusfollower #dailydevotions #dailydevotional #renewingmymind #wellwateredwomen #hismerciesareneweverymorning #graceupongrace #godismystrength #godismyrock #godismycomforter #godismylife #godismysource #godismyguide #godismyrefuge #refuge #biblelettering #biblejournaling #proverbs #wisdom

Here is some real life for you. Sometimes the days are long. It’s 2:00pm and I have driven 90 minutes each way to take my 13-year old to gymnastics and then sat and tried to work for 3.5 hours at her practice. We are only now beginning our homeschool day...
Sometimes the days are hard. My 12-year old daughter had a blow up with me this morning and said some very hurtful things to my mama heart because she was hurting.
Sometimes life isn’t fair and we take things too personally. A misunderstanding with a friend resulted in a deep hurt with lasting effects.
Sometimes the laundry is piled up in the corner of my room and my to do list contains more unchecked boxes than hours in the day. Sometimes you drop a few of the plates you’re spinning and you let people down...and sometimes you beat yourself up over it.
Today I’ve experienced every single one of these “sometimes”...and the day isn’t even half over! And so, sometimes I simply must wave the white flag. Set a timer for 15 minutes, disappear to my bedroom, and spend some time reading a new book. Life is beautiful, and full, and good. But, sometimes life is messy. We mess up. We hurt one another. But, we try again- we do the best we can and resist the lie that tells us it isn’t enough. Today is one of those days. #lifeofahomeschoolmom #hsbloggers #reallife #transparent #itsokaythough #hismerciesareneweverymorning

Good morning!! I don’t know about you but this week has been busy! We work hard and often don’t take care of ourselves and get distracted by things that are meaningless. Too little sleep. Too little exercise. Too little prayer. Anyone with me? I wanna take time this weekend to renew my mind in the Word. Everything we have—our bodies, our time, our families, our jobs, our seasons of life—it’s all been given to us by God. Let’s refocus and ask the Lord to establish the work of our hands so we can take good care of the things we’ve been given.


I know who I am. I am a child of God. A daughter of the Creator of the universe. I am adored. I am cherished. I am His. #hismerciesareneweverymorning #ilovejesus #beanxiousfornothing #abideinchrist #john316

Yesterday's paradise is today's warm memory.

I swear I used to be a morning person before kids
I really want to get back into a morning routine. Like getting in His word, making breakfast for the family, exercise, etc.
If you’re a morning person what does your typical morning look like? Exactly how early are you getting up?
What kind of tips do you have?
I’ve heard to not touch your phone for an hour after waking. Drink a glass of water first. What am I missing?

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