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I am a good mom.

Are you a GOOD mom ?
–> ¬†Encouragement for Moms <–

(I added that in case you were waiting for confirmation that you aren’t ūüôā ¬†)

I am a good mom.

Say it out loud with me!

Did you find that hard to say?
I did.

Did you find it even more difficult to really settle it in your heart
without a steady stream of accusations floating through your mind?

What?!?

You didn’t wear your baby? ¬†You didn’t potty train by 2?
You’ve had to rewash the towels 3 times because you can’t remember to put them in the dryer? ¬†AND your 9th grader isn’t taking Advanced Calculus this year? ¬† ūüėÄ

Yeah…still…You ARE a good mom.

Why is this such a hard bunch of words to speak and believe about ourselves ?
Truly, I don’t know of a more loving, giving, hard-working group of ladies
than the mamas that I am blessed to know.
We may all have very different parenting styles, and a different set of goals for our families and ourselves, but one thing we all have in common…We love our children very much.

And love covers a multitude of sins !

I AM A GOOD MOM.
Practice saying the words aloud to yourself till you believe them…then share them
with a friend.

I read a lovely blog post today written by Danielle, a mom just like us.
If you’re in need of some encouragement, or know another mama who needs a reassuring word,¬†read this post and pass it along!!!
THE DO‚ÄôS AND DON‚ÄôTS OF BEING A ‚ÄúGOOD‚ÄĚ MOM¬† from¬†Today’s the Best Day
I am a good mom

 

How to Keep a Quiet Heart in a Loud World !

 

~ Keeping a Quiet Heart ~

Why is it so hard to keep a quiet heart?
Or is that just something I struggle with?

I watch my youngest pull out of the driveway every single morning.
I pray and fight the swelling urge to worry.
I deny my mind the right to consider the rush of fearful thoughts
that want to come bursting in.
It’s been a year since her accident.

I will keep a quiet heart.

That’s hard work!
Yet harder still is the labor of worry.
Believe me, I know !
I don’t recommend that occupation at all. ¬†ūüôā

Do any of you worry?
My friend wakes up in the middle of the night filled with incredible anxiety over her ability to homeschool¬†her children. ¬†Another friend is overcome with thoughts of failures in her finances. ¬†Whether it’s fretting over health, or wayward children, or an uncertain future, ¬†or even over all the holiday plans, it’s ¬†exhausting ! ¬†Phew!

How do we keep a quiet heart ?
I can’t tell you what will work for you, but this has been my journey in a nutshell.

Things I’ve learned :

Worry is just another word for FEAR.
Fear is an ugly thing.
It will destroy anything it can get ahold of…
relationships, health, happiness,

peace, LIFE !
We tend to feel most fearful when we cannot
CONTROL
or have lost control, of our circumstances.

Prayer works.
Take a deep breath (or 5).
Sometimes, I think I have held my breath all day.

Recognize when fear is creeping in.
You aren’t in control, but that’s OK.
God is good.
He is in control.
Nothing surprises Him.


Choose faith over fear.


Stop.  Pray.

There isn’t a right way to do it.
Just DO it !

And then do it again.
And breathe.

The mind and the heart are connected.
If your heart is beating wildly with worry,
chances are
 your mind is full of loud clutter too!
I chose a short Scripture to pray when my mind wouldn’t allow me to focus.
Almost like a type of fasting, I would pray this verse every single time
I began to feel overwhelmed.
Words to focus my heart & mind on truth.
These are not some “magic words” ¬†that obligate God to answer us.
They are
Simply truth.


I wrote these words & placed them all over my house
until I could pray each part

from memory…slowly with contemplation.

“The Lord is near.

         Do not be anxious about anything,
         but in every situation,
         by prayer and petition,
         with thanksgiving,
         present your requests to God.
        And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

You have to CHOOSE peace.
 
While you can’t control other people, or circumstances,
you can control yourself.


Choose peace over fear.

It IS a choice.
Sometimes worry becomes a habit.
It takes discipline to break a bad habit.

I know when you’re tired and stressed out,
this will take all the energy you’ve got.

It will be worth it though.

When life is REALLY throwing all it’s hard balls at once;
and it’s so very hard to concentrate on anything else…
the rest of that verse tells us what we can fill our mind
with in place of all the worry.

“Finally, brothers and sisters,
          whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure,

          whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ‚ÄĒif anything is excellent or praiseworthy‚ÄĒ
          think about such things.

Make a list.
Something true.  Something noble.
Something right.  Something pure.
Something lovely.  Something admirable.
Something excellent.  Something praiseworthy.
Then think about those things.  
You may have to make several lists a day.
FILL your mind with these things ! 

God really does love us.
God really is GOOD.
You really can trust Him.

I am praying for you today  !
May the perfect love of Christ cast out all the fear in your hearts today.
May He watch over your comings and goings (and those of your families).
May He keep you in perfect peace.

Philippians 4:9

 

praying psalm 14

Daily Bread:  Thoughts and Prayers
from the Book of Psalms

 ~  Psalm 14  ~

LORD !
Break our hearts
with compassion
for those who say
“There is no God.”

They do not call on you.
They are overwhelmed
and filled with dread.

As you LOOK down on the earth
from your heaven,
Are there any who UNDERSTAND ?
Are there any who SEEK you ?

Have ALL turned aside ?

But for
YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS
no one does
GOOD.
We ALL have gone after
our own way.

God,
Be PRESENT among us ! 

We who have clothed ourselves
in YOUR righteousness,
REJOICE
in the 
SALVATION
you have brought to us
and
to  ALL THOSE
who say
“There is no God.”


You can read (or listen) to Psalm 14.    HERE


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Praying Psalm 15

 

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Daily Bread:  Thoughts and Prayers
from the Book of Psalms

 ~  Psalm 13  ~

LORD
I am wrestling.

My thoughts
are triumphing 
over me
like my enemy.

My heart
is full  of
great sorrow.

If I fall
my enemy will
rejoice.

LORD, 
Don’t forget me.
Don’t hide your face from me.

LOOK on me
and
ANSWER my calls
and
GIVE LIGHT to my eyes !

Still LORD, 
To you I will say,
I will   TRUST 
in your unfailing love !
I will   REJOICE
in your salvation !

And 
I WILL SING 
for You have been
GOOD 
to me !


You can read (or listen) to Psalm 13.  HERE



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Praying Psalm 12

 

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Daily Bread:  Thoughts and Prayers
from the Book of Psalms

~Psalm 12~

LORD,
Your words are
FLAWLESS !

Help us !
We are surrounded by 
lies and flattery
and 
deception.

False words,
boastful and proud
and 
vile
are honored among men.

Where are the faithful?
Where are the godly ?
The weak are weary,
they groan from oppression.
They are maligned by the mouths 
of the wicked.

LORD, arise now !

Find us faithful. 

May our words be
gentle and pure.
May they bring
life and health.

O LORD, 
You will protect us
and keep us.
Your promise is sure.

Your words are 
FLAWLESS !


You can read (or listen) to Psalm 12 HERE  .


If you have been praying through the Psalms with me, there have probably been portions or promises that have BURST in your heart as you have read or spoken them.  For me today, it was the declaration that 
“the words of the LORD are FLAWLESS !” .
FLAWLESS !!
What a comfort, but also what a reminder about hiding those words deep in our hearts, so that they flow out when we need them most.
I find that memorizing Scripture is so much easier with music.
Here’s Psalm 12 from
‘THE PSALMS PROJECT: Vol. 2’
Click the link above & ENJOY!

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Psalm 12

The Psalms Project
Volume 2:  Psalms 11-20

 

 

 

 

Psalm 11, Praying the Psalms (Fields of Daisies)

 

*Daily Bread Psalm 11

Praying Psalm 13

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Daily Bread:  Thoughts and Prayers

from the Book of Psalms

~ Psalm 11 ~

WHAT can the righteous DO
when the
FOUNDATIONS 
are being destroyed ?!

RUN to the LORD!

LORD, we KNOW  
You are IN your holy temple.
LORD, we know
You ARE the KING 

We know
You ARE on Your throne.

You watch over the earth.
You observe us.
Your eyes examen us.
You SEE & You KNOW.

We know that the lot of the wicked
will end in ruin.

For You, O  LORD
You love

JUSTICE
and
You ARE 

RIGHTEOUS.

So, WHAT can we DO
when the
FOUNDATIONS 
are being destroyed ?!

We will RUN to YOU LORD!
And we will see Your face!


You can read (or listen) to Psalm 11   HERE  .


Praying Psalm 10 (Fields of Daisies)


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Praying Psalm 10

 

 

 

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Daily Bread:  Thoughts and Prayers
from the Book of Psalms

~ Psalm 10 ~

ARISE,  O LORD !
LIFT UP YOUR HAND !

Don’t forget the helpless.

But you, O God,
YOU DO SEE
trouble and grief.

You CONSIDER it.

You take it 
in your HAND.

You are our
HELPER

You HEAR
the desire of the 
afflicted.

You ENCOURAGE us 
and
LISTEN to our cry. 

YOU !!
King of Kings
Defender of the fatherless
Defender of the oppressed
You DO see and consider to take it in your hand.
We will be encouraged in you forever and ever.


You can read (or listen) to Psalm 10   HERE  .



You may also enjoy this song by Aaron Strumple. ¬†It’s called 23, and while¬†it is obviously based on Psalm 23, I thought it fit perfectly with today’s Psalm too.
The whole CD is really good  !!
–> Below is an Amazon link to this CD if you’d like to hear more songs by this group. ¬†Disclosure: It is an affiliate link. ¬†I receive a small commission for any sales through my site (at NO extra charge to you). ¬†Thanks !
You can find it on Amazon     HERE

       "23" Chair and Microphone Volume 2

 

 

 

 

 

Praying Psalm 9

 


Praying Psalm 9

Psalm 11, Praying the Psalms (Fields of Daisies)

 

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Praying the Psalms- Psalm 9

Daily Bread:  Thoughts and Prayers
from the Book of Psalms

~Psalm 9~

I will PRAISE 
with all my heart

I will TELL
 of all your wonders     
I will BE GLAD & REJOICE
in  YOU
and I will  SING
praises to you

for
you are known by your JUSTICE
you will judge the world in RIGHTEOUSNESS
you are the
 LORD MOST HIGH
who reigns
 FOREVER !

We know your Name
and so we will trust in
YOU !

You have NEVER forsaken 

those who SEEK you.


You can read (or listen) to Psalm 9   HERE  .


Praying Psalm 8

 


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praying the psalms - psalm 10

 

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Daily Bread:  Thoughts and Prayers from the Book of Psalms Psalm 8

Daily Bread:  Thoughts and Prayers
from the Book of Psalms

~Psalm 8~

O LORD,
Our LORD

YOUR NAME is 
MAJESTIC
in all the earth !

You have set
YOUR
   GLORY
above the heavens !

So WHAT is man 
that you are mindful
of us ?


You CARE for us.
You CROWN us with glory and honor 
AND
made us RULERS over the 
very works of YOUR hands ?

You put EVERYTHING under our feet !

O LORD,
OUR LORD,

How
MAJESTIC 

is your name 
in all the earth !

¬†And God placed all things under his [Christ’s] feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, ¬†which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” ¬†Ephesians 1:22-23

“…male and female he created them. ¬†God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’ ” ¬†Genesis 1:27-28


You can read (or listen) to Psalm 8   HERE  .


Praying Psalm 6 & 7

 

 

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Praying Psalm 9

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Daily Bread:  Thoughts and Prayers from the Book of Psalms
Daily Bread:  Thoughts and Prayers
from the Book of Psalms

 ~Psalm 5~

In the morning, 
O LORD,
my King,  my God

You HEAR my voice…

I lay my requests before you and
wait
in 
EXPECTATION…

I, by your great 
MERCY
will come into your house.
I will bow down in REVERENCE.

LEAD me.

Make straight YOUR way before me.

I will be GLAD as I take refuge in you.
I will ever sing for JOY !

Spread your PROTECTION over those who love  YOUR NAME !

For, SURELY , O LORD, you bless the righteous;
LORD, surround us with your FAVOR like a shield.
Amen.


You can read (or listen) to Psalm 5   HERE  .


Praying Psalm 4

 

 

 

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Praying Psalms 6 & 7

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