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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Grieving Well With Jesus Series: Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace

As a little girl, did you ever dizzily spin in the sunlight as you spun a dream of your future? Were you holding the hands of your father as you danced? Or were you dancing on his toes as he led you?
Me too. My mother played the piano and dad danced with me. As an infant, he held me on his arm as he waltzed across the room, then on his toes and finally stepping upon those hardwood floors as we swirled and the music swelled.
The steps became more intricate and advanced as Dad helped me become more confident. His tender, yet firm hands guided me through each new step and each new dance.
Our Father also takes our little baby hands, props us on His strong arm, holds us to His broad chest…and begins our dance and our dance lessons. Did you know?
Job 21:11-12, They send forth their children as a flock; their little ones dance about. They sing to the music of timbrel and lyre; they make merry to the sound of the pipe.” (NIV)
As you became aware of God and began to seek His word, were you coming to Him as a babe, with little hands eager – or tentative – to hold His book, His Word and His hand? Thus the dance with God began and our confidence in the dance of life grew.
As the mom of two sons in their 20s, one in college, the other working, I thought the dance of life was simple. My husband and I were empty nesters, working and seeing “the boys” as college and work allowed.
Until the phone call that changed the dance…

To read the rest click HERE


Susan B Mead is the author of Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace. She is also a speaker, chaplain and mom.  After personally experiencing the hand of God caress her broken heart when her sister committed suicide, her faith transformed from knowing about God to KNOWING GOD. Susan’s purpose is to help women look up, light up and live again…out loud and in color.  She lives in the Dallas area with her husband of 35+ years and 2 “old girls”, Samantha and Brooklyn, her son’s labs.
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,” Psalm 30:11 (NKJV)
Imagine Jesus’ later life. Jesus ministering for 3 years. The great expectations of the multitude on Palm Sunday. The physical and emotional blackness when God’s Only Son, Jesus, died on the cross.
Yet Christ was sent to conquer death. For each one of us. He set us free for eternity when He arose from the grave three days later.
He loves you. And me. Do you believe Jesus died the death you deserved and rose from the grave to give you life eternal? Me too!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Grieving Well with Jesus Series

The following is an excerpt from today's post in the Griveing Well with Jesus series:

Shortly after we buried our baby, Annie, I turned thirty. She was six months old when we discovered she had a massive brain tumor.  She died just four days later. The morning of my birthday I was with a group of women who didn't know our circumstances of the past months, but they somehow found out it was my birthday.  As they were saying all the things
that acquaintances say to one another on birthdays, one older lady reminisced, "Oh those were the best years of my life.  I was knee deep in babies then."

I felt like I had been punched in the gut.  Because for me, the terrifying, overwhelming grief I felt at that point was so new, so raw that I felt like I was drowning.  Along with the death of Annie was the death of what I had imagined my life would be like-- the happy wife and mother of three. It had been so perfect. But instead of baby-proofing the house, I found myself buying depressing cemetery flowers and collecting books on death.

Click here to read the rest of Sarah’s story.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Write Through The Bible Jr.

Write Through the Bible, Junior is a new interdisciplinary study you can use to teach your young child to Write while focusing on God’s word. This curriculum, geared towards 4-6 year olds, is a full-year curriculum.

A Curriculum for Busy Moms

With Write Through the Bible, Junior,  you can complete several subjects at once. This curriculum will allow you to teach your child to write, discuss new vocabulary words, dig deep into the Word of God, and memorize a long passage of scripture together.
Not only that, but there is virtually no preparation! There aren’t any involved crafts that take weird supplies. Everything you need for this curriculum you probably already have at home.

Features
This program was designed to incorporate several subjects in one. Below are a few things your child will learn as they work through this book:
  • Improve fine motor coordination
  • Learn letter sounds
  • Learn how to form letter
  • Memorize Philippians 2:1-18
  • Learn new vocabulary words
  • Study Philippians 2:1-18 and learn what it means to have a heart of humility.
In addition, this full-year program is very affordable costing just $17 for the digital download or $27 for the softcover book.
Options
Write Through the Bible, Junior is available in a number of options you can choose from.
Formats
Bible Translation
Fonts
  • Ball-and-Stick Manuscript
  • D’Nealian Manuscript
  • Cursive
Would you like to download a sample lesson before purchasing? Head over to Intoxicated on Life, where you can download the first lesson for free.


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Grieving Through Life's heartaches Series


I'm excited to be a part of this series beginning today called Grieving Through Life's Heartaches with Jesus All the Way.

This series is hosted by Lisa Brown at Me Too Moments for Moms

I hope you'll join us at Lisa's blog as she shares a different woman's story each week. My own story will be included!

Today's post:

Grieving Three Miscarriages
Our third miscarriage devastated me. I denied what was happening, and when reality came, I fell apart. I was hurt and disappointed, but also mad. So mad, I wanted everyone to know it. I wallowed in my pain and refused to be comforted.

I forced myself through the motions of life, but inside a storm was brewing. Un-reconciled pain and anger clung to the walls of my heart like hot tar. Masked behind a church-going, choir singing, Bible teaching Momma, was a soul at odds with God. One of my journal entries read,

“I am a rebellious teenager in the hands of a loving Father. The more I struggle against you, the more tightly you hold on to me. I wish you would loosen your grip just enough so I could slip through your fingers and be gone.”

Had I settled into His arms that day, I would have found peace. Instead... 

For the rest of this story click HERE.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Have You Ever Felt Not Good Enough?

I hid it for so long. 

I was too embarrassed. 

I'd avoided and dodged. I'd redirected so many times...

I'd shouldered the whispers, the rumors, the judgment of others. 

I was hungry for acceptance, for forgiveness, but if others couldn't forgive me or look past my sordid history, how could God?

And then there it was...the Samaritan woman in the book of John!

Please join me today as I share my heart at Ungrind Webzine. Click HERE to read "Leave Your Jar at the Well," and see what God has taught me about a woman in the heat of the day, 2000 years ago.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hello, The Anxious Mom eBook, and More...

Helloooooo!

It's been a while since I posted something heart-felt here. I'm sad about that.

I have been so busy, it's been insane. 

And I made a video about it today (because who has time to type it all out anymore?!).

If you're reading this in your email, click HERE to be taken to the blog. 

xoxo


Saturday, March 7, 2015

HIRE ME!



It's so fun to watch the way the Lord has had His hand on my life, and particularly over the past 5 years or so.

I began to blog in November of 2009 (although it had a different home on MySpace [if you remember what that was!] with a post entitled "Let's Try This Out." Riveting, I know. 

I fumbled my way through bad posts, terrible images, and a knot in my stomach every time I hit "publish". I had quite a following in the beginning and navigated my way (poorly) through the waters of Mommy Blogging. 

And then I quit for a long time. 

Since then, I've launched myself back into the blogging world with a greater and better purpose, a conversational writing style that is (I've been told) endearing, and with images that convey to the reader what the post is about before they even begin reading.

I've connected with women from all around the world and written with some of the leading women in the Christian genre. It's been a RIDE and I am enjoying every moment of it!

I've learned so much...and look forward to continuing to learn.

And I'd love to share what I've learned with YOU!

One of the neat twists in the road that I feel God leading me down is freelancing. 

Just some of the areas in which I can help you: 

Blogging: Would you like to boost (or create) a better presence on the Internet for your business/brand? Would you like to connect with your target audience in a more meaningful way? I can help you to do that by writing pertinent blog posts for you!

Social Media: Do you want to create a place where you can connect with your target audience and create a conversation? Social media is the perfect way to go about that. Are you new to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc? Do you need to spend more time on social media, but simply don't have the time? I can help! I can create interesting and engaging posts to increase participation and boost your visibility on the Internet.

Images: Engaging images that give the reader an idea of what your post/article is about draw the reader in and make them click through to your blog/website. Pinterest has become such an enormous source of traffic and drives a bulk of many blogs' traffic to their sites. Having an image that is pleasing to the eye is one way to bring readers and prospective clients/customers to the prime realestate of your website/blog/event. Allow me to create beautiful images tailor-made for your business/blog/website/event.

I am a wife and a mom. I understand the demands on our time as we blog, write, and work (from home or outside the home). Allow me the privilege of working with you and helping you reach your readers!

Check out some of my work on Overcomer Outreach (all blog images) and my portfolio at my personal blog Suburban Stereotype.

I'd love to talk with you about putting together a package that suits your needs and your budget!

xoxo,





Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lifting The Veil in Marriage:The Unveiled Wife-A Review



Her name is Jennifer Smith, but you may know her better as The Unveiled Wife. She writes the blog of the same name and has gathered nearly 400,000 followers since starting her blog in 2011. 

Jennifer is very soft-spoken as she shares her heart in video. Her lyrical writing style mesmerizes as you read her inner-most thoughts spilled onto the pages of her book. 

I've always felt that she holds nothing back from her readers. Her daily struggles, large or small, are an expected part of her community. Her readers seek out her gentle wisdom and prayers as comfort for their own troubles and struggles. 

So, I felt I had an idea what to expect when I started reading Jennifer's new book The Unveiled Wife. After all, I'd also read and reviewed her devotional Wife After God. I follow her on Facebook and Twitter. I've read her biography and I even guest posted on her blog before.


But as I started reading one night, I found myself completely drawn in to Jennifer and her husband Aaron's story. I could not put the book down. I walked around my kitchen while making dinner, carrying the book and reading it out loud, putting it down briefly once or twice only when absolutely necessary. That evening, I laid awake in bed until 1:00 in the morning, reading, because I simply had to see what happened next. I grew up as a teen reading Robin Jones Gunn's Christy Miller series, and I swear this was exactly how I felt reading about the fictional heorine, Christy Miller. Except, Jennifer and Aaron are real people with real problems, and faith the size of Texas. 

Jennifer begins the story by explaining a morning when she and Aaron walked into church, broken and at the end of their rope. You immediately want to know more; how they got to this place, what led up to this moment.

Jennifer goes on to paint the picture of her parents' broken marriage, her life growing up in a blended family, and her acceptance of Christ. 

As she details how hers and Aaron's friendship grew, I smiled and rooted them on and felt disappointed as their relationship drifted and they took different paths for a time. 

My eyes filled with tears when Aaron gave Jennifer a sweet brithday present and Jennifer expressed in the book how much that meant to her to have someone, for the first time, be so thoughtful. I understood that feeling. 

I nodded in agreement as she described the brokenness in her expectations and thinking concerning boyfriends and waiting for them to make the first move. I cringed as I saw myself in her explanantion of how she would use manipulation to get what she wanted from her relationships. I found myself pausing only long enough to put something on Facebook about what I was reading--it was that thought-provoking.

I totally bought-in to their story. I was hooked and I had to see it all play out. 

Jennifer and Aaron had a very bumpy road in their first four years of marriage. Their marriage remained unconsummated during that time because of issues Jennifer experienced when they'd try to be intimate. The shame and failure she felt was unbearable. As a result, there were many times she turned away from Aaron and shut down. 

The stress took a huge toll on their marriage. Adding to the angst was that both Aaron and Jennifer struggled with pornography addictions--with neither of them knowing at first that the other struggled. Not a topic often talked about in the Church or Christian circles, Jennifer busts through the wall and is completely open about her struggle. In fact, at one point durning the lengthy four year timeframe when she and her husband couldn't consummate their marriage, Jennifer feared she was gay. She details in the book how her words tumbled out and tears streamed down her face as she confessed her fear to her husband. 

I was moved. I was stunned. I was so refreshed at the level of transparency she was willing to offer in her book. At no time did I feel that anything was shared in a way that was distasteful. I never felt like she revealed too much or that I was sorry I was reading. Jennifer has such a delicate way of expressing truth that the reader cannot help but be brought in, feel the emotions in the moment, and understand at some level the struggle they faced. 

Marriage is hard. 

My marraige looks nothing like Jennifer's but I was able to learn so much from her story. The Biblical Truths she shares in her book and on her blog are as applicable for my marriage as they are for anyone's.

Whether you've been married for 5 days or 50 years, Jennifer's fresh and fiercely Biblically based approach to marriage is spot on. It's obvious she has a heart for God and a passion to honor Him in her ministry. 



Download the introduction and first chapter for free HERE.

Watch Jennifer's Promotional Vodeo below:















*I received a copy of Unveiled Wife in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are 100% genuine and my own. 
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