Continued from Sadness Turned Into Gladness: Part 1
By: Sarah Smith
So, here I sit…reflecting and remembering. I need a Bible verse to support where I am right now. I need to find strength in His Word. I type in several different word combinations to search for the right one and read several different pages with various verses…this one catches my eye.
Jesus knew that they wanted to question him, so he said to them, “I said, ‘In a little while you will not see me, and then a little while later you will see me.’ Is this what you are asking about among yourselves? I am telling you the truth: you will cry and weep, but the world will be glad; you will be sad, but your sadness will turn into gladness. When a woman is about to give birth, she is sad because her hour of suffering has come; but when the baby is born, she forgets her suffering, because she is happy that a baby has been born into the world. That is how it is with you: now you are sad, but I will see you again, and your hearts will be filled with gladness, the kind of gladness that no one can take away from you. John 16:19-22
This takes me back to when I was cherishing having Fisher all to myself in my womb. And, if you are a mom, you know that following delivery, all that matters is the joy of holding that newborn baby. It doesn’t matter if it’s a long, painful labor process or if it’s an easy delivery or a c-section – our hearts are filled with gladness when we hold our child. Continue reading
”When a woman is about to give birth, she is sad because her hour of suffering has come; but when the baby is born, she forgets her suffering, because she is happy that a baby has been born into the world.” John 16:21
By: Sarah Smith
I was having a hard time finding inspiration for this week’s blog post. I’ve been so emotional lately…April is a hard month for various reasons and now it’s amplified because May 18th is fast approaching…what is May 18th? My oldest son will graduate from high school. Sigh…so hard to say that out loud, let alone type it, as if my silence could prevent it from happening.
So, imagine my delight when reading Dana’s post from last week, a beautiful reflection on her daughter’s first year and excerpts from a letter to be given to her at a later date. I decided to build on her idea and give a view from the ‘other side’ as my son is about to graduate from high school.
“He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph. 3:17
By: Dana Baran
I may have gone a bit overboard with planning Charlotte’s first birthday party. Ok, a lot overboard. It’s not like we’re renting out the petting zoo or anything, but I got on my Pinterest horse and ran, pinning projects right and left. I know. I know. She’s only one and won’t remember any of this, but the party will live forever in pictures. Besides, the day of her actual birth was so much the opposite of what I’d dream of and waited for. It is very important to me that this first birthday be a full-on celebration.
One of the projects I’m most proud of is the month photo tree, probably because it’s one of the few things I’ve made that didn’t come directly from an online tutorial. I wanted a unique way to display the “month photos” we’ve taken of her on the 24th of each month. Since the party’s theme is owls the idea of a tree sprung to mind. Continue reading
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matt. 11:29
By: Dana Baran
As Charlotte’s first birthday looms ever nearer, I find myself becoming more reflective and sentimental by the day. I even wrote her a letter to be read sometime in the future (her eighteenth birthday? College graduation? Wedding day? Birth of her first child? TBD) but it is rather sappy and lengthy so instead of sharing the whole letter I’ll just give you some highlights. I hope my musings and confessions might prompt you to reflect for a bit on the lessons the Lord has taught you through your own motherhood journey. Continue reading
Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:3-5
I had the awesome opportunity to attend the Fourth Annual Butterflies and Blooms fundraiser for Saving Grace Inc. of NWA. The theme was “Be the One”.
Jenny Broughton and Jennifer Mullen
The speaker, Jenny Broughton, was absolutely hysterical but equally inspiring. She talked about the paralyzed man in Mark 2 who was taken to Jesus by his friends. She said each time we mentor, write a check, or pray we are lifting a corner of the mat and leading these girls to Christ to be healed. I sure can think of a lot of people who lifted the mat for me! Continue reading