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Encouragement & Inspiration for Christian Moms

Encouragement and Inspiration for Christian Moms
Encouragement and Inspiration for Christian Moms

Good Stewards Magazine: Freedom Edition

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Hi, I’m Emily! I am a wife, mom of two, and clean living blogger! My goal with any of the content I put out is to educate, inspire, and encourage moms in the faith as they do the amazing and important work of raising the souls of the next generation in God’s truth.

One of the core beliefs that led to the creation of Good Stewards is the belief that everything we have is a gift from God: our health, lives, and world have been entrusted to us, and we are to be good stewards of those gifts. (Read more about our Mission Statement here!) As a fellow mom, I know that the most important thing that has been given to us is our sweet children– and the opportunity to show them what it means to love and follow Christ. I also know that doing that is probably the most challenging thing we will ever do!

The Challenging Work of Mothering in the Faith

That is why I created this magazine. I see moms online all the time that are going through this challenging work of raising children in the Lord. I see them working out their own salvation day in and day out so they can authentically live it out in front of their children. I see them wrestling with the tough questions. I see them surrendering their control and handing over their burdens and fears to God. I’m inspired by these moms, and I want to come along side them, put my arm around them and say “You are doing so great- keep fighting the good fight!”. When I see a mom struggling, I want to open up my Bible and tell her to not lose heart!

Because of this, I share my own motherhood journey on Instagram in order to provide encouragement and inspiration for christian moms. In addition to this, I wanted to use my gifts of creativity and writing to put something special together through my blog. Something to refresh, encourage, and inspire my fellow moms. Something to feed their souls, lift their hearts, and empower them to continue to answer their most important calling.

Why the Freedom Edition?

With the realities of adulthood, motherhood, and everything else going on in our world, I’ve done a lot of thinking, learning, and praying these past several months. If there is one big takeaway for me, it is this concept of the freedom we have as part of God’s kingdom.

Freedom from fear. Freedom from the to do list, from insecurity, from anxiety. Freedom from anger, division, hatred. Freedom from warped thinking and the footholds Satan has on our minds. Freedom from peer pressure, freedom to do our own research and prayerfully discern our own path. Freedom to get down to the basics and allow the truths of the gospel and the Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts and actions. Freedom to seek truth and have courage, even when it won’t be well received. Freedom to not be driven and tossed by the winds of culture and popular opinion but rather root ourselves in the truths of God and live like a disciple of Christ. Freedom from confusion without answers. Freedom from fear without hope and hardship without promise. Freedom to clearly see and call out Satans’ lies and deception.

Where The Spirit of the Lord is, There is Freedom

As followers of Christ, we have the holy spirit living inside of us, and “where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17. Freedom to drown out every other voice (including our own) in order to hear God’s. As moms, we have so many voices calling out to us and so many things on our minds. Often, we need to just be still in God’s presence and listen for His voice.

The Bible says that Satan is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour, and mamas- you and your family are on his hit list. Aside from praying for angels of protection over my family and wisdom and guidance for me as a mother, I have been asking God for freedom as well. Freedom from fear and freedom to cast off the sin that so easily entangles me as a mother so that I can be empowered by God to run the race God has set out for me and help my children do the same. That’s why we need to surround ourselves with resources that will provide encouragement and inspiration for christian moms as we fight this critical battle!

We are the Gatekeepers to Our Homes

Mothers, we are the gatekeepers to our homes. Not just against physical outside forces, but against the spiritual attacks of Satan. He wants your children for Himself, and he knows you are the most effective way to get to them. Guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. My main message when trying to provide and encouragement and inspiration to Christian moms is this: Root yourselves in God’s truths alone and be very wary of what you allow to control your mind and beliefs. Put aside all distractions and focus your efforts on being a disciple of Christ day in and day out for your children to see and model after. Offer your heart and hands to the Lord and allow Him to work in and through you to accomplish His wonderful plans.

Offer Your Heart & Hands to the Lord and Let Him Work Through You

This magazine is all about helping you do that. In this journal, you will come across mothers who share glimpses of their lives, hearts, and souls. You will be amused by their stories, edified by their lessons, and inspired by their faith. As you thumb through the pages, it will be a journey of beauty, calm, and adventure all in one. So pack it in your bag for the park or lake, or keep it on your coffee table for quiet moments when the kids are napping. Poor yourself a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and let adventure begin!

Encouragement and Inspiration for Christian Moms
Encouragement and Inspiration for Christian Moms

This is the very first Good Stewards Magazine, and I hope there will be many more to come!  I’d love to connect with you further and keep you updated on the next magazine release. I’m always hanging out on Instagram and I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to send me a DM! I pray you are refreshed, inspired, and encouraged by this Good Stewards Magazine, the Freedom Edition!

 

 

 

 

Walk By Faith Not By Sight

Walking By Faith in Uncertain Times

Walk by Faith Not by Sight

Hey friend! If you’re reading this during the Coronavirus Pandemic, wow- these have been some really weird / uncertain times! I hope we can use this opportunity to better learn how to walk by faith during various trials.

Fear & Anxiety

I’ll admit, Even though I’m writing about how to walk by faith, I’ve given in to fear and anxiety far too often. For me, it always gets way worse at night too! I’m finally in bed ready to get some much needed sleep before Kallos wakes up to eat. Then suddenly I have all the problems of the world swirling around in my mind. All my greatest fears seem to be popping in to wave hello and say “Hey! Remember me? I’m still here!” 

Can you relate?

I want to share something that has been helping me get through those anxious moments. I hope it helps you rest in the true peace and comfort that comes with being a child of God and living in His presence.

Wading Into Unknown Waters

Have you seen the movie Harriet? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it! (You can rent it on Amazon Prime!) It’s about Harriet Tubman- one of my favorite inspirational characters in American History. We can learn a lot from this brave woman- but the movie really capitalizes on how she would walk by faith and the crucial role her faith had in guiding her through the uncertain and dangerous events of her life.

There’s one scene in particular (spoiler alert ahead!) that really spoke to me. It’s the scene where Harriet is on her first rescue mission. She is leading quite a diverse group of slaves to freedom. There’s an elderly woman, a mother with a baby, and her brother is even in the group. There is an ambush waiting for them on the path that she is planning to take.

As they near the ambush, she hears God telling her it isn’t safe and to go a different way. So she walks by faith, changes course, and goes the way God is guiding her- which turns out, is directly to a big river!

When it becomes clear that she is planning to have them cross the river, the members of the group become scared. They can’t swim and they assume they will drown in the river! Her brother even turns against her and tells the others to follow him instead as he goes a different route.

Despite the push back from the group, Harriet raises her hands up in the air (so her gun doesn’t get wet) and begins wading into the unknown waters. The current looks strong, it’s night and you can’t see what is beneath the water. Harriet is a very short woman- as she wades in, the water rises higher and higher until it almost reaches her chin. 

Our Prayer in Uncertain Times

As she nears the middle of the crossing, right when it seems the river will be at its deepest and she will be completely engulfed in its waters, she pauses. You can feel the fear rushing through her entire being. I don’t remember her exact words, but she prays something along the lines of “Lord, get me across this river.” Then, she continues her walk in faith. 

What happens next? The water doesn’t rise. It stays the same and she is able to walk across the entire river without going under! Once the others see it’s not deep after all, they quickly get in and walk across, emerging safely on the other side. 

What a beautiful picture of what our life as children of God should look like. 

Oftentimes, God calls us to places we weren’t expecting. Life may feel like we are standing in a rushing river. There’s so many things swirling around and past us. We can’t even always see or understand it all clearly.

Oftentimes come up with our own narrative about what’s going to happen. We allow fear and our earthly understanding to direct us. “I’m going to drown!” “I’ll never make it across!” “God led me this far just to leave me to die in a river?!” I think we all have had versions of these thoughts.

Life may feel like we are standing in a rushing river. There’s so many things swirling around and past us. We can’t even always see or understand it all clearly.

Yet, those thoughts are all lies. It is in those times when Satan wants us to despair that we have to remember two things: God’s truths, and God’s commands. 

God’s Truths

The truth is, we have a God who calms the storms (Matthew 8:27b “Even the winds and the waves obey him!”) Whose power parted the waters so the Israelites could walk through (Exodus 14:16) who makes the lame walk and the blind see (Matthew 11:5) and who defeated sin and even death once and for all so we can have eternal life! (1 Corinthians 15:55).

The amazing thing about all of this, is not just how powerful and amazing God is, but that He imparts that power to US. God commanded Moses to stretch out his staff and part the sea. It was God’s power working through Moses to accomplish supernatural things and ultimately bring glory to God and accomplish God’s plan. When God calls you to it, He has a plan and the power to guide you through it. Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.”

God’s Commands

We are commanded to be anxious for nothing. Philippians 4:6-7 says  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” 

I don’t know about you, but I think being afraid of crossing a rushing river when you can’t swim seems like a pretty justified scenario to give in to anxiety- but God says no.

2 Corinthians 5:7 Says “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” If you read the verses surrounding this passage, you find that Paul is talking about the hope we have when our earthly body is destroyed. He is writing about the eternal hope we have in the Lord, and how that hope is better than anything else in the world, and it will all take place according to God’s perfect plan.

Friends, even in uncertain times, in a world where danger and evil still exists, where we often feel confused and powerless- we don’t have to live in fear. All we have to do is raise our hands in surrender to God and say the simple, but powerful prayer: “God, get me across this river.”

That’s what my middle of the night prayer has been many times these past couple months. I’m happy to report that God has always met me in those moments and provided His peace and comfort. 

Walk by Faith in Uncertain Times

So although there is still a lot going on in our world, and it’s a good thing to be aware and informed and active in the areas God is calling you to- we should always take refuge in our heavenly father.

Psalm 46:1-3 says “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear; though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (I encourage you to read the rest of the chapter to be inspired by the amazing power of our God!)

When the world sees us, they shouldn’t see the same hysteria and fear and stress that everyone else is governed by. When the world sees us, they should see God.

They should see His grace, peace, love, strength, and power. They should see our joy as we trust and stay focused on the incredible future hope we are blessed to have as His children! The only way we will experience these things and in turn be able to display them to others is if we keep our eyes on God and allow Him to guide and sustain us. 

So I want to encourage you today to simply turn your eyes to the Lord and trust Him. Ask Him to get you across the rivers of uncertainty and fear. Take refuge in His presence and enjoy the peace, security, and joy that comes with being His child.

Psalm 46:9-11 says “He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the shields with fire. He says “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Conclusion

I hope your week is filled with less anxiety and more joy because you are walking closely with the Lord! I’d love to connect more with you this week- you know I’m always hanging out on the gram, so feel free to head over and say hi and follow our daily life shenanigans there! Make sure you sign up for my weekly newsletter for more encouragement on all things mom life, faith, and clean living!