When You Need a Vacation from Your Vacation


What is it about vacation that makes you need a vacation?

Last week I had a blessed few days on the beach with my family. It was a sweet time for us.  But let’s be honest, vacation is hard work for a weary mom. Doing life out of suitcases and out of your normal routine is not easy. I loved it, but at times I thought being home would have been easier. Still, breaking away with our families is important. So, God willing, we do it.

Lately, I keep having to push down this feeling of wanting to run away. Mostly, I just want to run away to Starbucks ,the Mall, or someplace where someone will make me a sandwich. By the way, there is no greater love than a friend who makes sandwiches I think. Maybe this is my own personal struggle, I wrote about it in Hope, but daily it still presses in.

I’ve been reading Psalms  this summer and been encouraged by David. He was running for his life, literally. But, in his heart David was always running to the Lord. And, while he was running from and to simultaneously, he was most likely singing about it.

I’m realizing, as I’m watching David, I can run away and change my circumstances. But if I run to the Lord, it will change my heart.

“But let those who run to You for safety be glad they did;

let them break out in joyful song.

May You keep them safe—

their love for You resounding in their hearts.

12  You, O Eternal, are the One who lays all good things in the laps of the right-hearted.

Your blessings surround them like a shield.”

Psalm 5: 11 – 12, The Voice Translation

This is my prayer, today for you and me.
That we will be found running to the Lord, and be glad we did. I’m asking God to overwhelm us with His grace.  May His love will fill our hearts and echo in our lives.

May the song break forth, friends. Even if we are on way to Starbucks.



{for other Dear Weary Mom letters today, go here.}

When Weary Lays Me Low

Weary lays me low.

Do you know what I mean? Do you feel pushed down, beat up, down for the last count? Lately, I feel this lowness on a daily basis. The problem for me is lingering in the weariness and letting it take me to other places where fear, defeat, and anger live. I need a remedy that will quickly serve to raise me up.

I have found the answer, I believe. I’m not sure if it is the same for you. But, I’m guessing, because we are made by the same creator that it is true for you as well.

Worship raises me up.

My weariness bows to the one I was made to worship. As I listen and sing songs my heart love about my Savior I am lifted up, too. Worship, fills me in a way that nothing else does. Sometimes, the Lord slips special gifts of songs in my heart and invites me to sing them all day long.

This week it was a song by Christy Nockles. I think she is writing the songs of my mothering days. I absolutely connect with her words for Jesus in the deepest way.

“You Revive Me” by Christy Nockles, by Passion Worship Band | from the Passion White Flag” album

You revive me
You revive me Lord
And all my deserts are rivers of joy
You are the treasure I could not afford
So I’ll spend myself till I’m empty and poor
All for You
You revive me Lord

Verse 1:
Lord I have seen Your goodness
And I know the way You are
Give me eyes to see You in the dark
And Your face shines a glory
That i only know in part
And there is still a longing
A longing in my heart


Verse 2:
My soul is thirsty
Only You can satisfy
You are the well that never will run dry
And i’ll praise You for the blessing
For calling me Your friend
And in Your name I’m lifting
I’m lifting up my hands

I’m alive
I’m alive
You breathe on me
You revive me

How appropriate this song is from the “White Flag Album”? I have been waving mine for years now, daily. He is the well that never will run dry. Oh girl, that is truth my weary heart needs today. All day long. He really does want to lift us up. He wants to fill us with His presence and turn our dry and weary hearts into gushing rivers of joy.

Will you worship, weary mom, with me?




P.S. I’m linking up with the Dear Weary Mom letters today and did you hear that the paperback copy of “Hope” is on sale for $4.99 until June 1 at Amazon? (affiliate link to purchase)  Such a great deal for book clubs or gifts or to keep one in you car to read while waiting for the kids at swim practice.

Dear Weary Mom


You can find the original Dear Weary Mom letter I wrote right here. It is the first page really of a long letter. This is the second page. My friends over at the new Hope for the Weary Mom blog, decided to turn this into a  weekly series and ask all the moms to write letters and link them up. I think it is a great idea. 

Dear Weary Mom,

I’m so glad you are here. I know you probably should be cooking dinner or washing something, or maybe you are doing that while reading this right now. Sometimes people ask me how I do “it” all and I think to myself, “A weary mom gets real good at doing 5 things at once or she drowns in all of it.” True right? I can read, cook dinner, find the remote, and take my toddler to the bathroom all at the same time. It may not be college level calculus – but it is real world math.

I’ve been thinking lately about what hope really is. It all started some time after the book came out and I was praying for God to give me  fresh world about it. I had spent the whole day begging for a word from Him. Face down, on my bed He made it clear what it was down in the core of the message:

H – Honest about where you are

O – Openly inviting Him into your mess

P – Pray like you need Him every hour

E – Encouraging your heart with His Word (daily)

This is what Hope is really about. You want to know the truth?This message is the Gospel for moms. It is the Gospel for everyone. See, we all have to come to a place where we realize we can’t, but He can. We all find ourselves crying out to Him to meet us in our lives. We talk to Him through prayer which is really our hearts begging for Him to meet us for real and right now. His Word – it is our lifeblood that strengthens us. Since Jesus is the Word made Flesh, we are really crying out for Him. Lord be strong in our lives.

I preach this to myself over and over every day. I need a reminder  that this message is not just for you. But it is for me. I am the needy one. I cling to it. What I’ve realized more in the past few weeks is  motherhood has shown my neediness in a whole new way. This gospel of Hope is my answer.

I read this recently:

“The gospel is so foolish (according to my natural wisdom), so scandalous (according to my conscience), and so incredible (according to my timid heart), that it is a a daily battle to believe the full scope of it as I should. There is simply no other way to compete with the forebodings of my conscience, the condemning of my heart, and the lies of the world with the Devil than to overwhelm such things with daily rehearsing of the gospel.” Milton Vincent, A Gospel Primer for Christians, p 14

Hope helps me daily rehearse the Gospel. My heart and mind they condemn me night and day. But the Gospel? It is an incredible dose of hope for my heart. Hope can overwhelm me in a different way.

Oh mama, do you preach it to yourself all day long, too? Please know, that you are not alone. This is His heart for you—all day long, every day, during the crazy, and while you are doing five things at once.

Hope is the Gospel. It is for your heart. It is for mine. It is real. There is a reason it speaks to our hearts. It is because Jesus is the one doing the talking. He loves us, He wants to be all that we need. He wants to be our strength all day long.

So preach on Weary Mom. Preach on. . . 



(to read other letters just for your heart, visit the Dear Weary Mom link up each Thursday right here.)

Hope and Dreams

Yesterday was my 42nd birthday. I got up, drank coffee, read my Bible, and ate oatmeal. When my girls woke up I made them breakfast.

Sometime early, I read this on our Hope for the Weary Mom Facebook Page:

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I was a bit overwhelmed. In the middle of my very ordinary I’m turning 42 day, I found out a sweet mum read “Hope” over the weekend and is sharing it with her friends. IN AUSTRALIA.

The truth is friend, sometimes our dreams go places we never imagined them going. This is because God Sized Dreams are fueled not by us, but by our amazing Father in heaven. He knows all about mums in Australia and a tiny ebook called Hope. He knows perfectly how to bring them together.

Today, this is happening:

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I’m very excited and I have no idea where God is going to take it. We are simply following His lead.

Hope for the Weary Mom is now a place you can come each week to for encouragement, community, and hope for your life as mom. We have been praying for well over a year and asking God how He wanted us to keep spreading hope. You see, this has always been His Story, His Message for all the weary moms out there. Brooke and I have been blessed as much as you have by what He has poured out through this book. He was speaking to our hearts, too. Our passion today, is to keep the truth ofHope in front of us daily and to share it with as many moms as we possibly can.

I’d love for you to pop in over there, today and each Tues-Thursday whether you are from Kokomo, Ann Arbor, or Australia. Everyone is invited. We are having an amazing book bundle giveaway. Plus, there are some super awesome writer moms who will be gathering over there, too. I think you will love them as much as I do. Just click the logo below.











Grab Hope, Share, Hope. FREE today for Kindle Readers

Today only, 4/16/13,  you can get “Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess” free for Kindle readers at Amazon. Why not grab a copy today? Just click the image below.

Do you have a copy already? Would you share hope with all your sister-friends? Pin it, add it to Facebook, Tweet It or share on Google+ , you never know who might need to be reminded today that God is a willing to meet us in our messy lives and that hope always rises.

Lets’s spread hope, today.

“But one day, you’ll wake up and notice the sky is a beautiful shade of blue..when that day comes,  hold it in your heart, because you’ve been given a gift from God. Pass it on. Comfort others with the comfort you’ve been given and watch what joy that brings to your life.”  Tracey Lane, mother of Jarrett Lane who died at Virginia Tech, April 16, 2007. {chapter 9}



When Spring Breaks You a Little


Today is the Tuesday after Spring Break. Easter baskets with plastic eggs sit on my counter with several pieces of second choice candy bits left over. The sun is warm (finally) and I’m trying hard not to drink a fourth cup of coffee. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of crazy at my house. I’m worn thin. You might say, weary. You’d think, since I co-wrote a book on the topic, I would have this all figured out.

Just to keep the record straight, I so don’t.

Today is a day, much like yesterday, that I need to preach the message of hope to myself over and over again. I need to look long and hard at the empty tomb and remember that since Jesus isn’t there—He can be found here, with me.

I need to remember I am not alone:

Matthew 28:20 “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

I need to remember He has prayed for me:

John 17:20 “I am praying not only for these disciples, but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.”

And right now, He IS praying for me:

Hebrews 10:25 “…He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.”

These are the things I’m telling myself today. I’m a little broken, and the only thing that ever puts the pieces back together for me is the Word made flesh whispering in my heart we are going to make it.


Question: What do you need to remember today? 


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