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05 // you are enough

In today’s podcast, you will get a chance to listen to why women struggle with not feeling enough and how Christ gives us strength in the areas of our lives that we feel the most shame. We discuss what it looks like to practice spiritual order and how God promises to provide us everything we need to live full, satisfied lives. You will also get a chance to listen to my interview with Hollie Wynn, who shares her story on why she got breast implants and then chose to have them removed. We all have our own struggles with not feeling enough with our bodies and she has an encouraging message of what it means to listen to your body and love yourself at any size. We pray that this message will remind you that “hope does not put us to shame.”

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02 // we were made to worship

Creation was made to worship God. We see this through the creation story and how not only did God make the universe to worship Him, but He made you and I for worship. In today’s post, we learn more about how God communicates with us through nature and is with us in both familiar and unfamiliar places.

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when motherhood looks different than planned

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We are better together.
Women need other women to encourage them, cry with them, and laugh with them. Any age or stage of life we are in, we are truly better together. This is the theme for Covenant's Women's Conference this April 15th and 16th. I'm so excited to be speaking at this event, along with my fellow M.O.M. Initiative friends Stephanie Shott, Debbie Taylor Williams, and Melinda Means. I've had the chance to get to know these ladies over the years and I just know that by the end of this weekend, you will love their hearts as much as I do. Here's what I love about each of them:
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Stephanie is a visionary and dreamer. She's the founder of The M.O.M. Initiative and led this conference in Jacksonville two years ago. She's also the writer of a great book for moms called The Making of a Mom.
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Debbie reminds me so much of Beth Moore. She's a Texas girl, author of Plan A Mom in a Plan B World and is so passionate about prayer. She will literally pray with you the moment you tell her that you need prayers. She's also fearless...when we traveled to Colorado on our TMI Retreat, she rode the ski tube down the hill like a champ! Love her spirit!
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Melinda and I met at our Jacksonville retreat and she has become such a good friend to me since then. I treasure her advice and love running into her at different women events. She is the women's ministry coordinator at her church and I loved reading her book Mothering From Scratch when it released last year. She's truly a gift!
The four of us represent the different stages of motherhood from being a grandmother, mom of adult children, teenagers, and preschoolers, so we really hope to relate to whatever stage of motherhood you might be in or about to begin. 
This conference is not just for moms. We will be focusing our messages around a woman's heart and have sessions about relationships and leadership/mentoring. Even if you can only come for half of the day on Saturday, I encourage you to come and enjoy a weekend of renewal and encouragement. It's going to be lots of fun!
To buy your ticket and sign up for breakout sessions, head here.
If you'd like a sneak peek at one of the talks I'll be leading, head on over to The M.O.M. Initiative to read more about when motherhood looks different than planned.
I hope you join us on April 15th & 16th!
Till next time, let your light shine,
Blessings, christen

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how to teach your kids to practice hospitality

children-hospitality This year, I thought it would be fun to have the kids tag along to deliver Valentine's Day treats. We decided to gift our pediatrician's office and my OBGYN since Ridley was about to celebrate his first birthday. We had to wait until one o'clock to deliver the gifts, so we played at a playground for an hour after school. I thought this would be a good idea but it backfired, making us all tired, hungry, and ready to go home.  I promised the girls we would be quick, but you can guess what happened next. Major meltdown.

Yep.  You know the kind. The kind where one child pitches a fit over putting her shoes on and where the other one wants to take every-single-toy-that-she-owns inside with her and the kind where your baby arches his back refusing to be buckled into his car seat. The kind where mommy loses her patience and says in a tone a bit too sharp to "Stop crying! We need to go."

But instead of admitting defeat to the meltdown, we unbuckled and try to make our sticky faces, wild hair, and smelly diapers presentable before we walked inside, smiling like the happy family we appeared to be. But I couldn’t help but think to myself, "Am I really teaching my kids about love right now?"

To read more, head on over to The M.O.M. Initiative.

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*This is an excerpt from Christen's new devotional, Practice Hospitality centered around Romans 12:9-13 which teaches that hospitality is love in action. Divided into three sections, you will understand what it means to release, receive, and rejoice and how we are all called to living a life of invitation. The devotional also features some of our favorite recipes for entertaining including Acre's sweet potato bread pudding, homemade pizza dough, fancy (but easy!) salad and more. These recipes will cure any hostess jitters and have your guests begging for seconds! Purchase your copy of Practice Hospitality on Etsy. 

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Christen will be speaking about how to practice hospitality with your kids at our Better Together Conference in Dothan, Al on April 15th-16th 2016. Buy your tickets here!

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how to teach your kids to practice hospitality

children-hospitality This year, I thought it would be fun to have the kids tag along to deliver Valentine's Day treats. We decided to gift our pediatrician's office and my OBGYN since Ridley was about to celebrate his first birthday. We had to wait until one o'clock to deliver the gifts, so we played at a playground for an hour after school. I thought this would be a good idea but it backfired, making us all tired, hungry, and ready to go home.  I promised the girls we would be quick, but you can guess what happened next. Major meltdown.

Yep.  You know the kind. The kind where one child pitches a fit over putting her shoes on and where the other one wants to take every-single-toy-that-she-owns inside with her and the kind where your baby arches his back refusing to be buckled into his car seat. The kind where mommy loses her patience and says in a tone a bit too sharp to "Stop crying! We need to go."

But instead of admitting defeat to the meltdown, we unbuckled and try to make our sticky faces, wild hair, and smelly diapers presentable before we walked inside, smiling like the happy family we appeared to be. But I couldn’t help but think to myself, "Am I really teaching my kids about love right now?"

To read more, head on over to The M.O.M. Initiative.

IMG_9125

*This is an excerpt from Christen's new devotional, Practice Hospitality centered around Romans 12:9-13 which teaches that hospitality is love in action. Divided into three sections, you will understand what it means to release, receive, and rejoice and how we are all called to living a life of invitation. The devotional also features some of our favorite recipes for entertaining including Acre's sweet potato bread pudding, homemade pizza dough, fancy (but easy!) salad and more. These recipes will cure any hostess jitters and have your guests begging for seconds! Purchase your copy of Practice Hospitality on Etsy. 

Better Together Banner

Christen will be speaking about how to practice hospitality with your kids at our Better Together Conference in Dothan, Al on April 15th-16th 2016. Buy your tickets here!

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