Word Women Wednesday & Linkup

She made my top five favorite blogs that I love…even though this is not my niche but because I always come away feeling inspired.  She is giving… (click here for her March giveaway) and her heart for her art is transparent and contagious.  She has the cutest printables and simply adorable tutorials.

My heart was stirred to tears over her Twirl post so when I asked Emily if she would like to participate in our Word Women Wednesday, this is the post she suggested and I agreed…go get some coffee or hot tea and peruse down her blog posts.  She’s a beautiful heart that I am honored to share with you….Emily from Jones Design Co.

It was so fun to post new photos of Audrey’s nursery last Friday and you all said some very kind things about it. Thank you!

But the best part for me was that many of you were somehow impacted by the scripture in her room.  For some, it is your favorite verse. For others, it meant something special to you at that particular moment. I love how God’s word can do that … it is living and can speak different things to different people right when you need it most.

So today, I want to share with you why I chose that verse to be Audrey’s.  It is sort of a round-about story and this may go all over the place, but I’ll give it a shot.  Here it goes …

When I was pregnant with our No.1, I read Wild At Heart, by John Eldredge.  I think deep down I knew I was going to have a boy and so I wanted to learn a little more about how they are made and prepare myself for raising a son {as a side: you should read it whether you have boys or not … it’s a great book about manhood}.

When I was pregnant with No.2, I read Captivating, by John’s wife, Stasi.  Perhaps I read it because I thought I was having a girl {which, clearly, I was not}, or maybe it was just because I loved Wild At Heart so much, but truthfully, it didn’t have the same impact. Good, but not great.

Skip forward a few years {in between No.3 & No.4}.  I was at our Ladies’ bible study during worship time and had the sweetest picture dance across my closed eyes.  I saw a little girl, with the sun shining down on her, spinning.

She wore a light dress and with her arms outstretched and her face looking to the sky, she just twirled.

And what I heard in my heart was, “Emily, you’re my girl. I am so pleased with who you are and now I want you to twirl”.

It seemed so strange – twirl? What does that mean?

But because of the book I had read a few years before, I knew.

Stasi Eldredge wrote about little girls who stand on the coffee table and spin while their daddies watch them, adoringly. That desire to be adored by our dads is ingrained in us from such an early stage.  We want to be beautiful, cherished, captivating.  We twirl without a care, simply because we feel lovely and we want the world {or our daddy!} to see us.

So that Thursday morning, in the middle of bible study, I knew what the Lord was trying to say. He wanted me to know that just as that little girl spins freely in front of her daddy, I, too, can twirl without inhibitions before my Heavenly Father.

I am His girl.

He is delighted in me.

Not because I am great at twirling, but because I am twirling.  I am just being His daughter, His girl and He is pleased.

When I was pregnant with Audrey, I was, again, at bible study when the word DELIGHT came to my mind.  I looked up the word in the concordance of my bible {that back section where it tells what word is found in what scripture verse} and came to Zephaniah 3:17:

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I had read the verse before, but I read it this time with fresh eyes.

He will take great delight in you … He will rejoice over you with singing.

Well, no wonder He wants me to twirl, I thought. It’s because He is the one doing the singing!

Do you see it? Do you see that He loves you SO much that He sings over you?

In a society where we are never good enough, never pretty enough or thin enough or stylish or creative or talented enough, the Lord says,

STOP. I am with you. I am MIGHTY. Strong enough to save you from whatever it is that is after you. Let me quiet you with my love. Will you listen to my sweet voice as I sing my songs of delight over you? You are just as I want you to be. Now be free.

And twirl.

This is such a deep truth that I want for myself and one that I want for my daughter. I want her to know that above all else, she is perfectly and wonderfully made. She doesn’t need to strive for her God’s love. She doesn’t need to hide from her God’s love. She just needs to accept it.

And twirl.

And so, that is why I chose that verse for my baby girl. And I pray it for you as well.  It is hard being a woman – we feel so many pressures to be what we are not and far too many of us struggle with insecurity.  Oh how we long to be free! How wonderful would it feel to put on our best twirling skirt and dance – and feel beautiful doing it!  I know it is hard and sounds so lofty, but it is what I believe we are to do as daughters of the Most High God. Surely, if He can sing over us, we can step out and dance.

Perhaps even twirl.

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You?…Twirl? come on lets join Emily…close your eyes and picture the SON shining light all around you as you dance..free.. right now.  Go to the bathroom if your at work.  Make time as soon as possible to twirl and dance.  Just you and Him.  Nobody can see. If you have a hard time playing this could be uncomfortable for you but just try it ( it is for me too).  The earth is shaking from all of us dancing and twirling…ssshh…can you hear it?  His delight!

Now your turn to linkup anything you would like to share. Just linkup your exact URL to your post and bam!  that’s it.  ( linkup opens at 8:00 pm … it didn’t go up until this morning..my fault..ugh:)  If you could link back here in some way that would be just great.  We love to visit with each other.  Throughout the day..a little here and a little there just pop in.  Maybe 2 at a time? Thanks so much to all of you who support our word women wednesdays.  Thank you to all who have guest posted as well. Your bravery and honesty we will never know how God will use our obedience this side of heaven.

XO,

 

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Tara - Hi friend….
I haven't forgotten about you over here at House of Belonging….I've been slightly out on my back since our cruise, so I haven't been on-line as often…..hurts too bad to sit. :(

anyway, loved this post! Love her heart…need to spend more time over at her place browsing around…..

hope you are well….

Melissa Lewis - Midw - Powerful words. I love the truth in this and it's also a common thread in my life as well. Lovely!

LLH Designs - I loved Emily's twirl post. I think it got a whole bunch of us thinking! I loved reading it again here today. Thanks to both of you!

Xoxo,
Linsey

Jen - This was a really good exercise for me. To sit under this verse and absorb it. This is a wonderful post that speaks to me as a mom, a daughter, and a daughter of an amazing Heavenly Father.

Donnetta - "Not because I am great at twirling, but because I am twirling."

Just what I needed today!

Now if you'll please excuse me, I've got some twirling to do. Full skirts and all.

Thank you for this and for the invitation to participate!

Cha Cha - I remember reading about this on Emily’s blog and being so moved. I want to feel like that little girl twirling around in the midst of my Father’s approval. This is the desire of my heart–to seek His approval.

Thank you both, Emily and Tiffini, for this. I am blessed to know you both. One day in heaven we will sit together along with all the other word women worshiping our Father, what a beautiful day that will be.

Cha Cha

Becky @ Farmgirl Pai - Well that was just beautiful! Twirl is such a sweet word and I think it would look great on a cuff or painting:) Love the meaning and symbolism in it. Great post.

Cindy - Thanks for sharing! I frequently envision my self as a little girl in my relationship with God…so this was just perfect! Thanks for including me in this wonderful place of yours!

Monica @ I blog Jesu - What a wonderful post…what a wonderful way to bask in the Father's Love. Thanks for sharing.

are you ready for some hard knee time?

Can the American family be saved? I asked that question.  I believe the first answer to that question is prayer.  I don’t just think a quick hey God…is what is needful.  I believe it is the offering of intentional pouring out our hearts..wrapped in gratitude until….until.  I am convicted & challenged and I believe God is calling this mom to do some hard knee time on behalf of her sons.  Will you join us at the altar for 21 days and share what our God is going to do in the lives of our sons?

April 1, 2011 – April 29, 2011

Each Friday I will provide bloggers with an opportunity to link-up posts about how God is moving through the 21 Days of Prayer for Sons experience. But anyone, bloggers and non-bloggers alike can participate and share how God is working in their family by leaving comments throughout the challenge….Brooke McGlothlin

In the place of your fathers will be your sons;

You shall make them princes in all the earth.

Psalm 45:16

Won’t you kneel here and add your blog name to the Sign Up?

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Tomorrow guest post & linkup.  Writing prompt is Zephaniah 3:17. Remember, it can be anything that this verse inspires you.  Crafts, story, poem, pictures whatever.  Just have fun with it.  Visit and encourage each other.  As always – if you have any ideas or questions please don’t hesitate for one moment to email ok?:)

Linking up my words with their words today @ Finding Heaven. Go meet my friend…Jen and all the other women who have impacted my life in such a huge way.

Finding Heaven

xo,


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Glenda Childers - I don't think I am going to join this, as I want to do the 40 days of community and I don't have sons. But I love the sweetness of a mom on her knees praying for her boys. I pray for my daughters so often . . . and it brings me such joy.

Hope your feeling better, Tiffini. (saw the comment on Jen's post.)

Fondly,

Glenda

Erin @ It's Gra - My short answer is "I hope so". But sadly, many won't be saved. I can always be praying more for both my children. My son is such a sweet little boy of 7 that rarely gives us concern, so I often overlook praying for him. I need to remember there needn't be a trial that causes me to fall to my knees for him.

Hope you're feeling better…saw you mention not feeling well on Jen's blog. Praying for you..

Stephanie - Tiffini! I love your heart, it is so evident in each and every one of your posts! I am not sure if I can commit to the 21 days right now as we are getting into the hardcore content of the survivors support group I lead. But I will continue to pray for may family, and all families, that we all draw closer together and closer to God! Blessings to you and your family too!!!

jenny - t-

very intrigued by this. i will look into it. feel free to email me more about the 21 day prayer call. i can get ditsy and distracted by daily life and would love to be reminded! :)

on a not-so-serious note…i'd really love to know how you created all the pages/categories on your site. i'm needing to spice mine up a bit with various goodies. any advice you can offer is appreciated!

-j

Pamela - I don't have sons, but I am so touched by this challenge. I want mothers to offer their sons to God; my daughter will need a character-driven, heart-for-God man.

Jen - I have 2 girls, but this post really convicts me that I do not spend as much time on my knees for them as I should. This inspires me. Thank you.

Eileen - I am linked and ready to go!!

Abby - yes, i will love to join, but as you know life is already crazy…i'll *pray* about it…and yes, hard knee prayers…pleading with Heaven for what only He can do…and surrendering our wills and timing to His…there's no other way!

much love sister:)

Amy Sullivan - T,

So glad to see you are hooking up with Brooke again. I enjoyed her words when she was here.

I want to be a part of Word Woman Wednesday at some point. . .not sure if I will make it this week, but I love your ideas, and I always think your prompts sound fun.

amanda - I think this is such a great idea. My son is 15 and going through many changes as a teenager, and I know the Lord has some great things for him to do, I pray continually for wisdom and discernment in keeping him on the right track.

Rachel - Praying for the strengthening of families everywhere!

marlece - Hi Tiffini…I have come here and read this several times. It has really hit home with me. The whole get on your knees for your sons. I have four of them actually. I have so many prayers going to my Father over my boys but I know taking that time to GET ON MY KNEES is soooooooo what I need to do to get break thru so many times. I will try and link up here too. Thanks!

Dear Monday…are you afraid of your dreams?

It’s the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance

Bette Midler – The Rose

over the weekend I saw girls dance to this song…and I’ve been thinking

on the words ever since

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SShhh…quiet walking around and round…a dream lies slumbering 

Mondays are good days for taking chances

eyes open ..  seeing ..  for the very first time

 awakening

Do you have dreams that you have left to slumber years away

maybe we fear to give them a chance that

the dream may just come true

xo,

40 Day of Community – A Journey through Lent

I love this!  I am going to try and participate.  I’ve never participated in Lent before.  I grew up Southern Baptist and it wasn’t really talked about.  Thought I’d share it with all of you too:)

 

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This Word Women Wednesday we will have a surprise guest poster and linkup.  The writing prompt linkup will be Zephaniah 3:17.  Remember – this is a broad prompt.  You can link up a poem, story, craft, pictures whatever…anything goes as long as it relates to the verse. 

Be sure to come and see who our guest poster is.  I know your heart will be blessed and you will go away with fresh inspiration for your heart & spirit.

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eileen - Taking that first step into the unknown is always scary. Especially if you are normally a shy or timid person. (Like me) But with every new adventure, I just have to remind myself that God was faithful in the past and He continues to be faithful today. Even in failure there is growth and a lesson to be learned!

Happy Monday! Keep dreaming!

Cha Cha - Beautiful as always. Thank you for pushing me, I treasure your words spoken with love.

Cha Cha

jill - I do know what it means to dare to dream. When I am presented with a dream fullfilling moment, I always think of Jesus calling Peter out of the boat to walk on water. I hear the words, 'Ye, of little faith'…it pushes me to pick up my net and follow that dream.

xo

Robyn Q - "Mondays are good days for taking chances." – That is challenging! I need stirring, need to wake my dreams. You've got a way, Tiffini! Thanks for what you post. Blessings,

Donnetta - A lot of deep thinking wrapped up in this question. It will have me pondering for some time…

Becky @ Farmgirl Pai - Your blog is beautiful! Love the design. I have lots of dreams and sometimes I wonder if I could handle it if they actually came true.

Glenda Childers - Tiffini, I have been running into Lent all over the place. So happy to find your link tonight. I bought Common Prayer a few weeks ago and have not begun using it. I am desiring to join in the 40 days. Thanks for sharing it.

Fondly,
Glenda

P.S. I am kinda of in a coping/just moved stage and need to get back to a dreaming stage.

You mean I’m not superwoman?

we weave the lessons into the fabric of our daily moments until they become a part of us

Sarah Ban Breathnach

He will not only deliver you; but in doing so, He will give you a lesson that you will never forget, and to which, in many a psalm and song, in after days, you will revert.  You will never be able to thank God enough for having done just as He has.

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it rent me sore…my cape that fell hard that day. I was born complicated and in this complication I learned ways in which I strangled the voice of purpose God knitted me so beautifully with.  He knew the plans He had for me but the problem was- no one else did. Not even me. so with the wounds came the lies stitched tight.

years of being driven came out of those tight stitched lies … the “not enough” stitch. This name tag I own because it was my truth . not THE truth.  I lived out of I’m complicated the majority of the time.  Subsequently, I lived with the consequences of this name tag.  The worthlessness I felt..I can’t do or be enough to please anyone…even God.  It drives me to do.. and do.. and do.

I’m tired.  I want to quit.  Those were my closest friends.

If one is never enough what ever in the world could make one enough?  the soul wears out in the doing.

When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.  John 19:30

And all who are recipients of that salvation are granted everything pertaining to life and godliness through the true knowledge of Christ (2 Pet. 1:3)

Christ was enough..He was the perfect sacrifice.  Christ fulfilled ALL of the law. so when God sees me  He sees Christ and He is perfect.  Christ is ENOUGH therefore I am enough.  I don’t have to fulfill ANY law!!  I’ve been given everything I need.  It is all there for me to excavate to live a whole-hearted life of freedom.  Believe me – I am digging wrapped in the robe of Christ.

A couple of weeks ago a Dr. said to me ” your complicated” and that which I thought I’d buried erupted through an open wound.   Those two words. why now?  the fabric of my soul begin to pull…Father what?  am I complicated?  it took me right back to eyes staring at me with disgust and disappointment..I was a child.  Another wound..another lie.  and maybe I was.  to complicated.  Frantic – I looked around for something to stop the blood.  I always look to myself first and out of nowhere I felt the hard pressure of the words with breath

you are not an orphan child .. your my daughter

then silence……….long silence

then deep pressure saying you are enough..quit doing and the seeping slowed. WORD was seeping IN.

Nothing is to hard for me Tiffini

for you see -I’ve loved you from before time and I knitted you together just the way I wanted you and all of this as He spread His hands far and wide so far in fact- I couldn’t even see..is for all of the land that I am going to give you..and your children and your children’s children.  For you see – I have a Big Story…and you have just a part.  and just like I told you in October it is My song that I gave you and in your fear you think it is yours…tell My story.

your story .. will forever remain incomplete…until you let me do what only I can do with your hurt…Let Me perfect that which concerns you.

Beth Moore – Breaking Free

I created you to be a word woman.  You can run and keep tying that cape trying and be something different .. to fit in..but you won’t.  In your heart you know this.  Your spirit tells you these are truth words.  It is up to you what to do with them.

the world doesn’t need anymore superwomen…the world needs word women

The dark horse has become the symbol of the ordinary person

who comes out a winner due to the grace of God.

But most importantly, the dark horse is the image of real Christianity…righteousness amidst human flaws.

The church is inundated with white horses.  Flawless, successful, inaccessible leaders who only drive the average Christian

deeper into frustration, guilt and failure.

If we are to learn to follow Christ, it will be the dark horses, not the white ones, that will show us the way.

Keith Miller-

 

God is knitting the fabric of our lives…round the world…women gathered together…word women…and it is something to celebrate – new garments made in love..knitted in love, something women have always done.

the fire is warm and women are waiting.  now is the time.  bare your heart and let go of the pain that so easily takes you captive and let Him begin to perfect that which concerns you.  Will you?  will I?

the cape is buried for good what about yours ?  there is a place right beside me…are you ready for more Word women?

xo..

 

 

Loved this -

Emily @ Chatting at the Sky post…making decisions

We are going to Omaha, NE today for Grace’s first dance competition!  Praying all of your weekends are filled with gratefulness. love. joy and each other.  See you on Dear Monday…xo  My heart has been filled by your words of encouragement to Why do you blog?  You encourage me…every single one of you.

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Shari - I threw out my cape a long time ago… I realized that I was never drawn to perfection, anyway! I strove for it because that's what people expected of me… then I realized, no one was really watching, anyway! Do as I will as long as I hurt no one, and as long as I help as many people as I can. That's my way.

I love this net(work) of women bloggers who knit with words… so touching and beautiful…. the fabric of the world as sewn by women's hands and minds and hearts… it's amazing!!

Thank you, Tiffini!! xox

Becky - Your words gave me chills. Thank you.

Stephanie - Amen Sister Girl!!!! I love this post, in fact I am quiet certain that it is my favorite one so far!!! Pure awesomeness, and so evidently inspired by the holy spirit! And complicated, what does that mean anways, complicated. I think it's a compliment, you think deeper than most, your heart is so deep and so beautiful, how can it help but be complicated. God's love is complicated, Christ, GOD, dying for us, that's complicated, and yet simple. Complicated, and yet beautifully simplistic, God's beautiful princess Word Woman, whom I love dearly!!!!

Glenda Childers - Thanks for the reminder of the importance of words. Let's keep writing, eh?

Fondly,

Glenda

Ps. I love complicated people . . . they make wonderful friends.

Abby - 'IF ONE IS NEVER ENOUGH WHAT EVER IN THE WORLD COULD MAKE ONE ENOUGH? THE SOUL WEARS OUT IN THE DOING.'

there is so much here i love…always felt the same lie–'i'm complicated' and too much for others and never enough for Him!

oh, how the heart aches to be healed! i loved the keith miller quote…

all of this and

Abby - *oops…i got cut off, accidentally*

(and) I WISH YOU WERE WITH ME THIS WEEKEND AT THE CONFERENCE I WAS AT…I THOUGHT OF YOU…

I'll be sharing more at my blog…suffice it to say, God has THE AMAZING in store for you!! and so much more–His heart over you sister:)

Word women wednesday & parenting linkup

I first connected with Mindy over her post My Ten Year Anniversary with God over at (in)courage.  Her words resonated with my heart and I immediately contacted her.  She is a woman who allows God to pursue her and “she can testify that all of His gifts are indeed GOOD, even though they aren’t always in pretty packages. In fact, I have learned quite a bit through suffering, maybe even more than any other way.”  I am excited for you to meet her.  Without further adieu…

Freedom in Parenting

Hindsight is a funny thing.  It gives perspective that can be found in no other way.

When my first-born child was born.  I was terrified.  My hormones were so out of whack and I was too busy adjusting and crying to realize how scared I was, but I can see it looking back.

I was scared to death that my kids would have to go through some of the things that I did. I wanted to create a perfect world for them and I was sure that if I just tried hard enough and got enough information, than I could do just that.

It started with whether or not to let Dylan cry it out.  Would I scar him for life if I let him cry? Would he have this feeling of deep insecurity and mistrust if I didn’t comfort him immediately?   And then it was environment, would he be influenced down a dark path if I let him be around certain types of people and/or watch certain shows? Education, would I be able to provide for him so that one day he could succeed in this dog eat dog world? And of course there’s salvation,would he trust Jesus with his heart or would I screw him up so badly that He never wanted anything to do with Jesus? Would being a pastor’s kid mess him up?  What foods do I feed him to make sure he doesn’t struggle with childhood obesity? What kind of kids do I let him hang around? Image is a big one too. How do I make him do the right thing and act the right way when we are around other people? Do they think I am am horrible mom because he wouldn’t give them a high five? What if he disobeys me in front of the other moms?

It’s insanity the things that go through your head when you are a new mom.  And it’s enough to cause a person to parent paralyzed.  That’s what I used to do.

I was always, always, always thinking of the affect of everything I did or said.  I wanted perfect kids and a perfect family. It didn’t take long to realize that I was the biggest obstacle.  Jason was always so laid back about the way we did things with our kids and I didn’t understand why he wasn’t stressed out like I was!!  Didn’t he realize the weight of being a parent?? Didn’t he know we only had 18 years or so to get this RIGHT?!

I read every single parenting book out there.

Over the course of the years, and I can’t exactly pin point the moment, God began to free me of those fears and insecurities.  I started asking God how I should pray for my kids, and somewhere along the way, I realized that the best way to parent my kids was how God was parenting me. The books I had read were good, but the best influence I had in my life was God the father himself.

He speaks truths over me.  He tells me things like, “I have loved you with an everlasting love,” “I have a future and a hope for you,” “do not be afraid, I am with you,” “nothing you ever do could separate you from my love,” and “come to me when you are tired and weary and I will give you rest.”  He also gives me free will to make decisions.  Sometimes, when I make the wrong decisions, He lets the consequences of my actions play out.  Sometimes He steps in and protects me from my actions.  Always, He covers me with His grace, He never shames me.  He never holds my mistakes over my head.  He forgives me constantly.  He loves me when no-one else does.

So I started transferring these things over to my kids. I have had people tell me on numerous occasions that, “I am so calm.”  And I have to give all the glory to God.  When my kids do silly things, I deal with it, and move on.  It’s not some huge surprise to me that they act like kids and have to be corrected frequently.

God also has told me to teach them His ways.  So I am doing that. And because I know my God can be trusted and that He loves me, I am resting in the fact that He will take care of the “outcome.” He loves my kids more than I do and for some reason, unbeknownst to me, He has given Jason and I the privilege of raising them. All I can do is be faithful to what He can commands of me and take rest in His sovereignty over the rest.

This gives me freedom and peace and I am so thankful for the drastic change God has made in my life! And my kids are still so young, so I get to have many years of resting in His truth’s! Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus.  YOU ALONE are mighty to save. You are such a compassionate God who has heard my cries. I love you and praise you!

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Please go over and visit Mindy @ Very Unfinished Product and let’s show her some word women love:)

Mindy also started a linkup called In my Shoes and Mindy’s book list is worth your time to check out.  Well – what do you think?  Good words…please feel free to share your input on parenting in the comments below and/or linkup a post on parenting ( words, poem, pictures, a craft…whatever is related to being a parent or wanting to be;)

Just put the direct URL in and that’s it. If you would so kindly link back to Word woman Wednesday… that would be an easy way for us all to find each other. Also - Erin over @ ItsGrace gets us all together on Thursday for Mama’s Heart if you would like to link your parenting post over there tomorrow?

Thank you to each one of you for baring your hearts here each Wednesday. Next Wednesdays prompt is Zephaniah 3:17!!!

The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Lots of opportunity for inspiration!



xo,

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Mindy Carlettini - Wow. Thank you so much for your kind words Tiffini! I really appreciate it.

Blessings!

Erin @ It's Gra - What a beautiful post! I can certainly relate to all those new mom questions and worries. It's amazing how much more relaxing parenting becomes after you've had more than 1 kid.

I love how God works on our hearts as parents by being a loving Father to us..so much love, grace, tenderness..

Thanks for mentioning my link up..hope we get some new mama's tomorrow!!

Love,

Erin

Green, Yellow and Teddy-Teddy | - [...] I’m linking up with Tiffini from “House of Belonging” for “Word Women Wednesday”. [...]

eileen - I can so relate to that fear of being a parent for the first time! I can remember when my son came home from the hospital…I finally felt like an adult. I had this huge responsibility in my life. For the first few days it took both me and my husband just to change a diaper. We were so intimidated by our little, delicate bundle of joy!

LLH Designs - You've done it again, Tiff! Just when I think I have nothing to say, you make me dig a little deeper! I love this post of yours today. I have much to learn from you. And am SO THANKFUL for all that you are!

xo,

Linsey

Alicia @ La Famille - beautiful words about being a mama :) i'm coming over from "between you & me" and i'm gonna link up too :)

Glenda Childers - I was just like this . . . always making sure my actions were the best for my kids and taking the blame when things went wrong. It took a dear friend to point out that this was co-dependency and I was not helping my kids at all. I really had to change the way I thought . . . and my kids turned out great :).

So glad I listened.

This is a beautifully written and inspiring post.

Fondly,

Glenda

Robyn Q - Man! This sums it up for me! "…somewhere along the way, I realized that the best way to parent my kids was how God was parenting me." Great stuff. Parenting is hard work. My mother told me once that it should be the most natural thing in the world. It's not for me. I want it to be…but so many aspects I stumble. I am starting to realize the more we live aware of God's presence, the more we BELIEVE who He says we are, the more we can graciously parent with His heart.

Good stuff. Keeps me thinking, thank you!

Abby - This is beautiful and spoke more to me than just about anything I have read recently, Mindy. Honestly, thank you so much…i want to print this out and come back to it–it echoes where He's brought me and yet challenges too–so,so,so good!

Tiffini, you are doing something special here on Wednesdays {and all the time!} love you!

Mindy Carlettini - Thank you to everyone for the encouragement!