2020 with God

Half the year is gone, just like that! The current pandemic definitely changed many things about how we do life. It revealed the weaknesses in all systems and the fragility of life. While assisting the little one up the stairs yesterday, I was reminded that we would always need God. We will never be self…

Thankful for the Little One

As I watch the little one sleep peacefully, my heart is filled with joy and gratitude. I miss him more when he goes to sleep, but I also look forward to him going to bed. I am thankful for the little one. He is a precious gift from God. God uses him to help me…

How Abuse Changed My Life…For the Good!

Every parent should read Sandie’s blog. She discusses her experience as a mom of an abused child and offers ways to both prevent child abuse and heal after child-abuse takes place. Please read her blog and pass it on. I do not go days without declaring over the little one “you will not be raped or molested, you will not be sexually perverted”. My little one is only two and he already knows to say “No, stop it” when someone touches his private areas. I cannot count the number of times I have cried for abused children and felt a righteous indignation against child abusers. So, I pray and create more awareness by sharing posts like this. Join me in praying and raising more awareness. Child abuse is real and we must fight!

Sandie Barrios

I’m the mother of an abused child. 

While the abuse happened outside my home and far from my view or awareness, it often feels as if I carry full responsibility. I struggle with guilt and, if I’m honest, sometimes I struggle will condemnation.  These things aside, however, I can look back and tell you at LEAST three ways it changed my life for the better. I hope someone can be encouraged by this.. that there is truly light that pierces the darkness when we place our hope in Christ.

So, what good could possibly come from such a horrendous thing? Read on, my friend:

1. A Renewed Awareness

Some may think this isn’t necessarily a positive thing, but I am convinced it is. Like it or not, the statistics of child sexual abuse are horribly astounding. Before I walked through the shadows with my child, I had very little idea…

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Quick Reflection: First Two Years of Motherhood

Two years of loving, learning, and growing perfectly sums up my motherhood experience so far. LOVING: Two years of pouring out my love on the little one and other children. LEARNING: Two years of learning from the little one, for the little one and every child in the world. GROWING: Two years of spiritual, mental,…

A Black Mom With A Message Of Comfort

My son will be 21 years old this month and as much as I look forward to this new phase in his life, I can’t help but grieve for the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Joao Pedro and countless others who will never get to see their sons grow into young men. All the first experiences…

My Son and Servant

The little one is fast becoming a more responsible member of the family. I have honestly been waiting for him to run errands around the house. He is both a son and a servant in the house. He helps with his laundry, brings the TV remote (very important 😂😂), and helps with other minor chores.…

4 Ways to Protect your Children from Becoming Victims of Racism

In light of the racial tension in the United States and the giant of fear weighing on the hearts of African-American mothers, it is important to reblog this post. Mothers, we have a role to play in the fight against racism. Since racism is learned, we need to teach our children to treat everyone with love and respect regardless of their race. Quit sowing seeds of hate and racial bias in your home. Let’s do a heart-check and ask God to rid us of pride and the sin of racism.

Christian Mommas

Two days ago, My dear sister, kim Petitt shared her personal experience as a mother raising a Black son in the 21st Century. Please read her short postHERE. We can’t trust our governments to protect our children. They are failing every child regardless of race. While some local churches are speaking up through the One Race Movement, others have chosen to be silent. Silence speaks louder than words in this case. To be quiet when people are killed for their skin color is to be a part of the problem, a facilitator. This has been going on since the days of Martin Luther King Jr. and I believe the silence of the church inspired this quote:

In the End, we will remember not the words ofourenemies, butthe silence of our friends.

Those who are silent ignorantly believe that they will not be affected. That’s a…

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Thoughts on Parenting 101

Many people think and say motherhood or parenthood does not come with a manual. We need to change that thought and statement. While reading Psalms 38 this morning, I was reminded that God in His wisdom has provided a manual for parenting. Psalm 38:1 states: LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline…

For the Moms – “Our Life in Words” with Temi Michael-O

Dear friends, please read this short and encouraging post I was featured in. There are other great stories to read on markedlifeblog.com
I would like to hear and learn from you all as well: What is one nugget of advice you would give to other moms?

Marked Life

Temi and I connected through the blogging world – and I’m so happy that we did. Ministering to Moms is one of the divine gifts she has been given, and her written work has certainly ministered to me! Today, Temi talks about the ways she shows love, her advice to other Moms, and more. Temi, thank you for allowing us a glimpse into your life in words.

How many children do you have?1

How old are your children?About 2 years.

Are you a mom of girls, boys, or both?Boy.

How do you show love to your child?

Being present and attending are two ways I show love to my child.

When my little one seeks my attention, I attend to him and do my best to be present.

I show him that he matters more than my laptop and cellphone. I keep studying my little…

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day to every woman with the heart of a mother. Thank you for your sacrifices. Thank you for the comfort you give. Thank you for fighting for the lives of children. May you always be celebrated! To the moms and children grieving this season, my heart grieves with you. May your sorrow be…

Mother’s Day Giveaway 🥳

How are you preparing for Mother's day this year? In celebration of Mother's day, I will be giving away 10 copies of A Christian Mother's Creed in eBook format. This giveaway was sponsored by someone who believes A Christian Mother's Creed should be owned by every Christian mother. To participate in the giveaway, simply leave…

Passion in Marriage

In response to the impact of COVID-19 on marriages, I will weekly share resources that can help strengthen marriages. How we do marriage impacts how we parent. My hope is that these resources will help families struggling this season or strengthen the marriages of those who are doing okay. Parenting requires a lot of sacrifice,…

Divine Intervention

When we think of divine intervention, it is easy to imagine God intervening for us to breakthrough or do the impossible. I believe that divine intervention also occurs when we are about to take steps or make decisions that can ruin our lives. As the little one continues to assert his independence, I am learning…

Mothers and Grandmothers…

I read this powerful post a few days ago. If you have read my new book, A Christian Mother’s Creed, I briefly discussed the contagious faith of Timothy’s mother and grandmother. The author of this post did an excellent job describing the challenges Timothy’s mother and grandmother faced as Christians and their influence on Timothy. This is a great read for every Christian mother and grandmother. We are influencers! Enjoy.

Encouragement Ministry

mothers and grandmothersMothers and Grandmothers…

Mothers and Grandmothers make a significant influence and impression on their children and grandchildren.  Many times, dads are working, so moms have hours with their children to talk, teach, love, feed, clean, play, etc. with them.  As mothers and grandmothers teach them about Jesus, the Bible, godly character, and prayer, they are leaving a genuine faith legacy to be learned and followed.

Many children learn visually and do what their mothers and grandmothers do by mimicking them.  As a child watches them bake chocolate chip cookies, he learns.  When he watches her tell someone about Jesus, he watches, listen, and learns.  When he watches them read their Bible, care about others, or pray, he is learning and mimicking what he learned.  The best way to teach your child to love Jesus as his Savior and to have a genuine faith is by having one also.

Paul told…

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For the Moms – "Our Life in Words" Series

Dear friends, I am excited to be a part of this awesome project. As we prepare for Mother’s Day 2020, let’s take the time to learn from one another and support this project by following Hannah Smith’s amazing blog. Do not miss the opportunity to read the stories she will be sharing. Stay blessed!

Marked Life

This series is for the Moms!

In honor of Mothers, this May will be chock full of real stories of Motherhood. Join me as I feature different Moms each week, who will so graciously be sharing their life in words.

A role often taken for granted. A job that never ends. A devotion that involves the will and all the emotions. We are Moms…

For the Moms - Our Life in Words

I was feeling so much anticipation and excitement as I filled my roster with questions for the 20+ Moms who would be featured on this month-long project. Some of the women have been doing this Mom thing for 5 decades – that’s right; 50 years! There are a variety of cultures, ages, and backgrounds to glean from. There is so much value and insight throughout this series, that EVERYONE is guaranteed to receive something!

I have the honor of personally knowing mostly all of the beautiful…

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Child-ish Vs. Child-like 2

I have a bottle of activated charcoal in the cabinet because the little one still likes to explore with his mouth. I thought he would have outgrown this by now. I was wrong. When the little one is suddenly quiet, we know he is up to something he should not be doing. I bet other…

Child-ish Vs. Child-like

Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. As I spend more time with the little one, I watch him do things that make me scratch my head. Despite knowing I would not get an answer, I find myself asking him "why are you doing this?".…

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

The semester is officially over for me and the little one made my day spectacular with moments of star gazing. The little one has seen stars on the TV and in books. He has been singing Twinkle twinkle little star for a long time now without beholding a star with his own eyes. Tonight, that…

Good Friday: A Mother’s Grief and Joy

I hope that this post blesses your heart again♥️🙏

Christian Mommas

For the first time ever, I find myself thinking about Mary, the mother of Jesus as we celebrate Easter. I have been thinking about how Jesus was an ‘unplanned’ child for young Mary. But, she yielded to God’s plan to give life to humanity through her.

Years later, Mary watched God take back the child He gave her. I wonder what was going through Mary’s mind as a mom. She kept a lot in her heart. Side Note: Mary knew a lot more about Jesus than the disciples who spent time with Jesus. She was the mother of God in the flesh. What an honor!

Mary was also a single mom. Joseph, her husband was dead. If he wasn’t dead, Jesus would not have asked a disciple to take care of His mother.

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and…

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Celebrating My Mother

I have spent the past two years cherishing memories of my mother. Motherhood made me realize many things about her. One joyful news is that I finally received pictures of my mother earlier this year. We look so much alike. I was 6 or 7 years old when I last saw her. Although she lived…

The Joy of Potty-Training

Parents of toddlers understand that the key to successful potty training is to celebrate every step the child takes on the way to becoming potty trained. Social isolation has presented my family with the opportunity to be more consistent in potty training the little one. There have been moments of frustration but they pale in…

A Christian Mother’s Creed: Now Available!

Hi friends, A Christian Mother's Creed is now available for you to read! A preview is available. If you live outside the United States, please purchase from your country's Amazon website or the country closest to you. For example, if you live in Belgium, you can purchase from amazon.fr or amazon.co.uk https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084VQXH5Z Here are some…