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…

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…

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…

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?".…

Meditation: Romans 8:18-28

For a few days now, I have found myself sleeping off and going to bed early while putting the little one to sleep. Sleep is contagious these days. I hope yall have been resting. It takes extra effort to get a lot done with the little one at home. How are you all balancing school,…

Support For Children with Developmental Disorders

For some days now, I have become more aware of the little one's presence. He is constantly ordering us around, "get down", "stop it", "no", "sit down".. and I cannot count the number of times I have heard "mine" within the past few days of social isolation. Guess what I have been doing as well,…

Thoughts on Parenting 101

I hope you all are staying connected emotionally and spiritually. These two Bible verses came to mind while writing my thoughts on parenting: 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to…

Moms Of Wayward Children

As parents of adult children, we often wonder: will my children make good choices when they are out on their own? How can I let them go when I’ve held them close for so long? How do you trust God and not worry when you see your child making unwise decisions? How can you know…

Thoughts on Parenting 101

Generally speaking, success is not determined by what we know but the application of the life-changing information we receive. Access to information is not enough, it is what we do with the information that makes a difference. How long we have been doing life does not determine our success in life. One can be young…

Day 7: Angels in the Nursery

I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 2 Timothy 1:5 (NIV) In the field of Infant Mental Health, angels in the nursery are described as past childhood experiences, parenting choices and practices that strengthen…

Day 2: You are Competent!

In case you missed Day 1 of the 7-Day Devotional for New Parents, you can check it out here. Stay blessed! I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 (KJV) Feeling incompetent? You are not alone. It is not unusual for first-time parents to feel incompetent in their new role. The…

Day 1: In God We Trust

Earlier this year, I wrote a 7-day devotional for new/first-time parents. I was unable to create a fancy PDF for the devotional, so I decided to just go ahead and share it daily on the blog. I believe it will be a blessing to new parents and parents with several years of experience. Be blessed…

Reblog: It is OUR stuff

This post was originally posted on January 30, 2019. I find it encouraging this season as the little one's behavior has not changed. The little one has come to believe everything in the house belongs to him. He reaches for our food everytime and cries if we don't share with him. He turns mommy and…

Black History Month: Celebrating Our Royal Identity

As we celebrate Black History Month in the United States, I would like to encourage African American parents to stand strong in faith and not bow to the spirit of fear. The evil spirit of racism is still at work, but we already have the victory over that which threatens our lives and our children.…

Thoughts on Parenting 101

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ~Proverbs 22:6 I was given more insight on this Bible verse few days ago in written words, so I thought to share it with you. "In the original Hebrew, training up a child is…

The Stay at home mom-life: The Lord who is there

As a stay at home mother, one of the aspects of mom-life that surprised me the most was the isolation and loneliness that came with it. Mothers themselves don’t talk about it, and no one really asks. Everyone just assumes that mothers are busy taking care of babies and that they don’t really need company....