Monthly Archives: January 2016

For this season (a surrender to my stubborn self)


Mostly, I am writing this to let you all know how much I have appreciated your support in my Mary & Martha business. I have loved every minute of this box of opportunity delivered to my front door almost four years ago. Little did I know, where God was taking me on that adventure. Little did I know the dear God-loving friends I would meet and the impact they would have on me. Little did I know how much I loved having a team of amazing women to love on and support. I just recently shared with this team of women, and now I’m sharing with all of you.

And that’s why, when God began pulling me away and out of that precious season, I dug my heels in. Looking back over this past year, I see God’s fingerprints all over the place. And when I wasn’t seeing them, He began to use his handprints! You see, there are things I didn’t give in to, when clearly I was being called to do so.

Children’s ministry has been a part of my life from the first time I taught our first baby, Natalie, to sing Jesus Loves Me. I pretty much believed this would be my calling forever. But you know that whole “season” thing? God calls me to it, but then begins pulling me away. Was that a hard decision? Oh my gracious–I spent hours in prayer over just that particular decision to step back from a leading role. God’s gifts are oh so sweet to be able to love on the kids for a Christmas service, Behold the Lamb. Honestly, if I could work with them on this every year, it would be a little piece of heaven…. 

And then–my role at the hospital changed. An opportunity presented itself. I would no longer be working nights, but have a consistent daytime schedule. What in the world? It did take me a few weeks to give in to this as well. But I did. I went to get certified in breastfeeding education and combined it wih a family trip to Colorado. For this season, it is exactly where I am supposed to be. Even though I questioned it initially.

Other circumstances have come our way in the past few months. Circumstances which have further affirmed the decisions I have made. Decisions Steve and I have made–and the biggest being to decide to make TIME FREEDOM our number one goal and priority. 

You all know I’m a sap when it comes to the quickly passing years of having these kiddos at home. Natalie commented just the other day to someone–“well, you know…I only have a year and a half left at home”. Oh gracious!! Stop it child!! 

And right behind Nat is this one. 

Time Freedom. It means that I can’t look to fill all of my time with Mary & Martha gatherings like I used to. It means decisions are made differently. 

As long as I am able, I will continue to help out customers and try to post sales as I know of them.  Just wanted to thank you and make sure you knew where I am at wih Mary & Martha for this season…