What Makes You Squeal

Whenever my son Aiden takes a bite of something so yummy and delicious, he gets this goofy grin on his face and let’s out the HUGEST happy sound. A squeal of delight. He had gotten in the habit of doing it multiple times, and I thought to myself, “Where did he learn to do THAT?”

Oh….he learned that from me!

You don’t have to know me for very long before you discover I let off squeals when I’m excited. When I see someone I haven’t in a long time, I can’t help but give them a great big squeeze accompanied by my trademark noise of bliss.

Multiple months ago, a friend of mine shared a book she was recently reading, “Grace Not Perfection” by Emily Ley. I confess, I haven’t read it, yet. Buuuuut our conversation and my son’s squeals have gotten me thinking. What things do I delight in?

I enjoy…

the quietness of the early morning

the beach

long runs

a great workout

facemasks

pedicures

yummy healthy food paired with dark chocolate

new book releases by my favorite authors

I could go on…the author sheds light on the reality of motherhood. Sometimes we get lost in the diaper changes, night feedings, laundry,…or we get caught up what our children need, want, like/dislike. And we forget who we are. What do we like?

Today, I challenge you to answer the question, “What makes you squeal, Mama?”

It could be as simple as mango lipgloss.

Jot down a few things and set aside some time for yourself this weekend. Take delight and remember who you were created to be.

Speaking Life

Growing up, I had a Daddy and a Mama who consistently spoke life over me. I grew up knowing that I was loved, I was a blessing, and that God had good plans for me. I had a strong sense of purpose, not just for my own means, but because I knew God had good plans for me to carry out His kingdom purposes.

Speaking life starts in the very beginning. Way back in Genesis, God, the Creator of the universe, chose to use His voice and words to create. God said “Let there be light,” and there was. He spoke the planets, the land and sea, the moon and stars, every creature you could imagine, and humans into existence. He said “Let there be,” and then, there it was.

When God speaks, it matters. When we speak, our words also matter. The words that come out of our mouth have power.

In Proverbs 18:21, it says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

We have a choice of the words we use- will we use words that edify, encourage, and create? Or will we use words that tear down, discourage, and destroy?

In James 3, the tongue is compared to a small spark that can set a whole forest on fire. That’s a lot of power!

I want to share three ways I’ve learned to speak life.

The first way to speak life is over yourself (myself).

In this season of life, I often speak that God has equipped me for being a Mama, that I am a Proverbs 31 woman who is noble, honorable, charitable, resourceful, kind, diligent, hard working…this is the woman I am, and the woman I am becoming.

The second way you can speak life is over others. When my children were in my womb, we spoke that they would be a joy and delight to all who interact with them. If you’ve met them, you know this has come to pass. We spoke health and completeness over each and every body part.

We are currently speaking a generous and hospitable heart over my son as he learns to share, and kindness and gentleness as he interacts with his sister. We eagerly await the day we see the fullness of these statements come to be. We speak healing and full hearing at all decibels over my eleven month old as she is currently wearing hearing aids.

As parents, we have the opportunity to pass on a generational blessing of speaking God’s word over our children’s lives.

Can you imagine what the next generation would look life if they grew up believing that they can never be separated from the love of God, they are established, anointed and sealed by God, they are God’s workmanship, and they can do all things thought Christ who gives them strength? They just might take cities and nations for Jesus!

As part of the body of Christ, we get to encourage each other by speaking truth. Speaking verses like: “You are the salt of the earth,” (Matthew 5:13), “You are Christ’s ambassador,” (2 Corinthians 5:20) and “You are chosen by God, holy and dearly loved,” (Col. 3:12) are good reminders we need to tell each other. This is who others are, and who they are becoming.

The third way you can speak life is over your circumstances. When my family moved back to Florida in 2014, we came as an act of faith. Derek had no job yet, but we were believing In Jehovah Jirah our provider. We would daily claim the Lord’s provision of a job, specific with what salary and benefits we needed to survive in Palm Beach County. After two months of doing this daily activity, we saw God meet everything we specified.

When my family was in a time of need a few years ago, I reminded myself (and the Lord) about His faithfulness to always provide for my us. I was claiming Philippians 4:19, that ALL my needs are met by God. The Holy Spirit whispered, “Look around, Christina! Don’t overlook what I have provided for you in this present moment.”

That’s the beauty of speaking truth and life. It does  change things for the future, but sometimes our perspective in the moment needs to be changed. Speaking out loud words of life and truth allows us to filter our personal circumstances through The Abba’s prism of truth.

This filter allows us to see ourselves as we are- men and women that God is bringing about to completion, finishing the good work that He began.

It allows us to see others as those deeply loved by God.

It allows us to see what God is already doing in our current circumstances.

In what areas of your life do you need to speak life today, Mama?

Identity Crisis

My son, Aiden, LOVES to dress up. Firefighter, Construction worker, Batman, Superhero, Daniel Tiger, Football player…the list could take up the rest of this blog, but we will stop there. Lately, he’s gotten a little, ahem, creative in his dress up.

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Every cowboy obviously needs a scuba mask along with a Mickey light up sword. And every T-rex needs a batman mask, safety goggles, and…a Mickey light up sword. Usually the sword accompanies all these unique ensembles, but it bit the dust last week in a sword fight with Daddy.

When I snapped these photos, I couldn’t help but think that the outfits reflect a bit of identity crisis. This Mama can relate.

It’s so easy for me to get caught up in being a Mama.

The night wakings, breastfeeding, temperature taking, meal prepping, dish washing, lack of showering/shaving/hair washing…the joy in seeing my children overcome a challenge, the delight in seeing them be kind to others, the celebration of healthy eating with a good attitude, the wonder of how much they have grown.

In the daily grind, it’s easy for me to get caught up in being a Mama, and forget who I am.

In the past, I have put my identity in many things-vegan, runner, teacher, bookworm…when I became a Mama, I discovered that motherhood can be all encompassing, all consuming.

I am a mother, but my identity is not in my motherhood. It’s not in being a crunchy/granola Mama, or how long I breastfeed my child. It’s not in my occupation, the food I eat, or the exercise I participate in.

My identity is a daughter of the King. Beloved. Fearfully and wonderfully made (despite my hairy legs.) Created in His image.

My identity is that I am chosen. Bought with a price. A Treasure of the Most High.

And this is your identity too, Mamas!

Take a moment to pause and listen to to who Jesus says you are today. Ask Him to be the firm foundation of your identity. I’ve found that when I am secure in who I am, I mother with more grace, patience, and love.

In what do you find yourself placing your identity? What truths do you need to be reminded of today?


Truths taken from the following verses: Psalm 139:14, Genesis 1:27, I Peter 2:9,                   1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 John 3:1-2