The Joyful Stepmom
Posted on January 16th, 2021

Last year, our pastor began 2020 encouraging us to pray the Prayer of Jabez every day. It felt like a great challenge! Scary, actually! Enlarge my territory? I'm not sure I want to pray for that.

Then 2020 took over with all it's glamour and might.

I decided to keep up with the Prayer. It wasn't anything daily or routine. But in the wake of a world wide pandemic, when events and stress often left me speechless - oddly enough, this became my prayer to Jesus. In the dark, middle of the night hours staring at the ceiling or a long afternoon trying to put one foot in front of the other - I recited the Prayer of Jabez.

Let me tell you, Sister. When you pray to Jesus, just expect that He will answer. These are not empty words you are reciting and rattling off to open air. When you speak to the God of the Heavens - He Moves.

I've been praying for a year that God would enlarge my territory. That was the scariest line of the prayer for me. I didn't know how God was respond and I wasn't sure I wanted to find out! Ha! In the past year, we have added hundreds of new members to our Facebook group and several new local chapters, even in the midst of a pandemic. I was given several opportunities to share my heart and story at virtual speaking events. And this is just how God worked on the ministry side of my life! There was growth in my personal life as well.

Let your hand be with me and keep me from harm. It's been an upsetting year and this line of asking for protection brought so much comfort to me. There are ways I saw God at work in our lives protecting us and I'm sure ways that I cannot fathom.

The line "that I may not cause pain" has become very dear. The Joyful Stepmom means the world to me. It is so much more than a space on the internet or little Facebook group. It holds a lot of weight on my heart. I am very aware that on the other side of the screen are real lives and families. This year especially, emotions are running high. I have been praying this line "that I may not cause pain" specifically for my interactions with the women in our group.

It was so fascinating to watch God move and respond to this prayer that I'm going to keep it rolling in 2021! And yes, I'm still nervous about what that means for my territory. Ha! So I guess stay tuned and let's see what's in store! 

Posted on September 11th, 2020

Stepmoms, I'm excited to share this resource for you! A few weeks ago I saw Heather Hetchler do an IG video that she would be working on some school and COVID resources. I reached out and said "Please share with me! The Joyful Stepmoms need help!" And here we go! She has created a resource to help you navigate these crazy times.

So many school districts have opted for remote education this year due to COVID-19. These are uncharted waters for all of us. Navigating it between blended families is turning out to be really different for some of us.

Heather Hetchler of Learn2Step has put together an online video presentation to encourage you. If you are struggling to wrap your head around Remote Learning - how to help your child, routines, navigating two homes, etc - this is a great resource and will help to pave the road to success.

I was able to view the presentation and loved the clear information. Let me also say, Heather has such a soothing voice! Grades are divided into sections and age appropriate information is shared. My husband is a high school teacher, doing remote learning right now. I appreciated the sensitivity to this age level and encouragement on ways to stage engaged with your teens.

There is hope, stepmoms! Resources are available and I wanted to make sure to share this with you. 

Posted on August 7th, 2020

Do we have any gardeners? Or wannabes like me?

This is my patio and each summer I throw seeds in this flower bed and hope for the best. My husband waters and weeds, and at the end of summer let's me take credit for it 😂

This summer it's become my little place of mental rest. I don't take my phone or devices out here. I just step outside for a bit, even 5 minutes! And I pause.

 I let my mind and heart rest. What do you do or where is your place of quiet?

Psalm 46:10 Be still.

Posted on June 28th, 2020

The past couple months have been trying on the mind and heart. We're all dealing with a little extra stress in light of recent world events. If you're like me, routine has gone completely out the window.

One thing that should not fall by the wayside is our quiet time with God. Even just a few minutes a day should be made a priority to keep us close. If you are struggling keep focus, I'd like to show your a daily devotional from Bible Gateway.

This devotional is a short morning and evening reading. The Charles Spurgeon Morning and Evening devotion takes you back to the classics. The audio is also provided. 

Posted on March 18th, 2020

We love printables! These are Word documents you can print and post on the fridge, carry in your Bible or purse. I think you can open on your phone and save too!

During this time of uncertainty, we wanted to share hope. These printable pages are free. Free to print, share, whatever you would like. Please spread the hope and love! Click on the listed item to open the document.

Verses of Hope - favorite verses collected by the members of The Joyful Stepmom

Memory Verse Sheet - simple verses to store in your heart