The Joyful Stepmom
Posted on May 2nd, 2018

The Joyful Stepmom and The Called Stepmom wish you a Happy Mother's Day! We understand this holiday is a mix of emotions. Together, we wanted to give you a little gift. These images are meant to print and share. Spread the love as we encourage each other this Mother's Day. 

Posted on April 8th, 2018

​We are in the process of moving. You'll probably hear more about it because it's taking over my life   Mr. Jordan and I are in the process of buying an older home that needs a little love.

We've had contractors, electricians, all kinds of people look at the home and tell us what it will need. But each time, at the end of the visit, the men will say, "It needs some care and maintenance but this home is well built. It's solid."

I can't help but relate that to our faith. It take maintenance! It takes care and keeping to stay close to the Lord. We have to work at it with bible study, prayer. A deep and fruitful relationship doesn't just happen. But if we build it with solid materials, even when we get a little lazy in our care- the foundation is solid.

Find your Bible. Memorize verses. Don't know how to pray? Just start with "Hey God, it's me." A little care and keeping goes a long way to keeping that foundation solid.
Photo from IF Equip

Posted on March 16th, 2018

I had a great time chatting with Restored and Remarried! Thank you GIl and Brenda Stuart for inviting me to the weekly Podcast. 

Click the link here or picture below to hear us talk about marriage, encourage Dads, hope for stepmoms and of course The Joyful Stepmom! 

Posted on March 8th, 2018

By Emily

I'm a visual planner. I don't think I was always this way. But as I get older (or life more complex- you can pick!) I prefer to see things mapped out in front of me. 

I love paper and pens. I usually have a journal in my purse, near my laptop, in the get the idea. I have the need to write my ideas down! Everything from little stories, ministry ideas to just my grocery list. It all just flows out of my fingers and I need to see it on paper. 

To plan for ministry, I use big sketch books or oversized journals. I need the space to write and brainstorm. When The Joyful Stepmom started to grow, I needed somewhere to map it all out. 

This big whiteboard was in my parents' basement. It's old, mostly used by children. It has a little ripple at the bottom and the metal frame is starting to show a little wear. I saw it and brought it home. At first, I just sat it against a wall and sat on the floor next to it. I mapped out where The Joyful Stepmom started. I wrote down all the ideas stepmoms had given me. I wrote down what the Lord had put on my heart. 

Over time, the whiteboard was moved to our office and given a permanent place on the wall. And the brainstorming continued. More plans with the Lord, all marked and scribbled with dry erase marker. 
We're making arrangements to sell our home. And with that whiteboard bolted to the wall, I had prepared to just give it up. Maybe I didn't need it. I can use paper. 

Would you believe, out of everything in the house, that whiteboard is the one thing our realtor suggested we change. It's one item we had to discuss what to do about it. I was so surprised! 

But then...why should I be? 

"For I know the plans I have for You, declares the Lord." Jeremiah 29:11. We have so much more planning to do for The Joyful Stepmom. Looks like the Whiteboard comes with me. We're not done yet. 

Posted on March 1st, 2018

We are so excited The Joyful Stepmom has been added to the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid! We have joined the ranks of writers like Sally Clarkson, Bible Love Notes, and The M.O.M. Initiative. It's a thrill to join the Blogger Grid with other writers professing faith through the written word. 

Throughout the year, we will highlight a few features of Bible Gateway that can enhance our study and quiet time. 

​One thing I really struggled with as a parent with a child who is only home on weekends is making sure he is learning about the Lord. A child who goes between homes does not experience the consistency of attending church regularly, doing daily family devotions and all the other faith building exercises many of us rely on. 

When a child is home, we need to pour into them everything we can. We need to grab their attention, at their level. We need to use the limited amount of time we have to our advantage. 

Bible Gateway has several family devotionals available. I really like the Adventure Bible devotional. It gives a short devotional moment, highlights a verse and time in the Bible. It's great to read at bedtime or around the dinner table. Check it out!