FREE Beautifully Brave Mother’s Day Printable!

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Today I am so excited to share that I have teamed up with my lovely friend, Teresa of Hugs & Punches to bring you a darling FREE printable inspired by Wednesday’s post:

Beautifully Brave – A Tribute to Moms (be sure to hop over and read it; it will encourage your heart!). 

(The links to download are at the bottom of the post.)

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When I originally wrote the post, I wanted it to be larger than just this blog. I wanted the words to reach as many readers as possible. So I reached out to my precious friend, Teresa, and we were excited to collaborate. She designed this beautiful printable to feature some of the words, and I am so glad she brought her talent to this work! Because as you can see from the printable and the styling of the images, Teresa sees abundant beauty in the midst of the everyday.

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In addition to bringing you this art print and card, I also wanted to highlight a few women who are living examples of #BeautifullyBrave motherhood. And in honor of Mother’s Day, won’t you do the same? Recognize a few Beautifully Brave moms in your own life (your sister, mom, best friend, neighbor) and encourage them by sharing to the #BeautifullyBrave hashtag. Because we all long for a little recognition in this incredible motherhood journey!

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First up, Megan Burns over at She Does Justice has the most remarkable heart for empowering women to make a difference.

Her sewing business has transformed into a way to fight for change in the 5 areas that Christ is leading their hearts: adoption, empowering young women, healthcare in Africa, orphan prevention, and anti-sex trafficking.

Megan of She Does Justice, a #BeautifullyBrave mom | Faith and Composition

Check out her shop (t-shirts, boho turbans, wraps for your oils, etc) where 10% of their gross sales go to support these organizations and further their amazing work … and YOU get to choose where it goes!

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As I mentioned above, Teresa is my dear blog friend, who I had the pleasure of meeting at Hope Spoken this year. She instantly became a kindred spirit, and I know you’ll love her too! Teresa has a beautiful blog, and a stunning family!

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The mother of six, she and her husband have two biological children and four they have adopted from Ethiopia. Her stories of her children will break your heart in all the right ways and inspire you to see the bigger picture of family. She is a brilliant advocate for adoption and for stepping out in faith when the Lord leads. She’s also currently working on a book, titled Beautifully Interrupted. Go follow her. Trust me!

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And next, the lovely Kristin Schmucker is a Beautifully Brave mama to three girls: one is in heaven and two are in her arms. She blogs over at her namesake blog, where she’s currently in the midst of a May Scripture Challenge.

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Kristin’s passion is leading women toward a life of intentional simplicity and growing them in the Word.

Her shop if full of mugs, prints, devotionals, candles and more…all with encouragement tied in. You really must check here out (blog + shop).

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I hope you and the moms in your life love these printables!

Stick ‘em somewhere with washi tape, as Teresa did…or slide it on into a frame and give one as a gift! May they lift your spirits, encourage your heart, and remind that you indeed are anything but normal. You are Beautifully Brave!

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Click here for the 8×10 print.

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Click here for the foldable 5×7 Mother’s Day card.

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Happy Mother’s Day, sweet friends!

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Beautifully Brave – A Tribute to Moms

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They call you Mom. You with the baby on your hip or the toddler at your feet. You with the towering sons or the growing-too-fast girls. Or you with the can’t-believe-he’s-in-college student or the they-have-babies-of-their-own-now children.

Mom. A simple three-letter-word. So easy in it’s simplicity that it is one of the first they learn to speak. A word not bound by economic, racial, or geographical constraints. One simple syllable.

And there are those who will tell you that the task is simple too. That the job is not to be valued highly. It’s just diaper changing, meal making, laundry folding, disagreement negotiating. At least, that’s what some will say.

But here’s the truth:

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You are a mom, and you are beautifully brave. You who gave of your body to give life. You who opened arms and doors to give a home to the orphan. You who loved and remember with fierce abandon the irreplaceable beauty of a fleeting life.

You are a beautifully brave mom, forever marked by the indelible imprint of a child.

You who sacrifice sleep and showers, time and talent. You who shape ideas, mold personalities, raise a generation. You who speak truth, encourage aspirations, teach compassion, model grace, exhibit beauty. You who walk through autism, cancer, miscarriage, sickness, and health. You who look past the mess and the mire to reveal the beauty within.

When reality is harsh and circumstances have a way of crushing hopes and dreams, you are a safe harbor, a shelter from the storm.

When the world threatens to steal and seduce the affections of the innocent, you go to battle for hearts and minds.

And when wings sprout and the tethers begin to fade, you swallow the heartache and release the ties that bind while cheering and supporting this miracle of growth.

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You are a mom in all its grit and glory, and there is nothing ordinary in this task. There are instead the beautifully brave markings of selfless sacrifice, worn-out prayer knees, hours of night watch, poured out affections, endurance through trials, and an unwavering love that holds steadfast.

So carry on brave one. Carry on through the laughter and the tears, the joy and the hardships, the majestic and the mundane. Carry on through the late nights and the early mornings. Stay faithful to this task of raising a generation, shaping hearts, molding character. For though the world may see a simple mom, we see you. 

We see you testifying to truth, extending grace, loving without reserve. We see you nurturing hearts, mending broken pieces, tending tear-stained cheeks. We see you through the monotonous and we see you in the miraculous.

For you are anything but normal. You are beautifully brave. You are Mom!

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For a beautiful {FREE} 8×10 printable featuring quotes from this post,
as well as a {FREE} 5×7 Mother’s Day card, click here.    

*If this post spoke to you, please consider sharing. I would be so honored! And if you know a Beautifully Brave mom, won’t you reach out to her, and extend to her the words that she so desperately needs to hear? Encourage her in this bold, brave calling! Tag her in social media, and then post to the hashtag #beautifullybrave. Because all these beautifully brave moms—you, your sister, your mom, your best friend … the unsung heroes who do this sacred task without much recognition—need to know that they are seen. They need to know that they are beautifully brave!

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Mother’s Day Gift Round-Up

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’m excited to share some curated gift offerings from some of my favorite bloggers and dear friends. Whether you’re looking for a gift for your own mother, sister, friend, or you’re trying to drop a few hints regarding something you’d like for yourself, these eight hand-selected wares are beautiful and inspiring.

COLLECTION 1

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Collection 1, Clockwise from top left:
1) New “Spring Showers” print collection by artist Emily Jeffords, a set of three 5×7 canvas prints printed on flat fine art quality printing canvas and hand-cut in studio. I have a few of Emily’s prints, and they are spectacular.
2) Hand-poured soy wax Citrus Basil Candle from the lovely Kristin Schmucker. Kristin admits this is one of her favorite scents, and I think it sounds nearly perfect. Be sure to browse her entire shop. Everything she offers is just beautiful.
3) Love Mercy slouchy V-neck tee from She Does Justice‘s new summer line. This tee is part of the Micah 6:8 series, and I adore the bright pop of pink with the gold text. She Does Justice partners with organizations that
 fight for change in the areas of adoption, empowering young women, healthcare in Africa, orphan prevention, & anti-sex trafficking. Your purchase helps to support these efforts.
4) These All The Things I Love About You journal cards are the loveliest way to send sweet sentiments. Designed by my friend, Karen Stott, the words written inside these journals will be treasured for years to come. With Father’s Day in the near future, they’d also be a great gift for a dad or husband.

COLLECTION 2

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Collection 2, Clockwise from top left: 
1) I am smitten with this Love Writes a Beautiful Story tee, and Mom will be as well, since any mother knows that love indeed writes a beautiful story. Designed by Kelli+Vanessa, this tee reminds us of the legacy we are writing as mothers.
2) This Saved by Grace mug by ChalkFullOfLove features a hand-lettered design that speaks of glorious truth. It’s perfect for that first cup of coffee or a late-in-the-afternoon pick-me-up, something all moms need every now and then!
3) These Rashmi Earrings by Noonday Collection are absolutely stunning. Their understated, demure design can be dressed up or down. And when you purchase from Noonday, you are helping to create jobs in impoverished areas and empowering those in need to create dignified work and earn sustainable, reliable incomes.
4) The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner gives women the permission to “let go of laundry … and Savor some time for yourself.” It is a refreshing approach to learning how to recapture pockets of time so you can pursue the gifts and passions God has gifted you.

Have a blessed day, sweet friends! I’ll be back on Wednesday with a beautiful Mother’s Day tribute post to all of you moms. So please be sure to check back then or watch your inbox if you’re a subscriber, because this is a post you won’t want to miss. I guarantee you it will encourage your spirit and buoy your heart regarding this hard, sanctifying, glorious work of mothering. 

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Free May Lock Screen and Verse!

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It’s nearly May, and I can hardly believe that the summer season is upon us. Soon enough, schools will be celebrating their last days, sun will fall warm on the skin, afternoons will be spent at the pool, and evenings will boast twilights that stretch long. I am looking forward to both a slower pace and the return of consistent sun-drenched days.

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And so to celebrate the start of May, the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday, and the beginning of the summer season, I’ve designed a pretty lock screen for your phone. The image features soft, pastel peach blossoms, topped with a verse from Proverbs to encourage your feminine heart.

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To set the image as your own lock screen, download the file here(Image is optimized for iPhone, but I bet it will work with other phones as well!) Then simply save it to your phone’s camera roll. When setting the image as your wallpaper, you’ll need to turn “perspective zoom” off, then pinch the picture to scale it down to fit the frame. I hope that makes sense. Enjoy!

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For more free phone lock screens, click here.

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A Word for the Weary Mom

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Recently I found myself waist high and elbow deep into one of those nights. It was 9:30 pm, and there I was wrestling a two-year-old into pajamas and periodically breaking to chase her as she slipped out of my grasp and went running shirtless around the living room. My seven- year-old was tearfully venting frustration as he finally finished up the last of his homeschool work (which he’d refused to focus on earlier in the day), and my four-year-old who had been sick was in a needy emotional state.

Later, as I labored to put the two-year-old to sleep, she ran out of her room no less than four times seeking a snack, the potty, and who-knows-what. After wrangling her back for good she finally succumbed to throwing a fit on the floor.

Yeah … It was one of those nights.

And as I laid beside the youngest, listening for her breathing to finally slow and fall into a rythmic cadence, I was wracked with emotional guilt. I had directed a harsh tone at my son and daughter, the day had ended on a sour note, and I was emotionally and physically drained.

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Maybe you’ve had nights like mine. Maybe you’ve days that leave you wanting to throw in the towel or write your resignation letter. I mean, let’s be honest … this stuff is hard! It’s hard if you have one child or multiples; it’s hard if your children are young or grown. It’s hard no matter your circumstances.

I have friends raising their own children while they foster additional kids. I have friends who have adopted littles from across the globe, and those who have called children with special needs their own. I have friends who are single moms and friends who feel like they’re single moms. I have sleep-deprived friends in the newborn phase and worry-wrought friends navigating the high school years. I have friends raising their kids across various economic and racial boundaries. I have friends who are young moms, and I have friends raising their own grandchildren. Their mothering stories span every circumstance, but when I look in each of their eyes and hear their individual stories, one common thread repeats: This is hard; this is fall-on-your-face, wear-out-the-prayer-knees, didn’t-expect-it-to-be-like-this-hard.

It’s hard for you, it’s hard for me, and it’s hard for every other woman who has ever loved a child with the all-consuming fierceness of a mother’s love.

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It should come as no surprise, really. We sinful humans bring sinful children into a sinful world, and it’s a recipe ripe for refining, stretching, molding, and shaping in all its glory and grit.

The question then becomes how do we overcome hardship with grace? How do we love and lead our children in a way that reflects forgiveness, mercy, and compassion? How do we redeem nights you want to forget and days you’d like to erase?

In John 16:33, Jesus tells his disciples: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

We are not guaranteed a trouble-free life or stress-free motherhood. We are, in fact, told to expect trouble. But we have His promise that He has overcome, and that is the promise to which we cling. We can’t love and lead with grace out of our own sheer will. We can’t teach repentance and model forgiveness out of our own ability. And we certainly can’t redeem the hard times and point our kids to Christ with our own good intentions.

We can only overcome hardship with grace when we lean on Him to do it for us.

He has overcome the world, and He has overcome …
Your exhausted, sleepless nights
Your worries that rarely cease
Your harsh words spoken in frustration
Your insecurities in this calling
Your doubts and fear
Your shortcomings and your mistakes
Your sin

He has overcome it all!

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Thus, we can extend grace and model forgiveness only because He first extended it to us. We can rise in the morning and face the challenges of the day, every day, because He has already overcome. He knows what stumbling blocks stand in your way, what challenges lie ahead, what hardships you may have to endure. He knows, and therefore there is no one better to lead you.

So listen up, sweet mama! When the days are long and the nights longer still, when you want to throw in the towel and write your resignation letter, He has promised to carry you through. He is your light upon the path, your guidepost through the journey, your shelter from the storm.

Let that sink into the core of your mama heart. And as it does, as it permeates those layers and begins to take root, also know that you’re not alone in this. Because there are a host of fellow moms cheering you on.

Sometimes this can feel like the loneliest role, but you need to know that I’m in your corner, and those stretched-thin moms mentioned above? They are too. This isn’t a competition, a race, an I-can-do-it-better boasting opportunity. This motherhood calling is a sisterhood. And I’m rooting for you, sister.

So take a deep breath.

You can do the hard, stretched-thin, sanctifying work because He has already overcome it. And you can walk the journey following His lead knowing that there are fellow moms walking beside you.

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