Category Archives: Holidays

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

Mothers Day Gift Round Up | Faith and Composition
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

Mothers Day Gift Round Up | Faith and Composition
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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What the Cross Means to a Tired Mama

 

What the Cross Means to a Tired Mama | Faith and Composition

There are piles of laundry to be washed and folded, and sticky spots are scattered upon the kitchen floor. The little one tugs at me as the older two call my name from another room. I’m juggling dinner preparations and stepping over discarded crayons. This life as mom is all-consuming. The needs can seem overwhelming, the tasks countless, the work relentless. And the pressure to do it all, to be everything to everyone can be a heavy weight indeed.

There is so much doing, being, striving. And the result of it all can often be deferred hope, intangible peace, elusive rest. It feels that way for me sometimes. Maybe it feels that way for you now. It certainly felt that way for a ragamuffin group of first-century people following a man named Jesus.

Because they believed He was the Messiah. They trusted Him to bring rest, rescue, redemption. He rode into Jerusalem and the people shouted: “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matthew 21:9)

They laid their cloaks on the ground in a spontaneous processional as their future king entered the city. He who would be their promised Messiah.

What the Cross Means to a Tired Mama | Faith and Composition
But then Friday … Jesus is seized from the Garden of Gethsemane, given an unfair trial, and condemned to death by crucifixion. Peter, the one Jesus named “the rock”, betrays his Savior not once, not twice, but three times. The rooster crows.

Jesus is mocked, beaten, nailed to a cross and hung between two thieves atop a hill known as the skull. At noon, darkness shrouds the land, and three hours later, Jesus cries out: “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?.” (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ) (Matthew 27:46).

He gives up his spirit. The earth shakes. The curtain rips in two. Hearts are shattered. Death seems victorious. And the hope of rescue and redemption hangs nailed to a Roman cross.

Joseph of Arimathea wraps Jesus in linen and places him in a tomb cut from a cave. A large rock is rolled in front of the entrance; Roman soldiers seal the tomb and post a guard.

Terrified, Jesus’ followers scatter. They don’t know what’s coming.

The sun sets, day two dawns, then day three. Women walk to the tomb with spices in hand. They have heavy, despaired hearts and a task to do. Sadness has eclipsed worship; despair has conquered hope; death appears to have triumphed over life.

But then an earthquake shakes the ground beneath their feet and an angel appears with a message so ripe with the promise of redemption that it’s nearly unbelievable: “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” (Matthew 28:6 NIV)

And suddenly these women who were on their way to Jesus’ tomb to perform a grave task find their work miraculously interrupted by unfathomable grace.

What the Cross Means to a Tired Mama | Faith and Composition
As they rush back to tell the other disciples, they meet the resurrected Christ, fall to their feet and worship him (Matthew 28:8-9). Because that’s what an encounter with the resurrected Jesus does. It replaces work with worship. There’s no more doing, no more being, no more striving, there is simply fall-on-your-face worship.

For tired mamas, for exhausted parents, for everyone … the cross gives us the undeserved gift of grace and asks nothing in return. Strivings cease and redemption bursts forth in its place. There is no working for salvation, no trying hard to earn it, no striving for eternity. There is instead the simple act of receiving the gift of grace and worship that arises from the depths of a grateful, rescued heart.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

So this Sunday, when there is church to visit, children to tend, dinner to prepare, eggs to hide, remember that the thing that matters most has already been accomplished. The lamb was crucified, blood was spent, God’s wrath is satisfied, the law is justified.

Death couldn’t keep him, and the grave couldn’t hold him. It is finished! He has risen, He lives, and there is nothing you or I must do to add to the finality of that sacrifice. We simply receive the gift of grace and worship out of a heart that overflows with gratitude.

That’s the good news of the cross for you, and that’s the good news of the cross for me. It’s good news today; it’s good news on Easter; it’s good news for all time. Grace. All is grace.

This post originally appeared on April 18, 2014. The photos featured here were taken a few years ago when we visited a monastery during a trip to Maine. For a free Easter printable celebrating the resurrection, click here!

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A Look Back, Plus the Top Posts of 2014

Top Six Posts of 2014 | Faith and Composition

I can hardly believe 2014 is coming to a close. The older I get, the more I understand how true it is that the days are long but the years are short. It is somewhat startling to reflect on this past year and realize just how quickly it has all passed by.

So in honor of this past year and in anticipation for what the new year holds, I wanted to take a moment to look back at some of the top moments right here on F&C. Although I launched this little blog in the spring of 2013, 2014 was the year that F&C really began to find its voice. This was the year that my focus centered and my heart rested on the content I longed to share … this was the year I gave voice to the words burning inside.

And this was the year you read them! You read my words, and then you kept coming back. In fact, throughout the year, this space was viewed more 660,000 times from across 190 countries! It is incredibly humbling and immensely encouraging to write that statistic. And it’s all because of you! So thank you! Thank you for stopping in, for taking a minute to browse, for absorbing what overflows from my heart. I write because of you … I write to encourage you, to inspire you, to remind you that you’re not alone in this incredible calling of motherhood. And I write because I feel a kinship with so many of you, even though many of us have never met. I feel the friendship in your comments, and I sense a bond despite the width and breadth that separates us. And so I hope and pray that in this coming year, you will return to this space time and again so we can walk alongside one another and find support and encouragement in the shared journey.

But for now, take a moment to look back at the top six most-viewed posts of 2014. I hope you’ll find immense encouragement bubbling up from these pages! (Clickable links for each article are below the image.)

Top Six F&C Posts of 2014 | Faith and Composition

  1. When Mothering is Hard and No One Sees (this is the most-viewed content on F&C to date)
  2. A Letter to My Husband on His Birthday
  3. When the Little Years are Fleeting and Their Needs Never-Ending
  4. 13 Life Lessons from a Mother to Her Son
  5. To Fellow Mamas of Multiple Little Ones
  6. How to Love a Husband When You Feel You’ve Nothing Left to Give

Happy new year, dear friends! I look forward to rejoining you right here in 2015!

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O Come Let Us Adore Him, FREE iPhone Wallpaper

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Christmas is nearly upon us, and I can hardly believe it. There’s still so much I have to do … remaining presents to buy, still more to wrap, cookies to bake, and meals to plan. And yet, in the hustle and bustle of these last few days before THE day, I really just want to slow down and savor HIM.

So come with me, take a deep breath, and still your heart for a minute. Rest in the incredible miracle that this season celebrates: the awaited birth of our Savior. He was born so that He might die for you and for me … my soul can’t begin to contain such hope, such grace, such beauty!

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Let’s turn away from the chaos, if only for a moment, and choose to simply adore Him. If you’d like this reminder at your fingertips, I’ve created an iPhone lock screen and wallpaper to celebrate the season. You can download your own image here. (Image is optimized for iPhone, but I bet it will work with other phones as well!) Simply download the image, and then 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. Make sense? I hope you enjoy!

(Also, if you’ve yet to start an Advent reading, consider jumping into the SheReadsTruth Advent plan. Because although it may be mid-December, it’s never too late to let the word of truth penetrate your heart. I promise, it will bless your spirit! The girls over at SRT can really speak the word!) 

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For When You Hurt at Christmas

For When You Hurt at Christmas | Faith and Composition

She walks into the store bravely, yet broken, bearing the fresh scars of a deep soul-pain that I can’t even begin to understand. I’d heard the news: four teens from my small hometown community killed in a wreck the day before Thanksgiving. Good kids. God-fearing kids. Kids gone much too early.

She should have been home with her son, relishing the moments of family gathered together on this holiday weekend. And yet, here she was, picking out clothes to wear to his funeral. I stood rooted to the spot when she broke down into sobs that defy description … the sound of a mother’s raw heart ripping wide open. A lump rose in my throat and tears streamed from my eyes, as I bore witness to her unbelievable pain and felt my own heart ripping in two.

Then a voice sounded from across the room: “Can I pray for you?” And suddenly my feet carried me to her side. I linked arms with a small group of women as we embraced this hurting mother and prayed for heaven to bend low and lift her in his arms, because only Jesus can answer a hurt like that.

Christmas is going to be unbearably painful for this mother; it’s going to be unbearably painful for a lot of people in my small Missouri hometown. In fact, Christmas is going to be hard for a lot of people across the world.

Perhaps Christmas is going to be hard for you. 

For When You Hurt at Christmas | Faith and Composition

From Connecticut to California, Ireland to Iraq, Africa to Afghanistan, as far as the east is from the west, people across this world are hurting. Parents are missing children, children are missing parents, death, divorce, sickness, suffering … A lot of people are in a lot of pain, and sometimes, the glad tidings of the Christmas season are just too much to bear. Because tree trimmings, sleigh bells ringing, and lights twinkling don’t answer the deep soul-ache of a heart in pain.

Broken hearts don’t need festive greenery, reindeer, or a man in a red suit; broken hearts need a savior to enter into their pain and bind up the brokenness. 

Two thousand years ago that savior arrived in the form of a boy born in a Bethlehem manger. Hope wrapped himself in flesh and interrupted the weary, despairing world with the life-giving news of a baby born to save the world.

Born to an unwed teenage mother in a dirty stable within an insignificant town; wrapped in rags and laid in a feed trough, the long-awaited rescuer arrived in a way no one anticipated. Jesus wasn’t born into privilege or welcomed into a royal court. He was born unto us … unto the common, the lonely, the heartbroken, the poor, the rejected, the forgotten, the overlooked, the discouraged. 

Immanuel–God with us–was born into the very midst of our mess.

For When You Hurt at Christmas | Faith and Composition

In a humble stable in the little town of Bethlehem, God drew near to the poor and the despairing. The light of the world shone into the darkness, and the hope of salvation eclipsed the pain and the despair of the human heart. Suddenly hope and healing, redemption and restoration had a name …

And He is Jesus.

This is the miracle of that first Christmas … that heaven unfurled itself, draped down low, and the majesty of God came to dwell among us. And this is the miracle of Christmas today … that God remains with us.

For When You Hurt at Christmas | Faith and Composition

So this holiday season, if Christmas carols ring hollow, twinkling lights have lost their luster, and you’re burdened by a pain too heavy to bear, there is this … Simply this: God is near. Bind these words upon your soul and carry them like a banner over your heart. Because Immanuel came near, and near to you He remains.   

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). – Matthew 1:23

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Like what you see here? Then you’ll love my first-ever children’s book, Bruce the Brave. Now available on Amazon

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