Be the Church

I saw this posted in the Letters to The Church discussion group tonight and it really resonates with my heart and the mission of Agape Moms (equipping moms to make disciples, as we live on mission, in everyday, messy, mom-life.) The inspiration for Agape Moms came from a burden from God to get back to being the family of God that we see in Acts 2:42-47, everyday and everywhere, not just on Sunday.

Over the past few years, and today even, God hasn’t stopped impressing upon me His vision for the church,

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Laura DiLeonardi
Create A Gospel-Community Near You!

I love watching God work! Three women have started Agape Moms training this month in WI, OR and just today someone in Boston contacted me to start. You guys- motherhood can be such an isolating and dark place without Jesus and without a community that says “bring your mess” and promises to keep pointing you back to Jesus, no matter where you’re at in your walk with Him.

If you don’t have this sort of community, if there’s nothing in your area or local churches- remember that God’s people are the church and He’s called YOU to BE the church and to make disciples, as you are going about everyday, messy, mom-life. Let God birth something beautiful out of your brokenness, your mom-mess, and use those gifts that He gave you to build HIS kingdom for HIS glory! Join the Agape Moms movement! Visit our website and let’s start a conversation about it today! www.AgapeMoms.Online

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Agape Moms South Santiam

Please join me in welcoming Molly Haselip to the Agape Moms Family Network! 🎉 She started training this week to launch an Agape Moms in her South Santiam, Oregon community. We are so excited to link arms with her for the sake of more women knowing Jesus and how the Gospel impacts all of life! If you’re in South Santiam or know anyone who is, connect with Molly to join the launch team.

To begin the 7 week training to start your own Agape Moms, visit our website www.AgapeMoms.Online, or message us!

Molly grew up in Portland, Oregon and later graduated from Western Oregon University with a teaching degree. She’s been married to her husband for 14 years, and God’s story for them has included

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Agape Moms Tehaleh Fall Kickoff!

Agape Moms Tehaleh has a wonderful fall kickoff yesterday! We welcomed new moms and the whole servant leadership team shared about the vision and mission of Agape Moms. We ended with our tradition of sharing our most memorable “hot mess mom” stories, and the best story won an Agape Moms hat!

To connect with our growing groups based in Bonney Lake, WA, email Laura DiLeonardi at AgapeMomsTehaleh@gmail.com or find our Facebook group Agape Moms Tehaleh. We have multiple groups gathering on Thursday mornings and we just launched a Tuesday night group for working women as well! To start training to start your own local Agape Moms, checkout our website AgapeMoms.Online and reach out with any questions!

💕Agape love is God’s unconditional love for us and the unconditional love we can have for each other in Jesus- this is the heartbeat of Agape Moms 💕

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Agape Moms Neenah

Please join me in welcoming my dear friend, Grace Carter (@gracegcarter) to the Agape Moms Family Network! She started training this week to launch an Agape Moms in her Neenah, Wisconsin community. We are so excited to link arms with her for the sake of more women knowing Jesus and how the Gospel impacts all of life! If you’re in Neenah or know anyone who is, connect with Grace to join the launch team. To begin the 7 week training to start your own Agape Moms, visit our website www.AgapeMoms.Online, or message us!

I’m Grace Carter, wife to my husband Alex for 6 years and Mama to our two beautiful kiddos,

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Agape Moms Tampa Bay Fall Kickoff!

Agape Moms Tampa Bay had an awesome fall kickoff this morning and welcomed lots of new mamas! Are you looking for a tribe of women who support each other in the trenches of motherhood while pointing each other back to Jesus? This is a space where you are invited to “bring your mess” every week and will be embraced with the unconditional, agape love of God. To get connected with the Lithia and Valrico, FL Agape Moms groups in Tampa Bay, you can contact Jessica Hundley at AgapeMomsTampaBay@gmail.com or search for the Facebook group “Agape Moms Tampa Bay.”

💞Agape love is God’s unconditional love for us and the unconditional love we can have for each other in Jesus- this is the heartbeat of Agape Moms 💖

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Laura DiLeonardi
FREE PRINTABLE: A Kids Guide To Repentance

I’m excited to share the progress on our “calming closet hideaway!” We’ve been blessed with a huge under the stairs closet. I love having this space for them to go when they just need to decompress, read, color or calm down! The calming corner kit helps them to first identify their emotion and then they choose a calming tool to help them deal with their big emotions as tiny people. Hopefully this will build a solid foundational of emotional awareness as they grow up.

I also created, and I’m giving away a free printable, a kids guide to repentance, “What do I do when I sin? Repent and bring it to Jesus!” Sometimes kids need to go into this space to calm down but other times they need to take some time in here because they’ve made a bad choice. This printable is a gospel-centered guide to

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Laura DiLeonardi
FREE PRINTABLE: Discovering God’s Word Together With Agape Moms

The Bible is one of God’s greatest gifts to us, and yet tragically, women often rely on watered-down, insta-memes for their source of God’s truth, when they could have the whole package deal! It’s like leaving a gorgeous feast sitting on the table to grab a drive-through meal. Food is food, right? Not exactly. It matters where we get our truth, how it’s harvested, who shares it with us, and that ultimately we establish a self-sustaining relationship with God that has ever deepening roots.

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Laura DiLeonardi
Two Boxes, One Family, Same Mission- Join Us!

These both showed up on my doorstep today, representing two of my Agape Moms families across the country in FL & WA, and they were such a huge encouragement to me after a lot of discouragement lately!

One box was a gift from my original Agape Mamas in FL, you guys made me cry when I opened this signed and framed magazine article of our group featuring the story of how we came to be, all written in my own words taken off the Agape Moms website. What an amazing surprise. I never imagined the burden God gave me for women to experience the gospel implications for all of life and the dream to create a safe space for believing and not-yet believing moms to grow together in Jesus would not just become my local reality, but would snowball across the country and even pop up in Australia. THANK YOU all so much for being part of this story God is writing! I loved seeing God highlight Agape Moms in the news and watch Him continue to expand Agape Moms Tampa Bay! I miss you guys so much.

Next to that box on my doorstep was this box of business cards for my new tribe here in WA, Agape Moms Tehaleh, which is launching on MONDAY

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Agape Moms Tehaleh Launching May 20th!

Agape Moms Tehaleh is 🎉LAUNCHING on Monday, May 20th at 9:30 am at Sprouts Holler Park!🎉Bring your kids, bring your mess, and come hear more about Agape Moms and our summer study, The Gospel Centered Parent by Rose Marie Miller. If you’re tired of doing the mom thing alone and looking for a down to earth community- you’ve found it!

☕️We’ll have the coffee covered! If you’d like to bring a snack to share for our big launch, that would be great! Kids young and old are invited to play alongside us, and interruptions are expected and normalized. Join our tribe where you can #bringyourmess and be pointing back to Jesus in everything!

👋🏼Please RSVP to this launch event and be sure to join our Facebook group to get connected with us going forward

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It Doesn’t Depend on You, but on Your Dependence

I needed this one this morning. There is a beautiful tension in following Jesus, the intersection of chasing God-breathed dreams with our God-given talents, and finding our passion- but not without opposition and the need for God to equip us. When we discover our God-given passion and purpose it’s exciting, but don’t forget (like I do) that we NEED God to fill the gaps, and that He designed us to depend on Him every step of the way, that is why He gave us His Spirit.

It’s a wild ride of

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Women Were The First Preachers of the Gospel

Jesus still calls and equips us to share the good news of Jesus just as He did with the women at the tomb! The power of the gospel rests not on the skills or gender of people, but entirely in the message that Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead!

Let’s take COURAGE from these women who wasted no time after hearing, they immediately believed, and then ran to tell the disciples who did not believe their “idle tale” even though Jesus had risen “just as He said.” When we have the best news ever to share, how can we not do the same?

The gospel isn’t good advice about how to be better, it’s life-altering news that we have been rescued from sin,

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It’s Friday but Sunday is Coming

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming! No matter how dark or hopeless things seem, we have the hope of a living and risen Savior!He has conquered sin and death, restoring and securing our relationship with God- not based on anything we could ever do, but solely on what He did by dying on the cross and rising from the dead. This is the good news of Jesus!

Before we can celebrate Sunday, we have to remember Friday. Let’s feel the weight of the sacrifice and cultivate the gratitude that He died for us.

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Captivating Kids with Christ on Easter

As a pretty non-crafty mom, I’ve struggled with teaching my kids the Easter story in a tangible way that holds their attention.  I mean, how do we explain, even to adults, what Jesus accomplished on the cross? As moms, we must learn to explain to our children that we celebrate His birth at Christmas because on Easter, he died a gruesome death as a sacrifice for our sins and then rose again, conquering death, and proving He is who He says He is. This is no small task!

Of course Scripture is the best way to teach about God, so reading from a children’s Bible or family Bible seems obvious, but what if are kids aren’t auditory learners?  And even if they are they still probably need the Easter story reinforced in different ways so that it overcomes the distractions of the world.

First things first, we need to take a deep breath and take these things to God in prayer.  He gave us these children as a blessing to us and He designed us to bless them with His Truth and Love.  Ask Him how you can best teach them about the Easter story.

I will share some of the things that have worked for us,

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The Agape Moms Shop is Expanding!

One of the things I’ve been working on lately is expanding the Agape Moms Shop to help grow the many tribes that are popping up across the globe, including my new group which is launching in Bonney Lake, WA on May 20th🎉 When you wear our “bring your mess” mantra, it brings up so many awesome opportunities to share about Agape Moms and the gospel!

Here’s what we have coming very soon after some collaboration with the amazing Agape Moms leaders here in WA & back in FL:

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COMING SOON- Agape Moms Waterloo, Iowa

Please join me in welcoming Tiffany Hall to the Agape Moms Family Network! She started training this week to launch an Agape Moms in her Waterloo, Iowa community. We are so excited to link arms with her for the sake of more women knowing Jesus and how the Gospel impacts all of life! If you’re in Waterloo or know anyone who is, connect with Tiffany to join the launch team. To begin the 7 week training to start your own Agape Moms, visit our website www.AgapeMoms.Online, or message us!

Tiffany and her husband Ryan have lived in Waterloo, Iowa for the last two years, along with their two sweet girls Madelyn, 2.5, and a baby girl due in early July. Tiffany and her husband 

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COMING SOON- Agape Moms Troy, Ohio!

Please join me in welcoming Brittany Kavcsak (@bkavcsak9) to the Agape Moms Family Network! 🎉 She started training this week to launch an Agape Moms in her Troy, Ohio community. We are so excited to link arms with her for the sake of more women knowing Jesus and how the Gospel impacts all of life! If you’re in Troy or know anyone who is, connect with Brittany to join the launch team. To begin the 7 week training to start your own Agape Moms, visit our website www.AgapeMoms.Online, or message us!


Brittany Kavcsak is a former elementary teacher turned stay-at-home-mom to her sweet babies Isabella, 6, Adelaide, 5, JoJo, 2, and Samuel, almost 3 months old. Her and her husband Chris have been married for eight years and are currently living in Troy, Ohio. Her main passions are

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The Holy “No”

Hey mamas! I’m taking a short break from running the Agape Moms blog and socials to focus on what God has placed before me in face to face ministry with Agape Moms, training women to start Agape Moms, other exciting things in the season of preparation and of course my family, which is always #1.

I think it’s important to learn to say “no” to what we need to say no to, in order to say “yes” to what God is calling us to. Lots of times the “no’s” are GOOD things too. I’m learning to make sure the love of God and others, not the fear of man or just desiring to do it all is what motivates my yes and my no.

I wasn’t even going to post this announcement, but then I thought that somebody else might need to hear this too. The holy “no” is an important spiritual discipline. God’s best for us isn’t running so hard in every direction, always needing to do or be more things, this will burn us out and never quench the God-shaped hole that only JESUS can fill, not personal achievement, or never being able to say no.

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Ezer Kenegdo

Happy International Women’s Day! I am cherishing these early years and moments with my girls. Today it was them choosing to match and having a tea party. I love how girly my little ladies are, but also love that their identities aren’t limited to princess parties and outward beauty. The next minute, they were outside adventuring as super heroes in the dirt, and yes, while still in their tutus. #warriorprincesses #ezerkenegdo

When God made the first woman Eve, he called her an “ezer kenegdo” which means “strength corresponding to” man.

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