Gospel-Shaped Age Transformation

So when I looked back at my original profile picture and thought about jumping on the “How Hard Did Aging Hit You Challenge,” I didn’t want to share because obviously I’m no longer 110 pounds, but I decided to post this because I am so glad that I’m NOT! Maybe those who aren’t feeling like sharing their aging process need to hear my story.

I look back here at someone who was performing and striving to earn my worth, in every single area. I was always taking extra credits in college, hustling as a shift manager at Starbucks downtown Chicago, remaining on the honor roll, ran multiple half marathons, maintained a social life, ministry leadership, and boyfriend, all while seeming 100% pulled together.

I had to do and be all these things to be enough, and sadly I think that I thought this was how God wanted me to live. I thought the gospel was just the first step, and that I needed to spend the rest of my life trying really hard for God, I had no idea it was truly grace at every turn.

Fast forward 12 years later and I’m not hanging out in the 110’s anymore, but

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24/7 Gospel Springboard

Agape Moms’ Gospel-centered resource recommendation this week is our favorite “24/7 Gospel” springboard. This dynamic duo will launch you into a lifestyle of gospel freedom! Start with Tim Keller’s “Galatians For You,” quickly followed up by “Gospel Fluency” by Jeff Vanderstelt.

These books have been life changing for many in the Agape Moms Family Network,

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What am I Not Believing About the Gospel?

This week we’re talking about how the gospel is the remedy to every problem and fulfillment to every thing we think we need. So often we get stuck in ruts, or rather, cycles of unbelief. We forget the gospel, and believe lies about ourselves and God, and it wreaks havoc on our souls and on our lives.

For example, we’re 21 days into the New Year, and how are those resolutions going? How do you speak to yourself or evaluate your worth when you don’t measure up to the standards that you’ve set? What’s getting you down? What is THE THING, (the number on the scale, the accomplishment, the relationship) that you think you need to be enough instead of being enough because of Jesus?

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New City Catechism for Kids!

 As the new year kicks off, and kids are still on break and off their schedule, now is a great time to re-evaluate our approach to teaching our kiddos the foundations of our faith. What’s working well? What is not? What are the best times of day to “teach (God’s Word/commands) to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” -Deuteronomy ‭11:19‬

The New City Catechism has been a favorite discipleship tool over the past few years that fits well into our lifestyle. Our family has really enjoyed the app and making it part of our morning routine (most of the time 🤣, I’m renewing my commitment!)

We learn and review the question and answer songs on the app over breakfast many mornings

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Read Through the Bible in 2019 with Agape Moms & DAB!

 Happy New Year! What goals are you setting this year? Join Agape Moms by staying in the Word everyday with the daily audio Bible app. 20 minutes a day and you will get through the entire Bible this year, along with helpful commentary at the end of each section. So glad I saw a friend recommend this because I was wanting to read through the Bible this year, but I find that the majority of books I read are audio because I can listen while driving, working out, doing chores, etc. I hope you’ll join us!

What are some other resources that you’re using to help keep you connected to Christ? What are your goals for 2019? Let us know in the comments!

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Year End Reflections

No matter how you feel about your “top 9” this year, whether nothing went right or you’ve had your best year yet, it’s so important to remember that our greatest hope is in JESUS, not our highlight reel!

Regardless of how 2018 shook out for us, I think it’s so important to sit down and make a list to give thanks for all God has done, even if His grace is the silver lining.

It was only 4 months ago that the Agape Moms website & socials launched. It was something I was terrified to do, but God

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Who is God Calling You to Befriend in 2019?

 These words are resonating and challenging my soul coming into 2019. @houseofbelonging is speaking straight to me! #jesuswasamisfit

Is God stirring your heart to get out of your comfort zones and church bubbles by welcoming others on the fringes at your table? Consider partnering with the Agape Moms family network and starting an Agape Moms missional community in your neighborhood!  #tribelife #dontmomalone

New Agape Moms groups are forming in 2019 in Valrico, FL and Bonney Lake, WA! We’d love to add you to an online training community where you can receive support, or do a self-led training on our website. This spring there will be an in person training in both WA and FL with two different coaches, and others still working their way through the process of launching their own groups, self-led on our website.

We are just a message away if you want to hop in, let’s talk through your thoughts as you consider what God may be calling you to do in 2019, and it would be a privilege to pray with you!

The mom world can be super dark without the hope of Jesus, and there are already women God has placed in your path who need to be in relationship with you so you can introduce them to Him.

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The Gospel Comes With a House Key

Agape Moms’ Gospel-centered resource recommendation this week is “The Gospel Comes with a House Key“ by Rosaria Butterfield.

Hear the story of how a very unlikely person, who was deep in a lifestyle of rebellion and completely lost from God, came to know Christ through intentional relationship and invitation to regular gatherings with believers over the table.

Rosaria then gives us a front seat to her transformed life. We get to hear and see what living out radical, Biblical hospitality looks like on a moment by moment basis. From the way they budget, to the way they pray, invite and open up their home, you will be practically inspired to adopt this as your own lifestyle, in your own God-led way. 

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Welcoming the Stranger at Your Table

That’s what welcoming is, it starts with “Hi, how are you?” and an invitation to the table that is not, and I would say should not be, “perfect”. The goal is not to put our best foot forward. Sure we want all guests to feel comfortable but perfection is not the way to do that, authenticity is. If the goal is Pinterest hospitality then you are the focus and not the relationship. It’s ok for things to be awkward and even feel like your striking out. That shows your authenticity and invites your neighbor to show theirs.

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Because Jesus Eats With Everyone

This week, we are talking about gathering the stranger with us at our tables. I cannot wait for you to hear from my friend and our guest blogger, Becca Voight, whose family is such an example of devoting their life to this very thing.

In the meantime, let’s begin to pray and think about who we can be gathering at our tables during this holiday season. Who are the forgotten, the lonely, those who cannot repay us the favor?

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One Thousand Gifts

Agape Moms’ gospel-centered resource this week is “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp, recommended by our guest blogger, Lauren Smith, who talks about finding joy in the face of fear in the journey of her daughter’s medical challenges. Check out her story if you missed it yesterday!

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Finding Joy in the Face of Fear

Fear…its a feeling we all experience at varying degrees from childhood to adulthood. From monsters we thought were lurking under our beds to the what ifs we question over and over as grownups: Fear strikes us all. Moms, I know you’ll agree with me, fear is taken to a new level as we enter and then experience motherhood. There’s nothing quite like it.

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When Fear is Crippling, God’s Word Anchors Our Hearts

Struggling with worry is one thing before you have kids, but once these fears involve our children, it’s enough to push us over the edge and really bring us to our knees. A dear Agape Mama, Lauren Smith, will be sharing her journey with her daughter’s medical challenges and God’s faithfulness with us tomorrow on the Agape Moms Blog that you won’t want to miss!

Whatever you’re facing this week, take it straight to the Lord. When the lack of control, the lies and the weight of it all overwhelms you, recite God’s Word to yourself and allow His truth to anchor your heart despite whatever other things seem louder or truer.

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Keeping Christ at the Center of Christmas Inspiration Blitz!

Wow, what a fun, and surprisingly wonderful turnout of 18 ideas for our “How to Keep Christ at the Center of Christmas Inspiration Blitz” that first occurred on our Instagram and Facebook pages, and is complied here for reference. When I first started this idea on a whim on Monday, I thought maybe we would get a handful of submissions, but it was truly inspiring to collect so many special and treasured ideas from everyday moms just like you.

Agape Moms’ mission is equipping moms to make disciples in everyday, messy mom life and one way we do that is collaboratively, with our community driven blog, and with blog posts like this, that highlight as many voices and stories as possible. We’re stronger together, and we can learn so much from each other! Our prayer is that your family will be inspired to adopt some new traditions that will be fun and that will help our kids to truly treasure Christ, not just during the holiday season, but every day of the year.

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Keeping Christ at the Center of Christmas

Happy Monday back after Thanksgiving break. Woo, what a weekend, huh? Not only did our family move into our new home about a week ago (with 3 kids in tow), but we managed to cook an allergy friendly thanksgiving dinner, and then deck the halls for Christmas.

I know I’m not the only one feeling the rush and busyness that this time of year brings, and while I absolutely love Christmas time, there’s a lot about it that wearies my soul. Theres so much swirling around us and if we don’t make a very intentional effort, we too easily become distracted from the purpose of it all, which is why I’m so excited that our theme this week is keeping Christ at the center of Christmas!

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Thanksgiving When Your Heart Aches

My husband and I had a miscarriage this year. It was, by far, one of the most trying and painful experiences of my life and of our marriage. So many emotions rattled around inside of me: sadness, guilt, worry, anger…

Where does thankfulness come in during a season such as this? How do you reconcile what you’re feeling with what God’s word tells you?

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Thanksgiving in Light of the Gospel

  | Thanksgiving in light of the gospel |

Finding our life in Christ changes everything about our list of what we are thankful for this year. Maybe you’re struggling this year to put anything on that list, maybe everything has gone wrong, or your heart is aching, as our guest blogger, Jennifer Goldstein will be sharing tomorrow about how the devastatingloss of a miscarriage is pushing her towards Christ and His promises more than ever this year.

Be encouraged, dear sisters that the gospel changes us from the inside out. We don’t grieve or hope the way the world does, in quickly passing treasure, instead our hope is firmly fixed in Christ, and our life is now hidden with Him on high!

If you’re struggling this week, shift your perspective and look up, allow Christ to fill your heart to the brim with who He is and who you are in Him. When you see the impossible, the heartbreak, and the good, may it be infused with the thanksgiving that only comes from being found in Christ.

 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” #mondaymotivation

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GIVEAWAY!

 🌟GIVEAWAY!🌟 Agape Moms is all about pointing moms towards gospel-centered resources and we’re excited to be giving away a copy of, “Lies Moms Believe and How the Gospel Refutes them” by Rebekah Hargraves. She looks at 32 commons lies that moms believe and holds them up to the lens of Scripture helping us defeat them with the truth of the gospel.💥

👉🏼TO ENTER👈🏼

Head over to our instagram and/or Facebook!  

✨Make sure to follow @rebekahhargraves ✨Make sure you’re following us @agapemoms_bringyourmess

✨ Tag 3 friends in the comments

✨ Each additional friend is an additional entry

✨ Giveaway ends on Friday 11/23 and the winner will be announced in the comments!

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