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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Orphan vs. Daughter

I LOVE this orphan vs. son/daughter chart from one of my favorite group studies “The Gospel Centered Life” by Thune & Walker. I have returned to this often because I realize a lot of my issues & struggles stem from an identity issue- I’m forgetting who I am in Christ. Being adopted into God’s family because of Jesus, something we can never earn or lose, is life altering!

This week as we focus on adoption and the call of the church to take up the cause, I hope you’ll see the gospel connection. We aren’t called to adopt because we should try harder to be better Christians, we’re called to rise to remedy the crisis because it’s a reflection of WHO WE ARE in Christ. When we were far off, desperate and hopeless, Christ swooped down and rescued us!

Dwelling on our new identity in Christ and belonging in God’s family transforms us from the inside out. How about you? Are you operating more out of an orphan or daughter mentality? #rememberwhoyouareinchrist

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Adopted for Life

Agape Moms’ gospel-centered resource recommendation his week is “Adopted for Life” by Russell Moore. This book unpacks the Biblical foundation for adoption, and paints a compelling case for Christians to be the first in line to adopt, since we are adopted in Christ. He also offers practical advice and personal wisdom after two international adoptions. For those considering adoption or wanting to know more how to support the cause as the Body from a Christ-centered lens, this is an excellent resource!

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The Story of Sam

Adoption is messy and beautiful and broken and redemptive.

I am not one of those women who always knew they wanted to adopt someday. Quite honestly, ten years ago I wasn’t even sure I ever even wanted children.

God had a completely different plan. He is responsible for changing all of my plans and used motherhood to bring me to places of sacrifice, unselfishness, and dependance that I never knew could exist within me.

The journey of each of my four babies coming into this world, and into our family, is beautiful and worthy of their own story. But the most spirit changing and soul sanctifying addition to our family has been Samuel. He is my youngest. My only boy. My only child born from the womb of another woman and brought into our family through adoption. The journey to Sam changed all of us for the better. God used each moment in mighty ways, to reveal beautiful truths of His love for me, truths about who I am as His child.

Here is our story of Sam and four major truths I learned through adoption.

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Sons Of God

This week we are talking about adoption, both our adoption in Christ as well as hearing a dear friend Brittany Kavcsak’s adoption story ❤️

As we kick off the week, listen to Tim Keller unpack our key text this morning from one of my favorite books, Galatians For You.

“If we want to understand who a Christian is, and why being a Christian is a privilege, we need to appreciate divine adoption. How does this inheritance come to us? Through the Son, we become God’s children legally (4: 4-5), receiving a new status; and through the Spirit, we become God’s children experientially (v 6-7).

The heart of the Christian life is 3:26: “You are all sons of God”. We already are sons. It is not something we are aiming at; it is not a future attainment. It is something that we have already, in our present state. But this sonship is not a universal given. We are not “children of God” in some general way, 

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Stick to Christ’s Mission, Not American Mega Church Tradition

This is our heartbeat! 🔥 Agape Moms exists to equip moms to make disciples as we live on mission in everyday, messy mom-life.

I can’t stop thinking about this quote, because for a long time I thought that building a church or brand was the same thing as making disciples. I’m so grateful for God’s conviction through his Word and the power to make changes by the Holy Spirit. It’s how Agape Moms was born.

Being a disciple who makes disciples is a lifestyle, not an organization.  

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COMING SOON- Agape Moms Brisbane, Australia!

 Please join me in welcoming Sharon Joseph to the Agape Moms Family Netwoek! She started training this week to launch an Agape Moms in her Brisbane, Australia community. We are so excited to link arms with her from across the globe, for the sake of more women knowing Jesus and how the Gospel impacts all of life! If you’re in Brisbane or know anyone who is, connect with Sharon 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!

Sharon Joseph lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and little boy. She’s currently balancing stay-at-home mum duties and building a brand from scratch - a brand that will share the good news of Jesus through artwork inspired by God's creation. Her favourite moments are when God uses her as an instrument to draw someone closer to Him. When she’s not busy running behind her baby or working on her art, you can find her on a nature walk with her little family, or relaxing on their patio, with a yummy chocolate brownie and a cup of Milo.

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The Jesus Bible

Agape Moms’ gospel-centered resource recommendation this week is The Jesus Bible. First of all, the Bible alone should always be the first resource we run to above any author. Sometimes it’s inspiring to read other people’s stories about how God has inspired them to do things for Him, but the most important story for each of us is engaging in the story God is inviting us to write with Him. This starts by really getting into His Word, and not just reading it for knowledge’s sake but obeying Christ and living it!

I’ve loved adding this Bible to my collection of study Bibles. It connects Jesus on every single page and I’ve really enjoyed the commentary, especially in the OT, connecting everything back to Christ. Each book of the Bible also has a Christ-Centered sub-title (see second pic.) If you’re desiring God to do something NEW in your heart and life as we’ve been focusing on this week, then commit to a time of the day and root yourself in His OLD and timeless Word.

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Agape Moms Tehaleh Info Party

We had an awesome Agape Moms Tehaleh Info Party last night! I’m so excited to see God bringing women together in a way that only He can. Last night I shared about what Agape Moms is, and how women can get involved by joining a servant leadership team and help us launch, and it was so neat to have moms plug in their gifts in our family!

When you train to start an Agape Moms on our website, I will give you everything you need to host this same party, as well as a step by step timeline to launch your group after your training is complete. I love watching God do this NEW thing in our midst! 

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God Wants to Do A New Thing In and Through You!

Our theme this week is “see I am doing a new thing” and then, boom, this memory popped up in my Facebook. It’s an explanation of Agape Moms’s #bringyourmess and it was just ONE year ago! It was an opportunity to see the new things God has done in just one year.

Since exactly one year ago, I’ve moved to WA, then launched our website and socials 6 months ago, and now we have four groups actively training to start Agape Moms in Spokane- WA, Terre Haute-IN, EL Campo-TX and Bonney Lake-WA. The original Agape Moms in Lithia also launched a new group in Valrico in January, and has doubled their size and leaders who are making disciples as they live on mission in everyday, messy mom-life. God is so incredible!

As this memory popped up, I am setting up for the Agape Moms Tehaleh Info party I’m hosting tomorrow, and we have over 20 moms coming and 35 already in the group. You guys, this is crazy. Only God can do this, I have only been in my neighborhood since Thanksgiving! There are more groups in the pre-training phase, including one in AUSTRALIA that began their pre-training registration process this week.

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Fix Your Hope on The Unchanging God

Some of us need to be reminded of God’s unchanging character today in an ever changing world. God is our creator, has and always will be, and He didn’t give up on His creation when things went south and sin entered. He sees our tendency to sin, he sees the way it messes with each other, and instead of wiping his hands and abandoning us, throughout scripture he continues to make a way for us and the plan was always to come down in the flesh and rescue us.

I think some of us need to be reminded of this today, because life can be HARD. Things go wrong, life isn’t fair, people hurt us, plans fail us, and we make plenty of mistakes ourselves too. When you’re feeling like hope is lost, open God’s word. Look at all the times God did the impossible and brought good out of evil.

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COMING SOON- Agape Moms, EL Campo, TX!

Please join me in welcoming Amber M. Lee to the Agape Moms Family Network!  She started training this week to launch an Agape Moms in her El Campo, TX 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 the area, connect with her to join the launch team. To begin the 7 week training to start your own Agape Moms, visit our website under the “Start an Agape Moms” tab, or message us!

Amber is God’s Girl, wife to her Prince Charming and mama to 3 precious kiddos that keep her busy day & night. Business owner, blogger and lover of beaches, planners and nails! To get connected with Agape Moms El Campo, contact Amber at

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Friday Introductions

  #fridayintroductions are in order since it’s been a couple months and we’ve gained a few hundred new followers on Instagram (Find us @agape_moms) WELCOME to all, I’m so glad you’re here!

I’m Laura, the founder of Agape Moms and it’s been such a joy to share the story God is writing with Agape Moms! Here’s a little more about the person behind the screen.

I’ve always been a dreamer. Agape Moms began in 2016 with me ditching fear and acting on a big dream that God gave me deep in my soul through the study of His Word and His Spirit. It was birthed after getting burned by the church pretty bad, and going after this was not something I had a cheerleading squad for, no one understood the burden and few encouraged the call. And yet as I began, I sensed Jesus saying, “Welcome to life as a follower of Christ, Laura! Your new life has just begun.”

When God calls you, it means

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Dying to Self Combats Perfectionism

Agape Moms’ theme this week is the problem with perfection and when this popped in our my feed via @vergenetwork, we couldn’t help but re-share. Jesus’ remedy to those of us who struggle with wanting to be perfect, or have control is definitely nothing close to the messages we are bombarded by in the world everyday. Jesus says to die to self and when we do that for His glory, we actually find ourselves!

“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” Luke 9:23-25

#onpoint #itsallaboutjesus #itsnotaboutme #hemustincrease #imustdecrease

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Show Them Jesus

Agape Mom’ gospel-centered resource recommendation this week is Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower. To continue our theme this week with the problem with perfection, I couldn’t think of a better book to combat the tendency of our hearts to perform, prove and earn our way before God and others. This book is a very practical guide to teaching children and ourselves, especially reframing Bible studies to be gospel-centered. This is one of my faves, and worth the investment, or grab for free on the Hoopla app

“We’ve been dispensing good advice instead of the good news. Eventually, kids will tire of our advice, no matter how good it might be. Many will leave the church. Others will live decent, churchy lives but without any fire for Christ. We’ll wonder why they’re rejected the good news, because we assumed they were well grounded in it. In fact, they never were. Although we told stories of Jesus and his free grace, we watered it down with self-effort- and that’s what they heard.

Fellow teachers, our challenge is to proclaim the good news of Jesus so clearly and consistently that no kid of ours will ever 

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The Problem With Perfection

Perfection. It’s something we’ve all chased at one time or another, but there’s a big problem- it doesn’t actually exist, not here on earth anyways. Perfection is an idea that we have created in our own heads, and the pursuit of it can lead to disaster.

Sometimes I’ve felt the pressure to be the “perfect” mother. I find myself fighting the strong desire to look like I have it all together, although I’m pretty sure I’m not fooling anyone! In fact, as I’m writing this I’m sitting at a dirty table with unwashed hair and I don’t think I remembered to brush my teeth this morning.

Have you ever felt like you didn’t measure up? What does the “perfect” momma look like to you?

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God is Most Glorified in Weakness

 “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-11

This week on the Agape Moms Blog, we are talking about the problems with perfection. 

This morning, as we head into another week, be encouraged by this scripture, it says we don’t have to feel defeated because of what’s going wrong, how we aren’t measuring up or the areas we are not perfect as we’d like to be. Because here’s the thing, when we do have everything under control, and it’s all going our way, we are way less inclined to rely on Christ alone.

So that’s why we can actually rejoice in our weaknesses because they push us to our knees and they make us realize 

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