Help Everyone Wants a Piece of Me!

Help! Everyone Wants A Piece of Me!

“…a ruler came and knelt before [Jesus] and said, ‘My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.’ Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples. Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’ Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.”
Matthew 9:18-22

Erica was so unhappy. Uncomfortable was the only word to describe this third child of mine. We never experienced colic with the first two babies, but this one had been crying non-stop for nearly six months. My two older children were six and four and still needed a lot of my attention. On one particular day I remember feeling like I had a baby attached to my breast and a preschooler attached to each leg the entire day. I finally tucked everyone into bed for the night and I made a beeline for my own bed…only to find a husband with a gleam in his eye!

I wanted to scream, “If one more person touches this body, I’ll lose it!”

Let’s face it. When we launch into the journey of motherhood, it takes a physical toll on us. If you give birth, you lose all sense of modesty once labor sets in. Every part of your body is pushed, pulled, looked at, and touched in ways you would have never imagined possible. Once that beautiful little one is placed in your arms, he begins rooting for his first meal and your breasts suddenly have a new job.

Maybe you came into motherhood through adoption. Still, children have to be carried as infants. As they enter the toddler and preschool years they seem to think you are a moving piece of playground equipment—jumping, hanging, and climbing on you non-stop.

We can’t forget dad in all of this. In the midst of all the “little people” demanding their needs be met, dad can easily move from his well-earned place on the top of the priority list to right under “feed the dog” at the bottom of the list. That’s not the way it should be…it just happens if we’re not careful.

When Jesus lived on this earth, it seemed that everyone wanted a piece of him. They wanted his time and his touch. Some waited patiently for their turn and others, like the woman described above, pushed their way through the crowd to simply touch the hem of his garment. Jesus’ experience on this earth is very similar to ours as mothers. Our family wants our time and our touch. Some wait patiently (like a weary husband) and others demand their way (like a screaming baby). Jesus was in high demand, and as mothers we are in high demand, as well.

Jesus modeled for us how to handle the demands that are placed upon us. His strategies included prayer and knowing how to find quiet moments in the midst of the chaos. Most importantly, though, He understands. He gets it. He knows what it feels like for everyone to want a piece of you.

Thank you, God, for the diary of your life in the Bible. Thank you for the stories about everyone wanting to touch you and spend time with you. You really do understand me and how it feels like everyone wants a piece of me. Help me to find your peace in the midst of mothering. Help me to keep my eyes on You, moving my focus from the mountains in my life to you, the Mountain Mover. 

In Jesus name…Amen. 

Have you ever thought about how Jesus understands your life as a mom?

"Real Moms…Real Jesus" Focus on the Family Radio Broadcast

Welcome Focus on the Family Listeners!  I’m glad you’ve stopped by my blog!  Please look around a bit, join in on some recent discussions, read some favorite posts, and let me know you were here.  I’d love to meet you!

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For my regular readers, this is a unique week. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week I’ll be offering a different kind of encouragement on my blog through Focus on the Family.  Monday and Tuesday the Focus on the Family radio program is featuring a discussion I recently had with John Fuller and Dr. Kevin Leman on the topic of Real Moms…Real Jesus.  It’s encouragement every mom (and dad!) needs to hear.

On Wednesday, I’ll be helping Focus on the Family launch a brand new weekly live Webcast for moms.  It’s interactive and live and I hope you’ll be able to join us! You can learn more about that here.

For today’s encouragement, you can listen online to Part One of the Real Moms…Real Jesus discussion here today!

Up to my ears in suds of worship?

There’s nothing an author likes more than to know that the words I’ve shared in one of my books has touched the heart of a reader in a life-changing way.  

Yesterday I stumbled on a blog by a mom named “Mich” from Arkansas.  Her words mixed with my words are a message every mom needs to hear.  

Click here to be encouraged today!

Heading to Mayo…

Erica and I are leaving for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN today. We’re hoping for some answers with the myoclonic jerks she’s been experiencing that I first posted about back in March. Please pray that God will connect us with the right doctors and they’ll be able to ask the right questions and we’ll get the right answers. Thanks so much!

Also Evan’s band, COURTLAND, is now in the top TWO contestants for the WCIC Opening Act contest! This week the voting determines the WINNER! Would you help them out? Just click here and vote for Courtland! You can vote up to 10 times on each computer. Last week there were 12,000 votes cast, but only 500 votes separated the top two! Every vote helps! Thanks so much for voting and helping us spread the word!

Our Chapter 6 discussion of Real Moms…Real Jesus continues tomorrow. If you haven’t read Chapter 6 yet, go ahead and read it and join in the discussion tomorrow! I’ll have my computer with me in Minnesota so we can chat about this important chapter on forgiveness!

Real Moms…Real Jesus Discussion this week?

So have you been wondering what happened to our Tuesday Real Moms…Real Jesus Chapter 6 discussion? So have I!

Let’s just say it’s not exactly been a normal week. Sunday afternoon Austin started feeling poorly and running a low grade fever. He was home from school Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. When we finally got in to the doctor today, we found that he has walking pneumonia. No wonder he didn’t feel good! Between having him home, I had a friend with a family crisis, and a sinus infection myself.

So real life took over and I need to take a one week pass. I apologize for any inconvenience caused…but I thank you for understanding!

Real Moms, Real Jesus internet radio discussion today!

If you want to join in on a Real Moms…Real Jesus call-in internet radio discussion today (Thursday) at noon (Central Time) click here! If you miss the live interview, you can still tune in to the archived interview.

Oh, and some of you have asked for another link for voting for my son’s band, Courtland. You can do that here through 5 pm today!

Hearts at Home University Spring and Summer Semester Webcasts

Hearts at Home University is launching our spring and summer semesters this week! These webcasts, affordably priced at $15 each, provide continuing education for moms right in the comfort of their own home!

Here are the classes available:

Spring Semester

May 12, 2009
8:30-10pm Central Time
“Is There Really Sex After Kids?”
A Live Webcast with Jill Savage
Click here to register for “Is There Really Sex After Kids?” today!
Tuition: $15

June 2, 2009
8:30-10pm Central Time
“She’s Gonna Blow!”
A Live Webcast with Julie Ann Barnhill
Registration opens May 12
Tuition: $15

Summer Semester

July 23, 2009
8:30-10pm Central Time
“Redefining Romance”
A Live Webcast with Mark and Jill Savage
Registration opens: July 1
Tuition: $15

August 13, 2009
8:30-10pm Central Time
“Keeping Your Ducks in a Relative Row”
A Live Webcast with Karen Ehman
Registration opens July 23
Tuition $15

Special Offer May 4-12 only:

Click here to register for all four workshops for just $50!

Catch an interview!

The month of May is interview month for me. I think I have about 10-15 interviews scheduled for Real Moms…Real Jesus.

What I love about radio interviews is that I can do them from home…I’ve even been known to do them in my pj’s!

Chris Fabrey Live! This aired on April 23 while I was in Europe but you can still listen to it for motherhood and marriage encouragement. Click on the link and then scroll down to April 23 and listen on your computer or as a podcast

Monday, May 4 at 12pm CT Miracle Channel (Canada TV) 1 hour live interview (also available on Sky Angel in U.S.)

Tuesday, May 5: 12-1pm Midday Connection: Live Call-in program on Moody Radio stations. This is my FAVORITE radio program to do because it’s interactive with call-in’s from listeners. I love the conversations we’re able to have! You can listen in and maybe even join in the conversation!