52 Weeks of Prayer For Our Daughters, Raising Teens

3:52~ Daughter

What is home, when your home is split in two?

Is it your room?

Is it your stuff?

Where do you belong?

Home is more than the physical place– Home is most certainly made up of the people who love you.  Mom.  Dad. Step-parents.  Siblings. Grandparents. Neighbors. Friends. Teachers. Coaches. Church leaders.  Home is full of love.  It’s where you play.  It’s where you learn.  It’s where you continue in the legacy set before you.  Its where you will find your sense of self and create your own legacy.  It’s where you belong.

And one day, the most PERFECT home will be waiting for you.  You are loved even more by your Heavenly Father than your earthly parents.  You always belong in his family.

Your home is vast. Your home is constant.  Your home is yours.  When life feels like its spiraling out of control, go to the place where you belong…..Home.

There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you?

(John 14:2, The Message)

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for our home.  Both the address we claim and the people who fill it.  Thank you for the home you are preparing for us where we will live with you forever.  What exciting hope we have!  I pray that she always feels her sense of home.  Through her school years and the course she takes after graduation, may she remember the love and legacy of home.

As she goes out one day to make her own home, I pray for those who will fill it.  Loved ones who will sit at the table, who will laugh and share life together.  May she always have a home full of love.


52 Weeks of Prayer For Our Daughters, Raising Teens

2:52 ~ Daughter

Matthew 6:34 ~ don’t worry about tomorrow, today has enough worry of its own. 

My prayer this week for you Dear Daughter is that you will find your worth in Christ. That you will know your Creator who Adores you. That you will find comfort and rest in him and that I can model for you a willingness to trust tomorrow is under control. 
Sleep soundly, live boldly and in the moment. Take care of what needs to be taken care of today. Love your friends, love your family, love strangers around you. 

Plan for the future but find hope in today. Don’t miss the things around you <put your (our) phone(s) down>. 

I love you more than words can express. But I can’t love you as much as our Heavenly Father loves you. He will take care of tomorrow. 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for reaching out to call us your own. Thank you for sending Jesus so that we can have close relationship with you. Thank you for the sun and the birds and all the beauty of your creation around us. Help us to trust confidently that you know tomorrow and that we are to live for today. Keep her strong in her choices to rely on you when worry creeps in. Help her to see the need today to love others as you love her. Thank you for that unconditional, undeserving and gracious love. 


52 Weeks of Prayer For Our Daughters, Raising Teens

1:52~ Daughter

As I start Week 1 in praying over my children, Romans 12:12 is a great starting place.  JOY is my focus word of the year. Patience is not something that comes natural to me or my children.  Committing to being faithful in prayer is what this journey is all about.

Mom’s 5P Recipe for Patience Continue reading

In My Soul, Raising Teens

My Summer List..Strong & Courageous

It’s already here! The last day of school…..I want/need/plan to be extremely intentional this summer.  Throughout the 10 weeks Kai has of summer, 5 of them are with me…and her brother…and her stepdad….and her beloved dogs Willie & Honey (Willie sleeps in her room even when she’s gone; in her bed when she’s here).  And…Then. Life. Flips. Upside. Down. Continue reading

In My Soul, Raising Teens

A Moms How To: 13 Reasons Why

My Mom heart is just sick.

Over a month ago, Kai’s SGL (small group leader, through our Middle School church program) texted me asking if Kai was watching or talking about a show called 13 Reasons Why.  Nope- never heard of it, either of us.  Applause to Bridget for staying on top of teen trends!!

Time passes….life gets busy.  Kelly & I attend a parent workshop and they mention it.  I see Kai for about 2 hours between that and our back to back separate trips…. it doesn’t come up.  Then— Continue reading

Raising Teens

She loves me, She loves me lots

I’m exactly 4 months in since I started sharing this journey.  Tick Tock.  Time is moving too fast.  A trip we’ve been planning and looking forward to, that she worked all summer to earn her portion for is upon us.  And in going over the list “did you pack this, did you remember this, how many of these do you have…” my sweet girl shared that this is hard.  She’s nervous.  She leaves both parents– but is with one or the other at all times.  Not this time.  She’s going away, pretty far from home, with out either of us.  But she is ready.

If we want to raise kind girls, we need to show her what that looks like… Continue reading

In My Soul, Raising Teens, Raising Tots

Podcasts and Marbles…. My Mom Brain (Authentic Ramblings)

For as little as I’ve sat down to write lately, I think about you all the time.  Once in a while I wonder “does it even matter?” and then some kind words were shared with me today– that story may be another blog post in the future!– that my blog had touched her.  So yes- to 2 of you (that Mom and MY Mom), it matters 🙂

It feels as if a whirlwind is swirling around in my brain! Decision fatigue, over-scheduling…Getting ready for Good Friday and Easter at work, husband traveled and of course while he was gone I got sick… Wonky schedules for Kai and the start of soccer season (Go Hawks!) with practices and games…we ‘re just out of sync.  But I know it’s just a phase that’s going to pass shortly. A consistent schedule will always be a struggle for me.  And add to it, I have T.P.A.D.  Yup.  That’s right…there’s FINALLY a diagnosis that makes sense for me!

Podcasts from ASlobComesClean.comThanks to ‘Dr Nony’, the creator of http://www.ASlobComeClean.com a kindred spirit who puts how we deal with “mess” and cleaning into words for me, I now know a major piece of what holds me back is TPAD.   I feel like my whole life my mom has asked me “what’s wrong with you? You can’t do THAT much in that amount of time” or I can’t for the life of me keep straight how much time has passed between events, life stages, meetings, cleaning, etc.  Yikes.  BUT, their’s comfort in numbers and I’m not alone.  If you find yourself relating to me as you read, you may want to check out Nony (Dana is her real name).  I think you’ll enjoy her as much as I have!

For today, I just want to share a little inspiration.  In the middle of the chaos…really that’s my life not just a play on the name of this blog!!… God is showing me how I’m adored.  How I matter to him…and how when I seek him out, he answers in ways I can’t imagine.

Time is ticking– my weeks of marbles are growing slim with Kai in my home.  This makes me nervous and each morning (& often throughout the day) I pray for renewed calm and peace regarding this decision.  I’ve spent the last few days thinking of ways to be intentional in this time.  Guide her, make sure she hears truth about herself and life….I keep meaning to check in with Moms who have sent kids off to college… it’s pretty similar I think.  We binged a few episodes of The Voice while I was sick and although we got behind on a few other things, I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. I love that kid!

Colt is making progress in his therapy.  We still have a journey ahead but this past week in particular he’s brought SO MUCH laughter to my days.  (You can check out some of these moments on my Instagram page- mandyhenry31).  I can’t forget the dream I had of the little boy Kelly and I would have…. I know he’s that little boy.  He may not be able to sit still for prolonged periods of time— or ANY some days– but he’s bursting with personality and really does round out our home.

Life may not fit in a pretty little box, the scrapbook pages of this phase may be stuck together and hard to follow along through, but it’s my #AdoredChaos.  Each day, if I look, there is JOY to be found.  From the smile on someone else’s face, dancing in our undies or with pots on our heads in the kitchen, or sharing the couch with a girl going through the Mean Middle School years, JOY is all around if we just look for it.

This weekend is a time to remember and reflect on the Extreme Sacrifice Jesus made to clear our slates.  We can live free with hope of a future in relationship with him. Nothing gets sweeter than that!  Happy Resurrection Day! Image result for resurrection cross image