Faith-Filled Moms: Healing for a Broken Heart (Loss of a Spouse) – by Andrea Plowden

I knew Vernon was different the night I met him. I was in my late twenties and had moved from Atlanta to Jacksonville, Florida to work for a dot com company at the height of the internet boom. I traveled back and forth frequently to visit family and friends. I met Vernon in Atlanta on … Continue reading Faith-Filled Moms: Healing for a Broken Heart (Loss of a Spouse) – by Andrea Plowden

Faith-Filled Moms: Always With Me: Through Sickness and Death (Loss of a Spouse) – by Tina Akridge

From my teenage years, I had clear plans for my future. Following college, I would head to a big inner-city, probably New York City, to work for the Salvation Army. Children weren’t in my plans as a previous surgery led me to believe I wouldn’t be able to become pregnant. However, after meeting Mark at … Continue reading Faith-Filled Moms: Always With Me: Through Sickness and Death (Loss of a Spouse) – by Tina Akridge

Faith-Filled Moms: Rediscovering Myself After A Great Loss (Loss of Spouse) – by Margaret Moses

I met Hillmon when I was nineteen, in a youth social club in Williamstown, NJ. This was in the mid-1950s; he and his siblings would drive over from Camden to the youth clubs in that area. At first glance, I had no idea of the love, friendship, and companionship I would experience after 61 years … Continue reading Faith-Filled Moms: Rediscovering Myself After A Great Loss (Loss of Spouse) – by Margaret Moses

Faith-Filled Moms: What a Little Bit of Faith Can Do (Infertility) – by Janelle Bowman

We’re taught at an early age to create goals for ourselves and to work towards something meaningful in life. But what happens when one of those goals takes longer to achieve than you expected? Like me, you may get thrown off track. And sometimes, it can be difficult to recover. The idea of getting married … Continue reading Faith-Filled Moms: What a Little Bit of Faith Can Do (Infertility) – by Janelle Bowman

Faith-Filled Moms: God Hears Even When We Don’t Think He’s Listening (Infertility) – by Jamie Swain

Have you ever heard the sound of complete despair? It’s a DEEP, LOW, LOUD, GROWL, WAILING from the gut type-of-sound. I was a complete mess in my bedroom; sobbing and snotting, distraught and shattered, and just not able to pull myself together like I had done so many times before. “Is that sound really coming … Continue reading Faith-Filled Moms: God Hears Even When We Don’t Think He’s Listening (Infertility) – by Jamie Swain

Faith-Filled Moms: Releasing My Dream and Plan to God (Infertility) – By Kelly Redman

Growing up, I wanted to be married around the age of twenty-five with kids by the age of thirty. That was the dream, right? Fall in love, get married, have babies, and live in a nice house with a white picketed fence. Well, that was not my story. I married my husband at the age … Continue reading Faith-Filled Moms: Releasing My Dream and Plan to God (Infertility) – By Kelly Redman

Faith-Filled Moms: The Sacrifice of Not Always Being Seen (Stepmoms) – By Dr. ShaEssa Wright Rice

As a single woman, I prayed for a man who was God-fearing, loyal, committed to his family, responsible, and would put me first in his life. If I met a man and he didn’t have these characteristics, he wasn’t for me. Archie and I attended the same church and met in 2006 during choir rehearsal … Continue reading Faith-Filled Moms: The Sacrifice of Not Always Being Seen (Stepmoms) – By Dr. ShaEssa Wright Rice

Faith-Filled Moms: Chosen Motherhood (Stepmoms) – by Stephanie Judy

As a teenager, dating someone with a child, my thoughts oscillated between where to go out to eat Friday night and talking through parenting styles with the dreamy guy across the table. Seven years later, I stood face to face with that dreamy guy, saying “I do” and in that sacred moment becoming a wife … Continue reading Faith-Filled Moms: Chosen Motherhood (Stepmoms) – by Stephanie Judy

Faith-Filled Moms: When the Blender is Broken (Stepmoms) – By Jasmine Moore

I’m not going to sugarcoat anything. These last six years of marriage have been tough. But what could be so difficult about being married to your best friend? Terrell and I grew up a block away from each other but didn’t know each other. We even worked at the same job at one point, but … Continue reading Faith-Filled Moms: When the Blender is Broken (Stepmoms) – By Jasmine Moore

Faith-Filled Moms: Seeking God’s Voice for Direction – An Adoption Conversation with Jennifer Smedberg

As we were planning our marriage, my husband Eric and I talked about having four children. We had always considered adoption, but of course, that would come after we had our own children naturally. It was always in our hearts to bring a child into our home who needed a loving family. However, God had … Continue reading Faith-Filled Moms: Seeking God’s Voice for Direction – An Adoption Conversation with Jennifer Smedberg