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ICM Network Joins National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs

I’ve been a little quiet here lately. You may have noticed I haven’t been blogging or emailing as much this year. Well, it’s because I’ve been in a season of prayer and discernment…allowing God to pour into me so that I am better able to serve. And, I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that He has given me the wisdom and courage to take the next faith leap on my entrepreneurial journey!

Through God’s divine intervention, the International Christian Mompreneur Network – a community I created nine years ago by reaching out to other moms who shared my values – is now expanding into a much larger community of faith-filled women who want to connect, share, grow and serve! We are officially joining forces with the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs (NACWE for short!).

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[Prayer Café] Imitators of God

Ephesians 5:1-2

If you have ever felt convicted to love others with more compassion and see the humanity in every person, this episode of Prayer Café will inspire you. Alecia Baptiste brings us into John 8:1-11 and the story of the woman caught in adultery. She inspires us to love and value others in the same way that Jesus loved and valued people (Ephesians 5:1-2).

Alecia shows us that Jesus saw the humanity in everyone. He was willing to look beyond their sins and listen to their stories. He served as an advocate for others, speaking on behalf of them. And he calls us to do the same.  

As you listen to this Prayer Café, be reminded that you too are more than your sin.

Listen to the Prayer Café recording here.

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ICM Network Welcomes Kelly Garrett as Marketing and Education Director

If you’ve been around the International Christian Mompreneur Network for a while, you’ve probably met Kelly Garrett (pictured with me above on right). Even if you’re new, you’ve seen her work behind the scenes. Kelly was one of the first mom entrepreneurs to join me in this adventure as part of a mastermind group. And seven years later, I’m excited to announce that she is now my partner and joins the ICM Network team as our marketing and education director!

Kelly is a digital marketing connoisseur, strategist, graphic designer and web developer. She’s been my go-to girl for anything tech for a long time and she’s been a valuable resource to the ladies in the Sisterhood as well. In fact, she’s built websites and designed logos for several of our members.

As our marketing and education director, Kelly’s job will be to help you learn all the techie things you need to run your business online. (Read between the lines: she actually enjoys doing the things that make most of us pull our hair out in frustration!) You’ll see her face more often in the Facebook Group and as part of our Sisterhood. And you’ll get to learn from her as she develops courses, webinars and other programs designed to help you grow your business.

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2018 Scripture Verse of the Year

The Best Way to Choose a Word of the Year

In 2010 I started choosing a Word of the Year to guide me and help me focus on my priorities for the coming year. I shared the idea with friends and family and we’ve made it fun by creating artwork, vision boards, jewelry and pottery to commemorate the start of a new year and the adoption of a focus word.

So how do you choose a Word of the Year? I like to start in THE Word. I begin in prayer and ask God what He has planned for me in the coming year. I ask Him to reveal a scripture verse that will help me keep my eyes fixed on Him and allow Him to direct my steps. From this scripture verse, I choose a single word to embrace as my own. This is what God spoke to me this year as I studied His word:

Joshua 1:8, Verse of the Year


My Verse of the Year 2018: Joshua 1:8

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8 (NIV)

At first, I selected this verse because I felt God drawing me closer to Him. I knew He wanted me to spend time meditating on His word every day. Not just doing a bible study, but actually reading the bible. Every day.

But that’s not all…

I also noticed that the command to study His Word is a necessary step in achieving prosperity and success. Of course it is!

And there’s more…

I read the full chapter and realized that the Book of Joshua contains instructions for a new leader. After 23 years as a solo business owner, I’ve decided to merge my company with a business belonging to a friend and fellow Christian mompreneur. As partners and co-leaders in this business, we could certainly use some biblical instruction!

Not to mention…

My business shift this year is not the only change I’m facing. I’m turning 50 in June and approaching the next season of motherhood as my oldest child prepares to go to college. Joshua 1:8 is the perfect reminder to me that I need to lean on the Lord when starting something new. And that God promises He will never leave me. It’s a command to be strong and courageous for the journey ahead.

Living this verse in 2018 will be a motivator and a comfort. It will propel me forward and hold me tight. It will allow me to lead and follow. It will take the fear out of the obstacles. It will turn my challenges into an adventure!

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You Haven’t Missed a Thing

Last week, my mom and sisters and I went away for a few days of relaxation and girl time. We stayed at the fabulous Omni Bedford Springs Resort, where we hiked and dined and enjoyed the beautiful views. While exploring the lovely little town of Bedford, we discovered this sign in one of the shops. Wait…what?! We JUST missed the free wine! We got a little chuckle out of it but I have to say, it’s a familiar feeling…the thought that maybe I’ve arrived a little too late.

Do you know what I’m talking about? Have you ever felt like you were behind the curve? Like you’re working toward something but as soon as you get there you will discover that everyone else has already moved on to the next thing?

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Preparing for a Storm? Try the Home Inventory App

Living near the ocean for the past 23 years, I’ve been through my fair share of hurricanes and floods. Fortunately, the worst we’ve had to deal with is power outages, leaky windows, missing roof shingles and some serious yard debris. But storms, fires, tornadoes and other natural disasters are not always so merciful. And if we’ve learned anything at all from Noah, it’s the importance of being prepared!

When a storm is headed our way, I typically stock up on bottled water, propane and gas. We buy extra batteries and food for the pantry. And we secure outdoor furniture and anything else that could blow away. But I recently found a new addition to my storm prep routine – the Home Inventory App!

Home Inventory (which isn’t just for storm preparation, by the way), is a great little tool for keeping track of all your valuable belongings so that you can stay organized and make it easy to file insurance claims (or police reports) if the need should arise. I was introduced to Home Inventory a few years ago by a friend who happens to be another Christian mompreneur. She and her husband developed the app, which you can check out on the Mac App Store.

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[Author Interview] Meet Christian Mompreneur Lori Wildenberg

Author of Messy Journey

If you’ve ever worried about or lived through the “prodigal child” scenario, you’ll appreciate the honesty and practical wisdom in this new book by Christian mompreneur Lori Wildenberg. I have the honor of serving as a Mom Mentor with Lori in a group she manages for Moms Together. She creates a space for encouraging, equipping and empowering moms in their faith and motherhood. In her latest book, she shares her Messy Journey as the mother of a “prodigal child.” 

Q. What inspired you to write Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home?

A. Life doesn’t always go the way we expect. As parents, we can do everything “right” and still have a child who veers off the expected path. With my daughter’s permission and input, I share our journey— the struggles a prodigal child brings and how to live life in the middle of the mess.

Q. How would you describe this book to someone in a 30 second blurb?

A. Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home is for parents walking the difficult road with a wayward child. This book is filled with stories from dozens of Christian parents and some prodigals. It includes my personal journey with my same-sex attracted daughter. The book is vulnerable and honest. No matter why a parent has a prodigal (or if you love someone who does) this book will bring comfort, help, and encouragement.  Practical grace- and truth-filled ways of navigating a relationship with a detoured child who is rejecting faith, dabbling in sin, or wholeheartedly embracing sinful behavior are given. There is hope.

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7 Unlikely Opportunities to Pray for Your Family

I have a friend who prays constantly. The way the Bible says we should pray – without ceasing. She has conversations with God all day long – quick little cries for help or spontaneous moments of praise. This is the kind of prayer life I strive for, but to be perfectly honest, my prayers are often limited to morning, meals and night. Oh, and times of crisis. But not the mundane moments of daily life.

So, I asked her how she does it. How does she think to talk to God in the midst of her busy day? She’s a single, working mom of six kids – so if she can do it, then certainly I can, too. She told me that it comes naturally to her now, but that she sometimes uses triggers to remind her to pray. Like the way I offer up a prayer every time I see an ambulance or hear a siren. Only the triggers are more personal…more frequent…more specific.

As I contemplated my plan for praying continuously, I identified several routine triggers that I can use to remind me to pray for my family. Times throughout my daily schedule when I can naturally stop and have a quick conversation with my Creator. Here they are:

7 Unlikely Opportunities to Pray for Your Family

  1. Laundry time. As you fold laundry or iron, pray for the person who wears each item of clothing. Ask the Lord to clothe your child with strength and dignity [Proverbs 31:25] and dress him in the armor of God, standing firm in truth, righteousness, peace, faith and the Holy Spirit. [Ephesians 6:10-18]
  2. Meal prep. Say a quick prayer for each child, when you are packing lunches, making dinner or setting the table. Pray that God sustains your child with living water and provides spiritual nourishment through His word. [John 7:37]
  1. Appointment time. Every time you make an appointment for a family member to visit the dentist, doctor or hair stylist, say a prayer for the person you are scheduling. Ask the Lord to keep your child free from illness and that he protect them from harm. [Psalm 41:2-3]
  1. Carpool line. Instead of talking on the phone or listening to a podcast, pray for the child you are picking up while you are waiting in line. Take the moment to be still and know that God is with you and with your child. [Psalm 46:10]

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Meet Featured Sister Amy Walton


Sometimes you meet people and you just feel a connection to them. A sense of familiarity or comfort. That’s how I felt when I first met Amy Walton through our work on the board for Girls on the Run. She’s a dynamo when it comes to development and has a heart for serving the girls and our community. 

It was a few months after meeting Amy that I had the opportunity to really get to know her over a cup of tea and learn about her work coaching women. Amy is a true blessing to the ladies she works with, helping them make time for themselves, trust in God and improve their relationships.  

I would describe Amy as compassionate, resilient, personable and incredibly smart! Her life story is one that will inspire and amaze you – no matter where you are on your journey. I’m honored to share it with you here. 

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Putting Family First Doesn’t Look The Same for Everyone

I think most moms have a deep desire to put their family first. Even the ones who appear to be placing their careers or their hobbies in front of their children. Even the ones who rely on nannies or relatives to take care of their babies. Even the ones who are too tired at the end of the day to tuck their little ones in with a kiss and a prayer. (I have been this mom – the one who does all of these things – at one time or another. Yet, I truly intend to put my family first.)

We judge each other – and ourselves – on the things we see. But we don’t see the conditions of another mom’s heart. We don’t know if she’s putting her family first in a different way. If she’s setting an example for her children that all things are possible. If she’s pouring out her love for them by providing for them. If she’s showing them how important it is to use the gifts God gave her to serve others.

Putting your family first isn’t easy. And it doesn’t look the same for everyone.

It sometimes looks like you don’t care… I’m one of those moms who has no idea what her children are learning in school on any given day. My refusal to micromanage my children’s homework starting in the first grade was not received well by teachers who were probably hoping for parents who were more engaged in their child’s education. But I recognized then that I had precious few hours to spend with my child and I wanted to spend them doing other things – I wanted to help build character rather than teach math. I’m forever grateful for the wonderful teachers who so excellently manage my children’s education so that I can focus on my priorities. I do care. Just in a different way.

It sometimes looks like you can’t stick with a commitment… I’ve been known to let my child skip soccer practice so that we can enjoy a family dinner. I’m sure the soccer coach and other team members view that as a lack of commitment. But I view it as a commitment to family time. And my children are learning to honor commitments. It just may not look that way to others.

It sometimes looks like you have no ambition… When others around me are climbing the corporate ladder, getting promotions, being relocated for new opportunities and pursuing multiple post graduate degrees, I often think my career pales in comparison. But then, I remember why I treasure my home-based business as a freelance writer, marketing consultant and leader of the International Christian Mompreneur Network. It’s because I’m putting my family first. I actually think it takes a lot of ambition to achieve that goal.

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