Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mom's, This Is For You by Stephanie Shott

I caught a glimpse of her as she walked across the parking lot. She looked to be about sixteen. Young in years, but great with child.

Reflecting on my own teen pregnancy, I couldn't help but wonder if she was ready for the journey ahead. Did she grasp the greatness of her newfound role and how everything she had ever known was about to change? Would someone walk with through her motherhood or would she have to go it alone?

I was eighteen when my son was born and had no idea what it meant to be a mom. Oh, I thought the whole mom thing was going to be a breeze, but it didn't take long to learn that my dream of motherhood was very different from my reality.

I wanted to be the mom who did all the right things, never had to count to three, and baked her own bread.
But instead, I was a single mom, without Christ, without a mentor, and without a clue.

As the years passed, I married, and not long after that I became a Christian. Everything changed except that I still didn't have a mentor and I barely had a clue.

For me, motherhood was like a messy experiment and my kids were the guinea pigs. 

That was twenty-seven years ago, and as I reflect on the way I muddled my way through motherhood, I can’t help but wonder where all the mentors were. I remember looking up to several women in the church, yet for some reason I was never able to wiggle my way under their wing.

But it shouldn't have been that hard, and no mom should have to go it alone. After all, mentoring should be woven into the fabric of the church. Right?

Mentoring moms is powerful. It’s how you and I can change the world. It’s not only a God-given way in which we can leave a legacy of faith, but it’s also an amazing tool to help us reach our communities and this culture for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Two years ago I started The M.O.M. Initiative—a ministry devoted to helping the body of Christ make mentoring missional. Evangelistic in nature, the mission is to begin M.O.M. Groups that not only minister to moms who know Christ but that we reach those who don’t.

Ultimately, our goal is to reach a MILLION MOMS for Christ. And if only 3 women in 1/2 of the churches in the United States would mentor just 3 other moms, that would translate into reaching a MILLION MOMS for Christ and impacting over 2.5 MILLION CHILDREN as a result.

Sitting in the parking lot, a ministry was born and a book was conceived. I wrote The Making of a Mom to be a unique dual purpose resource. A book to help lay a solid biblical foundations for real moms who are in the trenches of motherhood…to help answer the deep questions of a moms heart and to help each mom embrace the significance of her role as a mother. I want moms to know they are deeply loved and profoundly influential.

I also wrote The Making of a Mom to provide and inreach and an outreach resource for the church.To help the body of Christ weave mentoring into the fabric of the local church. As an outreach, The Making of a Mom equips local churches with a unique resource that will help them weave mentoring into the fabric of the church and to reach their communities and this culture for Christ by mentoring moms in urban areas, in low-income apartment complexes, neighborhoods, prisons, homeless shelters, crisis pregnancy centers, the mission field and wherever young moms can be found.

You see, if we reach the moms of this generation, we’ll reach the heart of the next generation. but if we don’t, I’m afraid we’ll lose them all.

Today, you and I have an opportunity to change the world one mom at a time through the power and beauty of mentoring.

I didn't have a mentor . . . and I don’t know if that young girl at the gas station will have one either. But no mom should have to go it alone. So, let’s step into our Titus 2 shoes and begin impacting our community and this culture for the Lord Jesus Christ.

We’ll have forever to be glad we did.

To find out more about how you can begin a M.O.M. Group, click this link.

To find out how to sign up to be ONE in a MILLION MOMS who would like to be connected with a mentor and raise your children to know Christ, click this link.

To find out how to order The Making of a Mom.

Order on Amazon



Stephanie Shott is an author, speaker and missionary who is passionate about inspiring women to know God more - to boldly and courageously become who they were created to be and to make an eternal difference in the lives of others. Stephanie has been involved in women's ministry for over 20 years. She is a real, relevant and practical speaker who loves helping women enjoy the grand adventure of serving the Living God.

Visit Stephanie Shott on The MOM Initiative or her website, http://StephanieShott.com 

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Making of a Mom by Stephanie Shott

Have you ever felt like you wore so many hats that it was hard to really enjoy your mom journey? Or like you were so weary and worn out by your never-ending ‘to do’ list that you wanted to bury your head under the covers and get away from it all…even for just a day?
Me too! 
Oh…like you, I LOVE being a mom. But for me, motherhood was like this messy experiment and my kids were the guinea pigs. 
Motherhood is the best job on the planet!
Moms, more than anyone else, have the opportunity to not only mold the heart of their children but to mold the heart of the next generation. But we get caught up in dealing with the dailies of life and it’s hard to make it our mission to parent on purpose. Sometimes it’s so easy to parent the child they are and deal with the behavior of the moment that we forget about molding the heart of the person we long for them to become.
The Making of a Mom gives you a foundational look at real life biblical motherhood and provides the practical tools and inspiration you need to become the best mom you can. 
While we all know there is no such thing as a perfect mom, we also know that WE are the perfect moms for our children.
The Making of a Mom encourages moms to embrace the significance of their calling to motherhood…a role that only we moms can fulfill…a role that God has called us to and equipped us for.
And The Making of a Mom was uniquely written to minister to the hearts of moms while also providing a key resource for the local church and para-ministries.
With venue specific Planning Guides in the back of the book, instructions on how to begin M.O.M. Groups that will help the local church weave mentoring into the fabric of the church and serve as not only an in-reach resource, but a great outreach tool as well. And the questions at the end of each chapter serve as a catalyst for conversation for ministry and small group leaders, The Making of a Mom is the perfect resource for every church!
The Making of a Mom works in tandem with The M.O.M. Initiative as a tool to help the church minister to moms who know Christ and reach those who don’t. Through The Making of a Mom, you can help your local church make mentoring missional and impact your community and this culture for Christ.
The goal of The M.O.M. Initiative is to reach a MILLION MOMS for Christ. The tool is The Making of a Mom. The vehicle is the local church. AND…if only 3 women in 1/2 of the churches in the United States would mentor just 3 other mothers, we could reach a MILLION MOMS for Christ!
To find out more about how you can begin a M.O.M. Group, click this link.
To find out how to sign up to be ONE in a MILLION MOMS who would like to be connected with a mentor and raise your children to know Christ, click this link.
To find out how to order The Making of a Mom.

Order on Amazon


Stephanie Shott is an author, speaker and missionary who is passionate about inspiring women to know God more - to boldly and courageously become who they were created to be and to make an eternal difference in the lives of others. Stephanie has been involved in women's ministry for over 20 years. She is a real, relevant and practical speaker who loves helping women enjoy the grand adventure of serving the Living God.

Visit Stephanie Shott on The MOM Initiative or her website, http://StephanieShott.com 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

To Christian Writers by Lisa Buffaloe

If you are a Christian writer, keep writing for God. The world needs hope, and the only eternal hope is found in Jesus Christ. Keep writing to point to Christ.

Ignore the whispers of the enemy telling you to give up
Ignore the world’s ideas of success.
Pay no attention to the number of followers on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog.

Pay attention to God’s truth.
Pay attention to being successful for God’s Kingdom.
Pay attention and be obedient to follow God.

“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you.’” ~ Jeremiah 30:2 (NIV)

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.” ~ 1 John 1:3-4 (NIV)

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” ~ 1 John 5:13 (ESV)


Write the joyful truth so that others may find the joyful truth of Jesus Christ!





Visit Lisa Buffaloe @ www.lisabuffaloe.com




Monday, June 9, 2014

How To Write an Inspirational Memoir (Free e-book!)

How To Write Inspirational Memoir (FREE e-book!) by Emily T. Wierenga

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I started writing my memoir back when Mum got sick, back when I moved home from Korea to take care of her.
I started it in the basement of my parents’ home, my husband still in Korea finishing up our contract.
I started writing it to save myself in those long lonely hours, when I wrote about Mum–the woman who’d cradled me as a baby under African skies, who’d baked us homemade bread and granola and home schooled us at the kitchen table–who now lay upstairs, dying from brain cancer.

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But the story didn’t become a book until this past January, when I was in Portland, Oregon, visiting my agent.
She looked at me as we drove to a yogurt cafe and said, “An editor has contacted me from Baker Books, and he was wondering if you’d want to write a travel memoir?”
A travel memoir.
(Truth be told, I didn’t know what that was–but I knew I loved to travel, and I was secretly hoping this would excuse me taking a year off to travel the world :))
I missed home
It didn’t, but I got to write about my journeys to places like Holland, Lebanon, Jordan, Australia, Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Italy.
I got to write about love — about Trenton, a farm-boy whom God sent into my life to show me what faithfulness looks like, what a belly laugh sounds like.
I got to write about trying to have children, and how we couldn't, and then, because of mercy, we could.
About those long years of me not eating, and then, learning how, again, over a sizzling bowl of bip-im-bap in Korea.
And I got to write about God, about the way his Father-heart pursued me around the globe and back again to the side of my mother’s bed. This disillusioned pastor’s daughter searching the world for what true faith looks like–and finding it at home.
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It’s a two-book series, actually, with Baker Books. First, #ATLASGIRL.
Then, I have a follow-up memoir coming out next summer (July 2015), called MAKING IT HOME–because isn’t this is what all of us is trying to do? We’re all just trying to make it home.
But it starts with running away, which is what I did at 18.
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This, from the back cover:
“Disillusioned and yearning for freedom, Emily Wierenga left home at age eighteen with no intention of ever returning. Broken down by organized religion, a childhood battle with anorexia, and her parents’ rigidity, she set out to find God somewhere else–anywhere else. Her travels took her across Canada, Central America, the United States, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. She had no idea that her faith was waiting for her the whole time–in the place she least expected it.
Poignant and passionate, Atlas Girl is a very personal story of a universal yearning for home and the assurance that we are known, forgiven, and beloved. Readers will find in this memoir a true description of living faith as a two-way pursuit in a world fraught with distraction. Anyone who wrestles with the brokenness we find in the world will love this emotional journey into the arms of the God who heals all wounds.”
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#ATLASGIRL releases July 1st. (Go HERE to read the first two chapters for FREE!)
And I’m not sure how to say this without making myself sound all wonderful, because trust me, I’m not–I’m so very broken, but  all of the proceeds from Atlas Girl are going towards a non-profit I’ve founded with the help of some incredible friends, including Joy Forney (who lives in Kampala, Uganda with her family) and Mama Evah, whom I met back in January in Uganda.
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And, as a thank-you for pre-ordering my story, friends? I have a gift for you!
Memoir teacher Mick Silva (who was one of the editors for Atlas Girl) and I have written an e-book  called A House that God Built: 7 Essentials to Writing Inspirational Memoir.
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It’s absolutely FREE when you purchase #AtlasGirl HERE.
After you’ve pre-ordered Atlas Girl, just go HERE and fill out a simple form and the e-book on how to write memoir will be sent IMMEDIATELY to your inbox.

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And finally, for all of you who want to share about this post and help get word out about ATLAS GIRL and The Lulu Tree, I’m entering you into a draw to win one of Krafty Kash’s beautiful custom-designed atlas necklaces.
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Thank you friends, for traveling with this broken #AtlasGirl. It’s been a long road home, but life is about the journey, not the destination.
… I love you so very much. e.
(PS. For any of you wanting to join the ATLAS GIRL BLOG TOUR, who haven’t already, just go HERE on FB ! We’d love to have you. Also, there are a LOT of resources over HERE if you’re wanting to help us spread the word about the book. XOXO)

Visit Emily Wierenga at http://www.emilywierenga.com/