I stuck my ear buds in and clicked the link. With the help of my friend, my treadmill, and my mobile device, I walked right into the world of podcasts and never looked back.
You see as a blogger I not only write but I read lots of blogs too. Podcasts just weren't my thing. But all that changed with a click.
"Hi everybody, this is Heidi St. John! WELCOME to the Busy Mom podcast! Thanks for joining me in my little corner of the internet."
"Oh sweet mama," she says, "there is power in God's Word".
I had no idea how much the first click of that link would change me, but I soaked it in that day and every time I hit play after that. From marraige, to choosing homeschool curriculum, to cultural issues that fill our social media, television, and radio headlines, each topic of discussion laced with biblical truth.
Over a year and a half ago now, this is when it happened.......I ENTERED INTO BECOMING.....Becoming the MomStrong Mom I always wanted to be ! And it truly was the beginning of one the most change filled years of my life. God used it in a major way! And He is still using it.
I was seeing her live on my screen! That sweet mentor who had been speaking into my life and into my heart was now talking right to little ole me (and 499 other beautiful mamas, Haha)! Something about being face to face with her in those following weeks and digging into her book just knit my heart right to hers. Her uninhibited passion for teaching God's word to our children could do nothing less than seep into my heart further.
She took us through what it means to be a warrior for the hearts and minds of our children.
She encouraged us to face our giants and choose to obey in spite of our FEAR.
Assured us that a season of surrender is only re-purposed passion.
And gave us confidence that,
"Your greatest accomplishment as a mom may not be something you do , but someone you raise".
So for those weeks ahead she poured her heart into us in hopes that this message God gave her, the message of BECOMING MOMSTRONG, would be spread in and through us. But she has made sure that this message wasn't just for moms...... this powerful message was to encourage and help equip any woman who has influence in the life of a child.
Our AMAZING book launch team pulled together and put Heidi on the Amazon BEST SELLER list in the first day!
How cool was that!?!
And of course I had also purchased a book with a request for a signed copy from Heidi, an accompanying bible study. and journal.
The best part of this journey of BECOMING, is that it was not over. This story that I've just shared with you is just a small piece of my Becoming. It was just the beginning really.
For months I have been praying about how Becoming Mom Strong and MomStrong International Ministry would fit into a greater vision God gave me more than 4 years ago. In the last several months I felt God giving me more clarity and I'm excited about the direction He is taking me.
One year after the launch of Becoming MomStrong I have been able to be apart a second launch team for Heidi's follow-up book Prayers for the Battlefield . Preparing for the launch of this new book has been just as amazing as the first.
You'll see my review posted here on the blog Wednesday September 19th. The book officially releases Tuesday September 18th.
I am also beginning my own MomStrong Bible study in my home and hope to give highlights in some Facebook live videos and here on the blog if I'm able to keep up. I haven't quite decided where those videos will be posted yet. If following along with this study interests you just send me a quick message here via my email
"Today's moms need a special kind of strength- the kind that comes from God. We need support to get through. We need to learn how to live in right relationship with others. We need to take better care of ourselves.And most important, we need an ever-deepening desire to know God and His Word. In other words, we need to be MomStrong." ~ Heidi St. John
Even if you are not (or not yet) a mom, but have influence in the life of a child/children this is also for you! Grandmother, Aunt, Teacher, Church volunteer, or caregiver......THIS IS ALSO FOR YOU!
My desire is to start this bible study to develop a community of women who want to deepen their relationship with the Lord and support each other in Becoming MomStrong. God has called us to raise up the next generation.......AND WE CANNOT GIVE THOSE CHILDREN WHAT WE DON'T HAVE! So let's link arms sweet sisters and study God's Word together. I look forward to spending time with you all.
This is how my Story of Becoming began. What will yours look like?