God’s Mercy Matters

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)

Happy Friday! I pray you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend! As we close the end of April and start May, I encourage you to find one thing that you can celebrate and praise God for! This month, I’m celebrating my first devotional, Merciful Moments for M.O.M.S being on the YouVersion Bible App.

Giving God praise for all things big and small is so important, as we continue to worship and stay connected with Him.

God’s mercies are new every morning and God’s mercy matters.

Whatever season you may find yourself in today, I invite you to allow God’s new mercies to refresh, revive and strengthen you.

Receiving God’s new mercies looks like…

  • Celebrating a small step you accomplished in a big project instead of beating yourself up for not fully completing it.
  • Giving yourself more grace when your day or things don’t go according to plan
  • Asking God for forgiveness and not condemning yourself for mistakes made
  • Being more present and enjoying meaningful moments with family and friends

Let’s God’s new mercies renew your mind and restore your heart today.

RESPOND: What are you celebrating today and how will you receive God’s new mercies more? I would love to hear from you!

If you haven’t already, I invite you to read my YouVersion plan and let me know how it has encouraged you! You don’t have to be a Mom to read and enjoy the plan! We can all use an extra dose of God’s mercy. Thanks so much to those who have already read the plan, and been blessed. Until next time, enjoy your weekend!

Blessings,

Kirstyn

Exciting Announcement!

Hi Everyone,

I hope your week is going well! I wanted to share an exciting announcement today with you. I am grateful to God and honored to share that I have a new 5 day devotional plan on the YouVersion Bible App. It’s called Merciful Moments for M.O.M.S.

Using the M.O.M.S acronym, I empower you to lay down your ideals, plans and perfectionism at Jesus’ feet, and pick up a new perspective, grateful heart, and courage to move forward each day as a mama!

If you are a Mom, for the next five days, I invite you to read this encouraging plan and let me know your feedback!

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Over the new few weeks, I will be sharing more about the plan including some topics that are covered, and talk with some other moms about how we can begin to receive God’s mercy more.

Thank you for reading and I’ll talk with you soon!

Blessings,

Kirstyn

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Look for the Father

"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him." 
(Mark 16:6 NIV)

“Where’s Daddy?” Every morning, when my daughter wakes up, she asks for her Daddy. I watch her walk from room to room searching for him. As her sleepy eyes fully wake up and she sees her Daddy, she becomes more settled. In her three year old mind, all is right in her world and she can start her day. I love the relationship she has with her Dad, and that she is determined to connect with him.

Just like my daughter searches for her earthly Father, God desires for us to look for Him, our Heavenly Father. After Jesus’ death, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome were looking for Jesus’ body and they were disappointed when he wasn’t there. But praise God that Christ rose for you and I!

As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday this weekend, I invite you to look for the Father with a fresh set of eyes and renewed focus.

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  • Look for the Father in both quiet time and the busyness of life.
  • Look for the Father in a still small voice and a loud one.
  • Look for the Father in the beauty of nature and through the questions of a child.
  • Look for the Father in the church pew and the grocery store.

When we look for God, our Heavenly Father, He openly welcomes us to come to Him with a childlike trust and grow in relationship with Him.

Happy Resurrection Sunday to you!

Blessings,

Kirstyn

Action Question: How will you look for the Father in new and refreshing ways in your life? Let me know in the comments.

Prayer for Peace

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 NIV

Dear God,

Thank you for Your peace that calms and strengthens us.

Where our hearts are hardened, we seek Your peace.

Where there is division and discord, we seek Your peace.

Where there is war, may Your peace cover and restore what has been broken.

When our minds are burdened and anxious, thank you for Your peace that renews us.

When we don’t know which way to go, thank you for Your peace that directs us.

When we are seeking wisdom, thank you for Your Word that guides us.

Please help us to receive Your peace for our hearts and lives.

Thank you for Your peace that is always available to us.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Question: How have you experienced God’s peace in your life recently? I would love for you to share in the comments!

Blessings,

Kirstyn

Feeling Burned Out? 3 Ways to Help You Enjoy the Christmas Season More

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year is a classic song by Andy Williams that many sing every year, and it talks about the various fun festivities of the Christmas season. While I do enjoy this festive season, extended time to spend with loved ones, and celebrating Christ’s birth, I must admit that this time of year can be overwhelming too. My December calendar is filled with multiple ministry events, church services, holiday parties, gift exchanges, school activities for my daughter, and we are hosting Christmas dinner. Whew! I’m tired just thinking about it. LOL.

Sound familiar? During this time of the year, are you feeling overwhelmed with all that “needs” to get done?

God doesn’t want us to simply endure Christmas but enjoythewonder of Christ’s birth and this sacred season.

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Here are three ways to help you avoid burnout and enjoy the Christmas season more:

  1. Scale Down Your Schedule

I know, right? You’re probably thinking, this isn’t possible. If you are like me, you probably don’t want to miss out on anything and don’t have it in you to decline an invitation. Newsflash: You can’t be everywhere, and some events/festivities you will have to let go. Scaling down your schedule will help to minimize stress and give you the energy you need to be more fully present for the events and meaningful memories with those who are closest to you. For the things you do say yes to, you will not feel as rushed and your spirit can be more settled because you are more focused. Today, I invite you to scale down your schedule to make room for meaningful memories, decreased anxiety, and a greater enjoyment of the Christmas season.

2. Ask for Help

During this busy season, I invite you to ask for help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but an act of wisdom. God has placed different people in your life to support you. If you are hosting family dinner, have a potluck style and ask your guests to each bring a dish to help you lighten the load. When putting up the Christmas tree or decorations, make it a family affair, or ask a friend to stop by and help. Asking for help not only lightens your load, but it helps you to strengthen important relationships and form community. ASK FOR HELP. You’ll be so glad you did!

3. Leave Perfectionism at the Door

In order to enjoy the Christmas season more, I encourage you to leave perfectionism at the door. If you don’t have the grandest Christmas light display, Christmas tree, or didn’t have time to send out Christmas cards, it is ok and give yourself permission to relax.

While we want to accomplish all the things, we often lose sight of what is most important: the gift of Christ’s birth, giving to those who are in need, and spending quality time with those who matter most.

God’s grace is sufficient and allow His grace to cover you and help you enjoy the greatest gifts of the Christmas season today.

Praying your Christmas season will be filled with less stress, lasting memories, and renewed gratefulness for the gift of Christ’s birth and this sacred season!

Reflection Question: How will you be intentional about enjoying this Christmas season more? Please leave in the comments.

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Prayers for A New School Year

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Dear God,

As we start a new school year, thank you for your peace that calms our anxieties.

Thank you for continuing to protect and strengthen all students, parents, educators, and support staff as this new school year begins and as it progresses.

We seek your wisdom, guidance and direction each day in matters big and small.

When we want to have all the answers and operate in our own control, may we surrender to Your perfect will.

Thank you for reminding us that you are with us during uncertain, challenging, and changing seasons.

May we place our faith in Your sovereignty, care and love for us as we start this new school year and beyond.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

Question: What prayers do you have for the new school year? Please share them in the comments so I can pray for you. Have a wonderful week!

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Chat with me on IG Live!

Hope your day is going well! Chat with me tomorrow Wednesday 7/28@12:30PM EST on my IG page @kirstynsmayden when I read an excerpt from my upcoming devotional, Merciful Moments!

I’ll also be chatting with my friend Quinnise Pettway about how to maintain joy!

Hope to see you there!

Blessings,

Kirstyn

Pre-Order my New Book!

If you haven’t already, I invite you to pre-order my first book Merciful Moments: A Devotional Journal for Moving Forward With Grace Each Day on Amazon.

It releases August 3rd.

Thanks for your prayers and support!

A Mother’s Day Poem: She Is Praised

Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her praise at the city gate. (Proverbs 31:31 NIV)

She wakes early before her household to start the day.

She loves, nurtures, and cares so deeply for those who are closest to her.

She stays up late just to have a “me” moment.

She is weary, but presses forward.

She smiles while also hurting.

She gives birth.

She is an empty nester.

She grieves the loss of her mother but finds the strength to live again.

She mourns the loss of a child.

She is pressed down, but not shaken.

She loves the Lord.

She is praised.

God loves her just the way she is.

She is enough.

On this Mother’s Day Weekend, I invite you to celebrate whatever season of motherhood you are in. You are enough!

Jesus Paid it All Just for You

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 NIV

On this Good Friday, may we sit with the suffering and pain that our Lord endured for you and I. The nails in His hands and feet. The mockery. The betrayal. The bloody death.

Jesus paid it all just for you and me.

As we journey to the Resurrection, may we sit with the suffering that God endured.

Thank you Jesus, for paying it all for us.

A Prayer for When You Feel Overwhelmed

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – I Peter 5:7 NIV

As you move forward this week, I wanted to share a prayer of encouragement if you are feeling overwhelmed, burdened, or needing a reminder that God is with and for you.

Dear God,

Thank you for your great love and care for me.

In seasons where I feel overwhelmed or burdened with the weight of the world or life’s responsibilities, thank you for reminding me that you are for me.

Thank you for your strength that sustains me when I feel overwhelmed, burdened and not wanting to press forward.

Thank you for allowing me to cast all of my anxieties, fears, dreams, and joys in your loving and capable hands.

Thank you for leading and guiding me and giving me the courage to move forward with boldness.

Remind me that I am not alone and that you are with me, and you have provided a community of support to encourage, uplift and assist me.

Grant me the courage and Your wisdom to reach out to those in my life to ask for assistance.

Thank you for encouraging me when I am down, and your word that reassures me that you have provided me with everything that I need to accomplish your purposes.

Thank you for each new day and your brand new mercies that allow me to start anew with clarity, courage, and peace.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

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