Your Surroundings Apr 01, 2022

Motherhood isn't doing the laundry. It isn't washing the dishes or changing a diaper or going to the park.

Yet so often we confuse menial chores with our high calling. 

Tasks surround everyone’s day.

Yet a Doctor saves lives — doesn’t wash hands, fill out paperwork, give...

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Biggest Takeaways From Interviewing Eric Ludy about Ministry, Work, and Family Life Mar 22, 2022

The Gospel of Jesus Christ and my family. That's what I want people to see me get most excited about when they are talking to me.

That is definitely what I saw in Eric Ludy when I interviewed him last week. And this left a strong impression on me. After writing 27 books, discipling thousands of...

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Real Fruit Mar 05, 2022

It’s easy to see joy on my parents' faces and the rich fruit of their labor. But so often, I want the reward without the effort.

The harvest, without the years of sowing, tilling, and back-breaking sweat. The fear of wondering if I'm doing enough. The seasons of stunted plants I've prayed...

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What I Don't Need Feb 16, 2022

We take one scroll down social media, and memes read, “moms need our wine.”

We take one trip to Walmart and a shirt will shout, “I haven’t had my coffee yet!”

We walk into one grocery store and the marketing whispers, “you can’t get by without...

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Do something for someone else Feb 01, 2022

When did it become noble to say, “I’m doing it for me?”

When did it become wrong to do something for someone else - to do something for no other reason, than that it brings someone you love joy?

“I’m doing it for myself. I’m doing it because it makes me feel...

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What I Listen To Jan 24, 2022

I listen to advice, but I don’t listen to foreboding doom.

I listen to women sharing how to avoid my children coming between me and my marriage. I don’t listen to negative voices saying, “it will never be the same.”

I listen to child training perspectives. I don’t...

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What He Has Done Jan 18, 2022

I don’t want my parenting to twist morality with complete surrender.

 

To raise my children to believe if they turn the other cheek and go the extra mile or link any number of proverbial truths they will somehow earn forgiveness and approval.

 

It’s a gift.

 

I...

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Happy New Year 2022 Jan 11, 2022

Hello! It’s 2022 and my name is Elisha Peter Voetberg. (Just figured we should start with the facts.) You are all probably much more familiar and acquainted with my beautiful wife, Katie Joy seeing that she has been the prominent face and voice on this platform over the last five years.

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We.Are.Blessed. Dec 23, 2021

When we degrade Motherhood to being a “job” we limit it to being a binding chore. One we show up to every day because we have to.

 

One that will never quite make sense because while we render it synonymous with a profession, we don’t get benefits or pay.

 

When we try...

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A love that is new Dec 16, 2021

Today love is two pull-ups and two diapers at bedtime. Love is late nights and early mornings. Love is taking it one day at a time. Love is crying for no reason and being held. Love is holding hands in the dark without words, just thoughts.

 

Some days love is a romantic dinner. Love is a...

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More…More… Dec 08, 2021

More work, more money. Maybe One day they’ll know that’s what people do on Monday.

 

More trips, more toys. Maybe one day they’ll know how much they bring me joy.

 

More study, more books. Maybe one day they’ll know this is how my love looks.

 

Brush them...

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Why Christian Families Are Failing Dec 07, 2021

Wow! I honestly don't know what I expected, but I do know that whatever expectations I had for this interview, they were massively exceeded. I love it when I have a complete paradigm shift in how I think about areas of my life that are important to me. Family is near and dear to my heart and...

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