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In this 31-day devotional, author Nicole Barnett shares her adventures of life with young children. Lessons and insights abound, showing how God can reveal Himself through "mommy-moments."

Each devotion includes a:

  • Life-as-a-Mom story that connects to God’s Word.
  • Think it Through reflection that connects to your life.
  • Make it Personal prayer/journal prompt that connects you to God’s heart.

Enjoy lighthearted tales of mommy-hood while connecting with God, one day at a time.

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Mixing toddlers with family devotions sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Yet adding a pinch of sheer will, a dash of determination, and a heaping tablespoon of humor can result in some sweet family memories. Our daughters were around ages six, four, and two when my husband began sharing short Bible stories and lessons with us as a family. These few minutes sometimes ranged from being an exercise in frustration to outright amusing, but we earned an “A” for effort.

I especially remember one devotional time when our girls were a little older, ages eight, six, and four. They listened attentively as their dad shared about spiritual adoption. In fact, they were quite curious about this notion of being adopted into the family of God by accepting Christ into their hearts. As the girls asked probing questions as only little kids can, they seemed to be catching on to the concept of God graciously adopting us as His children…or so I thought.

Just a few minutes after the lesson, I tried to get my two younger daughters to say the word adoption. None of my subtle hints were leading them to state the right answer.

Exasperated, I pleaded, “Think! What do you call it when a husband and wife take in a child who wasn’t born to them, but they raise the child like it was theirs all along?”

Six-year-old Naomi contemplated my question for a few seconds, then emphatically answered: “Kidnapping!

Okay . . . so that wasn’t the word I was going for, but I could certainly appreciate her perspective.

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Even though we are indeed lovingly adopted by our Heavenly Father, don’t we sometimes behave more like we’ve been kidnapped by God? Instead of appreciating all the provision and kindness from our Father, we complain about what is or isn’t happening in our lives. Or we spend most of our prayer time asking God to meet our needs and desires, and very little time thanking Him just for who He is. 

God has graciously adopted us into His family. Yet we sometimes run away from home in rebellion and disobedience. Or we struggle against God as if we’re being held against our wills by a kidnapper. 

I confess, it’s challenging to keep a grateful attitude consistently. Selfishness and entitlement creep in out of nowhere. Our problems, needs, and desires are real, and they can easily consume us. But if we re-focus our hearts on the amazing gift we have in the God of the universe choosing to become our Father, ungratefulness begins to fade away.

Do you usually have the perspective of a grateful adopted child who has a loving Heavenly Father? Or would you more likely be described as a complaining child of the King? Let’s commit to a heart of gratitude each day for the blessing of simply being adopted into the family of God.

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"God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure."

~ Ephesians 1:5 (NLT) ~

"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds."

~ Psalm 9:1 (NIV) ~

Think it Through: What specific challenge or trial are you facing right now? Determine how you can have a grateful attitude in your circumstance, simply because you are a child of the King.

Make it Personal: God, thank You for adopting me into Your family. Keep me mindful of all I have to be grateful for, no matter what challenges I face. Today, I am grateful for (pray/journal): _________________

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Nicole fully embraces her calling to encourage moms of young children. She enjoys inspiring moms and affirming the value of motherhood.

As a postpartum depression survivor and clinical social worker by training, Nicole engages in maternal mental health advocacy, education, and support. She has shared her story through a variety of media outlets, including Oprah, ABC News Now, and The Washington Post.

Nicole has completed certificate training for treating maternal mental health conditions through Postpartum Support International (PSI)Her personal story is featured in PSI's education and training DVD Healthy Mom, Happy Family.

A proud wife and mom of the three, Nicole resides with her family in Maryland. She enjoys adventures of family life, serving in ministry, and long conversations with good friends.

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Learn more about Nicole’s postpartum story.

Invite Nicole to share with:

  • moms groups & expecting parents
  • maternity care providers & mental health specialists
  • those who care about new moms & dads and their families

I never expected to face the challenge of postpartum depression. But it was indeed part of my mommy-journey, as it is for 1 in 7 new mothers. Postpartum depression (PPD) tried to steal my joy of motherhood, but I fought back. And I won.

I won by getting the treatment I needed and embracing everyday mommy-moments with my children. God had a purpose for my PPD experience. Now nothing inspires me more than encouraging moms and educating others about PPD and other maternal mental health conditions. 

Watch my story below, and contact me to share with:

  • moms groups & expecting parents
  • maternity care & mental health providers
  • those who care about new moms & dads and their families

As a PPD survivor with clinical training in maternal mental health from Postpartum Support International (PSI), I bring a unique perspective to sharing with others.

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Video by Courtney Jacobs

Every mom has mommy-moments . . . those everyday exchanges with your children that somehow become memorable.
Memorable because your child said or did something that brought you tears of laughter . . . or ultimate embarrassment.
Goofy, silly moments . . . or precious, poignant moments.
Moments you wish could last forever, or pray will never happen again!

I share several mommy-moments in my 31-day devotional Out of the Mouths of Babes. I'd love to hear your mommy-moments and share some of your stories in my upcoming blog!

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Moms, we can’t do it alone. We need each other and a supportive village. We also need some supernatural help for above on this motherhood journey.

Walking with Jesus keeps first things first. You are a first a daughter of the King. And you are precious to Him simply for being His creation.

So what are some key steps to journey with Him on the rough and tumble road of mommy-hood?

  • Become His daughter. That’s right, open your heart to Jesus by asking him to come into your life. Read Romans 10:9-13. If you desire to accept Christ and your Lord and Savior, ask Him in a simple prayer

  • Spend time daily with our Heavenly Father by simply talking to Him (prayer) and absorbing His love letter to you (the Bible). Start with 5-10 minutes a day in Psalms or Proverbs. Try the Seasons Quiz at to help start your journey.

  • Connect with the community of a local or online church. Choose a church with Bible-based teaching. The purpose is for you to grow

  • Connect with other moms who are doing this mommy-thing with Jesus. You can support each other!

  • Ask a woman of God you have observed and admire to be your mom-mentor. Choose a mom who is five years or so ahead of where you are in your current season of motherhood.

  • Replenish your spirit with resources (books, blogs) that affirm your value as a mother. One of my favorite books is A Mom After God’s Own Heart.

  • Embrace your “mommy-moments”---the good, the bad, and everything in between. God has a purpose for every part of your journey, and He is with you every step of the way.
Nicole would love to hear from you! Share your mommy-moment, request a speaking engagement, or share your experience with reading her devotional "Out of the Mouths of Babes." 

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