Hey There!

Hey There!

Hello friends! It has been a moment!

My last blog post was about three months ago, and I have enjoyed stepping away and refocusing my mind and my heart. But I do have to say . . . I miss this community! I miss writing. But I don’t miss Instagram – at least not yet anyway 😉 I think Instagram, from a blogging perspective, was the most intimidating for me. I felt this pressure to write the right thing, to use the right hashtags, to find the right picture, to post enough . . . it was overwhelming and left me feeling tired and inadequate and frustrated.

So I am back to writing but on my own terms – after all, it is my blog 😉 I know the downfall of blogging and not sharing it on social, but I am ok with that. I like to write, and I love that I have this community of dedicated readers who will hang around with or without social media. So thank you! Thank you for hanging with me through the many changes of life and through all of my feelings and emotions, sharing blog posts and taking sabaticals. I really appreciate you more than you know.

I will continue to post Christian-focused posts as well as all the other lifestyle things, like homeschool updates and a few other things here and there. But I want to hear from you – what are YOU interested in reading? Share below and I will add it to the list!

Again, thank you for hanging with me through all of the ups and downs and life changes!

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One Final Word . . . 

One Final Word . . . 

This past week I fought the flu, and my body wasn’t pleased. While lying in bed, one has much time to think and reflect. And a thought kept occurring to me as I lay listening to my boys play. 

I don’t want to miss it. 

I don’t want to mess this up. 

I don’t want to look back when I am 80 and think about all the should-haves.

Social media has many benefits, but for myself, I have noticed a significant drawback: time.

Blogging, posting, podcasting, and the like take time. I have pulled back from social media many times and have yet to regret that time away. 

Over the years I feel that society has put pressure on women that being a mom is not enough. We must hustle. We must work. We must do something other than just being a mom. But being a mom is the biggest, most important job God has given us. We are physically imprinting and raising the next generation. When I look around at the world now, I think we are seeing the effects of the lack of parenting has had. The negative impact of both parents working full-time, putting off raising kids onto nannies, teachers, daycares, schools and babysitters, the lack of stability and good Christian foundations . . . we are seeing it now. And I don’t want to be a part of it. I want to return to June Cleaver’s time and be that housewife caring for my family. Go back to basics and be one hundred percent present in all aspects of my children’s lives. Cook and bake. Homeschool. Read the Bible together. Not concerned about what to post or how many people ‘liked’ an image or seeing what someone else is doing. 

My direct influence is here in my house. With my kids and my husband. I kept telling myself that I am sharing the Gospel so that is ok to post and stay on social. But I must pay attention to this nudge that it is time to step away. Maybe permanently? I am not sure, but I am sure that I get one shot at being a mother and raising Christian men who respect their future wives and know how to be great fathers. Who will go into the world strong and resilient against temptations and know the Truth. This world is so corrupt and the messages being funneled into our brains and feeds are primarily lies. We are being misled little by little, desensitized more and more. When I am 80, I am not going to look back at my social media and think, well done! But what I will look back on is my time with my kids and my role as their mother. I want to see my boys fully grown with wives and children of their own and know that I did the best I could and raised them entirely focused on them and God. 

I am personally reclaiming my role as a housewife and stay-at-home mom fully and proudly. And to say that most women cannot do that, I think, is a lie we tell ourselves. We just can’t homeschool because it is hard or our kids are challenging. We can’t afford to lose a paycheck. Yet we spend gobs of money on preschool, dining out and coffees, on homes that are out of our budgets, on décor and parties that are only temporary. 

We get one chance. 

Our kids are worth our time. They DESERVE our time and full attention. They deserve a mom who cooks meals for them and reads to them. They are not burdens we are to put off on someone else and just hope they turn out okay. It is our responsibility. God has given us these children. Let us reclaim motherhood and all that it entails. Step back to the 50s role of the housewife and abandon these feminist ideals that we must do it all. That we can have it all. That we can work and raise kids and do it both equally well. WE CANNOT. One will always get out of balance. And where will the pendulum swing? 

I don’t share all of this to make any mom or woman feel bad, but I do hope it sparks a thought. An evaluation. Why are we so busy? Why are we striving so hard for things that are not of great importance? Is it for wealth? For stature? For recognition? What is the driving force behind what we do? I have done it many times and found myself in the wrong place. And thus, why I am back to this same thought of it is enough. It is time to stop trying to busy myself and hustle because I have put this pressure on myself. No one else has but only myself. I have told myself that being a mom is not enough. I must do something else – sell this or that, write this or publish that, blog about this or podcast that. Work or do something more. 

But enough is enough.

I would love to say that this is the last blog post that I write or that my book was the one and only, but I can’t say that or promise that. But I will say that currently, in this stage of my life, my role as a mother is the most significant and heftiest role that I have, and I will do it thoroughly and entirely with no more interruptions. No more social media to distract me. No more things of this world to compete for my attention. For now, I am done.

I pray that wherever you are today, in whatever role you face, you acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and turn to Him. Because He is all that we need. 

Blessings to you all,

Lauren


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Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade

I am sure by now you have seen it all across social media and the news that a draft written by Associate Justice Samuel Alito was leaked to the press indicating the US Supreme Court’s majority would overturn abortion and thus abortions would fall at the state and local levels.

If it is overturned – this is just one step, but the battle has just begun.

Instead of defending my stance for these babies and berating you with information you have heard before, I will use Scripture.

God’s Word is Law and Truth. The living God speaks through His Word and His Word is accurate. Let me remind you:

"You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it."
Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT)

So what does God’s Word – the Law and Truth – say about children, abortion, murder, selfishness, and forgiveness – because friends, if you have had an abortion, you are forgiven when you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you confess your sins and turn to Him, He will forgive you. You are never too far gone for God. By God’s grace, there is forgiveness, healing, and hope available to you through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.

But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
- 1 John 1:9 (NLT)

In 2 Chronicles, verse 3, we read that Ahaz did not do what was pleasing in the sight of the Lord and cast metal images for the worship of Baal and sacrificed his own sons in the fire. Imagine the monstrous evil of a religion that offers young children as sacrifices! But even today this practice has not been abated. The sacrifice of children to the harsh gods of convenience, economy, selfishness, and whim continues in sterile medical facilities in numbers that would astound the wicked Ahaz. If we are to allow children to come to Christ, we must first allow them into the world.


"Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the LORD your God and to keep His commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in His ways . . . "
- Deuteronomy 30:15-16 (NLT)

God has called us to keep His commands and His laws are not hidden from us. They are written out very clearly for us. Obeying them is reasonable, sensible, and beneficial.


What sorrow for those who say
    that evil is good and good is evil,
that dark is light and light is dark,
    that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
- Isaiah 5:20 (NLT)

When people see no distinction between good and evil, destruction soon follows. It is easy for people to say, “No one can decide for anyone else what is really right or wrong.” They may think getting drunk can’t hurt them, extramarital sex isn’t really wrong, “it is my right”, or money doesn’t control them. But when they make excuses for their actions, they break down the distinction between right and wrong. If people do not take God’s Word, the Bible, as their standard, soon all moral choices become fuzzy. Without God, they are headed for a breakdown and much suffering.


Children are a gift from the LORD;
    they are a reward from Him.
Children born to a young man
    are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!
    He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.
- Psalm 127: 3-5 (NLT)

The Bible calls children “a gift from the LORD,” a reward. Those who view children as a distraction or nuisance should instead see them, as an opportunity to shape the future. We dare not treat children as an inconvenience when God values them so highly.


Then He put a little child among them. Taking the child in His arms, He said to them, 37 “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on My behalf welcomes Me, and anyone who welcomes Me welcomes not only Me but also My Father who sent Me.”
- Mark 9:36-37 (NLT)

Jesus taught the disciples to welcome children – which was a new approach during this time when society minimalized children and treated them as second-class citizens. Sadly, we still see this today. It is important to not only treat children well but also teach them about Jesus.


You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
    as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in Your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.
- Psalm 139:13-16 (NLT)

We should have as much respect for ourselves, and our children/babies, as our Maker has for us.

How joyful are those who fear the LORD —
    all who follow His ways!
You will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
    How joyful and prosperous you will be!
Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine,
    flourishing within your home.
Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees
    as they sit around your table.
That is the LORD's blessing
    for those who fear Him.
May the LORD continually bless you from Zion.
    May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live.
May you live to enjoy your grandchildren.
    May Israel have peace!
- Psalm 128:1-6 (NLT)
Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
- Proverbs 1:7 (NLT)

And I will require the blood of anyone who takes another person’s life. If a wild animal kills a person, it must die. And anyone who murders a fellow human must die. If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in His own image.
- Genesis 9:5-6 (NLT)

Here God explains why murder is so wrong: To kill a person is to kill one made in God’s image. Because all human beings – even babies in and out of the womb – are made in God’s image, all people possess the qualities that distinguish them from animals and should be treated more highly because we are made in His image. God wants us to recognize His image in all His people – including babies.


So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent His own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
- Romans 8:1-4

Thank God! He has declared us free from our sins!

This life-giving Spirit is the Holy Spirit, who was present at the creation of the world and He is the power behind the rebirth of every Christian. He gives us the power we need to live the Christian life.


I have so much more to say on this topic, but I am going to shelf it for now. I pray that if you haven’t accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, you repent of your sins and turn to Him. By His grace, we are forgiven. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus and not by our own efforts or works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Grace alone by faith alone.

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Be God’s Person – Not You be You

Be God’s Person – Not You be You

While reading 2 Kings 17, I was reminded of God’s powerful wrath and multiple warnings to the Israelites. The Lord judged the people of Isreal because they had copied the evil customs of the world and followed their own desires instead of worshiping the one true God.

Recently I have been inundated with messages about false prophets and have been paying close attention to people I follow on social media that are your “big” Christians if you will. I am not going to call anyone out, but I have personally noticed some of these people that I use to admire recently sounding as if they are more concerned with prosperity and self rather than the true Gospel.

Reminder: those that create their own religion tend to live selfishly.

As Isreal learned, to live for oneself brings serious consequences from God.

You can die to self or die for yourself. Die to self means that you take up your cross and proclaim the Good News of Christ, no matter what. Or you can die for yourself – which will end in eternal death.

Determine to be God’s person and do what He says regardless of the cost! What God thinks of you is infinitely more important than what others think of you. Don’t worry about what others may think – I know, easier said than done. But by reading God’s Word and spending time with my Father, I have learned over time that no one’s opinion of me matters more than that of my Father. By not caring about others’ opinions about you, you can turn away from the customs of the world much more easily.

And so, dear brothers and sisters,I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
- Romans 12:1-2

Here, Paul warns Christians not to copy the customs and behaviors of the world that are usually selfish and corrupt. But our refusal to conform must go deeper than that. “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think” – only when the Holy Spirit renews, reeducates and redirects our mind are we truly transformed. It is easier as Christians to just avoid worldly customs, but we can still be proud, arrogant, covetous, selfish, stubborn, envious. We have to give these selfish behaviors to God and nail them to the cross – die to self, raise up our cross, and be set apart from the world that values pride, lust and worldly success.

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
- 1 John 2:15-17

What God thinks of you is infinitely more important than what others think of you.

Don’t be “you” – be God’s person.

Be set apart from the world.


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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 30 with Scharlee Glenn | Living Eternally

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 30 with Scharlee Glenn | Living Eternally

A few weeks ago, I was asked on my friends’ podcast to chat about my book, Mercy in the Mess, and when I was chatting with Emily about the next topic for the podcast, living eternally, she immediately told me that I needed to chat with her mom, Scharlee. And boy was she right! Scharlee is so wise and I loved my conversation with her about living eternally. I know you will, too. 

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 29 | Love Like No Other – An Excerpt from Mercy in the Mess

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 29 | Love Like No Other – An Excerpt from Mercy in the Mess

Today I am excited to read a small excerpt from my book, Mercy in the Mess, regarding love. The topic this month is love – and if you missed the last episode regarding loving difficult people, please go take a listen here

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 25 | Contentment

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 23 with Liz Bornstein

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 23 is Liz Bornstein. Liz is the owner of Fridgefull Thinking, a personal chef service in the North Texas area. She helps so many people and families by creating and crafting delicious meals for families, accommodating all sorts of health issues, allergies and restrictions.
Liz shares why she started Fridgefull Thinking, as well as her own battle with health issues, trauma, and her healing journey. Much like myself, Liz is an enneagram two and an empath and we bonded over many similarities! Her story is encouraging, insightful, and I learned so much!

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 28 with Kim Lukas | Loving Difficult People

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 28 with Kim Lukas | Loving Difficult People

I am excited to welcome back Kim Lukas today as we chat about loving difficult people. We had such a great conversation and we. went. there. I hope that this conversation blesses you today!

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My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 22 is Jenn Smith. Jenn preaches to my soul on this episode and I know she will reach you wherever you are in your walk with the Lord. There are so many nuggets of wisdom that Jenn shares with me and you all – I literally can’t even say enough about this episode. This episode is so encouraging and uplifting. Grab your coffee and lean in to our conversation.

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 27 with Alexcia Griffin | Content in Christ

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 27 with Alexcia Griffin | Content in Christ

I am excited to welcome back Alexcia Griffin today as we chat about finding contentment in Christ. I loved this conversation and I hope you do, too.

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My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 18 is Alexcia Griffin. Alexcia recently moved to Texas, joined our Life Group at church, and we instantly connected!
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The Go & Tell Podcast is all about sharing testimonies but this episode is a little different. Hebrews 11, otherwise known as the ‘Hall of Faith,’ has been weighing on my heart and mind and I just felt like I needed to share the testimonies of these ‘hall of faithers’ stories, confirming the fact that God chose seemingly unlikely people to further His Kingdom, who were called to obey and be faithful with what God commanded.

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 16 with Alisa Hauser

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 16 is Alisa Hauser. I found Alisa through a mom’s blog where she shared a very eye-opening article with four tips about finances from a widows perspective. Alisa’s husband tragically passed away when her babies were little and through her own experiences, she encourages other women to know where and how the finances are kept.

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 26 with Lisa Hernandez

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 26 with Lisa Hernandez

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 26 is Lisa Hernandez. We recorded this episode a few months ago but our conversation is still so relevant! Lisa shares some wonderful insight and wisdom. You are going to love this conversation!!

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 25 | Contentment

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