Guest Post: A Very Present Help

Valerie from Atlanta Mom of Three is so kind to share this guest post with us today! Her welcoming and friendly personality are a blessing to me and so is her writing. She is an encouragement to moms and beyond, so make sure to visit her wonderful site and say hello. Thank you Valerie for this uplifting message!!


A Very Present Help
I have a little page-a-day calendar on my refrigerator. There is a verse for every day during the work week, and then weekend days share a verse. I have loved having it in my kitchen for these last eight months! Each morning (mid-morning, usually – a girl has to have her coffee first!) I read the verse and I ponder it, even if only for a few minutes. Sometimes, though, when it’s a verse I’ve known for most of my life, I (unintentionally) overlook it. I don’t mean to, but I do.

On August 8th, however, I read the day’s verse and new meaning shone through an “old” verse right away. It read –

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

I’ve heard those words – known those words – for many years. They’ve been a source of encouragement to me in the past, but that morning the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to one word, in particular, that changed (or, enhanced) the verse for me. ~ PRESENT ~

Why would He single out this one word? Because it means something really important!

  1.  being, existing, or occurring at this time or now; current
  2.  at this time; at hand; immediate

Okay, think of all the sources of help that you can. If you had an emergency or problem, where would you find help? Persons that come to my mind are police, fire fighters, doctors, family members, friends, and others who care about my well-being.

Now, think about how quickly that help arrives when you need it. Are any of them PRESENT with you? All the time? No! But that’s okay because GOD IS!! Think of the awesomeness of that! He is a very present help in trouble. He is always, ALWAYS there!

If you’re one of His children, you don’t ever have to feel alone. Whether you’re having a good day or a challenging one, He’s there. He is PRESENT.

♥ ♥ ♥

littleValerie blogs over at Atlanta Mom of Three. She loves sharing encouraging posts for other wives and mothers, writing mostly about marriage, pregnancy, and motherhood. She also shares posts about her faith as the Lord leads her.

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Organizing Baby Clothing and Beyond {Free Label Templates!}


Little ones grow quickly and go through clothing even quicker. It seems like just yesterday my son was wearing 6-month clothing and now he’s already in 4T clothing—the time really does go quick! I’ve tried to keep his clothes semi-organized over the past few years as he’s outgrown clothes and moved up to the next size. Since we hope to grow our family, I’m storing them in case we might need them for future use.

They system I had going for storing my son’s clothes wasn’t working too well for me (a.k.a. piling them up in old diaper boxes)—so I decided it was time for a change. I switched over to large plastic tubs and did a more thorough job of organizing his clothing by size. To complete the project I made some corresponding labels. I made firetruck labels since I have a little boy and I decided to make a girl version too since I was in label-making mode. That way I have them in case I need them someday and I also wanted to share them here, knowing that many of you have little girls :).

clothing stacked

The plastic tubs make it easy to access the clothes because all you have to do is open the lid and pull out what you need. I’ve found that the labels stick better to some containers than others. They stick well to the clear plastic containers in the above picture.


Beyond just clothing…these tubs are also a great way to store other baby gear like blankets, burp cloths, bedding, and so on.

If you’re looking for a convenient way to store clothes for future use or if you’re looking for an organized way to pass along clothing to someone else—I hope you find these ideas and labels helpful!


The labels go up to 4T clothing and there are 2 different sets:

Firetrucks for Boys


Butterflies for Girls

You will need white shipping labels for printing. The labels I used were 3 1/3 x 4 inches and came 6 per sheet. Avery makes them but I used the slightly cheaper Office Max version. They are in Word Document form so that you can change the wording if needed. 



Boy Labels 0-12 months

Boy Labels 2T and Beyond

Boy Labels Blank

Girl Labels 0-12 months

Girl Labels 2T and Beyond

Girl Labels Blank


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Servanthood in Motherhood

flower-8539_640Motherhood. I breath it in and out every single day.

My sweet boy has forever changed my life and deepened my perspective about the things that matter most. I adore him with every ounce of life in me.

Motherhood: A journey that has challenged me in new ways.

Sleepless nights, less time for things like exercise, interesting grocery shopping adventures, never-ending laundry piles, and a need to warm up my morning coffee about five times before actually finishing the last sip.

Motherhood: A journey that fills my heart with indescribable joy.

Cuddling with the sweetest little boy several times a day, hearing the cutest little phrases come out of the cutest little 3-year old mouth, witnessing the proud look on my little one’s face when he learns something new, and experiencing life through the eyes of a child.

Motherhood has the power to refine us so that something beautiful deep within us can be reveled.


Changing dirty diapers, cleaning up food-painted walls, being spit up on 10 times a day, and surviving off of little sleep might not seem like glamorous work. But when we give of ourselves for the sake of our children, we are doing some of the most important work that we will ever do—work that has the power to develop within us a selfless spirit. And while no one might notice our acts of service, we can rest assured that there is One who always does.

In a self-serving world it can be difficult to keep a clear perspective as mamas—but a servant heart is greatly valued in the Eyes of our Maker. And if He values it, we should too.

Every mama needs a guilt-free break ever so often. Time to re-charge, unwind, re-focus, and do something non-mommyish. Yet we’re always on mama duty. We’re always thinking about our kids and talking about them when we are away from them. We’re always moms.

Motherhood has the power to bring joy to the depths of our souls in a way that nothing else in this world can.

Our children have a way of captivating our hearts and filling us with joy. Even though our days might be inter-weaved with challenges, the gift of motherhood echos around us. And it doesn’t take much—a hug or kiss from our child, a peaceful stroll around the block together, hearing an unprompted I love you, enjoying an ice cream date, and the list could go on and on…

There’s something joyful about knowing that our kiss has a magical way to heal ouchies, that our chest is a comforting place for our little ones to rest their heads, and that our voice of assurance is a soothing sound to our children.

Motherhood may be messy sometimes, but there is joy around every corner. Something to be relished and remembered. Something to be learned. Something to be embraced. And something to remind us that we are daughters of  God—a God who desires to bring us closer to Him through our multifaceted stroller-pushing, diaper-changing journeys.

After all, HE knows a little something about servanthood. He knows what it means to be selfless in the purest form.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. ~Mark 10:45 (NIV)

God sent His one and only Son to earth for us. Jesus, fully man and fully God, served us with His very last breath as He hung on the Cross and died for our sins. The sinless, spotless Lamb took our place so that we can experience the beauty of having a relationship with Him in this moment and into eternity.

Let us remember His example as we face and embrace motherhood. While we might get to see some of the fruit of our work in this life, we will probably see so much more of it when we meet our selfless Savior face to face in Eternity.

Selfless love has a way of coming full circle. The more we give away, the more our hearts overflow with joy. There is an eternal purpose behind every act of love. 

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people. ~Ephesians 6:7 (NLT)



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