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You are about to embark on an exciting journey, one that I’m praying is an encouragement to your heart, a source of wisdom in your life, and a game-changer in your relationship with the Lord. I pray that as you go through this course, your eyes are opened to the Lord’s presence all around you and that you are fueled with passion and joy in your everyday motherhood!

Listen, I know what it’s like to struggle to connect with God. I know how discouraging it can be when quiet times are far from quiet, when routines are thrown out the window, and when it feels like theres no time to just be. I know how distant God can seem in those moments, like maybe motherhood is just too demanding or limiting for him to really speak to you or move in your life.

But my friend, the Lord is not limited by the constraints of motherhood. I want you to know he is always pursuing you and is able to meet you where you’re at. As you care for your little ones, he is able to care for your soul. And I am so excited for how he is going to care for your soul through this course!

If you have any questions or just want to chat, please don’t hesitate to reach out on Instagram or email me at jessie@soulcareforthenewmom.com. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

XOXO, Jessie

 
 
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In Video One, we cover…

  • who I am and what has led me (and you) here today (1:13)

  • the journey that has changed the way I view God, my relationship with God, and myself, as well as how I’ve been able to connect with God even through the busyness of motherhood (6:28)

  • the three things I am most excited for you to take away from this course (11:01)

  • the workbook that is included in this module — I highly recommend you print and fill it out as you go through this course to help you get the most out of each module! (12:48)

  • two main ways you can connect with me: Instagram and my Soul Care for the New Mom Facebook Group (13:28)

action steps:

 ✔ Print Your Workbook: even though it’s not required, I HIGHLY recommend using the workbook as you go through each module to ensure you get the most out of each lesson and are better equipped to apply what you’re learning!

 ✔ Reach Out: Have any questions or just looking for some extra support? Feel free to message me anytime or to check out the Soul Care for the New Mom Facebook Group

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In Video Two, we cover…

  • the importance and benefits of staying in the Word (0:31)

  • my personal struggle with staying in the Word when I became a mom and how my time in the Word was transformed (4:14)

  • misconceptions or lies relating to reading the Word and how to counter these with the truth (6:10)

  • blessings and gifts that we receive through reading the Word (9:26)

  • practical ways busy moms like you and I can get and stay rooted in the Word, starting with asking one simple question (12:18)

  • how to go from feeling enslaved to reading plans and study tools to being served well by reading plans and study tools (17:50)

  • examples of what serves me well in this season, including my favorite Bible reading apps (19:10)

  • the practice of memorizing Scripture (22:35)

  • my go-to books if you’re looking for ideas on where to start reading in your Bible or what to read next (24:08)

  • the worksheets included in this module (28:10)

    • Meditate on the Word: quick and easy template for Bible study

    • Must-Have Bible Apps: a list of my favorite apps to use when I am reading and studying the Word

    • Memory Verse Cards: printable cards that can be filled out with Scripture to help with memorization

action steps:

 ✔ Make your Bible Accessible: Download a Bible app on your phone and/or place your Bible(s) in strategic places around your house based on where and when it would be LEAST stressful and easiest for you to read your Bible

 ✔ Find What Serves You: Find Bible study apps, reading plans, commentaries, etc. that serve you well rather than rule over you

 ✔ Memorize Scripture: Consider writing verses on notecards (or the Memory Verse cards included in the module) and place these where you’ll see it often so you can work on memorizing them

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In Video Three, we cover…

  • the struggles I have encountered and the guilt I have felt in regards to my prayer life, as well as my journey of discovering the power of prayer through motherhood (0:53)

  • the three truths about prayer I most want you to walk in and what I hope you take away from this video (5:27)

  • what Scripture has to say about prayer being both a command and a gift and what this means for us today (6:29)

  • practical ways we can start weaving prayer into our daily rhythms and why we want to build strong, effective prayer habits (9:40)

  • how to maintain a passion for prayer and the difference between approaching prayer from a place of perfectionism and approaching prayer from a place of desire (13:37)

  • what it looks like to bring God our full hearts as we approach his throne in prayer (14:58)

  • asking God the hard questions and sitting in the tension of unanswered prayers (20:00)

  • the worksheets included in this module (25:35)

    • Approach the Throne prayer templates

    • Prayers for Your Marriage

    • Prayers for Your Children

    • Prayers Against the Enemy

    • Resources on Prayer

  • using prayer to fight back against the enemy (27:58)

action steps:

 ✔ Weave Prayer into Your Daily Rhythm: Look for everyday opportunities for prayer and build strong, effective prayer habits around them (ex. making use of car rides, designating activities around the house for praying on specific topics, routinely praying over family)

 ✔ Bring God Your Full Heart: Ask the hard questions, share openly and vulnerably what’s really on your mind, and don’t restrict yourself with legalism or perfectionism

 ✔ Fight Back: Identify and dispel the lies you’re being tempted to believe, boldly declare God’s promises and truths over yourself, and use prayer to command the enemy and his forces to flee

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In Video Four, we cover…

  • reasons for why I’ve struggled to see God’s presence and hear his voice in the past (1:41)

  • what Scripture has to say about the Holy Spirit, why we were given the Holy Spirit, and how God uses the Holy Spirit in our lives (3:21)

  • the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5 as it relates to how God speaks to us, leads us, and refines us (7:27)

  • things that may unintentionally “mute” the Spirit and keep us from discerning his leading (11:23)

  • my own personal wrestling with my understanding of the Spirit and whether God really does want to speak into my life (13:15)

  • encouragement for the mom who feels like she’s playing hide and seek with God (14:25)

  • the story behind how God led me by his Spirit to create Soul Care for the New Mom and why it’s important to follow his leading and promptings (17:09)

  • the worksheets included in this module (22:59)

    • Listen and Respond: a template for recording promptings from the Spirit

    • Media Detox Plan: a four-step strategy for detoxing from unhealthy media habits

Action steps:

 ✔ Examine the Heart: Consider the ways you are being tested, tempted, or stretched in this season and how these things may be growing fruit in you

 ✔ “Unmute” the Spirit: Pay attention to what may be hindering your ability to see the Spirit at work or hear God’s voice and leading (ex: busyness, media, materialism, sin, doubt, etc.)

 ✔ Lean into the Spirit’s Promptings: If you are hearing a still, small voice or feeling a tug in a certain direction, don’t ignore it. Investigate it. Pray on it. Ask for confirmation. Refer back to God’s Word. Seek wisdom from mentors.

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In Video Five, we cover…

  • what God’s Word says about worship and how it can be used as a powerful weapon in our lives (2:14)

  • how worship has personally revived my joy in motherhood (4:09)

  • times and places we can use worship to change the atmosphere in both our hearts and homes (6:27)

  • what it means to adopt a lifestyle of worship, gratitude, and surrender and how we can please God through these things today (8:04)

  • how staying on the altar is a choice we must make everyday (12:05)

  • the worksheets included in this module (13:30)

    • Gratitude List: a weekly gratitude list

    • Surrender Cards: printable cards to be filled out with what you are letting go of and surrendering to God

Action Steps:

 ✔ Change the Atmosphere: Consider using Pandora, Spotify, or a playlist to fill your home with worship, sing throughout the day or even over your children, and use worship as a means of retuning your heart to the Lord

 ✔ Think Beyond the Music: Make worship a part of your everyday lifestyle by honoring God through what you think, say, and do, as well as how you spend your time, energy, and money

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In Video Six, we cover…

  • what Scripture has to say about the importance of community (1:44)

  • the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy community (4:54)

  • examples of experiences with unhealthy communities and my journey of pursuing and finding healthy community after becoming a mom (8:42)

  • practical ideas for how you can begin to find and incorporate healthy community into your own life, even as a busy mom (18:17)

  • the reasons and excuses we sometimes use for why we don’t pursue or make time for community (23:18)

  • encouragement for the mom who’s already a part of a healthy, godly community (25:57)

  • the worksheets included in this module (29:09)

    • People to Pursue: a worksheet for brainstorming options for community

    • Accountability Questions: a list of questions to be used with a trusted friend for support, accountability, and growth

Action steps:

 ✔ Unpack the Baggage: Bring your hurts and wounds from past experiences with unhealthy communities to Jesus and allow him to begin to heal you

✔ Find a Bible Study: Consider your options for attending a Bible study or small group through your church (or maybe create your own!)

✔ Look Locally: Find sources of community within your city (ex. local Moms Clubs, book clubs, etc.)

✔ Reach Out: Don’t be afraid to make the first move! Consider who you can reach out to and how you can even incorporate community into activities you already do

✔ Find Accountability: If you are struggling with a sin in your life, don’t wait to seek out sources of godly, healthy accountability and support

✔ Be the Hands and Feet of Jesus: Use the opportunities you’re given to minister to the people in your life, as well as the broken and the lost

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IN VIDEO SEVEN, WE COVER…

  • the importance of taking time for reflection now that you’ve completed the course (0:49)

  • the story and truths I shared in the very first video and a revisit of the things I most want you to take away from this course (2:05)

  • how you and I can walk in FREEDOM and confidence in our pursuit of the Lord (5:09)

ACTION STEPS:

✔ Reflect and Remember: Take some time for reflection on what this course has meant to you. What has God been stirring in your heart? What have you been seeing in your home as a result? Feel free to use the reflection questions at the end of your workbook!

✔ Celebrate Your Freedom: Pursue God from a place of freedom and confidence, remembering that even when you feel limited, the possibilities for growing in your relationship with God are limit-LESS!