I’m so glad you are here! My desire is to equip you with the resources, tools and encouragement you need to learn God’s Word and apply it to your life so you can teach the Word to your children in a way that has a lasting impact! I want to help you turn good ideas into good practices so that you feel confident, by the grace of God, in carrying out the many vocations you have been called to as a Christian woman.

I’m Jenn, the writer and owner of The Purposeful Mom. I am a daughter of Jesus, a wife to a wonderful husband and mom to four sweet kids. We live in South Dakota, where my husband serves a church in the largest city in our state.

I never anticipated being the wife of a pastor but I have been blessed tremendously by our church family and ministry, our home and our four children (ages 11, 9, 6 and 3)! My main “career” is staying home with our kids but I also enjoy blogging (of course!) and managing the website and some of the marketing for our kids’ Christian school.

Why “The Purposeful Mom”?

God created us for good reason and so I want to live each day with that in mind! You may notice my tagline is “living with purpose, walking by grace, one day at a time”. The grace of God is the only thing that gets us through life and is what enables us to live intentionally during each day that is put in front of us.

My blog started in late 2011 as a place for me to share what the Lord was teaching me through time in His Word. That was all I did for quite some time.

After praying over my blog, I felt led to make it a part of my daily life as a way to share how our family is learning to live with purpose in all areas of our lives: the spiritual, the emotional, the financial and the practical.

As the years have gone on and time has brought changes in my life, the topics here at The Purposeful Mom have changed a bit too!

But what hasn’t changed is what I’m here to do. Teach you to trust in the grace of God and embrace life purposefully, without the pressure to be perfect, so you can see God in the everyday and live out your calling with confidence.

What you’ll find here are practical and simple encouragements and tools for your faith life and for your children’s faith, like these:

I am FAR from perfect and God is teaching me daily to rely on Him for strength, wisdom and patience in these endeavors!

Some days my writing is practical, other times contemplative and occasionally I make at attempt at wit. But on all these days, I’m just me! A deeply flawed woman saved by the grace of God.

What can I do to help encourage you? You can contact me at thepurposefulmom {at} live {dot} com.

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Blessings,

Jenn

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17 Comments on Welcome to The Purposeful Mom!

  1. I am also a Mommy-Blogger. I read and liked your article 8 Tips For Getting Your Kids to do Chores (Without Complaining) I would like to make mention of it on my blog if that would be alright with you with a link to your article. Please let me know what you think. I can be reached by email at h@beyondthesippycup.com.

    Thank you

    • Hi there! You can certainly link to my post! Let me know what post you share it in and I’ll come take a look! Thank you for doing that and for reading my blog :)

  2. I’ve been a perpetual lurker, and just read your about page. I found it so funny that my little girl was also born in July of 2008 and she also came out SCREAMING. I find it interesting that they sound so similar. Maybe there’s something to horoscopes after all! :) Thanks for your beautiful blog!

  3. Hi Jenn, I was just net surfing for bible versus n randomly came to your blog. I must say it’s not the 1st time I kinda” stumbled” here and got some relevant word for my season. And this time, I’ve subscribed! ;)

    Thank u for sharing all that u r sharing and being such an inspiration!

    Love,
    Reader from tiny island Singapore

    • Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Melissa! It’s amazing how people can find common ground all around the world through the Word of God. Thanks for being here!

  4. I liked your article on The Simplest Method for doing Devotions with young children. I’ve been looking for inspiration and loved your idea of Psalms or Proverbs! We have been reading through the Jesus Storybook Bible where we read and “act out” the stories with my little 3 year old. He has fun imagining the stories and especially acting them out. Then for Christmas I tried to be intentional and relate Christmas with the Christmas story. I’m not quite sure he was as excited about that for some reason but he really, really loved lighting candles each morning (1 candle the first week of Advent, then 2 the second week, etc. and 5 on Christmas). Now that Christmas has calmed down I had just been looking for what to do next, giving a break to our Jesus Storybook Bible after finishing the “Old Testament” storied (1x/week through 2016). The one idea I had found for devotions was to do a “Scavenger Hunt” where we looked around for things God made compared to what people made through God’s gifts. I think our Scavenger Hunt will just be a continuous activity whenever we see something or have a little break (Ex. 10 mins before we have to pack into the car, waiting in line, etc.). That was an idea I found from https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/spiritual-growth-for-kids We’re excited to try new ideas!

  5. Hello Jenn,
    I am new to the entire world of religion. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a part of my life growing up, so I don’t have the background that most adults in the church communities have, which is really intimidating! I’m not sure how to start. I’ve read the post about reading the bible for new believers and it was incredibly helpful, but I’m wondering if you have any advice for actually trying to integrate myself into a church community without fear of not being taken seriously? Maybe this is just me overthinking it, but I find myself getting anxious about it. I feel like I need to start with the 4 year olds in Sunday school.. I should also add that I’ve recently moved to a new city and don’t really know anyone in the area, so its been tough to find support with this, unfortunately.

    • Hello Alyx. I know you aren’t asking me for advice, but I noticed that Jenn hasn’t seen your question just yet. I felt led to share with you that I have been there and done that! I did grow up knowing about Jesus and God but I was never trained in a spiritual home. Being blessed to be from Southern Mississippi, Jesus isn’t questioned by many, his name and Christians have always been around. We are without much excuses down here to not have a relationship with him . None the less growing up in a home where he wasn’t made “LORD over our home and our lives “ wasn’t beneficial at all. We didn’t go to church, we didn’t have Bible study. My family only claimed to know Jesus. I they were just missing the relationship with Jesus. I always knew God was there with me throughout a very crazy childhood(I.e. I have 4 earthly dads , long crazy story but true. ) through my hard and unusual childhood I always would seem to feel him. But, it wasn’t until after my first child was born ,when I was 21 years old that I began building a relationship with My Father in heaven. It hit me that God had given me the responsibility of getting son into heaven ( Training him up in the way he should go) 11 years and 2 more children later is where I am today and so not the person I was with Jesus back then either. My father has blessed me tremendously even tho I do not deserve anything. And there has been many times over the course of 11 years where my spirituality is not where it needs to be and , this is me getting to my point… every single time it gets out of whack is because I’m not in my word (Bible) like is should be. So you ask where to start, sister pick up that Bible and get to know him. pray to the Holy Spirit before reading it , this is my prayer before reading…. “Holy Spirit, open my eyes, my ears, my heart and my soul to what it is I need to read”
      Get to know God through his word and prayer and the rest of your church envolvement will fall into place. But definitely get into a church so you may be surrounded by spiritual mentors. God gives them to us to help us grow. The nervousness will subside as long as you don’t fall into the “excuses of not going routine” which all of us are tempted in this area from time to time but the temptation is much easier to fight when you are reading your Bible. It doesn’t come easy to get into a routine of reading it everyday, it’s a disciplined action that is vital to your walk with Jesus. And everyday, if you keep yourself disciplined ,when you pick it up it’s so hard to put it back down.

      Sorry for the lengthy reply. Stay strong in your walk.
      Love in Christ,
      Rebecca

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