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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Jenn

Blogger/ Author at The Purposeful Mom
Hi, I'm Jenn! I'm an "unstuffy" pastor's wife and mom to four amazing and active children. 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. Read more on my about page!

16 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.

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