Amanda Dodson
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Amanda is a freelance writer who lives in the small town of Walnut Cove, NC. She and her husband are raising three children ages twelve, ten and two. By day she teaches them Math and English and how much fun it is to write (they often disagree). But her passion...

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  1. Yes! I struggled with for so many years after leaving my career behind and became a mom. I quit when I was pregnant and when my daughter was born, I never went back. I knew I was supposed to be at home with her, but that realization did not make it easy. It took many years for me to be comfortable with my new skin, the mommy skin. I blended with the walls, avoided events. I had nothing to offer, I was just a mom. I know different now, I am significant, I am me, in Him. I do slip and sometimes it takes awhile to stand up. This post, perfect timing! As His timing always is, thank you for sharing!

  2. So needed to hear this. Your words put in perfect perspective many Mom’s and women’s thoughts and fears of insignificance. Than comes the answer. To God, each of our roles is important and so needed for His kingdom and as His beloved children. So important is our role to shape these tiny minds and hearts and get them ready for God’s family.

  3. Just what I needed to hear. I have been struggling with having to go to work just 3 short months after having my baby. Granted its only part time, but I hate having to leave her for just that little bit. I work out of need not want and my heart is breaking because of it.

  4. Such a wonderful gift you have for writing. You captivate people and bring them into your world, by your vivid descriptions of your thoughts. Thanks for making others feel significant by reminding us of Whose we are, and the unique individual He created us to be. You have discovered the wonderful gift that God has given you, and you’re using it for His glory to bless others. Thank You!

  5. Thanks, this brought tears to my eyes. Even though my children are grown or nearly-grown, I sometimes feel that I’m giving and giving and getting burnt out and I still wonder, “Have I done anything significant in my life? I’m getting weary…” But then I see my three children – two of them taller than I am now- and my heart bursts with pride and my smile fills with joy and I think yes, I’ve done something of significance. God has given me three individuals to mother and care for and raise (along with my husband) and I am so proud of who they are and who they are becoming. It’s then that I reailze the powerful influence I have been priveleged to have as a mom, and that other moms have too. It’s not measured in a paycheck, vacation days or promotions, but it’s the best job on earth.

  6. Amen! I’m always seeking validation, too, in the wrong places when I am valid in Christ. Because of Him I can raise my hand and step to the front no matter what others think of me.

  7. So true! I think our culture encourages us to take so much identity from jobs and there is not enough emphasis on where character and worth really come from.

  8. Just reading the incourage tweet about “wishing you were more than your diaper bag” made me tear up, and I knew this post would bring tears, somehow.

    Almost two years into this stay-at-home-mom thing, I still struggle with the feelings of insignificance that come along with that. They are entirely self-inspired, I know.

    Thank you for your thoughts and story.


  9. Like another commenter said, I struggle with what defines success. Sometimes my days here at home seem so very unsuccessful. Thank you for the reminder!

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