Saying Yes to “Ladies on Life”

Wow, five years ago Ladies on Life started and it seems like yesterday when I got a phone call from my dear friend Trish asking if I would join her on this journey. I thought to myself, “she has got to be kidding because I am not a writer.” I am just a farm girl from Iowa that can only write in farm terms and not on paper. But this farm girl prayed about it and said yes to be a writer for this online magazine called, “Ladies on Life.”

This farm girl said, “Yes” to God’s calling because I realized it wasn’t about me but all about HIM. God took me out of my comfort zone and guided me each step of the way. I gave many excuses to myself as to why I wouldn’t be cut out to be on this team but God redirected me and told me I was qualified. As I look back over the last five years, He has stretched me and strengthened me in my faith. God has given me a new identity through Ladies on Life. I’m not only a wife and a mom, but a woman of the Most High. I dove deeper into the word like never before and wanted to be a godly influence to the readers of Ladies on Life. You, Ladies on Life family and team have held me accountable to be all that GOD wants me to be.

My favorite highlights have been our Ladies on Life retreats where our team gets into comfys, relaxes, laughs and becomes transparent with each other. That is what our mission is: To Live, To Laugh, and To Love Out Loud. These are my sisters living life together and for a purpose. I love each lady, Bombi, Devon, Kenika and Trish. Ladies you are amazing and I am honored to be on the team with you. THANK YOU!!!

Then, our first ever conference last year fulfilled a dream of mine. I have desired to encourage woman and to speak into their lives. The conference was a chance to get up close and personal with ladies and to tell them how much God loves and desires them. This conference blew my expectations because God’s presence was so strong that nobody wanted to leave. By saying, “Yes” to the conference, God used our team to be a vessel for Him to reach and change lives. I know each person that attended was not the same when they left. GOD YOU ARE SOOO GOOD! THANK YOU FOR FIVE YEARS TO GIVE YOU GLORY THROUGH LADIES ON LIFE!

I pray that each person that reads our articles finds God’s love for them. We love you and desire for you to know HIM! WE THANK YOU for faithfully visiting our website and supporting this ministry. This site is only the beginning and God has a greater calling on Ladies on Life. Please stay with us on this journey; God is just getting started.

My deepest thank you and love,
Sonya

A Proverbs 31 Mother

“Her children stand and bless her” Proverbs 31:28. This verse is powerful because what mom wouldn’t want her children to bless her?  As we look deeper into Proverbs 31 there is a lot to be said about a mother and wife, but particularly the mother role influences the next generation through her children.  Our children are our ministries.  When I became a full-time stay at home mom, I learned how important our role is and even more so now as I have four little ones watching my every move.

Proverbs 31 describes characteristics of a godly mother. “She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.” (Verse 17) I love this passage about hard work because motherhood is a lot of energy and work. To be a godly parent takes hard work, consistency, and strength to stick up for godly principles and not to conform to this world.  Don’t compromise in this area of parenting because if you do you risk losing the blessings.

“She watches for bargains; her light burns late into the night.” (Verse 18) As I read that verse again I have to laugh because here I am typing this at eleven at night. Yes, I firmly know my candle burns late at night because that is when everyone is sleeping and I can get things done. Can I get a witness from any moms out there? Also, the other part of the verse is the bargain and yes I am a second hand shopper and love getting the deal. I think we as women are wired that way because if another woman gives us a compliment, we can’t just simply say “thank you,” we say how much we got that outfit on sale for.

The woman being described in Proverbs is in high regard and is on a level that we, as mothers, should strive for.  “She extends a helping hand to poor and opens her arm to the needy.” (Verse 20) This is one of the first characteristics we need to teach our children about serving others and realizing that it is not about us.  As a mom we learn that quickly in just our motherhood roles that you have to be selfless to be a mom. Take the time to find ways to serve and bless others and you will see the impact it makes on not only your family but your life as well.

As a mother our role is to be the backbone and glue that holds our family together.  Because we are the eyes of our household as verse 27 states, “She carefully watches all that goes on in her household.”  Our household is our safe haven and it is our job to watch what goes on in our family. We want to be women who fear the Lord in every role we have especially as a mom. “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last, but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised,” verse 30 explains.  At the end of the day I want to hear the blessings from my children and the praise from my heavenly father saying a job well done. GOD is sooo good and He can be sooo good to you by teaching you to be a Ruby Mother.