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{Week 11} 1 John 5:13-21 & a Sally Clarkson Conference Ticket Giveaway!

This GIVEAWAY is now closed!

I adore Sally Clarkson so when she invited me to speak at her upcoming Mom Heart Conferences, I was beyond honored and excited. This coming February I will be speaking at Sally’s Mom Heart Conferences in both Irvine, Ca and Dallas/Fort Worth, TX!!! If you live in either of those areas, I’d LOVE to meet you!

This year at the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX conference Courtney (from WomenLivingWell.org) and I will be speaking together! Our dear friend, Ruth from The Better Mom, will be speaking at the Colorado conference. If you live near any of Sally’s 3 Mom Heart Conferences I highly encourage you to go! You won’t be disappointed!!! I went last year to the DFW conference with Courtney and LOVED it! God has gifted Sally to speak right into our hearts as moms and encourage us as we intentionally raise the next generation.

Sally is offering one Good Morning Girl reader a free Mom Heart Conference ticket to either the California location or the Texas location. The winner will be chosen randomly from my comments section Sunday, December 4th.

How Do I Enter?

Leave a comment sharing one struggle your Mom Heart is facing.

For Bonus Entries:

Facebook, Tweet, Google+, Pinterest or blog about this giveaway including a link back to this post.  Then leave a comment below letting me know what you did.

Looking so forward to meeting some of you this coming February!  For more information about the conference click here.


For those of you who would like further study into these verses, I’ve provided a few resources below for you to use to help you dig a little deeper this week. Enjoy!

1. John MacArthur

a. 1 John 5:13 Christian Certainties Pt 1

b. 1 John 5:14-17 Christian Certainties Pt 2

c. 1 John 5:18-21 Christian Certainties Pt 3

2. John Piper

a. 1 John 5:14-17 Our Father Hears Us!

b. 1 John 5:18-21 Little Children, Keep Yourselves from Idols

Praying for all of you as you spend time in God’s Word!!!

Love God Greatly!

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  1. Cindy Fulbright says:

    One of my biggest struggles as a mom is desiring to have my kids hearts, but the everyday tasks seem to be overwhelming so often that I become weary, therefore I am not slowing down enough to spend one on one time with each of my children. My time with them is going so quickly. I want to be able to slow down and cultivate love, grace and joy in our home. I love to go to one of Sally’s conferences! Thank you Angela!

  2. One of the biggest struggles of this mom heart is the ‘breaking point’. When I’m tired, they’re tired; it all falls apart. To have patience and grace in that moment is difficult. I would love to attend this conference. Thanks Angela!

  3. Cindy Fulbright says:

    Bonus entry….posted on Facebook page and pintrest. :)

  4. My biggest struggle as a mom is prioritizing my time. I homeschool one child and one attends a private school. Either one area shines and another gets neglected. How do I even it out?

    Thanks Angela for this giveaway. Sally has such wise wisdome to share with us all.


  5. The struggle I have is the balancing of it all. The days where we have good heart training it seems like everything else slips away. I have been following Sally for awhile and would love to hear her speak in person. Thanks for the opportunity!

  6. I want my children to grow up being followers of Jesus Christ, not always easy when I feel like I am the only one leading as my husband is not very supportive in this area. Loving the giveaway, thank you!!

  7. As a mom of two little ones, I struggle to be firm with boundaries at times. I’m still figuring out what our rules are for our kids and sometimes they vary. I want to encourage their little hearts to obey out of love, not out of fear of consequences all the time. Need wisdom from seasoned mothers… and I know I will find that encouragment at this conference!

  8. The biggest struggle I have with my children is consistently “walking the talk”. I so believe that a good example is better caught than taught with words. I didn’t grow up in a Christian family, and too often I fall back into sinful old habits of child discipline. Sally is a fantastic role model, and I would love to personally hear her words of wisdom.

  9. I also shared this link on Facebook and tagged a few friends who may want to attend the conference. Thank you for the opportunity to encourage mommas to become better mommas! We all need a little help.

  10. Where my struggle lies is feeling so overwhelmed that I am many times not enjoying myself, and have been resentful at times. I know God is changing me and I realize how blessed I really am, but when those days come around where I am feeling stretched too thin, I have to admit it takes its toll on me and I become pretty hard to be around (Mrs. MOODY shows up) sticks around and doesn’t want to leave then guilt sinks in. My poor children have to put up with me, and they feel they are to blame when they are not, then when it hits me I feel bad and start to worry what kind of impact am I leaving on them. Wondering amd I really a good Mom, wife, anything? But I know God is working on me, He’s equipping me through His word, and He’s using vessels like your ministries to show me these things.

  11. just one area??? really i think it comes down to my selfishness and overflows into everything :(

  12. i shared on face book :)

  13. Posted link and comment on facebook

  14. I think I am too lenient with my daughter and need guidance on how to discipline lovingly.

  15. Rachel Priest says:

    I struggle with not giving the kids my full attention.

  16. The biggest area of struggle my Mom Heart is facing is with discontent/envy. (with loneliness being a close second).
    Trying to stay focused on God and His priorities for my life as a Mom seeking to raise her kids for Christ.
    Ashamedly, I must admit that I fall into the trap of seeing other Christian moms who blog, write books, speak to women’s groups, lead conferences, etc. (even just being CONNECTED to other moms) and here I am, literally spending up to 4 hours a day in my car, sitting in car lines at school, shopping, running errands, taking one child to dance or the other to basketball.
    VERY hard for me some days to feel I am having much impact for Christ at all in this world :(
    Sorry to be such a downer, just being honest about where my heart is right now.

  17. I also tweeted about the ticket giveaway!
    -Amy Hale

  18. I just began working about 3 months ago. It has been 3 years since I have had to work full time. And I am having a hard time with mothering right now. I am struggling in many areas, and many times I give up. Because I am too tired to deal because I’ve had a streesfull day! Please help!! :)

  19. I desperately want to go to the Dallas conference!! One of my biggest struggles as a mom, especially during this Christmas season, is slowing down. With 2 toddlers and one on the way, I find myself so hurried and harried to get things done that I forget to stop and truly appreciate my children – my gifts from God. It’s too easy to shuttle them around from errand to errand to accomplish “my” to do list. But that’s not what my ministry is – my babies are. And now that there is such an amazing story to tell with Christmas/Jesus’ birthday right around the corner, I definitely want to slow down more so that we can all learn to appreciate and love this time of year – to truly give thanks to our Heavenly Father for sending is one and only Son!

  20. One of my biggest struggles as a mom is having hope and trusting God for the life, future and well being for my son with some special needs. I am doing all I can and trusting the the Lord for the rest. I know He has a plan but at times I am filled with fear.

  21. The problem my ‘mom heart’ is struggling with the most is deciding whether or not I’m being called to continue being a SAHM and homeschooling my little ones as they are getting closer to preschool age, or if God has plans for me outside of my home too. I’m feeling really lost as to what my calling is, and that incorporating God/the bible/prayer into motherhood is a new concept to me as I’m a first generation christian/mother. I’m hoping this weekend could help bring perspective and encouragement to my weary heart.

  22. I shared this on FB!

  23. I pinned this on pinterest!

  24. One of my biggest struggles right now is self-control. This time of year gets busy… homeschooling, holidays, family, friends, chores… I find myself snapping at my precious daughters instead of showing them a kind, patient, loving mommy.

  25. One of my biggest struggles right now is selfishness. Sally’s book “The mission of motherhood” has really changed my perspective on many aspects of motherhood. It was absolutely encouraging and I have told all my friends about it. But yet, I still struggle with the selfishness. It is hard to find time to do anything that I want to do.

  26. Actually CORRECTION: My biggest struggle is the same as Chelsea F’s. I am a SAHM and so SUPER THANKFUL that God has blessed me with this opportunity. But like Chelsea I struggle with deciding what to do as my children are reaching pre-school age.

  27. My biggest struggle in being a mom is putting forth the time and energy to be proactive in the training of my children. I tend to “put out fires” all day, rather than prevent fires. Sometimes I’m not even sure the best way to get started on this. My childhood was unstructured and chaotic, and I know I want different for my kids.

  28. I pinned on pinterest

  29. Cassidy Feliciano says:

    My biggest struggle is getting so caught up in the everyday things, laundry, homeschool, bills, cleaning, food prep,sibling squables, ect. That I forget to seek God in the moments I most need to. I miss Him and my boys hearts.

  30. Brynn Rogers says:

    My biggest struggle is having the discipline to stick to my priorities…time with the Lord every morning, exercise, school schedule, routines, etc… I start with great heart and then lose focus.

  31. Cassidy Feliciano says:

    I posted to facebook :)

  32. My struggle is not feeling guilt at the end of the day that I wasn’t more patient and sweet to my boys. I also struggle that I am not doing enough. I’m tired of guilt. God Bless you!

  33. I too struggle with the daily tasks of homeschooling, housekeeping, husband loving, and discipling my kids. Sometimes I wonder if I’m making any headway at all, or if we really are better off than if we’d just put the kids on the school bus everyday. Then there’s the pressure of feeling like my children should be better behaved than other kids, and feeling the failure when they just aren’t.

  34. Okay, I just posted a link to this giveaway on Facebook!

  35. I’m struggling with patience and perseverence. With a new baby and three precious older ones, I’m finding myself tired and impatient…

  36. Hi! As a Mom, I have struggled with so many different things, but right now just patience in discipline and guidance without getting angry at my daughter. I love her so much and just want to have grace and love her during the meltdowns and other difficult times when she is displaying her strong will. Give me strength Lord to love her as you do…just as she is.

  37. I just mentioned this conference on my blog post today!!! Thank you ladies!

  38. I want to go so badly!!! I hope I win! My biggest struggle is in the day in and day out… I get discouraged and my heart wants to check out. It is a fight to be wholehearted… and one I intend to win with God’s help : )

  39. I facebooked your post : )

  40. I always struggle with contentment, I want to love what God does but it’s so hard to keep my heart focused on Him.

  41. One of my mom heart issues is dealing with my kids in a gentle, patient manner. In my overwhelmed state my tone needs improvement. How can I teach my kids His ways when I struggle day in and day out.

  42. I’m struggling with putting first things first. God so easily slips out of my center, and when I’m off-kilter I am less patient, loving and organized. I would love to hear Sally and other women offer insights and encouragement!

  43. My biggest struggle is daily remembering that the gospel changes everything!!! Remembering that because of Christ, I CAN die to myself. I CAN make a difference, I CAN leave a legacy for Him if I abide in Him.
    I hope to meet you in California. =)

  44. My greatest struggle as a mom is feeling guilt. Their is always something I could have done differently, better, faster, more gently…the list could go on for days.

  45. I’m struggling with having patience with my sweet little ones now. I think it is because I am feeling stressed/overwhelmed with things to do for Christmas and am praying that I focus on Jesus rather than my “to do” list!

  46. I struggle with keeping my attitude and perspective in place consistently!

  47. Christina Dion says:

    My greatest struggle… is constant, as I try to live out my faith for my two little girls to see, as we struggle together to cope with my husband leaving us. We have so many emotional issues/pain, and while trying to homeschool, and still keep the house running (insert all domesticated activities), the car running, and us running, I find myself at the end of the day looking to God asking why I didn’t do a better job of sharing my faith with them. Or how to do it differently the next day.
    Living out my faith, while living in crises, and still fighting the sinful nature’s impatience, inconsistencies, bad attitudes, and selfishness, while seeking to leave a godly heritage with my children seems impossible… but, with GOD all things are possible. I end my day with hope again, that tomorrow’s mercies are already pouring out upon me.

  48. The biggest mom heart struggle I’m having is navigating the relationship between myself and my step-daughter. So much has happened in the past 2 years that I want to reach out, hold her and draw her close to our family and yet with every effort she pushes me away. The distance in this relationship is heartbreaking and one that I pray through time and God’s hands, will heal and develop into something very precious & special.

  49. My latest struggle, or ongoing one, is just to love my children more. I really desire to dicipline/instruct them out of love, not anger. It would be great to grow in this area. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  50. Brynn Rogers says:

    I struggle with staying the course and being disciplined to spend time with God every day and stick to my priorities.

  51. I struggle with how to help my children sometimes; its hard to help when I can’t relate or when they don’t want to tell me whats wrong or listen to what I have to say.

  52. I struggle with how to relate to my girls and help them as they go through things. They don’t want to talk to me about it sometimes and when they do they don’t want to listen to what I have to say and that just leaves me hurt and frusturated.

  53. I linked this to Facebook

  54. With a deployed husband, parenting is just challenging. It keeps me praying!

  55. Martha Huber says:

    I would love to attend! I even have a place to stay! I am currently struggling with laziness…just can’t seem to get myself motivated and out of bed in the morning.

  56. Martha Huber says:

    I did share about the giveaway on Facebook.

  57. One of the things I struggle with is energy. My health sometimes just zaps me and I feel that I rob time and energy from my daughter as a result.

  58. One%20of%20the%20things%20I%20struggle%20with%20is%20energy.%20%20My%20health%20sometimes%20just%20zaps%20me%20and%20I%20feel%20that%20I%20rob%20time%20and%20energy%20from%20my%20daughter%20as%20a%20result.

  59. Sorry. Don’t know why my last post is full of %20!!!

  60. I blogged!

  61. I FB’d!

  62. I tweeted!

  63. My biggest struggle has recently been my 6 year old daughter’s attitude. She has been disrespectful to me and my husband repeatedly for the last 2 weeks and we are banging our heads against the wall trying to figure out how to get her heart to change.

  64. My momma <3 struggles with anger. I want to live in Love, gentleness, patience with my kids. We have a song we now sing. "I'M just gonna take a minute & let it ride. I'm just gonna take a minute to let me breathe." God has so much grace for me & my beautiful family. Glory to Him!

  65. My biggest struggle is seeing them through His eyes and not get stressed about all the stuff that needs to be done!

  66. Suzanne Lair says:

    One of my mom heart struggles is patience. I have two little girls and a newborn boy and everyone seems to need me at exactly the same time. Lots of tears and emotions all around!

  67. Right now, it’s a battle of the wills with my almost 2 year old. I struggle with having patience with him and being diligent in proper discipline.

  68. My biggest struggle as a Mom is to love my kids unconditionally. I pray every morning that I will be able to fully love my children, and yet my days still get stressed and I turn into mean Mommy.

  69. My mom heart faces many struggles but I will only share one; feeling like a failure.

  70. Right now one of my biggest struggles is setting things aside so that I can give my kiddie the attnetion they deserve. They want to share their latest great idea, but I am just thinking of what mus the done next! Yikes, sounds even worse in print. I am looking forward to the Momheart conference an depraving that He will help me lay down my agenda for His.

    Thank you for the chance to win a ticket.

    Blessings for all you do,


  71. I apologize for all the typos!


  72. Janine Sabin says:

    My struggle with fatigue/depression since becoming a mom has been a blessing because it has helped me let go of some of my “performance” anxiety and be more compassionate and authentic; helping to foster a deeper sensiblility about what matters to God that I never would have known. Yet it remains hard for me to be STILL in the midst of the chaos and not DO/EARN my worth. I am fearfully and wonderfully made (in Him)- Psalm 139

  73. One of my struggles lately is keeping my patience and not yelling at my girls. I just hate it when I do this and always feel horrible afterwards!

  74. Keeping my patience and not yelling when things get overwhelming!

  75. Serving my children selflessly. Making them my heart’s priority and making them feel that they are priorities.

  76. On my facebook!

  77. My struggle is with feeling like my own “needs” are more important then my childrens’ needs. I need to die to my flesh more often. I would love to go to one of Sally’s conferences.

  78. Bonus – I posted on Facebook as well.

  79. One of my biggest struggles for my Mom Heart is remembering to be patient and not fly off the handle with my kids! They are so young and I expect so much from them, which they probably aren’t really capable of. I need to remember that they are human too and need compassion before they need a crazy, angry mother!

  80. Posted to facebook!

  81. Oh how I would love to come to a Mom Heart conference! Right now I am really struggling to let the Spirit take over my whole life at home: i grumble against mundane, repetitive tasks or when my children ask me for something JUST as I’m about to sit down to eat. I don’t hold back my feelings, I just let them show. I really want to keep those to myself and be more of a servant mother. I am praying for a change of heart.

  82. I struggle with staying calm in the middle of our storms!

  83. My struggle is having patience at the end of the day when I’m exhausted.

  84. Reading through Sally’s book Ministry of Motherhood right now and really asking God to increase my Grace for myself and my children. Makes me so thankful that my heavenly father is so gracious. Continuing to go to His Word to be reminded. Thanks for your encouragement to get in the word on Wednesday’s. Nice to feel a kindred spirit fellowship over cyberspace. Hope to get to see you at Sally’s conference this year!

  85. Kimberly McCuistion says:

    I struggle with being 100% there for my kids…I get lost in looking for that perfect craft, or perfect idea, or perfect tradition and if I’m not careful the day disappears and I’m still looking and didn’t get in precious time with them. If I am too absorbed in looking for the perfect activity, I will miss out on quality time with them.

  86. Kimberly McCuistion says:

    i linked this page to my fb :)

  87. Juana Guzman says:

    My biggest struggle is trying to be the best mom I can be. I fall short, as I try to lead a good christian life. Unfortunately, I lash out using words that later I regret. I would love a chance to win tickets that will show me how Gods words will strengthen my relationship with my kids. 10-Q you for always thinking of us :)

  88. Juana Guzman says:

    Shared on Facebook :)

  89. My biggest struggle is determining when my training crosses over into criticism. I don’t want to teach my children that doing a bad job is acceptable, but I also don’t want them to feel like they never measure up.

  90. My biggest struggle is spending time in the word and in prayer. I makes the biggest difference in my day and how I respond and spend time with my children.

  91. I loved Sally’s blog recently about spiritually and mentally clothing and preparing myself to be full of fruits of the Spirit. My struggle is to maintain peace when there are petty fights between my kids, or to be kind when there is rancor or disorder around me. I am learning to say “yet” after negative phrases. I am not patient when my daughter whines “yet”. I know my hope and strength is in Jesus who is not finished with me yet. I am not creative with our bible lesson yet. I am not a mom who tenderly serves tea, cookies, listens to the heart needs of my kids yet. My unwavering hope is in the Lord who daily works out my salvation and gently nudges me to let the little children come. I have 4 children under 6 and I no longer say motherhood is a sacrifice but the highest calling the Lord has given me. Society tells us to shrink back at this calling and I haven’t overcome that struggle yet. I often find myself agreeing with women who repeatedly say they don’t know how I can homeschool my kids and have 4 of them. Instead I must remind them of our calling and reward. We are blessed to have the priviledge of being a mother and leading our little ones to Christ.
    Every Blessing,

  92. I Shared this letter on facebook!

  93. Just finished IJohn 18-21. It really makes me think about how easy it is to let idols into our lives. God is so goo to me.

  94. ashley hoffman says:

    The spirit of this age (as John Elredege calls it) crowding out, choking out precious time with my daughter. The pace of the world is crazy and add to that social media etc and the chaotic busyness that most Christians just go right along and it creates such loneliness in our children and ourselves. To me, it snuffs out real heart relationships and true connection. Thank you for the opportunity to enter for a ticket.

  95. My biggest struggle is being present with my girls and giving them my undivided attention without thinking of the million things that need to get done. Thank you for the opportunity!

  96. crystal johnson says:

    I am moving back to southern california in feb and I would love to go to this conference!I don’t know that I will be able to buy a ticket (moving expenses)


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