Author: Amanda Foust

Purpose Is Within You

When I was a little girl, I would watch with awe-struck eyes at the people before me who seemed to fit perfectly into the skin of their calling. I was told countless stories of these divine meetings where people were “told” what their purpose was in life and then how all the doors opened for them shortly after the call. While still young, I would wake up each day wondering if today my purpose would be defined. Would I hear a whisper? Would someone introduce me to exactly what my future would hold because they saw something in me...

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Breaking Points

Breaking points. We all have them, and mine was last week. My husband and I celebrated our five year anniversary on a trip to the Bahamas without our kids the week before. While there, I was able to gain a fresh perspective toward being a mother to my two littles while working as a freelance writer/editor from my home. What was a stressful situation prior to our vacation seemed totally doable when I was able to get away and see my circumstances in a new light. But less than two days back to the real world, I lost it....

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When I Put Growth On Hold

I often reminisce about my carefree childhood. A wardrobe of princess dresses and tennis shoes proved that trends were never considered. The food I ate consisted of PB&J with a corndog on the side and never required the counting of calories. How I spent my time wasn’t about getting to the next level but centered around activities like being outdoors, writing stories, spending time with family, and singing loud enough for the world to hear. I was accepted. I was fulfilled. I was enough. I’m not sure when doubt outweighed those truths. But when adulthood welcomed me, it rejected...

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Loneliness in Motherhood

As a new mom, I have learned how to sing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” a hundred times in a row with the same intense enthusiasm. I can balance nursing with one arm and putting a child on the potty with the other. And I know how to pretend those peas I am feeding my son do, in fact, taste better than they look. I’ve also learned loneliness on a level I haven’t experienced before. It was a week ago today that I remember being out with the littles. I noticed that among the disciplining, comforting, and my constant watchful eye,...

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The Often Forgotten Commandment: Rest

One of the many things I admire about watching my children grow is their ability to live in the moment. My daughter tip-toe walks at a slow pace looking at the sights with her chocolate drop eyes. She keeps her ears open to the sounds around her noticing each and every detail of her senses. More times than not, she stops to pick up a leaf off the ground or wrinkles up her nose to smell the flowers on the side of the walk. She doesn’t know where we are going and doesn’t have to! She simply enjoys the...

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