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Abby McDonald
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When I'm not wrangling my two boys I blog at abby-mcdonald.com about finding the hope of Christ in a messy life.
When I'm not wrangling my two boys I blog at abby-mcdonald.com about finding the hope of Christ in a messy life.

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Recently, my family entered circumstances where the darkness was thick. I wasn’t just uncomfortable. I was on my knees in panic.

I wasn’t interested in seeing what God was trying to reveal to me through the pain or whether there was a reason for it. I wanted it to go away- period.

When I read the story of creation, I always find it interesting how God didn’t remove the darkness to create the light. Although he had the authority to do so, he didn’t expel it once and for all when he said, “Let there be light.”

No, he separated the two. It’s as though there was some plan, some purpose behind it.

Then, fast-forward a couple of thousand years and we meet Jesus- the One who calls himself The Light. He tells us in John that those who follow Him will never walk in darkness. (John 8:12)

And yet, he doesn’t banish the darkness either.
https://abby-mcdonald.com/2016/10/04/the-good-we-find-in-the-dark/
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Often when we grow tired of waiting, we are on the cusp of a breakthrough or a blessing that may look completely different than what we anticipated. Don’t give up. Keep pressing into your Savior.
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Are you tired of constantly comparing yourself to other women, moms, wives, etc.? How do we break the measuring stick once and for all? I found a great resource filled with biblical steps and would love to share it with you...

https://abby-mcdonald.com/2016/04/26/break-the-measuring-stick/
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"Overnight, I was suddenly a widow and single mom to seven kids. I was neck deep in pain and paperwork and the perplexity of helping my children navigate this tragedy.

I had a hundred worries in those first weeks. Would we be okay? How would my kids handle this? How was I going to single parent my boys just coming of age or help my teenage daughter through the loss of her dad? What about my 4- and 6-year-olds? What did my future hold?"

Blessed to have my friend +Lisa Appelo sharing her story on the blog.
https://abby-mcdonald.com/2016/04/21/how-god-uses-our-story/
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After spending the day touring various sites and snapping photos, we returned to the safe confines of our home. I pet the dogs and did laundry. And then I heard the news of a threat to D.C.

Immediately my thoughts became anxious again, until I remembered the map. I recalled our wandering and the need to find bearings.

I realized knowing our position made all the difference.

http://abby-mcdonald.com/2015/11/17/when-youre-afraid/

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One morning I sat in a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting indulging in a cream-filled donut and hoping to meet just one person. It was a year after our second cross-country move and community eluded me.

My ball cap covered my bed head but I knew it couldn’t cover the mixture of expectation and skepticism in my eyes.
http://abby-mcdonald.com/2015/09/08/save-a-life/
Our Words Can Save a Life
Our Words Can Save a Life
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When we bring our fears out into the open we have to encounter the worst one of them all. But when we do, there is so much grace.

http://abby-mcdonald.com/2015/09/01/let-go-of-fear/

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One evening as I minced garlic and boiled pasta for dinner I thought, “God, am I really making a difference?” I longed to see tangible results, but in ministry and the tedious days of raising children some of our greatest impacts go unseen.

We pour love and life into others and hope it will produce fruit, but the real Life-Giver is not of this world.

Still, I needed a sign. I yearned for a little slice of encouragement.

I nearly missed it when it came.
http://abby-mcdonald.com/2015/08/25/unexpected-purpose/
#makeadifference   #community   #impact  
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So often in life, I am like my son. The drawers are projects, service opportunities and responsibilities, and often I have several pulled out at the same time. My balance gets awry and I need to lighten the load, but instead I take on more.
http://abby-mcdonald.com/2015/08/20/who-to-please/ #FindingBalance  #SpiritualGrowth

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I’ll never forget the sound. It was hundreds of pounds of files and metal crashing down on my three-year-old son but to me it sounded like one thing: disaster. #FindingBalance   #spiritualgrowth   #ChristianLiving  

The impact was followed by the shrill scream of my child. In complete panic I ran from my parents’ kitchen to see him lying there with the filing cabinet on top of him.
http://abby-mcdonald.com/2015/08/20/who-to-please/
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