A Mother's Hope

Hope for the Mom Fighting Battles

“I’ve learned that there are no limits to what praying in agreement can do.” Whoa, what a powerful truth! Stacy welcomes Stephanie McDermott to the podcast as we continue our Moms in the Bible series. Stephanie is the Moms in Prayer Florida State Coordinator and International Leadership Developer for Bhutan, India, Singapore and Sri Lanka. She is here to share on Deborah from the book of Judges. You won’t want to miss a moment of this powerful encouragement to keep on fighting the good fight through prayer because we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

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a mother's prayer in the BibleSCRIPTURES: (NIV)

Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. Judges 4:4-5

As for God, his way is perfect. The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. 2 Samuel 22:31

But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Nehemiah 9:17b

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:21

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

About our Guest:

Stephanie McDermott, Moms in Prayer International Florida State CoordinatorStephanie McDermott has been with Moms in Prayer for more than 16 years and has lived in five countries spanning the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific, and India, where she served as a Moms in Prayer leader. She trained many moms in the Four Steps of Prayer who continue to lead groups in their countries. Now back in the USA, Stephanie is the Florida State Coordinator and also an International Leadership Developer for Bhutan, India, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Stephanie is married to William and a mom of two third-culture kids.

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  1. I am encouraged listening to you Stephanie. Prayer is the only solution of our situation. I have two young girls. Both are different in nature.God gives me wisdom how to handle them. God bless the work of your hands dear Stephanie.

  2. I just had the joy of listening to your podcast with Stacy. What a blessing! Thanks so much for delivering this very needed message of hope and power! Thanks for being vulnerable and sharing your need to continue to trust God in the not yet answered prayers in your kids’ lives. I know I needed that message and I believe a multitude of other women to as well.

    Thanks for encouraging so many!

  3. Hey, dear sister. What a message! Thank you for reminding us to wait PATIENTLY for God to work His plan in His time to answer our prayers.
    Praying fervently for The Shepherd to bring our lost sheep home. Thanking Him in advance for the day we will celebrate victory.

  4. Thank you! I love the inspiration and positivity of this message when there are still prayers to be answered, you come away after listening, knowing our God is working and He is able!

  5. This was such an empowering podcast, Stephanie. I needed to hear this and went back to “Gods word spoken in Judges. I’ve been under spiritual battle of not being enough to do God’s work- and I’m not in my own flesh- but As I continue to rely on Holy Spirit and ALLOW God to equip me, as you shared , Stephanie, God will accomplish his work. I loved when you said if God showed us the entire path, we would say, “no thankyou!” That is so me!! Thank you for being a wonderful, gracious leader and prayer warrior! I’m so blessed to be on your team, Stephanie!

    1. Tina, thank you for listening and letting me know that God is working to move you to higher ground, even if it is step by step. You are an intricate part of the Leadership team and I say “we are what we, are by His Grace alone!” Shalom

  6. Wow… What a great message! Stephanie, you are such an encouragement and I see so much of Deborah in you. Thank you for this awesome lesson. ✝️

    1. Freyda,
      What an impressive compliment but you know Holy Spirit is waiting to ignite a Deborah in us all~
      we all can be courageous, stand true in faith and be OBEDIENT !
      What you feel, when God is asking you to do may be terrifying, but if He is telling you to go somewhere or do something – Go!
      He always has a plan that we can’t fathom. Hearts and lives will be touched and your own life could be richly blessed by your obedience. Shalom

  7. Thank you for such a wonderful message of encouragement!! God is good and faithful! May He continue to bless all Moms in Prayer!

    1. Dear Laurie,
      I agree with you, God is good and He is truly Faithful to those who hope in the Lord! He does
      renew our strength.

    1. Rinju,
      Blessings to you as you gained spiritual insight and support; always be encouraged when you pass through the waters; He is always with us.

  8. Thanks Stephanie for this word of encouragement from Judges and for taking me through Deborah’s life today. Its such an encouragement and just what I needed today. God bless your humility as you speak about your own life. Love you and your honesty. You are such a beautiful creation of our Father’s. I thank Him for you. May He continue to bless the works of your hands.

    ‘Mom heart’ – loved it. Thank you!!!!!!!!

    1. Merrill,
      How precious are you Merrill, a mother to many!
      May God continue to go before you and be with you! Stand firm in all the upcoming days, weeks years. Let nothing move you.
      Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, as you do so naturally, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. Shalom

  9. Encouraged and refreshed. So many signs that I was looking for and asking the Lord through fasting. Keep up the good work.

    1. Deepshikha,
      Your sweet encouragement to me is returned back to you ten-fold.
      May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as your trust in Him more and more so by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope.

  10. I listened to this and was so encouraged. I have two young adult children who are struggling with their faith and Stephanie’s testimony really encouraged me to keep praying to our faithful God. He will bring to completion what He began.

  11. What encouragement to hear that the story of Deborah’s courage resounds in the hearts of many moms!

    Praying you will stay steadfast as you press on each new day, knowing God is looking for that obedient character in which to entrust His Wisdom & Power!

  12. “The LORD will fight for you, you need only be still!” EX 14:14. A message of exhortation and encouragement needed in the heat of the battle for indeed there we are planted as women of faith in our victorious Christ. The reminder that this life is HIS-story and we are on a journey of trust encourages me when I doubt and wonder and despair that prayer is not working. HOLD FAST, BE STILL, the hand of the LORD IS at work. AND of how God used
    extra-ordinary Deborah in a very dark day. Thank you for encouraging me in this walk, Stephanie.

    1. Dear Sue,
      What a strong message back to me. Thank you.

      “we will give thanks to you, Lord, with all our heart; We will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1

  13. Thank you so much for these rich spiritual truths!…especially for when we experience battle-weariness. Prayers for Matt and Morgan…and all our prodigals

    1. Shivani,
      Let’s continue to speak of the might of His awesome acts, and declare His greatness; and as we remember His great goodness, you and I will sing of His righteousness as he turns our children back to Himself!
      I am keeping you and your children in my daily prayers.

    2. Linda,

      Thank you for the encouragement Linda, I covet your prayers over my M&Ms. Let us all find strength as we
      meditate on Psalm 119:28 NIV “My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.” Shalom

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