About

If you have much to be grateful for but struggle to live in grace and gratitude, you’re in the right place.

As a woman, you wear many hats. Some of your hats may include wife, mom, daughter, sister, neighbor, co-worker, or friend. All of us are beloved daughters of God. You desire to serve God and love your people fiercely, but life is busy, and figuring out how to keep it all in balance can be challenging. It is easy to get distracted doing all the good things instead of the important things. Like me, you may make mistakes and sometimes forget your worth. This is where grace comes in.

God’s grace is uncommon.

Grace is an undeserved gift freely given by God because of His perfect and good character.

He sent His Son to die and extend grace to us. Because of Jesus, we can’t earn it or lose grace. Even though it’s free, we struggle to accept this gift daily. When we fail, and life feels hard, it can be hard to believe this grace applies to us and personally accept and embrace it. Despite receiving free, lavish grace from God, we struggle not to be stingy in extending grace to others. That’s why we need daily reminders of God’s uncommon grace towards us. When we live in the truth of God’s grace, our attitudes and lives are characterized by gratitude and mercy. Only then can we battle perfectionism, remember our worth, set our priorities, and live abundantly.

I encourage women like you to take the truth of God’s uncommon grace into every area of your life.

You aren’t alone in your journey. Like you, I struggle to live in God’s grace and to exercise the habit of being grateful. I invite you to join me as God teaches me through personal study, experiences, and challenges. Together, we can be grateful that we are a work in progress on any given day. God isn’t finished with us yet! You won’t get a ‘social media’ ready version of myself here because I’m a real person with real challenges, faults, and hurts. You can expect to read about God’s work in me and my family through our mistakes, victories, hurts, victories, and failures.

More About Me

My name is Elaine Stores, and I love to write.

Jesus is my savior and Lord, and I am saved only by His grace. I cherish His Word and have so much to learn. Seth has been my husband since 2004; he’s still my favorite. We have three children, and I have had the privilege of staying home with them. I’m in a transition season and am exploring what work looks like now that all our kids are school-age.

Turquoise is my favorite color. Life cannot happen without coffee. I am addicted to chapstick, and absurd amounts are squirreled away in every nook and cranny of my house, car, and purse. My weaknesses are popcorn and sour candy. Running and I are not friends, so I try to walk at least four miles a day. This is best enjoyed with my husband, a dear friend, or a good audiobook.

Writing

Once upon a time, I had grand plans to become a fiction author, work as a Bible camp director, or even be a “famous pharmacist” when I grew up. However, none of these childhood plans became a reality. In college, I pursued a degree in Biochemistry and spent nine years working in Molecular Diagnostics. While my career involved technical writing, I missed other forms of writing. After the birth of our second child, I had the privilege to be a stay-at-home mom. The transition caused me to grapple with my identity and to find my place. As God reaffirmed my identity in Christ, I rediscovered my love for writing and founded This Grateful Mama. Since then, I have been challenged and delighted by various writing opportunities.

I have been writing daily devotions for our local church for the last five years and have also managed the social media accounts for a local faith-based organization for four years. I am a freelance writer specializing in copywriting, technical writing, editing, scripture-based devotions, and other related projects. Recently, I helped a fellow blogger solidify their brand through a website redesign. If you are looking for an editor or writer for a project, I would be happy to help you. Please get in touch with me, and we can determine if the project is a good match.

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9 Replies to “About”

  1. As a former stay at homer, it’s worth every second you gave up out there. I promise. And hang on, because time will FLY! Regardless of what you face, lean hard into Him and you’ll come out ok. And thanks for following!

  2. Thank you so much for the blog! I was in a similar position when I became stay at home. Although having a job (at least my job) was no fun, it’s still a huge part of your identity, and you have to figure out who you really are when you’re stay at home. But it’s been such a blessing to me, and obviously to you, too. It made me realize what I actually enjoy: writing!

  3. I’m a stay at home mom off and on depending on our finances. It is such a complicated job to be a mom these days! I just started a blog and it’s really enriched our daily life. Thanks for sharing your life with the world!

  4. I relate to you so much. It’s not to say I put my whole identity in my work, but when I became a full time mom I struggled because the reality of it didn’t look the way I thought it would. But Christ uses everything, doesn’t He? I keep getting to know new sides of myself (the good, the not-so-good, and the downright ugly), and these kids of mine teach me so much about God’s grace. It sounds like you are learning the same thing: the grace of the moment, joy in every circumstance–and that is so, so worth the journey. Thanks for sharing your heart!

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