I am excited to welcome Brenda Yoder to the team of Not aLone Mom contributors. A woman who wears many hats, Brenda is a speaker, a writer, a counselor, an educator, a wife and loving mother to four teenagers. She will be writing every Friday starting in January. Her posts will speak to moms on multiple levels – as a professional giving insight and tools to help guide you in your journey; as well perspective as a mother who has “been there” (and still is)! I am honored to have her part of the team. She has a beautiful heart for moms which you will get to know well through her writing.
Brenda has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a BA in Education. After being a stay-at-home-mom and a high school teacher, she currently is an elementary school counselor, behavioral service provider, and has a small private counseling practice.
Her greatest passion is encouraging others, ministering God’s Word, and joining women in their walk with the Lord. In addition to counseling, she does this through writing and speaking. She is a contributing writer for The Purpose magazine, The Hometown Treasurer, Circle of Friends Ministries, and is a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries. Her own ministry, Life Beyond the Picket Fence, can be found at www.brendayoder.com, where she authentically shares life and God’s Word when life is far from the picture-perfect image. Brenda lives life on a farm in Northern Indiana with her husband and four middle-school to college-age children.
“It’s a privilege to join Kristen at Not Alone Mom. When I was a young mom struggling with a strong-willed child, alone is exactly what I felt. I read the parenting books. We even taught parenting classes at our church. But the parenting formulas didn’t work for us. The picket-fence life I dreamed of for my family was not our reality. I needed a safe place to connect with other struggling moms who wouldn’t judge me or my child. I needed a place like Not Alone Mom. As a professional working with families and children, I see many other moms struggling, needing a place of community. What joy to give hope and encouragement to moms at this place. You’re not alone.” – Brenda
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