Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Books: Desperate

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

   I love Sarah Mae.  She's awesome.  One of my favorite things she's ever written (and I love all things she writes...) is this blog post...   specifically, this quote...

I remember the morning I sat up in my bed and thought, “If something doesn’t change, I’m not going to make it.”

Life had become like water. I couldn’t catch it; it just kept slipping through my fingers. I felt so behind, so robotic, so stuck. Why couldn’t I change? Why couldn’t I get myself together? Why couldn’t I do the things I wanted to do?

I just felt tired and overwhelmed, and many days, defeated.

But that morning in my bed, I decided I wanted to live; I didn’t just want to go through the motions.
-Sarah Mae

   I get it.  That was me!  
   After I read her blog post, I decided that was my calling.  I didn't need to learn to go through the motions.  I didn't need to spend my days working hard to carve out some 'me' time that I was entitled too.  No..  I needed to wake up to my life, I needed to own it and live it..  and enjoy it.  This life, not a life that lies ahead of me, not the life after my kids are grown and I get more sleep.  No.  This one right here.  This moment.  
   So I picked up this book, and it was earth shattering.  
   You remember what God called us, specifically to do in the book of Titus?  In case you didn't, here it is..  pretty straight forward....

Titus 2:3   Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

  The thing that I love more than anything about this book is that it is an illustration of Titus 2.  I love how Sarah is so honest about her feelings, her emotions, and her yearning for Gods manifestation in her life.  I also love how Sally, being a seasoned Christian mother, responds in the way of a Titus 2 woman, teaching her to love her life the way that it is.
   If you struggle with being in a season in your life where you are, desperate so to speak.  This is the book for you!!!
   Here is one of my favorite passages:

    " In the same way as we are responsible for the nurturing of our children's souls, so are we responsible for the nurturing and care of our own souls.  What am I don't every day to ensure that I am walking forward with intentionality into filling my own soul with virtues of God's design for my life?
   Before our children can reap the rewards of our investment in their souls, we must first nourish our own hearts and cling to the ideals God has given us as personal convictions.  From our hearts flow the springs of life that God has begun in His goodness.  Those waters will become a stream from which our children will find nourishment of understanding and growth for their own souls.  Throughout all of Scripture, God, as a loving parent, provides us with the attributes with which to live full and soul-encriched lives, and seeks to help us graft those attributes into our daily lives, so that we may then pass them on to our children."

   This book helped me to wake up to my life as a Mommy, and to embrace it in a way I never had before.  Read this book!  It will be a blessing I assure you!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Devotional; At the Feet of Jesus: Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart

At the Feet of Jesus: Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary HeartAt the Feet of Jesus: Daily Devotions to Nurture of a Mary Heart

   I love the story of Mary and Martha.
   I am so Martha.
   You know the story, from the book of Luke.  Jesus is coming to visit the home of Mary and Martha.  Martha gets busy, making sure everything is perfect.  Who can blame her?  Jesus is coming!  Talk about the ultimate house guest!  She rushes around perfecting everything.  Once he's there, she's still rushing, trying to entertain.  She looks into the room and sees Mary, simply sitting at his feet.

Luke 10:40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

   Love that.  I'm sure God has told me that so many times in my life.  I spend a lot of time preparing, rather than sitting at his feet.  
   That's what this devotion is about, and I feel hard pressed that I will never find a devotion I love so much as I did this one!!  
   If you don't read another book that I list on my page, please, choose this one.  It is honestly short, it doesn't take but a moment every day, and honestly this is the devotion that rekindled my love of reading and the honest reason I picked it back up again!  It was such a blessing!  
   Love this simple devotion, and Joanna Weaver.