Yesterday was a mess, but there's hope for tomorrow

Yesterday was a mess. It was one of those days when I really would've liked to throw in the towel on motherhood, turn in my pink slip, or let the boss know I was done.

I find that there are a lot of those days in this season of my mothering, and that most of the time I just have to find a way to keep putting one foot in front of the other, remembering that growing godly kids takes time.

But a few years ago, I grew tired of just surviving my days, and started investigating how a weary mom can find strength for this task on an ongoing basis. I wanted (was desperate for) something I could turn to that would provide relief every time, exactly when I needed it most. So I looked to the Bible for wisdom, and found it.

I'm sharing at The Better Mom today about how a non-crafty mom, a Thanksgiving Tree, and a total holiday flop led me to a place of hope that has radically changed my mothering. I hope you'll join me over there!

I also told you yesterday that I would be sharing a fun announcement today on the blog. I've been trying to think of ways to make this blog a blessing to you, and make it a safe, fun place to share your heart. My friend Dee, from Red Letter Words, and I talked it over, and decided that we wanted to work together to reward people who take the time to comment on my blog. Here's the scoop:

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So starting today, when you leave a comment on this blog, you'll be entered into a monthly drawing from Red Letter Words for a beautiful 5x5 print from Dee's collection (one winner each month)! We're so excited to be able to bless you this way. Dee's art is nothing short of inspiring, and the pieces I have remind me daily of God's love for me. I know they'll do the same for you!

And finally, could I beg your prayers, friends? The last month has kicked my tail. I'm sure I'll have hilarious stories to tell as a result, but right now, things don't feel that funny—just chaotic. My husband's ACL surgery has knocked us for a loop, and while he's getting better every day, it's put a stress on our family that was more than we bargained for.

The good news is that our amazing local community has surrounded us well. We're being loved on, and we're so grateful for the gifts they've given. But if you have a moment to leave a prayer in the comments for us, I promise to soak in each and every one.

In addition to his surgery, the new Hope for the Weary Mom manuscript is due March 1. I need prayers for words to fall like manna from heaven. And I need prayers that I can hold everything together for my family without losing it in the process. My husband has given so much for me over the last year. I want to use this time to serve him well AND meet my deadlines AND continue to fight for my boys.


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Ever Punished Your Child When it Was Really YOUR Fault?

Me too. In one of my finer mothering moments, I actually punished my child for simply having fun. I'm not exactly proud of it, but realizing it inspired me to want to change. The issue was clearly me, not him, so this time, it was mama who needed to change.

To learn what happened, and how I'm overcoming this tendency in my life, head over to The Better Mom. All this month (January 2014) they're talking about going from grouchy to great. If you're anything like me, you need it (see you over there).

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27 Faith-Building Books to Read in 2014

These are all on my list for 2014. Some I've read, some I want to read, some I want to read again, but all of them have one thing in common:

They're faith-builders.

Books to build your faith as you walk into 2014. What could be better than that? 27 faith-building books to read in 2014

Non-Fiction Books for You

Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer. This book is meeting me right where I am these days. I consider Tricia a writing/homeschooling mentor of sorts, and she's nailed the dance work-at-home moms wrestle with.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine. Another book that's challenging me at the beginning of a new year. After a crazy 2013, my 2014 needs to be filled with more "no's" and more of me controlling my schedule instead of it controlling me. If you need that too, this is your book.

Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose by Candace Cameron Bure. Are you seeing a pattern? I feel so inspired by all of the opportunities coming my way, but my family is my priority and it has to stay that way. Hoping this book will challenge me in this direction.

Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions by Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer. Again, I want to prioritize and celebrate my family. Not just on the big days (like Easter and Christmas) but in a million little ways, too. 

A Confident Heart, Learning to Live in the Power of God's Promises by Renee Swope. I've struggled some, during this path to publication, to remember who I am—or more accurately—who God says I am. I'm very excited to read Renee's book!

Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle. I've heard it's hilarious, and since our prayer for 2014 is to have more joy, I'm really looking forward to this one!

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick. This book still ranks up there as one of my favorite parenting books. I promise, it will challenge you outside of your comfort zone.

10 Gifts of Wisdom: What Every Child Must Know Before They Leave Home by Sally Clarkson. Sally is one of my favorite boy (and girl) moms. I find her to be full of wisdom herself, so I can only imagine that this book is full of wisdom too. (Bonus: The MOB Society will be using this as our featured book club book starting in February! We haven't officially announced that yet, so consider yourselves the first to know! To get involved in the book club, request to join our private FB page). 

The Two-Minute Drill to Manhood: A Proven Game Plan for Raising Sons by John Croyle. I had the opportunity to hear John speak very briefly at the DotMom Conference in 2012. If his book is as inspiring as he is, it's sure to be a good read.

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis. I've heard it's a tear-jerker, but also a great, inspiring read. I'll save it for a time when I'm not too emotional already just from life!

Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist. I adore this book. Reading it made me feel like I was truly getting to know the author, and it gave me a new perspective for what and who sits around my table.

How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) by Ruth Soukup. I'm reading this one now and just loving Ruth's perspective. A great read for the bloggers and writers out there.

Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess by Me and Stacey Thacker. If you're weary, you should read it.

How to Control Your Emotions, So They Don't Control You: A Mom's Guide to Overcoming also by me. It's a biblical, highly practical approach to getting your emotions under control.

Books on Prayer

The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears by Mark Batterson. Yes, I know this book was controversial, but I loved it. I highly recommend that you read it for yourself and formulate your own opinions.

Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most by Yours Truly. You know...if you're a boy mom (wink, wink).

How to Pray for Boys: A Mom's Guide to Creating Scripture-Based Prayers for Her Sons again, by Yours Truly. It's the companion guide to Praying for Boys, and you can get it free through 1/14/14 over at the MOB Society. 

The 7-Day Prayer Warrior Experience  by Stormie O'Martian. It's free. Grab it up. 

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller. Hands down my favorite book on the topic of prayer. Paul Miller is so very real. You'll walk away knowing that his understanding of prayer comes from a life full of experience.

Books to Read with Your Kids

Sammy Experiences God: An Experiencing God at Home Storybook by Tom Blackaby. Experiencing God impacted me in a big way as a teenager, and it continues to today. I'm excited about using this book, based on the original, with my boys.

Christian Heroes Books 1-5 Gift Set (Christian Heroes: Then & Now): We're reading these as a part of our homeschool this year, and just couldn't love them more. I love how they make missions come alive for my boys!

Little Pilgrim's Progress by Helen Taylor. Our family reads a chapter from this book every day. The chapters are short, and easy for a child to understand, but MAN are they packed with meaning. It's not unusual for me to tear up while reading it to the boys. It's just that good.

Fiction Favorites

Walking on Broken Glass by Krista Allen. Read this one several years ago, loved it. It's a story of recovery that is surprisingly deep.

Wish You Well by David Baldacci. This book is set near my home in the mountains of Virginia. In fact, parts of the movie are being filmed in the county I grew up in!

Songbird Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer. I love Tricia's WWII series. This one is great.

Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes. This one, written by a local friend of mine, is an aware-winning book, and for good reason. It captured me to the very end.

Song of War by Cliff Graham. I've enjoyed all of Cliff's books in the Lion of War series about King David and his Mighty Men. They're a bit on the gory side, but such was life back then. They're a great read for your older boys (teens), you, or even your husband.

David (The Hall of Mighty Men)  by Cliff Graham. Cliff has written several companion books to the Lion of War series, and this one is on the top of my list for 2014. King David is my favorite.

When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffee. Billy lives about an hour from me in Virginia, and I started following his career several years ago. This is the first of his books I've read, and it was amazing. Full of suspense, with very real, believable characters and storylines, I highly recommend this book. It will give you goosebumps. That's it! What's on your reading list for 2014?

By the Way

Please take a moment and thank the lovely Alle, of Finding Eden Media, for her hard work on my new branding for this site. Thanks Alle! Each of the links above are affiliate links. That means that if you click through and purchase one of the books, I'll receive a small percentage of the sale.

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