“Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday,” Valerie Woerner

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in  me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24

This is a prayer I pray daily. Motherhood, like nothing else, catapulted me into a massive growth spurt in my faith. I had no choice but to cling to Him as I learned …and am still learning …how to be the mother He wills me to be for the lives He’s entrusted in my care. 

This book comes alongside mothers looking to accomplish the same feat. It’s an ongoing process, and the author’s humor and Biblical knowledge fill the pages of this book with laughter and tears. 

The book is broken up into five parts, “Surrender,” “Replenish,” “Develop,” “Connect,” and “Thrive.” Chapter 7, “On Empty, Say Hello to More Energy,” and Chapter 8, “What’s Next Papa? Say Hello to More Joy,” resonated with me the most. No matter what book I am reading, God always finds a way to speak straight to my heart, and He did so in this Chapters. 

“Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday” will be a refreshing read for any momma seeking reassurance from the Father that she was made to raise her kids. It can be so overwhelming, and Woerner let’s us know that it’s OK to feel and talk about how overwhelming it all really is!!!

“We don’t default to joy. We have to fight for it. Scripture gives us a rather surprising command about joy: ‘Always be joyful.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:16) “

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“Parenting Beyond the Rules,” Connie Albers.

“They remember the pictures your words paint.” Connie Albers, “Parenting Beyond the Rules”

Life is picking up speed as my husband and I begin to race through the pre-teen years with our two daughters. This book set me on track to stay ahead of the game. A lot of the topics Albers discussed in this book are in the beginning stages of development already. I see certain behaviors and feel equipped to peek around the corner in regards to how they may develop. Books like this one are essential to me, as I seek to learn more about myself and God as I parent the two beautiful lives He has entrusted me with. 

Albers takes us on a journey with our changing children, teaching us what to look for and how to understand and celebrate the life they are now beginning to live with more independence each passing day. When to let go is a struggle, and the information packed into these pages helped me attain a better perspective on what to let go of and what to hold onto.

I felt encouraged reading this book. I finished it in two days. It was a quick read, I believe, because it’s so applicable to “Raising teens with confidence and joy,” as the sub-title promises. I found myself looking back on my own life as a teen, and being able to pull from those experiences in order to grow as a parent who will need to help her teens through some inevitably hard seasons.

The book is broken up into twelve chapters, with a section in the back full of resources for parents who would like to continue learning and researching. The stories throughout the book help paint an accurate picture of the research and Biblically based advice. I particularly liked the chapter titled, “Monitor Your Mouth.” How easily it is to find myself slipping into an argument with one of my children. I felt convicted and equipped to speak life to my kids.

I highly recommend this book to parents of tweens and teens. I will keep it close by as a reference for the years to come.

“Your child might act as if what you say doesn’t matter, but don’t be fooled. Their confidence will be shaken-or increased-by what you say and how you say it.” Connie Albers, “Parenting Beyond the Rules.”

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“The Power of Christian Contentment,” Andrew M. Davis

“Believing the secret that ‘I am God-sufficient and it is enough to know that god is with me and loves me’ give us a remarkable staying power in serving others.” Andrew M. Davis, “The Power of Christian Contentment

This book walked right into the dusty corners of my life and swept out an amazing amount of discontentment. The entire work is straightforward, Biblically based, and incredibly convicting. The research and stories that intertwine with the lessons are incredibly captivating. This book is a game changer on this topic. 

In the early chapters of the book, the author states, “Christian contentment is heart work, deep and interior.” Throughout the book, Davis walks His readers through just that …some deep heart work! 

This book was well organized and wonderfully written. I was left convicted to pray daily for God to reveal any areas of discontentment in my life, as this book sparked vast growth in my heart on the topic. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to more about what Christian contentment is, and how we can do this characteristic justice in our lives.

“The tapestry of our life’s history is made up of Todays. And it should start with some basic spiritual disciplines, if we are ever to make progress to maturity in Christian contentment.” Andrew M. Davis, “The Power of Christian Contentment.” 

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A Prayer for Broken Moments

“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” –1 John 5:5

One soft rug finally pulled the weight out from under me. After an hour-long state of frozen emotion, a stream of hopelessness fell beside the beautiful claw-foot tub. The hand on my shoulder felt familiar and firm, present now as in other periodic breakdowns. Even honest efforts to walk in our calling can leave us vulnerable to the cling of control.

“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” –1 John 5:5

Overcome,“nikao” in the Greek context of this verse, means “to conquer: to carry off the victory, come off victorious.” John wrote his letter during an era in which believers faced death and persecution. The strength to conquer the impossible adversity they faced came from Christ.

When we stand with Jesus, He links arms with us in victory. The release of broken emotions allows us to relinquish control. A lack of forgiveness, extended or accepted, can strangle our efforts to walk in peace. A burden to be strong for others can suffocate our own ability to breathe. Un-illuminated disobedience can leave us feeling as if no effort is good enough.

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10 Ways Parents Can Engage Kids with God’s Word for Life

Parents and guardians cannot claim to know how God is going to bloom the seeds of His faithfully planted and watered Word. Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it,”(NASB). The word “train” in the original Hebrew means, “to train,” but also, “to dedicate, inaugurate.” (Strong’s Concordance #2596) Inaugurate means to make a formal beginning of, and this is where parenting plays an important role.

Parents have a responsibility to teach children the way of God. Despite our best efforts to immerse them in the Word, there is a lot we don’t know, and cannot predict, about who our children will become. We don’t know how they will rebel or what adversity they will face. But we can make sure they have access to the Truth in His Word. The living and breathing Word of God begins to impact our children from the moment we begin read it to them, pray it over them, and declare it over their lives. Even though we often don’t know how, introducing our children to the Word of God is one of the best ways to train them up.

Here are 10 ways parents can engage kids with God’s Word for life.

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