“Confident Moms, Confident Daughters,” by Maria Furlough

“Confident Moms, Confident Daughters,” by Maria Furlough, caught my attention in the author bio. As a fellow mom of an eleven-year-old daughter, I knew the words Maria wrote were meant to help equip my heart. A tough age, in fact one that now has it’s own, “tween” category, is difficult for this mom …and I’m sure many others …to process. Maria offers advice that is soothing and encouraging, Biblical, and relatable. (I normally follow standard procedure and reference the author by their last name in reviews, and I mean no disrespect to this author by not doing so. It’s the highest compliment. I truly felt, and believe all of her readers will as well, as if I was talking to another mom over coffee about the desires of our hearts to raise our daughters to be confident in who and Whose they are.)

“Our bodies carry a purpose, they carry importance, and each part is uniquely equipped with a certain set of skills. May be focus on this. May we rest here until the thoughts stop coming that our bodies are only for looking at and shaping up.” Maria Furlough, “Confident Moms, Confident Daughters.” 

In twelve chapters, Maria enlists the expertise of a pediatrician, a nutritionist, and a Christian counselor to come alongside her in breaking down the root of our insecurities. Each chapter has a “Confident Mom Challenge,” “Confident Daughter Discussion Questions,” and “A Mom’s Prayer.” The prayers are heartfelt and powerful, as we know all prayer is. I personally love when an author reserves page space to incorporate prayer into the word count. “My prayer is that you will do your own digging and soul searching with this question in mind: What do I want my daughter to learn from my outward adornment’ choices and philosophies?” Maria asks her readers in Chapter 4, “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall.” 

I highly recommend this book to moms and caregivers of tweens. Its convicting, caring, and confidence building. 

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)

Click here to purchase a copy of “Confident Moms, Confident Daughters.”

The Legs (#jammed daily devo day 18)

January #jammed : Grace in Life’s Face

Day 18: God’s OK with you.

“How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince’s daughter! Your graceful legs are like jewels, the work of artist’s hands.” Song of Songs 7:1jammed-day-18

Today’s verse comes from the Song of Songs, a book written all about the “privileges” of
marriage, if you catch my drift. Listen, if it’s in the Bible it’s important, and the application of grace in this verse is endearing.

 “Graceful legs” in this verse describes a curvaceous woman. (NIV Study Bible.)  Even in a modern society full of acceptance,  every type of body and personality type has a cynical platform that can be Googled. We’ve all been stung by the remarks of the wrong eyes.

God embraces us, not our laziness or our athletic prowess …not our plastic parts or our stretch marks …He loves us. Yes, our bodies are important, but more important is our relationship with Him. That’s what Jesus died for.

jammed-tweet-blueGod’s endearing grace has no weight limit or mental capacity.  It’s not a ticket to sloth-life, or a pass to the Olympics sans the sweat and sacrifice. God’s grace is the hope of total acceptance, without any effort that isn’t already built into our skin. To receive grace is to live beyond a realistic capacity.

Father, Praise You! For we are fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:14) Thank you for the encouragement packed into this passage today. We confess we do not always gaze into the mirror and see what You created. Bless our eyes to see beyond what the world sees, and onto Your gracious gift to us through Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What are you most self-conscious about? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Self-embracing,

Megs

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The Legs (#jammed daily devo day 18)

January #jammed : Grace in Life’s Face

Day 18: God’s OK with you.

“How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince’s daughter! Your graceful legs are like jewels, the work of artist’s hands.” Song of Songs 7:1jammed-day-18

Today’s verse comes from the Song of Songs, a book written all about the “privileges” of
marriage, if you catch my drift. Listen, if it’s in the Bible it’s important, and the application of grace in this verse is endearing.

 “Graceful legs” in this verse describes a curvaceous woman. (NIV Study Bible.)  Even in a modern society full of acceptance,  every type of body and personality type has a cynical platform that can be Googled. We’ve all been stung by the remarks of the wrong eyes.

God embraces us, not our laziness or our athletic prowess …not our plastic parts or our stretch marks …He loves us. Yes, our bodies are important, but more important is our relationship with Him. That’s what Jesus died for.

jammed-tweet-blueGod’s endearing grace has no weight limit or mental capacity.  It’s not a ticket to sloth-life, or a pass to the Olympics sans the sweat and sacrifice. God’s grace is the hope of total acceptance, without any effort that isn’t already built into our skin. To receive grace is to live beyond a realistic capacity.

Father, Praise You! For we are fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:14) Thank you for the encouragement packed into this passage today. We confess we do not always gaze into the mirror and see what You created. Bless our eyes to see beyond what the world sees, and onto Your gracious gift to us through Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What are you most self-conscious about? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Self-embracing,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80.