In The Better Mom, author Ruth Schwenk, herself a mother of four children, encourages us with the good news that there is more to being a mom than the extremes of striving for perfection or simply embracing the mess.
Author: Ruth Schwenk
Mothering is messy. Our joy and hope in raising children doesn’t change the reality that being a mom can be frustrating, stressful, and tiring. But just as God is using us to shape our children, God is using our children and motherhood to shape us. In The Better Mom, author Ruth Schwenk, herself a mother of four children, encourages us with the good news that there is more to being a mom than the extremes of striving for perfection or simply embracing the mess. We don’t need to settle for surviving our kids’ childhood. We can grow through it. With refreshing and heartfelt honesty Ruth emboldens moms to: Find freedom and walk confidently in purpose Create a God-honoring home environment Overcome unhealthy and destructive emotions such as anger, anxiety, and more Avoid glorifying the mess of mom-ing or idolizing perfection Cultivate life-giving friendships At the heart of The Better Mom is the message that Jesus calls us to live not a weary life, but a worthy life. We don’t have to settle for either being apathetic or struggling to be perfect. Both visions of motherhood go too far. Ruth offers a better option. She says, “It’s okay to come as we are, but what we’re called to do and be is far too important to stay there! The way to becoming a better mom starts not with what we are doing, but with who God is inviting us to become."
Growing in Grace God asks you to give others the same grace that He gives you, but He also wants you to give grace to yourself. You're not perfect, and you will mess up. Someday you will do that thing you said you wouldn't do.
Author: Max Lucado
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Give Your Child the Gift of God's Grace-Every Day. Grace is: God's best idea . . . More than we deserve … And greater than we imagine. But how can you plant this important message of grace into the heart of your child? Adapted from the bestselling devotional for adults (with more than 3 million copies sold), Grace for the Moment: 365 Devotions for Kids presents the message of God's grace in a way that children can understand. It's perfect for families to read together or for older readers to enjoy alone. Each day offers a devotion and scripture to encourage regular time with God. And because giving grace is just as important as receiving it, a "Growing in Grace" opportunity accompanies each devotion, offering practical and easy-to-do activities to help kids apply God's grace-every day and every moment.
I'll happily tell a friend till my voice is hoarse what a great job she's doing as a mom. I'll urge her to accept the grace Jesus gives because missing the mark is part of being human. Motherhood is messy and nobody gets it right all ...
Author: Becky Keife
Publisher: Baker Books
No Better Mom for the Job is for any mom who has ever felt inadequate--who loves her kids fiercely but sometimes thinks another mom would do a better job in her shoes. Becky Keife knows the ups and downs of motherhood. And she has learned along the way and from other mamas that it doesn't work to try to do more or be better. Confidence comes from leaning on the One who made you a mother. Through these pages, you will discover how to - exchange negative internal dialogue for joyful gratitude - identify and celebrate your one-of-a-kind mom strengths - establish boundaries that set you and your child up for success - recognize evidence of God's work in your life and growth in your kids - and much more Filled with encouraging stories and practical, biblical wisdom, each chapter also includes one simple action step and a powerful prayer, all to help you see yourself as exactly the mom your child needs.
Designed with Emily Ley’s signature aesthetic, this book gives women tangible ways to simplify their lives to give space to what matters most.
Author: Emily Ley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
This eBook includes the full text of the book plus an exclusive Overcoming Overwhelm ebook not found in the hardcover! I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection. As a busy wife, new mother, business owner, and designer, Emily Ley came to a point when she suddenly realized she couldn’t do it all. She needed to simplify her life, organize her days, and prioritize the priorities. She decided to hold herself to a standard of grace rather than perfection. This mantra led to the creation of her bestselling Simplified Planner®, a favorite among busy women everywhere—from mamas to executives and everywhere in between. Grace, Not Perfection takes this message from a daily planner to an inspirational book that encourages women to simplify and prioritize. Designed with Emily Ley’s signature aesthetic, this book gives women tangible ways to simplify their lives to give space to what matters most. With a focus on faith, Emily reminds readers that God abundantly pours out grace on us—and that surely we can extend grace to ourselves. Have you been told you can have it all, only to end up exhausted and occasionally out of sorts with the people you love? Are you ready for a new way of seeing your time? Learn to live a little more simply. Hold yourself and those you love to a more life-giving standard in Grace Not Perfection,and allow that grace to seep into into your days, your family, and your heart. Ideas include: List Making 101—tips to create effective to-do lists and get through them one step at a time Simplify your life by simplifying the three major areas: your space, your time, and your mind Strategies to center your day around an intentionally slower rhythm of life
I wanted to be a better, gentler mom who never yelled at her kids, and I wanted that now. ... because I was studying His Word, I learned to give myself grace, not expect perfection, and know that He still loves me when I mess it all up.
Author: Chrissie Kenaston
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Discover how to live like Jesus—even when you’re in the midst of crying babies, needy toddlers, or marital disputes. It’s so easy to give in to frustration and judgment and make choices that lead to some major #MomGuilt. So, what is the key for Christian wives and mothers to overcome those negative emotions and live a little more like Jesus each day? The key is to apply God’s grace to every aspect of life, and What If I Name Her Grace? shows women just how to do that. What If I Name Her Grace? begins with a very personal story. then moves to many universal themes that show reliance on the Lord for guidance, help, and grace. Throughout its pages, women discover: How to listen and really hear God in every decision and situation The power of prayer, purpose, and personal time with God How to break free from the chains of guilt when they don’t feel like they live up to His expectations How to find courage by tapping into God’s strength, not their own
By closing each chapter with a simple reflection question and prayer, this book provides the tools you need to embrace the messy realities of family life and to emerge from feeling overwhelmed to knowing that you are first and foremost a ...
Author: Kate Wicker
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Winner of a 2018 Catholic Press Association Award: Family Life. (Second Place). Do you ever feel like a raging tsumani, running through the house like a whirlwind and yelling at the top of your voice while the kids drag their feet and fight with one another as you desperately try to find lost shoes and get out the door on time? Overwhelmed, over-extended, and guilt-plagued? With honesty, humor, and practical wisdom, Getting Past Perfect helps moms overcome Pinterest-inspired perfectionism by replacing your deepest fears and anxieties with a steady trust in God and the freedom to love authentically. If you have ever felt that you were not “enough” as a wife or mom, or if you're someone who struggles to do it all, Getting Past Perfect offers a realistic and reassuring portrait of Catholic womanhood, placing motherhood in the context of every woman's primary role as a child of God. Kate Wicker—journalist, popular speaker, and author of the highly-acclaimed Weightless—shares how she shook off doubt and negative self-perception, finding self-acceptance as a mom and the desire to stop controlling everyone around her. Getting Past Perfect invites you to make this same journey as you learn to embrace the primacy of your role as a daughter of God, even amidst the daily chaos of raising children. Each chapter is designed to debunk the lies and expectations that moms often face, replacing negative self-perceptions with the truths of a woman's true calling. Wicker, a recovering perfectionist, helps you realize: It is perfectly normal to feel like you're in over your head sometimes. You can stop obsessing about what other people think and start focusing on loving yourself and your kids just as you are. Your primary jobs are to let God love you and to love him back. Nurture your prayer life and make time to remember that you are first a daughter of God. It’s important to practice self-care no matter your stage in life. Wicker openly shares how she unwittingly transferred her preoccupation with having the perfect body to being the perfect parent. By honestly sharing her mistakes and triumphs in the trenches of motherhood, Wicker reveals several common falsehoods mothers tell themselves in different seasons of their lives and how speaking the truth can liberate women to become better parents and the truest versions of themselves. Whether you're dealing with endless "why?" questions, unexpected potty emergencies, or even the unanticipated change of a new pregnancy, Getting Past Perfect will help you learn how to lean into God's abiding grace. By closing each chapter with a simple reflection question and prayer, this book provides the tools you need to embrace the messy realities of family life and to emerge from feeling overwhelmed to knowing that you are first and foremost a daughter of God.
Surely my need to learn patience or to give my family grace wouldn't warrant all this. That's my version, anyway. ... The cliché of motherhood is that we are either perfect or an absolute mess—there is nothing in between.
Author: Valerie Woerner
Publisher: Tyndale Momentum
Category: Family & Relationships
"Filled with grace, hope, and practical ways forward for every momma." -- Candace Cameron Bure, actress and New York Times bestselling author Most days motherhood often looks like bottomless piles of laundry; a sink full of dishes; sleepless nights; and unshowered, nonstop, endless days. If that's all there is, then no wonder "Grumpy Mom" sometimes sneaks into your heart and home. If you can relate, you're in good company--Valerie Woerner gets it and has experienced Grumpy Mom more often than she'd care to admit. In Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday, Valerie shares what she's learned so far about sending Grumpy Mom packing and embracing a joyful, intentional motherhood that is so much better than you thought possible. As you journey with Valerie, you'll be inspired and equipped to find energy in the most unlikely places, pursue your own dreams, be set free from mom guilt, feel content despite unfinished to-do lists, spend purposeful time with God amid the daily chaos, and discover more joyous moments of motherhood. So, take a holiday from Grumpy Mom, and enjoy life as the mom God made you to be.
People like my dad, my mom, and Vera. ... Their lives are far from perfect, sure. Just like ours. ... This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
Author: Caleb Kaltenbach
Sometimes, grace gets messy. Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family. But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian…and a pastor. Very few issues in Christianity are as divisive as the acceptance of the LGBT community in the church. As a pastor and as a person with beloved family members living a gay lifestyle, Caleb had to face this issue with courage and grace. Messy Grace shows us that Jesus’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t have an exception clause for a gay “neighbor”—or for that matter, any other “neighbor” we might find it hard to relate to. Jesus was able to love these people and yet still hold on to his beliefs. So can you. Even when it’s messy. “Messy Grace is an important contribution to the conversation about sexual identity for churches and leaders. Caleb's story is surprising and unique, and he weaves it together compellingly. He states his views clearly, leaves room for disagreement, and champions love no matter where you are in this conversation.” —Jud Wilhite, Sr. Pastor, Central Christian Church
God's Perfect Love for Your Imperfect Life Kimm Crandall ... Once I became a mother I began to realize that I was no longer the star player on the court. ... is by God's grace that my wreckage was exposed. It was his kindness that led ...
Author: Kimm Crandall
Publisher: Baker Books
God's Empowering Love for Us in the Midst of Our Mess Life is messy. And Christians are not exempt. Unfortunately, this is not the message we tend to hear. We're told to be moral, look good, and set a positive example. After all, as some people may tell us, we're the only Jesus some people see--so we better make him look good. That's a heavy burden. And so we work feverishly to hide our messes from each other and from God for fear of judgment . . . all the while wondering how we can ever be loved. But Christianity is not about being less of a mess. It's about admitting that we need to be saved from trying to clean ourselves up. In Beloved Mess, author and blogger Kimm Crandall frees Christians to live with the assurance that God loves us right here, right now. He's not waiting for us to clean up our act before we're worthy to come to him. He wants us to stop trying to fix the mess so that we can allow him to wash it away for us. Endorsements "Kimm unpacks the wonder of God's mercy with honesty and courage and shows how it reaches all the way down to every dimension of our hearts and lives."--Justin S. Holcomb, author, On the Grace of God "Read this short but life-changing book, go back to it again and again, and see yourself falling more in love with the One who loved us and gave himself for us."--Jessica Thompson, author of Everyday Grace
There is NO perfect life, wife, mom, dad, partner, baby, husband, house, or handbag. ... Just as babies grow, mothers mature too and, eventually, we learn that perfection is not an option. ... She's honest, messy, and REAL.
Author: Jennifer Strube
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
When two college roommates reconnect after twenty years and find themselves both pregnant with baby girls, nothing could seem more blissful. That is, until they actually have the babies. Cue Momlandia: a strange universe that looks nothing like moms of Instagram. Braless, sleepless, and covered with milk, these friends fight for their pre-baby sanity the best way modern moms know how—one text message at a time. Together, they wade through the strange vortex of momlife, navigating GMO-sized body parts, tangled breast pumps, and sudden-onset husband hatred. Where is the glitter-filled Momtopia they were marketed? Strapping on their belly bands and pulling up their postpartum panties, these BFFs guzzle coffee and kale in search of organic motherhood. Hand-churning flax muffins while fighting their own muffintops, surely they can become the selfless, maternal saints they’d envisioned themselves to be. Or can they? To all those “natural” moms in search of perfection, we hail you, one momguilt, mombod, momfail at a time.