Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Desperate - Hope For The Mom Who Needs To Breathe

I am beyond thrilled to be sharing my one word and the meaning behind it today at One Word 365.  Please join me.  Click here.

Desperate Book Tour - desperatemoms.comI am so excited to be a part of the blog book tour with the fabulous team of Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson.

Have you ever had one of those days when you think I just can't be a mom today?  We all have.  I deeply love my children.  I praise God daily for them.  They are my world.  My treasures.  My blessings from Heaven.  But my days are far from perfect.  There are days I think I just can't do this anymore.  

Please take a moment to watch this video:

If you have been around this community long, you have read many times about my struggles with being a 'yeller.'  Yelling has long been my 'outlet' for my frustrations and I hate it.  I pray constantly that God would deliver me from yelling at my precious children.  And He has.  Yet there are times when those desperate days come and that yeller comes to life again.  I have to constantly fight her and turn her over to God.

As I began to read Desperate, I felt myself coming from the pages.  Everything that was written, every desperate word, I have experienced it.  I am a huge fan of old time shows such as I Love Lucy, Leave It To Beaver, and Brady Bunch.  While pregnant with my first baby I imagine perfection.  I would be the best wife and mother there was.  My home would always be warm and inviting and spotless.  There would be three hot meals on the table every single day, with homemade desserts each night.  I would have perfect hair and make up and a lovely, pressed apron covering my nice dress.  My children would always be clean {do you know little boys rarely stay clean!?} with perfect little bows in my girls' hair {do you know little girls like to pull bows out!?}  Our kids would never act out in public.  They would never fight or have attitudes and I would never yell.

My bubble popped when my first born was only about eighteen months old.

We owned the Disney movie Mulan.  It was her favorite movie.  On a trip to the video store she saw it there on the shelf and wanted it.  We tried to explain we already have it at home.  That did not matter, she wanted it now.  She threw her tiny body with her hair bow hanging half out on the ground and screamed because she wanted that movie.  My husband and I looked at each other in horror and took her to the car.  I realized motherhood was not as perfect as I thought.

Days are not easy.  Days are hard.  Just yesterday my children did not want to get out of bed so our day was late.  Moods were thrown around about chores and we had attitudes as we went back to school.  I felt desperate.  I felt tired.  This is the text I sent my husband {at only 10am}, Hi babe.  It is an "I need a pepsi and hug from my baby" kind of day.  Sigh.  Life as a parent is hard sometimes.  But praise God, we are not alone.  Praise God, we have a way to get peace and regain joy.

We've got to know that, ultimately, the most important thing is laying our children at the foot of the cross and praying that Jesus will call them to Him.  He is the author of their souls, and He is the only one who can reign in a broken soul.  So pray for your children and show them Jesus.  ~Sarah Mae

Just as we are, our children are humans, sinners.  We must lay them at the feet of Jesus.  Sister, you need this book.  At some point in motherhood we all feel desperate.  Sarah Mae and Sally give us encouragement, inspiration and hope.  Get this book.  This book is one you will highlight, mark, bend pages, leave tear stained and want to go back to over and over.

Something so precious about this book, at the end of each chapter, there are verses and questions to further challenge and encourage you.  But you will also find the little QR codes that you can scan with your smart phone and watch a video with Sarah Mae and Sally.  {if you do not have a smart phone, you can just type in the url in your web browser}

Stronger Together - desperatemoms.comTo read more and to order Desperate Mom, click HERE

Join Sarah Mae and Sally here for some incredible giveaways this week.  I mean really, who would not want a year of house cleaning or year of massage!?  For these giveaways and more, click HERE.

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  1. A reminder and message we need all the time! Thanks, Jenifer.

  2. I wonder if my daughter could use this? She has a five year old boy and an eight year old girl. She has called me in tears asking me to pray because she just can't take some of the challenges that she faces raising her children. She loves them dearly, but they are both very strong willed, I pray, dad prays, she prays and God always comes through, always. Thank the Lord.
    I have no doubt but that you are a wonderful mother. My sisters are both yellers, they are both fabulous mothers. Their children loved them dearly.
    Hugs, Cindy

  3. Great review! I couldn't agree more!



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