Motherhood can be discouraging.
There. I said it.
I’m typing up this post with a head that’s been pounding for the past two days, sick kids who might wake up any minute, and a sink full of dishes calling my name. Sometimes I wonder if anyone else feels as tired as me, or if the kids will ever appreciate the often unseen labors of love.
Wah wah. Cue the pity party.
Of course I know each moment matters. What is unseen really is seen by my Heavenly Father who cares for me, and those sweet little arms tugging around my leg or waist or neck are reason enough to wash up the dishes again and again. I want to serve my family well, but there are days I feel sorry for myself.
That’s why I’m so grateful for books and blogs and other Mama friends who share their stories of hope and encouragement.
Today I want to share about two, and stay tuned because next week, I have some amazing resources to share with you to help lighten your Mama load.
1. Everyday Hope: Real Encouragement for Worn and Weary Moms
My friend Kayse gets it. She is a Christian mom doing her best to love her husband and children well. The good news for us is that Kayse is a blogger who writes to encourage us in all the mess and amazing of motherhood! Her newest book Everyday Hope was just released this week, and it is just that — bite size encouragement for worn and weary moms. If you ever long to take a break in the middle of your day and just sit on the couch with coffee and a friend, you’ll love this book (well, you’ll have to provide your own coffee, too). Kayse’s heart fills out her words, and through her book, you’ll find encouragement and renewed hope.
2. Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet Jesus
Can I just start by swooning over the cover? I’m not sure if it’s the watercolor effect, the colors, or the font, but this is a book I keep looking at this beautiful book on my nightstand and feeling more calm. It’s so pretty! But of course, even better than the cover are the words inside. Ruth Schwenk and Karen Ehman have written short, bitesize, Biblical encouragement for busy moms.
Press pause – each selection doesn’t take long to read and will encourage your Mama heart and point you right back to Jesus. My favorite part is the short prayer and questions to make it personal at the end of each section.
If you’re overwhelmed and busy and need something to ease you back into a quiet time routine, Pressing Pause is a great place to start!
Question for you ::
What book are you reading right now that is encouraging your Mama-heart?