The voices in our heads convince us, at times, that we are inadequate, have failed our children and and are some how different than all the other more perfect mamas who are represented on the Internet.
My dear, precious friend, Ruth.
Many of you know Ruth Schwenk, a dear friend of mine, who is like a little sister to me. She has spoken at our conferences numerous times. As the founder of TheBetterMom blog, she has reach hundreds of thousands of moms with daily encouragement all over the world. Ruth has a heart to inspire and encourage moms in their strategic Biblical role of motherhood.
I adore her beautiful and precious children and am always encouraged just to be with her. Her loving heart, generous friendship and passionate heart for God is contagious.
Ruth has partnered with another sweet friend, Karen Ehman, to launch a book that I know will dispel many of negative the voices we listen to in our journey of motherhood. Karen has written numerous books and inspired women for many years through writing, speaking and working alongside Proverbs 31 ministries.I met Karen at Glen Eyrie where she was speaking many years ago and was touched by her gentle spirit and endless creativity in the ways she has brought life and traditions into her home. We have carried her lovely and inspiring books at our conferences for many years.
Together, they have written a book from the vantage point of a young mom in the trenches of raising her 4 children, (Ruth), to a seasoned mama who has raised most of her children into adulthood. Together they have shaped a message that is warm, heart-filling, sympathetic and inspiring. I know you will enjoy this book. To celebrate the launch of their book today, they are graciously offering 2 copies of their book to women in my audience.
Moms have been hoodwinked—tricked into believing lies that keep them from not only enjoying motherhood, but forging friendships with other moms who might tackle the tasks of motherhood differently. Myths such as “Mothering is natural, easy, and instinctive” cause moms to feel like failures if they have questions or apprehensions in raising their kids."
These are some of the wonderful truths they have uncovered:
***Motherhood isn't a contest. We do not have to compare to anyone else's journey, but are quite free to live into the role as God leads and within the limitations of our own puzzle and personality.
***Living to invest in eternal values with our children is far more important than being busy with a long list of activities and commitments for our children or in living up to the demands of peer pressure that others bring our way.
***You are not alone in your work as a mama. God is on your team, and his spirit is there to come alongside you as you seek to invest in your children's lives. He is ultimately responsible for their lives and well being--it is not dependent on your works or perfection to see your children faithfully through childhood.
- Identify the ten myths of motherhood our current culture perpetuates
- Replace the lies with the truth of what God says in the Bible about mothering
- Acquire practical tools to help them form new and improved thought patterns and healthy behaviors
- Forge healthy, supportive relationships with other moms of all ages and stages
- Confidently embrace the calling of motherhood as they care for their families in their own unique way
I always longed for someone to walk beside me in this journey. Now, I am so very excited that Ruth and Karen have provided a wonderful resource so that you can feel that you have experienced and sympathetic companions to join with you in your journey.
Below, Kristen and I wanted to tell you a bit about our thoughts on the ways we have been hoodwinked.
To celebrate the launch of their book today, they are graciously offering 2 copies of their book to women in my audience.
To enter the giveaway, please share about this giveaway and their new book by either posting on facebook or twitter, or leave a comment on this post about what gives you freedom to enjoy yourself as a mom and how you live a life free of carrying the burdens of other's opinions.
You may purchase this amazing book, HERE.
You will find Ruth writing at: TheBetterMom
Karen writes at: KarenEhman.com