Friday, April 15, 2016

Pressing Pause: A Solution for Moms Who Need a Moment to Themselves

I was given a copy of the book in this post to read and provide my honest feedback.
When I first became a mom the internet was my worst enemy.  I seen all these posts about these perfect moms who made art work of their kiddos lunch boxes, did elaborate crafts and just seemed to have this mom thing down to fine art.
Here I was with a messy ponytail trying to get peanut butter out of the dogs hair and locate I missing toy....  That ended up being in the potty.

After struggling for a long time my hubby told me quit comparing myself to other moms that I was doing a great job.  I looked down at my two smiling kiddos and thought, you know what?  I am!
After that I started to do what works for us.  And instead of putting pressure on myself to be perfect I just do the best I can.  One thing I found over the years is that even as mom I need breaks too.  I don't know if you ever seen the movie WarRoom where the women have their own little prayer area. Well I so have one of these.  My devotional books and journeys are set up here.  My favorite quotes and photos surround the area and it is just my place to be alone and connect with God whole hardheartedly.
It is the place I like to Press Pause.
When I seen the all new book Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus Hardcover  by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk

I knew it was for me.  As the mom who tried it the other way I knew the importance of doing it the right way.  I tell people all the time if your relationship with Jesus isn't right neither will any other relationship you have.  
Here is a bit more about the book
Kids bickering? Schedule jam-packed? Dishes and laundry both piled up high?
 Perhaps it’s time you pressed pause. 
 Whether you’re juggling a career, kids’ schedules, and church commitments or you’re covered in spit-up and anxious about what the next eighteen years might hold, you can carve out a few quiet moments to rejuvenate your spirit. Pressing Pause offers you a calm way to start your day, to refresh yourself in Jesus and drink deeply of His presence so that you are ready to pour out love, time, and energy into the people who matter most to you. These 100 encouraging devotions for moms will help you begin each day with Scripture, drawing on God’s power, ingesting His Word, and learning practical ways to love and serve more like His Son. Just a few minutes each day can help you center your heart and mind on what God has for you as His beloved daughter. So resist the rush. Halt the hustle. Press pause and find some calm in the chaos!

I love the book not only gives me inspirational words, but also a small prayer at the end of each devotions.  And there is a Bible verse before each.  There is even a question and answer section in each so I can write down how I feel and see for myself how I processed the information.
I am not finished the book as of yet, but so far I am amazed!  SO much so that I shared a few of the pages with my friends from Church.  This passage in particular, that deals with being content with life
~*~To truly embrace our circumstance, we must decide to stop pleading, "God, get me out of here!" and learn to humbly ask instead, "Lord Why have You brought me here?  What are you trying to reveal to me that I would never discover if Your were to suddenly pluck me out of this situation?"~*~

As someone who struggles everyday with being content this one hit home.  God has my life the way it is suppose to be.  By always wanting more or better I am basically ignoring what he wants of me.  And folks this little passage was only on page 7!!  I have an entire book yet of deep thinking meaningful passages and I can't wait to discover them all :)
If you want to learn more about the book please see my link below:
Pressing Pause Book


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