Thursday, May 26, 2016

My Favorite Encouraging Reads for Moms

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Recently, I read Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive by Keri Snyder and loved it!  It's about growing and thriving in your role as a Christian mother, and it's really motivated me to step up my game.

So it got me thinking...what are the best books, blogs, and reads that will help us grow in our lives as wives, mothers, and women?

Here are my top 5:

Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting
by Laura Kelly Fanucci (of Mothering Spirit)

Don't read this book some place where you need to be quiet because this book will make you laugh and cry!  Laura uses her everyday life experiences as a mom of little ones to show the beauty of the faith.   It really opens your eyes to see God's Hand in all the little things of everyday life.

My favorite part: Laura is so real.  She struggles with infertility and miscarriage (and earlier this year, they lost their twin girls shortly after birth) so she strikes a chord with so many mothers.  Also, it's a quick and easy read.  The chapters are small and broken up into smaller sections.  It's perfect to read when you only have 5 minutes here or there - which is all we have as moms, am I right?

Rosaries Aren't {Just} for Teething
by Michele Chronister (of My Domestic Monastery)

This book is so unique and beautiful!  It goes through each mystery of the Rosary and reflects on the life of Mary as Jesus's mother and relates it to our role as mothers.

My favorite part: Each chapter is stand alone and only a few pages.  It's a good book for when you only have short bits of time to read throughout the day or week.  It is also perfect to use while meditating on the Rosary!

The Story of a Soul: An Autobiography of the Little Flower
by St. Thérèse of Lisieux

This is my #1 all-time favorite book.  I've read it multiple times, and it always inspires me to grow deeper in my faith as a woman, wife, and mother.  It may sound crazy considering St. Thérèse was a cloistered nun and wasn't a wife or a mother, but every word of hers strikes right at the center of the feminine heart.  It is truly beautiful and life-changing.

My favorite part: St. Thérèse's path to holiness is called "The Little Way".  It's a way to grow in your faith through childlike devotion in the everyday happenings of life.  It's the perfect way to "pray without ceasing" through your daily actions.

Mom Time Out (MTO) Facebook Group
by Ruthie Gray (of Rear. Release. Regroup.)

MTO is a safe place to go as a Christian mother to receive support and encouragement whenever you need it.  It is such a wonderful community of moms because each and every member is understanding because they're going through the same struggles and joys of parenting as you are.

What I love about this Facebook group is that Ruthie presents Scripture, action plans, prayers, inspiration, challenges, and encouragement every single day to help all of us members to grow, not just in our vocations as mothers, but in our faith as well.   

(Is this community of moms something you need?  Please join us!)

My favorite part: You can ask for support, encouragement, and prayers without fear of being judged.  Let's face it, we all mess up, and we all need help.  So I love how this group is all about building one another up as daughters of the King!

Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive
by Keri Snyder (of Living In This Season)

This book is a great motivation because it takes common mom fears and turns them around into ways to thrive.  It really shows you how to break past survival mode and choose joy in the everyday.  You can read my full review here.

My favorite part:  I especially love all of the "extras": the little challenges and reflections at the end of the chapters and the beautiful Scripture cards that come with the book.  It is also a quick read with short chapters, which makes it ideal to read when you don't have a lot of time to spare.

What's up next up on my list: 

My Sisters, The Saints: A Spiritual Memoir by Colleen Carroll Campbell:
I've heard it's amazing, and I can't wait to dig in!  I have always seen the saints as my friends in Heaven, so I know I'm going to love it.

Blessed Is She daily devotions by many different faithful women from every walk of life:
I used to read these beautiful Scripture reflections everyday, but I've fallen out of the habit.  They helped me so much in my spiritual life - I need to get back to it!  P.S. They're free and emailed to you every morning - so check it out and sign up!

Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings courses by Crystal Paine (of Money Saving Mom):
I've done the Morning course and loved it so I got the Evening course when it came out a few weeks ago.  It does a wonderful job of helping with time management, setting achievable goals, being realistic, and choosing joy.  But once again, I've fallen out of the habits I made during the Morning course.  So my goal this summer is to go through both courses and really put them into practice.

(The moral of the story is that I tried to start too many things last summer right after L was born.  I was still sleep deprived adjusting to life as a mom of 3 little ones.  But I'm feeling very motivated this summer to start working on myself again.  Which is very much needed right now!)

What are your favorite books, blogs, podcasts, courses, and encouraging reads about being a wife, mother, and woman?  

I'm looking forward to adding more to my must-read list!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive {A Book Review}

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Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive by Keri Snyder (of Living In This Season) came at just the right time for me in my vocation as a mother.

As a mom to three kids 4 years old and under, life is usually chaotic.  Once L started crawling this winter, I especially started cruising into survival mode more often than not.  I'm a perfectionist and love a schedule, and it just wasn't happening.  I felt like I was barely breaking even everyday (if that).  I was really struggling with how to let go and enjoy the messy parts of motherhood.

I started reading Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive this spring, and with every page I was nodding my head in agreement.  Keri addresses every worry and struggle that I've had as a mom.  And through Bible verses and little challenges at the end of every chapter, she turns those fears and failures around into ways to thrive.

In this book, there are so many good one liners that really struck me - and stuck with me.  I put them up around the house as reminders along with the 8 beautiful Scripture cards (see the last picture!) that come with the book.  I know they will remind me to stay focused on choosing joy during the not-so-glamorous parts of my life as a mom.

Keri's reflections are truly an inspiration - and a beautiful invitation - to grow in my vocation as a Christian mother.  I am definitely taking the time to contemplate the lessons in this book and really put everything into practice.  Because motherhood is a beautiful gift - and I want to thrive in it for my kids and for myself!

Do you need encouragement in your vocation as a mother?  

Do you want to thrive instead of feeling like you're only surviving day after day?

Do you need help embracing the joys and messes of motherhood?

I would highly recommend that you read Keri's new book Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive!

Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive includes 8 beautiful Scripture cards for free (pictured below).  It will be $5.99 for the PDF version of the book and $9.99 for the print version from now through May 30th, so don't wait!

Let's thrive together as moms!  Won't you join me?

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What I've Been Up To and Features {Tuesday Talk #73}

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Sweet Little Tidbits {Volume 3}:
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Guest Post by Keri at Living In This Season

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Another great week of awesome posts by you!  I really had a hard time narrowing it down to the 5 features that I chose.  So be sure to check them out below - they are really great!

I can't wait to see what you share this week!  Happy Tuesday!

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While I Waited...Week 19 by Holly at While I'm Waiting

5 Things I Learned During My Hair Challenge
by Sarah at Foxy's Domestic Side

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