Do you consider yourself feminine towards your children? This isn’t something I stop and think about very often. I strive to be feminine towards my husband and towards other people, but my children?
BEATITUDES FOR HOMEMAKERS
Blessed is she whose daily tasks are a work of love; For her willing hands and happy heart transform Duty into joyous service to all her family and God.
Blessed is she who opens the door to welcome both stranger and well- loved friend; for gracious hospitality is a test of brotherly love.
Blessed is she who mends stockings and toys and broken hearts; for her understanding is a balm to her husband and children.
Blessed is she who scours and scrubs; for well she knows that cleanliness is one expression of godliness.
Blessed is she whom children love; for the love of a child is of greater value than fortune or fame.
Blessed is she who sings at her work; for music lightens the heaviest load and brightens the dullest chore.
Blessed is she who dusts away doubt and fear and sweeps out the cobwebs of confusion; for her faith will triumph over all adversity.
Blessed is she who serves with laughter and smiles with every meal; for her cheerfulness is an aid to mental and physical digestion.
Blessed is she who introduces Jesus Christ to her children; for godly sons and daughters shall be her reward.
Blessed is she who preserves the sacredness of the Christian home; for hers is a divine trust that crowns her with dignity. By Ella May Miller
Well that is what they say right ! When all else seems to be wrong, someone has failed you and hurt you deeply, nothing seems to be going right. Start over… I continue to ask God daily Why ? What should I do Lord ? How do I make it work with my own disabilities ? How do I get there from here ? I know your saying ” Linda, you don’t have a clue whats been going on “. Well, if you want to talk about Teen Pregnancy, Rape, Abuse, Bad Marriages, Mental Illness , Depression, Physical Disability, Vitamin Deficiency , Rebellious Children , Tight Budget, Alcoholic Spouses , Unsaved Spouses, Living in a Shelter etc. Need I say more ? Been there , Done That ! but I am saying, let it go and start over.
Anger, Bitterness,Stress can and will eat you alive , it will ruin your health. Yes you can be angry and it is ok to be angry if you have a good reason to be so. I personally don’t hold on to grudges , so being bitter doesn’t work. That is anger that is allowed that causes you to want to lash out at someone else or not be around others. It is a hateful attitude for someone or something. Stress will literally make you ill. Constant stress can wear you down and cause depression,physical pain and steal your Joy. Sometimes you have to get rid of the source of your stress in order to get well. I know you are thinking I can’t get rid of it… Yes you literally can. Do stop allowing the Drama and Abuse in your life. You Draw the line and don’t allow anyone to cross it.
You do this for You and for your Kids. You do it to regain your sanity, so to say. You do it so that you do not become sick, literally. You do it because God does not want you living in the state you have been in. You ask everyone you know to pray for you and your children. You do the best you can, even if money isn’t there and you don’t be afraid to ask for help. And you don’t bare your heart to anyone you cannot trust. Those who have been where you are, are usually the ones to trust, they know just how you feel and where your heart is at.
Today, I am starting over, for Me and for My Kids.
~ Linda ~
Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom
How can a work-at-home mom raise kids, juggle a career and take care of family responsibilities with only 24-hour days? Working at home while raising kids and juggling a career and family responsibilities is no easy feat. Author and homeschooling mom Tricia Goyer shares her tips for finding balance among all your many hats as a mom. Balancing is a process and a journey, one that Tricia herself has yet to perfect. But between writing more than forty books, raising and homeschooling six kids, being a wife, and being active in her community, she has amassed valuable tips she shares in “Balanced.”
The book includes tips on:
—how to create focus themes for your family
—how to prioritize your schedule
—how to utilize your job so it also benefits your kids
—how to keep yourself out of the comparison game
—how to make working at home work for you
—and much more!
USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and “Lead Your Family Like Jesus,” (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children. You can find out more about Tricia at http://www.TriciaGoyer.com.
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My Review of Balanced
I must say that when I heard of this wonderful book, I was seeking to find a way to have many things.
More Time to spend with my family, More time with God, More time to help others and More time to Write, Read and Feel whole. So what is a mom to do right ? I prayed and spend time reading Bible, Reading books on parenting and how to have a great marriage. While I still didn’t feel like I had the answers and I surely didnt’ feel like i had it all together. Yes I know Mom’s at age 50 should have it all together, but I don’t. I am not the perfect Wife, Not the perfect mom and I don’t get time to go out and be with others alot of times. We homeschool and that is hard for me, even with 4 older ones who are out on their own now. Yes I started homeschooling in 1990. sorta gave up and let my oldest go to a baptist church school and then had more children and started again to homeschool them, well we made it through to teenage rebellion stage and they wanted to go to public school and given that we were a broken home, they went to live with their Dad for a time and did attend public school. Most all of them came back home and eventually got their GED’s and went on to college or to work and live life. I am proud of each of them.
~So here I am at age 50 and not feeling so balanced…smile~
Along comes this new book on finding center in life as a work at home mom ! I thought at the time ” Wow, Lord this has got to be an answer to prayer ” , but Lord I have read so many books and not every thing works for everyone and Lord you have called me to do many things and I don’t know where to start…. but I will give this book a try. When I started reading Tricia’s Book I could tell that the evil one was causing me a lot of tension, Kids went crazy that night, acting out and fighting, DH wasn’t in a good mood and here I was just needing some sleep and yet this book was on my kindle and calling to me. So at 10pm I started reading and didn’t stop till 2 am, no I didnt’ finish the book that night. I read, prayed, kept reading and prayed more. Talked to the Lord and shed plenty of tears. This book touched my heart ! It met me right where I was at and brought me full circle to stand as always right before the Lord. Do I have it all together ? No, but what I do have is a desire to work harder to make it all work. I know that God the Father sees me and knows my heart and my hearts desire. I know to that most women don’t deal with some things I do. He knows that I long to do so many things in life and yet I feel like for 50 years they have been put off for one reason or another , someone else’s plans for life and living. A year ago, I read a book that got me really excited about reading again. It led to reading and reviewing christian authors books. After a year and a half, it has led to me sharing about my life and all the things that the Lord has brought me through. I have for years had a desire to help girls going through teen pregnancy. I also have a desire to help women who may have suffered rape, pregnancy, miscarriages , abusive relationships and divorce. So Lord, How do I do that all from home and make it work ? Well here came Tricia’s book to show me that I wasn’t alone and I could surely find my answers by seeking the Lord, following biblical teaching, loving my family and still occasionally having time to do something to help others. And the best part is she reminded me I don’t have to feel guilty about being me or about taking some time for myself to be who I truly am in the Lord.
~ I know too that I don’t have to feel ashamed of who I am ~
I totally enjoyed this book and want to thank Tricia for being open, honest and such a blessing to women. She is a wonderful Author, Sister in the Lord and a friend to so many. She has encouraged me to seek God, Be myself, Share my heart and Love my life in Christ.
I hope you will get a copy of this book and I hope you will find a mentor like Tricia or I and just seek the Lord and grow in Him.
Until Next Time
I received a free ebook copy for my kindle in return for my honest opinion and have received no further compensation for doing so.
Juliet Cole’s life has been dismantled by the murder of her husband. She doesn’t know who—or what—to trust when everything she has believed to be true about her marriage has been a lie.
A husband’s lies can have deadly consequences.
When Juliet Cole’s husband of fifteen years is murdered before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning, then returns home to break the tragic news to her boys. But a threatening voicemail takes this from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack.
Juliet realizes that she and her children are in danger too, unless she meets the killers’ demands. But as she and her sisters untangle the clues, her husband’s dark secrets come to light. The more she learns, the more of her life is dismantled. Was her husband an innocent victim or a hardened criminal?
Pre-order a copy for just $4.99 on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, or the eBook version on CBD until March 10th.
Terri Blackstock has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of “Intervention,” “Vicious Cycle,” and “Downfall,” as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, Restoration, and Moonlighters.
Find out more about Terri athttp://www.terriblackstock.com.
Well Once again my not being a Suspense reader has not mattered a hoot when reviewing Suspense Novels. I was not aware this was a Book 2 in the series, but it stands alone well even if you have not read the first book. I love the way Terri Blackstock writes, her story flows smoothly and her plot is really good. I love the Action, the Romance and Perhaps I may pick up another book of hers in the future… Is Julies husband who she really believes him to be ? Will she get over his death ? Is he really the innocent one or the guilty one ? Will Julie find love again ? or will her whole world fall apart ? What will she do to protect her family ? You will have to get yourself a copy of this book for sure. If your a suspense reader it is a must read ! You will love the romance and the love of family portrayed in this story a lot. I will be recommending it to my friends who love a great mystery.
The book releases March 11th, and Terri will be kicking off the release with a fun Facebook Distortion party and giving away a Kindle Fire HDX. PLUS readers can pre-order the ebook for just $4.99 between now and 3/11 everywhere ebooks are sold.
One winner will receive:
- A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
- Distortion and Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 11th. Winner will be announced at the Distortion Facebook Party on March 11th. Connect with Terri for a “suspenseful” book launch party with prizes, a book chat, and more.
Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN on the event page. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!
I recieved this book for my honest review and have recieved no further compensation for doing so.
Thank you Litfuse, Zondervan and Author Terri Blackstock
I hope you will join me tomorrow Feb 26th for My review of Terri’s book Distortion and the Info for her giveaway.
Today was a busy and yet somewhat stressful day for me. Why is it we stress about things God calls us to do ?
I knew a year or so ago that the Lord wanted me to share things from my life with other girls and women, but I wasn’t sure in what way that would come about. He has made a way for me to try writing and I have learned alot this past year while reading and reviewing, influencing for Authors. I still am not so sure I consider myself a writer but I will give it my best shot from the heart !
I want to thank all my Author, Reader fans for supporting me in Life and In Prayers and I hope each of you will continue on in prayer for me and my family as I strive to bring honor and glory to the Lord. You have no idea how much this means to me for your love in Christ to be shed upon me in so many ways.
Blessings and Much Love,