Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Encouragement for Mothers and a Giveaway

I have such an eclectic mix in my Google Reader. Some blogs make me laugh. Some give me great homeschooling ideas. Some are about household organization. Some are just friends telling about their day. I love reading my blogs. And one of the most encouraging ones in my Google Reader is Mrs. June's blog.

If you already read A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, then you know what I am talking about. Her blog is a consistent place to receive encouragement and uplifting words. Always positive, always encouraging women in their walk with the Lord...well.

Imagine a whole book full of Mrs. June's encouraging words! Imagine no further--she has written a book!  I am sure you already knew that.

I started reading True Christian Motherhood the other night and I'll tell you what happened the next morning. As I woke up and lay there thinking about the upcoming day and what I needed to get done, etc., I started thinking about my girls. Suddenly I was remembering what life was like when I had to drop them off at baby sitter's houses and daycare when I was a working mom. I remember the horrible feeling driving away from them each day and how I would pray all the way to work for their safety and well-being. I hated being apart from them. Hated getting the call that they had fever and trying to find a way to get to them. Hated asking my parents to take my daughter to eat lunch for her birthday as I was at work.

Now why is this all significant? I'm getting to it. After I thought about all that, I was SO profoundly thankful for the last 4 years that I have been at home with my girls, homeschooling them and raising them each and every day. Praise the Lord for His providence that allows me to be home with them!

And here is the significant part: I rarely wake up thinking about being a mother. 

I wake up thinking about what I need to do.
I wake up thinking about what I'm going to fix for breakfast.
I wake up thinking about the errands I need to run.
I wake up thinking about something my husband asked me to do that day.

I almost never wake up thinking about how I can mother my children that day. 

Does that sound odd? I have gotten so busy and full of things to DO, that I have forgotten the main thing*: raising and training my children!

Mrs. June's book caused me to remember that. I am a MOTHER--not just a homeschooler. I am a MOTHER--not just a homemaker. I am a MOTHER--not just a stay at home mom.

Oh it is such a high calling!

The book is full of quotes, scripture, Challenge Questions at the end of each chapter, warnings, and encouragement. It will truly give you a vision for your very important role of motherhood.

And the best news is that Mrs. June has offered a free copy of True Christian Motherhood to one of my blog readers! If you would like to win a copy of this e-book, simply leave me a comment on this post and I'll draw a random winner on Thursday evening. If you already own a copy, let your friends know about this giveaway so they can enter!

Go here to learn more about the book or to buy your copy!


*I know being a helper for my husband actually comes first--but motherhood is part of being his helper!

15 comments:

  1. Yay! I can really use some encouragement these days! Thanks for the opportunity, Brenda and Mrs. June! :)

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  2. This sounds like an awesome book to change any mother's perspective. I would love to have a copy. Count me in, but good luck to all those who enter. We all could use it.

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  3. My favorite part about June's blog is that, even though I cannot NOT be a working mother right now, she never makes me feel inadequate or guilty. She is always encouraging, no matter the season. For us believing working moms, that's sometimes hard to find.

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  4. Count me in, Brenda!

    I'll probably buy it even if I don't win but you can't win unless you try.

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  5. Oh, I want to win!:) And thanks for the link to Mrs Junes blog. I don't comment here much but I love your blog. It's one of my few daily reads.

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  6. Oh! Oh! Me! Me! (Raising my hand and jumping up and down)

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  7. Hi Brenda:)
    I hope it doesn't post twice - I don't know what happened I wrote something and it disappeared. Anyway, I love your blog:) I feel like I know you - I wish I did in real life:) You and Miss June are my daily reads. I have a new baby boy so when I'm up in the middle of the night (like now) I read your blog. You are so encouraging, real, and make me laugh:) Praying for you:)

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  8. I'll enter! I've been eyeing this since it came out and was glad to read your review!

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  9. After 15 years of marriage, I decided last year that I had missed some stuff along the way. I never knew what it really meant to be a godly woman, wife, and mother. In the last year I have changed a lot of things about my life and, in turn, the lives of my family. Your blog was suggested to me by a friend a few months ago and I have read all of your entries. It is truely amazing how God can transform an entire family. I watch every day how God is transforming my family and I pray that it continues! I pray I never lose sight of the prize at the end. I would LOVE a copy of this book. I've never heard of it and am so happy to now about it so that even if I don'e win I know to go buy a copy. I can not wait!!! Thanks so much for the info!

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  10. Cool This book sounds wonderful!

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  12. I would love to win a copy and I found your blog by the way from the (not) back to school blog.

    Jen - please visit my blog (its our homeschool blog)

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I don't get to talk to a lot of actual grown-ups during the day, so your comments make me really happy! :)