A few years ago, 9 to be exact, I got married. I didn’t expect to have children at the time because of some things my doctors had told me about my health. It turns out that the Lord had other plans for our family. I came home pregnant from the honeymoon. Over the next 5.5 years I was pregnant for 3 and ¾ of those years and gave birth to 5 children. Life became chaos. I was exhausted, depressed, overwhelmed and constantly feeling like I was starving my soul.
As my children have grown I have been able to find some stability. My youngest will be 3 in about 3 weeks, so things have improved a great deal. We have a different sort of busy now and I am sure it will continue to change dramatically in the upcoming years. Yet in the midst of it all I have found I need, time alone with the Lord Jesus. When I don’t quiet my heart to listen, when I don’t take the time to pause and simply feed my soul, I feel as though I am going to shrivel up and die.
It was in the midst of one of my busiest times that I found some amazing blogs that I could read quickly and fill up my heart for the day ahead. I began growing spiritually from the wisdom I was reading each and every day. Through the encouragement from the women who were writing those blogs, I found ways to carve out more time for my spiritual health, and it made a huge difference in my life over the course of the next few years.
I learned how vitally important that it is for me to be drawing my strength from the author of strength. I simply can not care for my family properly if I am not feeding my soul. I believe this truth applies to everyone not just mothers.
Recently Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk teamed up and wrote the book, Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus. This book is exactly what I found on those blogs all those years ago. There is a small reading for each day, a scripture verse and some questions at the end to dwell on throughout the day. This book is exactly what the title says it is. A collection of short readings to help point our hearts to the one and only who can feed our soul, in the midst of the busyness of mothering.
The book is really beautiful. It would make a great gift for new mothers who are deep in the trenches of motherhood.
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