Day-votions for Mothers: Heart to Heart Encouragement

Day-votions for Mothers: Heart to Heart Encouragement

by Rebecca Barlow Jordan
     
 

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Mothers, you’ll be re-energized and refreshed by the forty heartfelt devotions—especially for you!—in Day-Votions for Mothers. Let bestselling devotional author Rebecca Barlow Jordan help you deepen your relationship with God while encouraging you through humorous and sometimes poignant stories of the rollercoaster of ups and downs of a mother&rsquo

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Mothers, you’ll be re-energized and refreshed by the forty heartfelt devotions—especially for you!—in Day-Votions for Mothers. Let bestselling devotional author Rebecca Barlow Jordan help you deepen your relationship with God while encouraging you through humorous and sometimes poignant stories of the rollercoaster of ups and downs of a mother’s life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310322047
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
03/28/2010
Series:
Day-votionsSeries Series
Pages:
172
Sales rank:
654,462
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Day-votions for Mothers

Heart-to-Heart Encouragement
By Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Zondervan

Copyright © 2010 Rebecca Barlow Jordan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-32204-7


Chapter One

day 1 too little resting, too little nesting

It's useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don't you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves? Psalm 127:2 (MSG)

What mom hasn't uttered the words "Hurry up!" to her children? From toddlers to teens, my children heard those words fly out of my mouth far too many times. Were they poking or primping? Was it my time management? Or my kids'? My own expectations? Or others'? Regardless of the cause, the days seemed to shrink as the hours clicked by far too quickly.

I know I'm not alone. Is there too much "hurry" in your life? Too much pursuing and too much doing? Too little resting and too little nesting? The executive mom, driven by the demands in her office, exceeds the "need" limit continually. The young mother juggles frantically her sixty-hour workload to make ends meet. Husband and wife wring their hands and arrest their hearts in exhaustion.

Is there another way? God says there is. Tired bodies cannot function on high-speed frenzy forever. Obviously, we cannot turn back the clock. Time never stands still, and we all face similar struggles. Others need you, whether it's your children, husband, employer, neighbor, or friend. But sooner or later, something has to give. Moms have needs too.

There is no "one-size-fits-all" time solution for mothers. Children's needs are uniquely different, and trying to nourish their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs require resources beyond our control. Then add everything else we as moms try to juggle. Is there a boundary line? How do you say, "Enough"? Even sleep eludes us, and we find our minds racing through the night, desperate for solutions to our dilemma.

God will give every mom the resources she needs to accomplish what he wants for her to do.

I remind my daughters often that some things will change through the years, that sleepless nights of feeding, changing, rocking, and crying will pass away (do I hear an amen?). But even as the kids grow, we as moms can always find activities to fill the gaps and accompanying worries to zap our energy in the process. If we make a habit-and a lifestyle-of hurrying and worrying, everyone loses.

God will give every mom the resources she needs to accomplish what he wants for her to do. In the meantime, he says our overscheduled, undernourished lives get us nowhere-nowhere near to his ideal for us. Even as we sleep, cannot God who knows us inside out produce wisdom, rest, creativity, and solutions if we rest in his provision, not our own?

If we work for anything, let it be that we work to nest-in his rest.

DAY-BREAK

Think through a typical day's activities. What things can you subtract? Any priorities you should add? See how many times you can eliminate the word "Hurry!" this week.

DAY-BRIEF

Wrestle less; trust more.

DAY-VOTEDLY YOURS

Lord, forgive me when I try to cram too many hours into one day. Thank you for reminding me that as I rest in you, my children will sense my refreshed spirit as well.



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“What a beautiful gift of encouragement for mothers! From cover to cover, Day-Votions for Mothers spoke to my heart. I was chuckling one moment and deeply convicted the next. Rebecca Barlow Jordan ended each devotional with practical applications, thought-provoking quotes, and prayers that I could incorporate as my own.” — Jennie Afman Dimkoff

“With her humor, honesty, and heart for moms, Rebecca Barlow Jordan gives you a daily dose of encouragement in Day-Votions for Mothers that will lift your spirit and lighten your load.” — Cindi Mc Menamin

“If you’re a mom overwhelmed by the demands of family and hungry for encouragement, Day Votions for Mothers will satisfy your soul. When you open Rebecca Barlow Jordan’s book, you’ll feel like she’s right there beside you ready to chat. If you need an encourager in your life today, you need this book!” — Jolene Philo

“In Day-Votions for Mothers, Rebecca Barlow Jordan takes us on a delightful, forty-day journey through the blessings and struggles of raising children. Her personal stories, told with humor and transparency, reveal the mother’s heart within each of us, giving us a daily dose of hope and encouragement. Through thoughtful reflections, daily prayers, and examples of biblical moms, Jordan confirms our calling and celebrates the truth that we are not alone in the journey.” — Vonda Skelton

“Rebecca gives sweet glimpses of motherhood, showing ‘beauty in the midst,’ while helping women see they aren’t alone in common challenges. Through friendship and faith, Rebecca offers real-life choices and fresh perspective to energize mothers each day. I am excited about this Day-Votion™—it will encourage moms!” — Judy Dippel

“This devotional brought me joy as well as a path to walk on daily with my Lord. Each day brought brand-new insights as Rebecca cleverly recapped the lesson with her Day-breaks and Day-briefs. This book will not leave my book table!” — Lane P. Jordan

“Rebecca understands the emotional, physical, and spiritual exhaustion of motherhood. She also knows the secret to refreshing, refueling, and renewing a mother’s soul. Like a trusted friend, Rebecca takes you by the hand and leads you to God’s still waters for the encouragement you need to meet the day’s demands. You’ll walk away filled to the brim and ready to pour into your children’s lives anew.” — Sharon Jaynes

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