Grit and Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms

Grit and Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms

by Suzanne Hadley Gosselin, Gretta Kennedy

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Overview

Hang in There, Mama!

For those moments when you think you’ll never live up to the Supermoms around you—when you’re elbow deep in the grind of diapers and laundry and peanut butter sandwiches—you need a good dose of Grit and Grace.

This refreshing collection of 90 daily devotions comes from two moms who’ve found themselves face-to-the-floor in need of encouragement and now offer it to you. Through humor and vulnerability, these short messages of truth remove the filters of perfection clouding your vision and bring clarity to your purpose as a mom. As you read the Scripture and prayer that accompany each day’s message, you’ll discover more fully who you are in Christ and how to raise your children to reflect His love to the world.

In giving yourself grace, you will find you have even more grace to give from the One who is present in your life right now and in every moment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736976244
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 512,974
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin lives in California with her husband, Kevin, and four young children. Formerly an editor for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines, she is a regular writer and editor for Focus on the Family and David C Cook. She has written books for Zondervan, Harvest House and Tyndale and is the author of Expectant Parents.


Gretta Kennedy is a speaker, mentor and writer with a degree in women’s ministry from Multnomah University and over 20 years of ministry experience. She passionately supports her husband, Jay, and his fulltime camp ministry. They are raising their three children on Vancouver Island and report their adventures on the travel blog Traveling Islanders.  
 

Table of Contents

Grit and Grace 7

1 Teach Me to Number My (Mommy) Days 11

2 Stolen Identity 14

3 Toilet Paper and Broken Cisterns 17

4 Struggling to Find Joy 20

5 (Gingerbread) Man Down 23

6 A Different Plan 26

7 Unhappy Camper 28

8 Simple Pleasures 31

9 Hope in a Hopeless Place 34

10 Faith like a Child 37

11 Worth the Work 40

12 Light of the World 43

13 Reporting for Active Duty 46

14 Cheerleaders in the Delivery Room 49

15 Cleaning Up the Crumbs 52

16 Soo-soos 55

17 Love > Worry 57

18 Doing Hard Things 60

19 Basking in the Path of Totality 63

20 Thanksgiving Failure 66

21 Flawed and Loving It 69

22 The Lose Child 71

23 Special Day 74

24 Joining the Work 76

25 Invited and Seen 79

26 Soul Food 81

27 Gentle Shepherd 84

28 Life-Giving Groups 87

29 Joy for the Asking 90

30 Easter Basket Goodness 93

31 Getting Out of Survival Mode 96

32 Worms in the Garden 99

33 Beauty Lost and Found 102

34 Encourage One Another Daily 105

35 Just Move 108

36 Pick Me Up at the Zoo 110

37 The Things She Won't Be 113

38 Flat Tire! 115

39 Mommy Matters 118

40 Mess Under the Sink 121

41 God in My Sorrow 124

42 U-Haul and Armor 127

43 Avoiding the Rot of Envy 130

44 The Worst Five Minutes Ever 133

45 Heart of Acceptance 136

46 Gaining Gratitude 139

47 Beauty in Diversity 142

48 Joy Found in the Orange Juice 145

49 Making Mom Friends 148

50 The Extroverted Mama 151

51 Giving Up Control 154

52 The Redwoods and the Epic Stomach Flu 157

53 My Fanciest Dress 160

54 Peace in the Chaos 162

55 Comfort and Joy 165

56 Wisdom on a Roll 168

57 Growing Strong 171

58 Arrows in the Quiver 174

59 Missing the Point 177

60 Holy in the Unexpected 180

61 Living Lovable 183

62 Way, Way More Than You Know 185

63 A House United 188

64 Mirror Messages 191

65 Beauty in Imperfection 194

66 A Few Prickles 197

67 The Art of Accepting Help 200

68 God's Painting 203

69 Loving 152 205

70 Dance Like Nobody's Watching 207

71 Blowing It Big-Time 210

72 Comparison Versus Completeness 213

73 Post Office Blues 216

74 Stop and Look at Me 219

75 Embarrassing Moments 221

76 The Importance of Discipline 224

77 Nurturing Little Adventurers 227

78 Just Add a Bit of Kindness 229

79 Fear Is Not My Friend 232

80 Bedtime Lessons 235

81 Simple Celebrations 238

82 Rainbows in the Bathroom 241

83 Better Together 244

84 The Sneaky Rodent 247

85 I Just Want to Be with You 250

86 Stone by Stone 255

87 The Truth About Moms 256

88 A Bit of Brain Power 259

89 Unexpected Gifts 262

90 It Happened 265

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Grit and Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy devotionals because there is always something God has waiting for me to read. I was so excited when I found out for the first time that I was pregnant. Then reality hit and all these crazy things started running through my head. This book is a wonderful tool to use to encourage mothers as they find their way through motherhood. I really like the chapter about "Hope in a Hopeless place." I had a similar scary moment with my youngest son. He started having seizures and we rushed him to the hospital. They then transferred him by ambulance to the Children's hospital. We found out after five days in ICU that he had an allergic reaction to mosquito bites. During that time I was so scared I couldn't even think straight. I did learn a valuable lesson through this experience. God is in control and I needed to trust Him with my children. We can learn many things from our children and one of those is how much faith they have when sometimes we can't even have enough faith to believe our circumstances are not to big for God. Another chapter I liked was called, "Comparison versus Completeness." This chapter really hit home for me. I have always felt inadequate as a mom and see how other women make motherhood look easy. I found myself always tired and disorganized. This chapter reminded me that we are all different . We have been designed by God to be uniquely us. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses . When we learn to focus on or gifts and talents then, " We will experience a peace that surpasses all understanding that will guard your heart and mind." I received a copy of this book from the authors and Read with Audra blogging program.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy devotionals because there is always something God has waiting for me to read. I was so excited when I found out for the first time that I was pregnant. Then reality hit and all these crazy things started running through my head. This book is a wonderful tool to use to encourage mothers as they find their way through motherhood. I really like the chapter about "Hope in a Hopeless place." I had a similar scary moment with my youngest son. He started having seizures and we rushed him to the hospital. They then transferred him by ambulance to the Children's hospital. We found out after five days in ICU that he had an allergic reaction to mosquito bites. During that time I was so scared I couldn't even think straight. I did learn a valuable lesson through this experience. God is in control and I needed to trust Him with my children. We can learn many things from our children and one of those is how much faith they have when sometimes we can't even have enough faith to believe our circumstances are not to big for God. Another chapter I liked was called, "Comparison versus Completeness." This chapter really hit home for me. I have always felt inadequate as a mom and see how other women make motherhood look easy. I found myself always tired and disorganized. This chapter reminded me that we are all different . We have been designed by God to be uniquely us. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses . When we learn to focus on or gifts and talents then, " We will experience a peace that surpasses all understanding that will guard your heart and mind." I received a copy of this book from the authors and Read with Audra blogging program.
Sprinkle23 More than 1 year ago
I wish I'd had Grit & Grace when I first became a mother nearly seven years ago. I needed loving, affirming, wise voices of women who'd gone before. That's what Suzanne and Gretta do in this book. Their stories are relatable, and inspiring. They often cite Scripture and there is a prayer at the end of each devotion. It takes me less than five minutes to read a devotion (good for busy moms) and I often read more than one a day. There's a large range of topics and, for the most part, they can be read in any order. I did not notice anything that contradicts the Bible. I do feel the book is best suited for mothers with babies and young children. Not that a mother of a older child wouldn't glean wisdom from the devotions, but I feel like most of the devotions deal with the issues that arise with younger children. I'll share one of my favorite quotes that has altered my perspective: “The reality that your time with your little ones is limited shouldn't depress you, Mama. It should empower you. It should empower you to sit longer snuggled on the couch, reading 'just one more' book. It should empower you to set aside your to-do list to watch your tutu-clad princess perform her original production for you. (Page 12)” That's just a snippet of one devotional that really hit home for me, but I've underlined statements in nearly each devotion. I can see myself reusing this book over and over again. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
DChatley More than 1 year ago
Love love this book by 2 moms who have come from the trenches of motherhood and share their wisdom with the rest of us. The format of this book is powerful with alternating chapters being written by 2 authors. It’s like getting a 2 for 1 sale. We as readers get the double the wisdom. Basically each chapter is a devotional and it starts off with one of the 2 authors sharing a true story and then they draw spiritual lessons from that story and then end with prayer. The length of each chapter is perfect for a daily reading. Highly recommend this book to moms of all ages. You will find yourself nodding your head in agreement, laughing, gasping and simply finding community that you can relate to because their stories are our stories. One of my favorite quotes from the book is ‘I struggled with the identity shift from fully, functional, respectable adult to overwhelmed, insecure hot mess I had become’
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
GRIT AND GRACE: DEVOTIONS FOR WARRIOR MOMS is a book that all moms can relate to, whether they are veterans with grown children and grandchildren, or whether they are just starting out with their first newborn infant. The stories are personal and friendly, having something to do with giving birth or parenting, then the authors take leaps to tie it to scripture and include a prayer. I would like there to be actual scripture references to read and meditate on to start with, but there are not, so as far as devotions go, its more of a healthy dose of "Hey, you can do this, Mom" rather than focus on actually feeding you spiritually. If you are looking for a friendly devotional that will allow you to spend five minutes or less getting a dose of motivation to press on, then this will be a good book to consider. The stories are interesting, easy to read, and were a fun trip down memory lane in some cases.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Grit and Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms is a great devotional. It is a combination of grace, inspiration, and faith. It had some entries that had laugh out loud humor and some that brought me to tears. It made me realize that I do not have to be a perfect mom and it is okay to laugh and cry. Grit and Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms is one devotional that a mom should not miss. I happily gave my copy over to another mom that could be inspired by it. I can not wait to find out how she liked it. I highly recommend Grit and Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms for all moms to read. I found it to be relatable and I am sure others will, too. The devotions are short, making it easy for any mom could use. I am give it a well deserved five plus stars.