I get it, Momma. I totally get it.
Every day you wake up and try your very best. You love, give, and pour out your life for the ones who call you Momma. But no matter how much you offer, there are still days you feel as though you come up short. You worry, Am I loving these babies enough? Is this ever going to get easier? Why does it seem like I am the only one who cannot balance it all?
Sometimes, we just need hope (and maybe a long uninterrupted nap).
We need someone to help tune our hearts to the voice of the Father and to remind us that He has not forgotten about us.
In Hope Unfolding, Becky Thompson is a friend who reminds you that you aren’t alone, and that God is still writing your story. She guides you to encounter the Truth of God’s presence that not only fuels you with strength, but also a fresh confidence. And beyond gaining faith that tomorrow could be different, you find hope and purpose where you are standing today.
|Publisher:||The Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||7.90(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Becky Thompson began blogging under the name Scissortail SILK, quickly drawing a global audience of millions. A self-professed city girl, Becky is a recent transplant to northwest Oklahoma, where she lives with her husband, Jared, their three young children, and whatever critters wander in from the wheat field behind their house. You can connect with Becky online at www.BeckyThompson.com or join her and the thousands of other grace-filled moms who are a part of the Scissortail SILK community on Facebook.
Read an Excerpt
I have a white ceramic pitcher full of flowers that sits in my kitchen window. In the last year or so, I started collecting them (white pitchers, not windows). There is just some thing so dear and quaint and a little bit country about them. Also, I realized that most of the photos I pin to my "Dream Kitchen" board on Pinterest have a pitcher of flowers some where in the room. If you've ever shopped for white pitchers, you know how hard they are to find. Well, they're hard to find until you find one, and then suddenly you find five, and the fact that you couldn't find any for so long makes you want to buy all five because Pinterest said you could put one in the window, and one on the kitchen table, and one on the bookshelf And so I bought all of them-hence the collection.
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Table of Contents
To You, Momma, Before We Begin xi
One More Things to Hold
1 Diamonds in the Dirt 13
God Hasn't Forgotten About You
2 Ordinary Threads 29
God's Plans Are Perfect
3 A Fight for Joy 53
God Is Good Even When Life Isn't
4 Is It Just Me? 73
You're Not Alone
5 You Can't Do It All 87
Let God Be Your Strength
6 Real Life Looks Lived In 105
Your Are Not Your Mess
7 Don't Run Her Race 125
Have Grace for Who You Are
8 Outside the Box 145
God Still Performs Miracles
9 The Father's Love for a Momma's Heart 167
God Loves you just as You Are
10 The "Good Mom" Movement 183
You Are Enough
Before We End 203
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If there's one thing I need more of in my life it's grace. In general, I tend to have abundant grace for other people and next to none for myself. This book was so well-timed for me. I loved how she wrote as if she were my friend, gently reminding me of God's truth. Throughout the reading, there were questions that I often used as journal prompts. Each chapter ends with three sections: Let's Talk, Let's Pray, and Let's Hope. The first really gets us thinking and asks questions. The prayer section is an actual prayer we can use. I tended to use it as a springboard into my own prayer on the topic. The last section is an affirmation of sorts, reminding us how we should think. Here's an example: I am not a mess. I am a miracle. God sees value in me. God wants to help me, and I will let Him. I can always use positive, Bible-based affirmations in my life. If you're anything like me, you tend to struggle with your thought life. Worry. Am I doing enough to be a good wife, mom, and friend? Am I failing at this mom thing? Why am I the only one who can't balance it all? The truth is...you're not alone. God is the one writing your life story. Sometimes we just need to hear that voice of encouragement. For me, this book is a great help in this area. As it says on the back of her book, "She guides you to encounter the Truth of God’s presence that not only fuels you with strength but also a fresh confidence. And beyond gaining faith that tomorrow could be different, you find hope and purpose where you are standing today." Couldn't we all use hope and purpose?
This book is a must-read for ALL moms. Becky is REAL and she really GETS IT. She speaks TRUTH, HOPE and LOVE to all moms. She knows the easy days and the hard days. Reading this book is like sitting down for coffee with a GOOD friend and she reminds us that we're all in this together. She encourages us to give ourselves a little more GRACE and a whole lot of JESUS. LOVE IT!!!
Becky knows what its like to struggle as a momma, and helps bring everything into perspective.
I think most of us would agree that before we became a mom it looked so easy. I mean how hard is it to feed, bath, and play with a kid? I babysat a lot and it was easy. Then I became a mom..... Whoa! Hit the brakes. Being a mom is sometimes hard and overwhelming. I thought I was the only one who felt this way until I read this book. What a wonderful message God gave Becky that I needed to hear, that ALL moms need to hear! I laughed, I cried, and I felt understood. I gained hope in motherhood and grew confident in who I am as a mom. This book would be the perfect gift for any mom you know and the best gift you could give yourself! So what are you waiting for?!? Get the book and see what message God has for you!
I love this book
Motherhood is a battle no one tells you about when they hand you that precious little one with a wave and a smile. As a mother, I will be the first to admit, I was not prepared for the onslaught of trials I would face. When I was hiding in the closet, desperately hoping that someone would come and rescue me, yet continuing to find myself all alone. We all have the battle wounds and scars, but tend to forget that we do not have to fight this fight by ourselves. Thank goodness I found Becky Thompson's book, Hope Unfolding, when I did because this worn out mama was ready to throw in the towel. My heart was weary and I was just plain tired. But I found that as I read each page and realized I AM NOT ALONE, I would pump my fist and yell my battle cry, "Preach It, Sister! Hallelujah! Amen! Becky shows weary mamas everywhere, that even when it appears that the darkness is moving in, the Lord will be our hope. We tend to forget that He is there when we are in the midst of the daily battles we each face. But "Hope Unfolding" turns our minds and hearts away from the darkness and towards the light that our Father provides. He is there for you and me. He never forgets us. WE ARE NOT ALONE! Mama, you can lay those burdens at the Lord's feet and in exchange He will give you the courage, strength and confidence you need to walk onto the battlefield of motherhood every day. YOU ARE ENOUGH! Let the Lord give you the hope you desperately need.
This book is an inspiration for all Mommas seasoned and brand new. If you need a lift, a friend, a fellow mom warrior each page of this book will provide you with the encouragement, tears and truths you need to hear. This book is a must read for all. I could not put this book down, It is one of the best books I have read in sometime.
In Hope Unfolding, Becky Thompson’s allowed herself to be a vessel for our Heavenly Father to pour His love and grace out on women’s hearts everywhere, in every season. It gives us a refreshing breath of hope and freedom from perfectionism. I laughed, I cried, and I felt the presence of Jesus as I read her words. I can confidently say, I have never read a book that offers a feeling of actually visiting with the author. Becky writes to us from the vantage point of friendship and encouragement as only a true friend could. In this book, she beautifully portrays the secret brokenness we all feel as women and mothers, but never speak of. Yet gives a more beautiful reminder of what can happen if we allow the Love of Jesus to fill that brokenness. She tells us the too good to be true news, that we are enough, we are exactly where God wants us in this moment, we are not ruining our children, and His grace is sufficient not only for us, but our families as well. The most powerful truth that “we are created in the image of God, that we are more than conquerors thought Christ Jesus, that we are loved and called children of the most High God, we would be unstoppable. We could do anything. If we didn’t live feeling like failures, there would be no limit to what we believed God could do through us and through our mothering.” Get a copy for you and your friends so you too can be filled with hope and grace!
This book was one of those books that just makes you sigh with relief. You aren't alone in this, and that is a great feeling. You feel like Becky is at your table with you, just having a quick chat, not pouring her heart out on each God-filled page. This is a quick read for those busy mommas, but it's also such a great book to read slowly, to soak in those words of wisdom, to look back over time and time again when you just need some encouragement in this really hard thing we do every day called life. I absolutely recommend this book to everyone, whether you're young or old, a mom or not, single or married. It is beautiful and thoughtful and such a sweet representation of God's love for us.
Hope Unfolding is a book for moms but it is filled with encouraging stories and truths that we ALL need to hear. The author uses her personal stories to show God's love, grace, and truth in our lives. Being a mom is exhausting and really hard sometimes. I felt like I was given permission to just be the mom that God created me to be without feeling guilty and constantly comparing myself to other moms. I laughed and cried and worshipped. Honestly any book that causes you to stop reading and spend time with Jesus is worth reading. And here's a bonus: by the end of the book I felt like I had gained a new best friend! Becky is so personable and her writing style makes you feel like you're just chatting over coffee. 5 stars. I'm going to read this book again and again and I've already bought copies for friends. I would recommend to any mom seasoned or not because we all need a little hope to unfold in our lives!
I’ve been a follower of Becky Thompson’s blog, Scissortail Silk, for quite awhile. When I found out she was going to be writing a book, I was thrilled. And after reading the book, I was far from disappointed! Becky has a way of making the everyday ups and downs of being a mom seem normal, yet not insignificant. Her writing is very comforting, easy to read and easy to relate to. There is a great mix of both personal story and encouragement mixed throughout the book. Since I had been following her blog for some time, I was familiar with many of the stories in the book. However, reading them in a book brought them into a new light, and even more relatable. Becky covers everything in the book from the lighthearted laughs of trying to get your baby to say “mama” to the heartbreaking process of miscarriage to the overwhelming journey of transitioning into both motherhood and wifehood. Any mama, both married and not, should read this book. Every mom will finish it feeling validated, loved, hopeful, and knowing that there is grace in all the uncertainty that motherhood holds.
New mamas are often filled with expectation and hope for their wonderful life ahead. But in the days, months, and years of motherhood that follow, many women feel like they are stretched thin. The demands of life, marriage, work, and managing a home and children can start to feel like anchors weighing down her soul. The blissful dreams of her new mama heart seem like only a distant memory. That's when her dear friend, Becky Thompson, invites her over for coffee and the opportunity to just chat about those things that are so much harder than she once imagined...or at least that's what it feels like is happening every time I pick up this book. Hope Unfolding is filled with exquisite pearls of wisdom and nuggets of hope and encouragement mixed in with Becky's own unique stories and perspective that are perfect for those moments when I'm needing them the most. Becky's conversational style of writing will make you feel like you're sitting in her living room with her, and you will leave each chapter with a renewed sense of hope. Whether you're feeling like you're at the end of your rope, or you're just needing to know you're not alone in this motherhood journey, Hope Unfolding will speak words of life and truth into your heart and help you live fully in each beautiful moment as a mama.