Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus

Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus

by Karen Ehman, Ruth Schwenk


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ISBN-13: 9780310357797
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 95,917
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Karen Ehman is a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, a New York Times bestselling author, and a writer for First 5, a Bible study app that reaches over 2 million people daily. She has written thirteen books including Let. It. Go., Keep It Shut, and Pressing Pause. Her passion is to help women to live their priorities as they reflect the gospel to a watching world. Married to her college sweetheart, Todd, and the mother of three, she enjoys antique hunting, cheering for the Detroit Tigers, and feeding the many people who gather around her kitchen island for a taste of Mama Karen's cooking. Connect with her at

Ruth Schwenk is the founder of The Better Mom, and along with her husband, Patrick, the creator of For the Family. She is a pastor’s wife, a mom of four energetic kids, a lover of coffee, and a dreamer of big dreams. She loves leading, speaking, and blogging. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Ruth is the coauthor of Hoodwinked and Pressing Pause. The Schwenks are the coauthors of For Better or for Kids. Ruth, Patrick, and their children live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Turning Worry into Worship 2

Strong Love 4

The Joneses Are Overrated 6

A Place of Peace 9

What's In Your Hand? 11

What My Thoughts Tell Me 14

Benedictions 16

Parenting Together 18

We Wove To or We Get To? 20

More Than a Mom 23

From Broken to Boasting 25

Passing on Your faith 27

Canceting the Transaction 29

A Work of Art 31

Break the Yoke 33

Stretching for the Savior 38

Lead by Example 40

From an Eye Roll to an "I Will" 42

Live with Greater Love 45

Which Pour Words Will You Say? 47

Pulling "Flesh" on God 50

All Yo Need Is love 53

Gather Around the Table 56

I Didn't Sign Up for This 58

Toe Real Me 61

Leading with a look 63

Leaving and Cleaving 66

Scurried or Sealed? 68

Spiritual Children 71

But I'd Rather Sleep Than Pray 74

Teaching Forgiveness 76

Friend or Frenemy? 78

Is Your Home Fun? 80

Minivans of Clay 82

Stepping Out in Faith 84

Making the Resurrection Real 86

Judge Not 89

Treasures Among the Trash 92

Faith That Waits 95

Forget About It 97

Focus on What Matters Most 99

With My Bible Pressed to My Heart 101

Not Perfect But Good 104

Low-Drama Dings 106

Abide Even When You Can't Get Alone 109

Motherabitia 112

Measuring Up 114

Drowning Out Distractions 117

The Gift of Encouragement 120

God Is Not Worried 122

Walking in God's Word 125

Selfie-Centered 128

A Little Temple 130

You're Always Doing That 132

Praying When You Feel Powerless 135

The $285 Cinnamon Roll 137

Building Wisely with Our Words 140

Coming Clean 142

Creating Community 145

Mistaken identity 147

Waiting for Your Prodigal 149

Juicy-Fruit Faith 152

Establishing Traditions 155

Where Am I in This? 158

Are You in the Desert? 161

I Want All the Answers Now 163

What's for Dinner? 166

One Holy Hand 168

Dreaming Big 171

The Dangerous Familiar 174

Is Mom Crabby Again? 176

Befriending the Bitter 178

Rest Time 180

Let Them Hear So They Can See 182

Skilled Living 185

Playing Favorites 187

Praying for your Husband 190

Junk-Closet Heart 192

Involving Your Children in Ministry 195

Tethered or Tattered? 198

Teaching Your Children Courage 200

Being Right Doesn't Give you the Right 203

Opening Your Home 205

Within Earshot, Within Heartshot 207

Becoming Less 210

Domestic Detective Work 212

Nurturing Your Family 215

Picking Up Dirty Socks (Again!) 217

Grow in Generosity 219

Pick Me! Pick Me! 221

Teaching Children to Pray 223

The Person Standing in Front of You 226

It's Okay to Ask for Help 229

Being Spiritually Sneaky 231

Letting Go of Anxiety 233

Embrace the Wait 235

Keep Growing with Others 238

Last Things First 240

Mission as a Mom 243

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Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Scarlet95 More than 1 year ago
I've been reading a new devotional on my iPad: Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus by Karen Ehman & Ruth Schwenk. As the title suggests, this book contains 100 short chapters, each with a Bible verse or two, a meditation, a short prayer and a couple of questions to think about. After the questions there's space to journal a response (for the electronic version, readers are encouraged to use a note-taking app to journal their response). Each of the devotions deals with a topic that moms can relate to, like "Playing Favorites," "Teaching Your Children Courage," "Becoming Less," and "Picking Up Dirty Socks (Again!)." Each chapter is short, requiring about 5 minutes to read, along with however long the reader wishes to think about the questions. The authors use personal narrative to inspire other moms to take time to meet with Jesus each day. Here are a couple of excerpts: From "The Joneses Are Overrated" Yes, the Joneses invade our homes and our thoughts several times a day through social media and the Internet, robbing us of contentment. In a letter to the believers in Philippi, the apostle Paul penned Philippians 4:11-13, which says, "For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am" (HCSB). The Greek word rendered "content" in this verse denotes more than just a throwing up of arms in reluctant acceptance. At its hub, it means "to be satisfied to the point where I am no longer disturbed or disquieted." From "We Have to or We Get to?" How about we hit the restart button when it comes to our tasks? Let's stop pouting. Rather, let's reframe our attitudes Colossians 3:23-style. I don't have to clean my house. I get to clean my house--because I have a place to call my own, while many are homeless or displaced. And I'm serving the Lord Jesus as I clean. I don't have to fill out this team permission slip. I get to fill it out--because my child is healthy enough for physical activity. And I'm serving the Lord Jesus as I write. I don't have to drive to get groceries. I get to do this errand--because we have enough money to purchase provisions and we own a car, so I don't have to walk. And I'm serving the Lord Jesus as I shop. We don't have to. We get to. And thanks be to God That We do. I am enjoying this devotional. Reading these devotions is a great way to start my day with Jesus. I received this book for free from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.
trippingintograce More than 1 year ago
The children are fighting, screaming holy terror so loud you think your head might explode…AGAIN. Your youngest child has created a body of water so large and deep that it just might become the next great lake or ocean. But no big deal, its just your bathroom. As you are tucking in your oldest child, he casually mentions that his 3-D diorama of the solar system is due tomorrow morning. And don’t forget all the planets need to be properly color-coded and labeled. Did he forget to mention that it is worth half of his grade for the semester??? Where did this mountain of laundry come from? Didn’t I just do laundry yesterday? The bills are piling up and the money is running low. Groceries or light bill this week? Which one can we live without? Where is the pause button when you need it? Do they sell them at Walmart? You don’t care how much it costs, you just need it NOW! The life of mother can be exhausting. And what do you have to show for it except stretch marks, dark under eye circles and a bone dry energy reservoir. What if 5 minutes could reassure you that it is all worth it? Too good to be true you ask? Not at all. Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments Where Moms Can Meet with Jesus by Karen Ehrman and Ruth Schwenk provides just that. It is so much more than a devotional for moms spouting all the jargon we’ve heard before. “Being a mother is the best job in the world!” “Sitting down to eat is overrated and a great calorie burner!” “Who needs adult conversation? I can have intelligent conversations with my children.” Ummm….yeah right! Motherhood is hard and that is a fact! As a mother, I find myself wishing for those precious and illusive 5 minutes of peace and quiet. Those moments are like GOLD. But here is the thing, the old adage about the oxygen mask on the plane…it’s true. In order to be the best mother to your bundles of joy, its imperative to take time, however brief, for yourself. Pressing pause in order to spend time with God is the greatest gift you can give yourself everyday. God provides you with the energy you need to make it through the chaos of each day. His power refills your spiritual, physical and mental reservoirs allowing you to continue pouring yourself into the lives of your family. He makes the following promises in Matthew 11:28-30, 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Life as a mother can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it by yourself. God has your back and He is faithful in fulfilling His promises. Go on Press Pause! You deserve it!
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
I know some days I just want to press pause on life. I imagine most of us do have those days. It seems like most of us juggle some sort of hectic day in our modern world. Add to that a dose of guilt for not reading God's Word and I am left feeling tight in the shoulders and stressed. Pressing Pause is the answer for time with God in the midst of your hectic life. Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk have written devotional readings that are down to earth and easy to relate to. For example, I know I can relate to occasionally envying those I follow on social media when it seems they have perfect days. Karen's devotional, "The Joneses are Overrated," hit home with me the other day. Another example that I could relate to as someone who recently moved is Ruth's "Creating Community." Each devotional has a Bible verse, a short story/essay to relate to, a prayer, and a question or two to help you relate it to your life. There is also space to write the answers down so you can look back at them later and so you can continue to pray about those things in your own life. I know my days go much better when I start them with some time alone with God.On those days when my son was up early and that wasn't possible, it still helped to pull out a devotional and a Bible and get some God time in the midst of those stressful days. Both of the authors regularly minister to women. Karen Ehman is a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker. Ruth Schwenk is a pastor's wife who created, These ladies know how to relate to women and it shows in their writing. This book would be great for any woman wanting a new devotional. Since it doesn't have dates on the readings, it is one that could be started at any time during the year. It would make a great gift for a tired out mom. The cover is also beautiful! I could see myself putting this in a gift basket along with a coffee shop gift card and some other personal items for a personal time out. I highly recommend it. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
VintageMommy More than 1 year ago
The younger our babes, the harder it is to not only find the time to read Scripture, but also keep our minds focused enough to hear from God as we are reading. This wonderful new devotional from Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk aims to helps moms reverse this. Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet Jesus is ideal for the mom who is trying to regain her footing in spending time alone with God. The short passages are expounded upon alternating between the authors. Real-life examples from each woman's life. At the end of each devotion is a sample prayer and questions to ponder. Finally, there is space to journal your own thoughts after reading. This is intended to be a way for mom to press pause on their day for just a moment. I think this would have been especially helpful when I was first starting on my mothering journey. Moments with God were hard to create even though it was what my heart desired. I talk to a lot of new moms and I've heard this same thing over and over. The title for this devotional is so perfect. My girls are apt to say, "Pause the game!" when they are playing pretend and need to do something in real life for a second. The same idea is here. We need to press pause from the tyranny of the ordinary. If it has been a while since you took some time alone with God this is a great place to start.