It seems like recently I’ve had more discussions in person and read more blog posts from mothers who are at that stage of wiped out where you can barely see straight and keeping perspective seems like a pie-in-the-sky concept. I get that, because I feel that way too. It might be the third trimester talking, or the anemia, but I’ve had a hard time lately feeling encouraged in my work as a mother.
If you’re in a similar place, or just need a reminder of the joy and opportunity in parenting, I would highly recommend Plenty: 31 Sips of Joy for Moms Everywhere. As the title suggests, the book contains 31 short chapters that each relate an incident and then make application of Scripture, ending with a challenge to apply the Scripture to your own situation. I found the chapters a perfect length to read in those very short pockets of time I might otherwise just mindlessly scroll through something online. Each chapter was insightful, honest, and encouraging. I loved the way that the author saw parallels between the way her small children act and the way she acts toward God. That is something I find true of parenting as well, and the book gave me even more impetus to look for those connections.
Most of all I am impressed with how well the author struck a balance between lovingly challenging mothers to be more thoughtful, intentional, and godly, while also maintaining a tone of encouragement rather than making the reader feel loaded down with yet more items for the To Be list.
Although the book is short, I took a lot of notes and would really recommend it to you. It’s an inexpensive Kindle download (you can easily read it on the free Kindle app if you don’t have a Kindle) and is actually FREE for Prime members. I hope you find it as helpful as I did!
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