Raising Little Radicals For Jesus {A Giveaway}

If you're reading this blog, there's a good chance you're a mother. Or maybe you're a soon to be mother. Or maybe you're a single girl who knows that some day she hopes to be a Godly mother. No matter which you are, if you're reading my "mommy blog," you probably care about motherhood and the kind of mother you are or you will be.

Can I just say that some days it's hard? And while there are so many rewards, there are days when you wonder when the laundry will end, why toys can't pick up themselves, and if anyone appreciates a thing you're doing. Because motherhood, it can be tiring and thankless. But, it can also be the most empowering role if you see it in the right mindset. 

When I started this blog, I wasn't yet a mother. I was a soon to be mother exploring and documenting this whole new world. When I started this blog, I knew nothing about motherhood. And still, I would never dare call myself an expert. When I started thi
s blog, I had no idea that it would become a place to connect, to grow, to encourage other mothers. I hope that I offer some minor encouragements to you as I try to master this role at the same time. 

I can't get over how much G has grown since that picture taken in October!

As you look for encouragement, so do I, and I most recently found it in the book Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role by Erin Davis. I know that I often share about children's books in this space but today I really wanted to share a book that is written for the mamas.

When I first started reading Beyond Bath Time, I found myself wanting to shout to the roof tops, "Yes, YES!" as she talked about how mundane the daily routine of dishes, laundry, and changing diapers can become. I won't lie, Erin also stepped on my toes a few times and I found myself feeling extremely convicted as she shared the lies that Satan tells and we believe about motherhood. But I breathed a sigh of relief when she reminded me of all of the mothers in the Bible who messed up (Sarah, Bathsheba, Hannah, Eve!), but the Lord redeemed those mistakes!

But the part of the book that really got me?  When she asks the question that we all sometimes wonder...among the piles of laundry and dirty diapers, "is this all there is to motherhood?" And I pressed in and waited for the truth because I know that's not all motherhood is. I know there can be more, there has to be more. And in answering this question, Erin shares this quote...

"As mothers, women have the opportunity to influence the next generation by spending hours a day for multiple years in the span of their children's lifetime pouring in truth, inspiring hearts and minds to live for God's glory, and training them as change-agents for the next generation--kind of like raising little "radicals for Jesus!" 
--Kim Wagner

You see, that's it! Choosing to raise children and disciple them is a high and holy calling. She assured me that God knows the frustrations of parenting and while they surprise me, they don't surprise Him. "He knows motherhood is tough, and He thinks you (and you too!) can do it anyway." A few chapters later she reminds me that "blessings and burdens are not mutually exclusive. Just because something is hard or cumbersome, doesn't mean it's not a blessing." 

Erin wraps up the book and reminds the reader that as a mother, you are not alone. We're all dealing with similar struggles and trying to figure it out along the way. I smiled at this part and thought of all of you here and all of the other moms I have connected with along the way. We're doing it together, trying to figure it out together, and in the midst of it all trying to remember that motherhood is a HIGH and HOLY calling. Can I get an amen?

Today, I just wanted to share what I've learned from this book and the wisdom that Erin shares. I hope you've found it encouraging and I'm happy to say that today, I will be giving away a copy of Beyond Bath Time to one lucky reader. If you're not a mama, this would be a great baby shower gift or a book to tuck away for later years. 

Please enter via the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will end Friday, February 9th at 12:00 am CST.

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Disclosure: I was gifted a copy of Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role by the publisher to review on my blog. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. Giveaway open to US residents only.
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