Monday, April 25, 2016

Pressing Pause - A Devotional for Moms

The title of this devotional for moms really jumped out at me...Pressing Pause.  Isn't that what we all want to do from time to time?  Pause the noise, the chaos, the arguing, the constant activity, and take a quiet moment to reset.  This book contains 100 short devotionals that can help to reset our perspectives and focus on what's truly important.

Each devotional is 2 pages long and contains a key verse, short prayer, some questions for thought, and a few lines to jot down a response.  It is a good length for the busy mom, even if you only have 5 to 10 minutes to "press pause".

One of my favorite readings so far was entitled "We Have To or We Get To?".  The key verse was Colossians 3:23-24 which says Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord.  You serve the Lord Christ.  Sometimes as moms we get into the "poor me" mentality track.  Here's an excerpt from the reading that can help to reset that mindset....

"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."

This book would make a great gift for any Mom, especially one with young kids at home.  I was very impressed with the beautiful hard back cover.  It has a nice feel, with reflective lettering and design.  There is also a purple ribbon bookmark attached.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

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