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Read Me A Story

What are your favorite children books? (PLEASE SHARE BELOW) One of my new favorite authors is Max Lucado and let me tell you why.

I was visiting my parents last year, and my son asked me to read him a book. We read a book called THE WAY HOME, PRINCESS STORY. It was a beautiful parallel of how we strayed into the world and how our Father came to rescue us. While a few of the pictures are a bit scary for a young child, the story is right on. It became a favorite of my three year old.

My mom also has a quite a few other children’s books written by Lucado. I noticed in every story that he tied the gospel or an essential Bible lesson to each of them.

Take, for instance, the Wemmicks in his YOU ARE SPECIAL series. These stories teach about a Creator who made us for a reason, Who gave us gifts and Who loves us. These too are favorites of mine.

This same author is famous for his book JUST IN CASE YOU EVER WONDER. This is a great book for new
moms and their babies.

Here are others:0915161455d
THE BOY AND THE OCEAN
THE OAK INSIDE THE ACORN
YOU ARE SPECIAL
JUST IN CASE YOU EVER WONDER
THE SONG OF THE KING
THE CHILDREN OF THE KING
THE CRIPPLED LAMB
I WISH I HAD A GREEN NOSE
THE TALLEST OF SMALLS
A HAT FOR IVAN

Try them out, you won’t regret it. What about you? What do you read to your children?

Rejoicing,

Joy

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Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

The other day, I got the book Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson. It was wonderful! Beginning to end, I was helped and encouraged, double-tapping on my Kindle Fire to highlight all the things I wanted to remember!

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{Disclaimer alert!} As always, there will be things in a book I do not agree with. Is that not true of most books? Even true of conversations with your closest friends? 🙂

Sarah Mae is a mom like you and me. She home schools. She has three young ones. She is where I am in my life. Her part in writing the book was to say, “I understand!”

Sally Clarkson is an older woman, who has already raised her children. And they have “turned out.” Her part was to say, “I have been there. Here is how I handled that.”

It has so many wonderful ideas, I could write forever!

But this is one idea from the book, that I want to leave with you.

You are the mom God wants your children to have! He wants to help you raise your children. It’s easy to get side-tracked with others’ voices. Grandma says, “Let them sleep on their tummy.” The pediatrician says, “Never their tummy.”

Some books will encourage you to spank for every offense. Others will say you should only spank in extreme cases.

Your mother and mother-in-law disagree on when to start solid foods.

A friend may say, “You should always tell your children they are beautiful.” Another friend says, “You shouldn’t tell them they are beautiful; they will grow up vain and conceited.”

So many voices!

So, get in God’s Word, become more like Him. Listen to His heart and learn of Him. He will be the voice to actually help you raise your children! Sometimes you need good advice, and sometimes you need ideas on how to handle a difficult stage with your children. But ultimately, you are their mother. God made it that way! Listen to Him. He is the best parent ever!

So, get the book… and be encouraged!

❤ Joy

Click here for the review on my personal blog.

Click here for the Desperate Mom website.