My Book Release Is Today!

Becoming A Peaceful MomBecoming A Peaceful Mom releases today!

First, I praise God and mark his faithfulness with awe. This book is only possible by his grace. Only God. All God. I’m filled with passion to share the message that I believe He placed on my heart and developed in me over the years.

My heart is in the pages of this book. Not long after my relationship with Jesus became personal, I began to realize that God wanted me to connect learning to walk with him to learning how to be a mom. Sometimes for years at a time, I laid this manuscript down, due to other life circumstances. Then just when I thought I would shelve it permanently, I’d sense the Lord saying to resume the work. Over these years, I stretched chapters to cover broader age spans and broadened themes, as our children grew up and as I grew in the Lord. Through every season of each child’s life and mine, a theme rose like a precious gem uncovered: We can become a peaceful mom.

As a result, this book is written for a broad audience—moms in every season of raising your child. Our role changes over the years, yet God’s principles and calling to a mom remain the same.

You try so hard, and God sees it. My stories are samples of treasured markers for where God worked powerfully in my heart through trials, errors, and sweet moments. My prayer for you is that your stories become treasured markers for you.

Moms crave peace. Peace in the ordinary, unpredictable day and in the hard days; peace about decisions, strategies, and how we see our self; peace about developing and restoring relationships. This book equips you to live the ordinary days of parenting in a way that you experience God’s anchoring peace in your soul as you set tone and direction for your child.

I hope you’ll consider buying Becoming A Peaceful Mom: Through Every Season of Raising Your Child. You can purchase the book through the publisher and Amazon.

I have one big favor to ask—Will you help me spread the word about my book?! Two ways you can help right away:

  • Forward this email (or cut and paste parts of it) to all your momma friends.
  • Share my book cover and links on your social media. You go to my social media pages and share from there: @teresadglenn on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #BecomingAPeacefulMom.

With love and many thanks,

Teresa

 

You Make A Difference

IMG_0999“Mommy, what’s that?” Our 6-year-old son watched as someone carved a roast on a TV commercial. He hadn’t been introduced to this meat yet. I smiled, There’s so much he hasn’t seen yet in his young life.

Years later, my husband and I were planting a new church. A young woman in her twenties attended regularly and I wanted to know her better. Over coffee she shared, “I never knew it could be like this. I love it.” She’d grown up in the church, yet she’d never experienced worship or community like this. Her relationship with the Lord blossomed, and she connected so many young people to our church.

Often in life, we don’t know what we don’t know.

We haven’t been introduced or exposed. Or, we have been; only, our experience is limited. We have no idea that there’s more.

IMG_1029“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.” (Isaiah 58.10)

Often people don’t know they’re hungry until they taste the food. Like my young friend, once she was introduced to “more”, her perspective changed. So did her life. Then her life affected so many other lives.

The most frequent comment that moms share with me after a parenting class is, “I never thought about praying so much about the every day stuff of parenting.”

As moms, we’re busy and often isolated. Don’t assume that the moms around you have parenting figured out. All of us LIVE on a learning curve! We need each other. If you ask a mom with older children for advice, you will bless her. She’ll be glad to pass on what she learned in the trenches, and she’ll likely have a positive view because she’s through that season. If you have the older children, look for moms with younger ones to share a smile or word of encouragement.

IMG_1030I’ve added an Audio tab to the website where “The Will” teachings are now available in MP3. Check it out! And by now you know what I’m going to say – Please share this with your friends. We don’t know how hungry we are – until we taste God’s food.

We’re halfway through the videos. I’m not posting a new one this week, so you can watch any you haven’t seen yet. I want you to be built up as a mom. You’re important.

I appreciate you. Thank you for taking time to read my blog and to watch the videos.

Dear God,
I lift my blog friends to you and ask that this day, you will encourage them. Help us to see ourselves the way that you see us, as your Beloved. Deepen our passion for you. Help us to embrace your grace. Thank you for your faithfulness. Amen.

Fruit Sweeter Than You Hoped For

DSC01022Raising children is hard work. Some days are easy, encouraging and fun. Many zap our strength, rattle our confidence and tempt us to doubt our objectives, strategies and capabilities. We’re imperfect, learning-as-we-go moms pouring into imperfect, absorb-it-when-I’m-ready children.

…Do you ever wonder about the outcome of your efforts? I sure did.
Am I wasting my time?
My kids think I’m so unfair.
I feel like a lone-ranger focusing on this issue.

Sometimes I (eventually) realized that my objective or desire was unessential, so I let it go. Other times I felt that the Lord had impressed on my heart a practice or boundary to train up in our children. Understandably, they challenged me. Our wills clashed as we each persevered for our point of view. Especially for the long-haul themes, discouragement and hurt feelings were familiar to each of us.

“Meanwhile” has been the theme of my last few posts. Below is a devotional that our daughter Cecilia wrote for younger girls. I hope this encourages you as you faithfully plant the seeds that God gives you to sow into your children.

DSC01026Your Input is Your Output

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. “ (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Give me a rainy day and I’ll watch a movie with you in a split second. Or tell me you want to go on a road trip and I’ll be the DJ because there is nothing better than a good sing-a-long. Or take me on vacation and I’ll be great with doing nothing but reading a book all day. I love the arts and find it fascinating to see how some creatively develop in new and innovative ways and how others remain…timeless. I believe that God delights in the arts and in the fact that we can see and learn more of who God is through them.

Sadly, we live in a fallen world and so things in it that are good have the capability to be tainted, flawed against their original purpose. The arts are an example of this. Think about it. In the sea of movies you’ve watched, music you’ve listened to, or books you’ve read in the past year, what percentage of those would you say God delights in? And before you roll your eyes like I did SO many times in high school when my parents would challenge me on this, hear me out.

God tells us in the scriptures that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and that “you are not your own…therefore, honor God with your body.” That’s referring to what we put into our body, physically, yes, but also mentally and spiritually. In Philippians 4:8, Paul tells us to think about whatever is true, noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. For what we put in will in some form become the output.

As I hinted at earlier, I butted heads with my parents countless times regarding which arts were inappropriate for me. There is a website called “Plugged In” through Focus on the Family that reviews every form of media with a Christian mindset. It can tell you how many curse words a movie has and what they are. Yeah, serious dedication to the cause. My parents loved it and I hated it. I had to turn down invitations to go see particular movies with my friends. There were certain books I wasn’t allowed to read. I couldn’t listen to music that was inappropriate. So when my peers at school were talking about the movie they went to see Friday and how awesome it was, I couldn’t really join in. And it was really hard.

Looking back now, I could not be more grateful for my parents and how they groomed me to really think about what I put into myself. When I went to college, I gained a lot of freedom. And so yes, I defied what I would’ve typically done in high school and didn’t filter what I watched, listened too, or even read as much. But it was a short-lived season. I realized that I really hadn’t missed anything and that I would rather fill myself with truths than lies.  

The moments of missing out on conversations or having to turn down an invitation to be with friends were hard ones, but because of those moments, I have not become numbed down to what the culture says is life-fulfilling and “cool.” God calls us to be light. How can we be light when what we put into ourselves is full of darkness? We are made to be light, so we must choose to fill ourselves with it so that it will pour out! 

MEANWHILES… Remarkable spaces in God’s eternal plan where His Kingdom breaks in and we are never the same.