For Moms: Live Forward!

How is this going to affect our relationship?
Have I hurt him so deeply that . . .
Ohh, I regret my tone of voice!
I wish I could undo . . .

I wrestled through thoughts like these countless times over the years of raising our children, beginning when they were toddlers and through the teen years. I wish I could say that I never wrestled again after that, but I have. Why? I’ve let words or behavior that I regret hold me captive. Worry seeps in, as do thoughts of negative possibilities.

Honestly, I don’t think that these types of experiences blanket our days. Rather, if we take time to remember, simple precious moments over countless hours will flood our memory—precious smiles and giggles, watching a child play or experience something for the first time, bedtimes, their excitement as they share a story or accomplishment, hugging our child or being hugged by them, that look that lets us see their love or gratitude, our phone calls . . .

So, why is it that painful memories haunt us or flare up whenever something goes sideways regarding a child? And why do those questions and worries seem to crowd out the greater evidences of sweet times?

God yearns for you and me to grasp His view—of us, of how He wants us to live in relationship with Him, of our role as moms.

He appointed us to be moms, when he wrote our days in His book before we were born. (Psalm 139) Nothing we say or do is a surprise to Him. He knows our history, our current life, and the state of our heart. His view of our effort is tender, loving, and abounding in grace—not critical, disappointed, and questioning why He made us mothers. Do you wrestle with believing this? The strategy to end the wrestling is a growing intimacy with Jesus Christ. Learn, for yourself, the truth about His view of you. God sees you and me as the person He knows we will become, as we partner with Him to love and raise our children.

We are disciples of Christ, which means we are lifelong learners of how to follow Him. One way we learn is through being a mom, and some of our practice will be hard.

Leave the past.  Only, leave it in the hands of our Almighty God.

Invite God to help you learn all that He wants you to learn from it. If a memory concerns or burdens you, unload it to God. Jesus died for all our brokenness. Lay it at the foot of his cross. Seek, receive, and embrace His forgiveness. Invite Him to restore your heart, your child’s heart, and your relationship. He will.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavishes on us.” (Ephesians 1.7–8a)

Live forward.  Only, live forward in the path lovingly prepared for you by our Sovereign Father.

Mark the many beautiful moments of being a mom. Mark your growth, your child’s growth, your relationship’s growth. Mark change. Mark redemption. And thank God.

On the larger canvas of life, each season blends into the next. Each brush stroke has purpose, for the child and for us. Memories of hard experiences slowly fade, even heal, as God’s love covers all. The image that God has been painting all along reveals breathtaking beauty.

May/June Book Sale!

Hi Friends!

I want to pass along a happy bit of news!

Becoming A Peaceful Mom is only $9.00 on Amazon! 

The price returns to $15 in a few weeks.  Sooo… grab a few copies and have FUN blessing some women around you. 

Here’s the link on Amazon:    https://amzn.to/2Kxmi8Y

I’ve had so much fun over the last year speaking and sharing the book, and it’s fun to hear the many ways you all have shared it!  Want to hear a few??

          Birthdays … Welcoming moms to your church … Moms of teens … New moms … Moms having another baby  … Moms of moms 🙂  Older moms mentoring younger moms Small group studies …Teacher gifts! 

If you know someone who you think might need encouragement as a mom, especially if she’s yearning for peace — would you consider sharing about this deal with her? Copy the link and email it to your friends.  Share my Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook posts — or simply share in whatever way is easiest for you

                                                                                          I am grateful for you!

                                                                                          Teresa

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