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{Why} Motherhood Matters {a Review}

Motherhood matters; plain and simple. I’ve known September McCarthy for the better part of 5 years now, and she has always been such a source of wisdom when it has come to motherhood. When she shared the book that God had put on her heart I knew, before reading a page, that it was going to be good. And it does not disappoint.

September shares about her own struggles with not only motherhood, but her path there. Despite 10 children on this earth, there was months of pain, pregnancies ending in sorrow and heartbreak, with 6 angel-babies. September has not only walked the path of motherhood, she has fallen and struggled along.

Why Motherhood Matters

I often say that my judge of a good book is how many pages are dog-eared by the time I’m done with it. Nearly every other page of {Why} Motherhood Matters is dog-eared and marked up. This book is so full of words that are a balm to every mother’s heart, no matter what season of motherhood they’re in.

The book is written in four parts, each addressing a different why of motherhood. From our feeling alone in motherhood to being intentional in motherhood and what that looks like. Each chapter is closed with a few thoughts or questions, a parenting principle, and a prayer.

If you struggle in motherhood, struggle with your parenting, with your inadequacies and your loneliness this book is hope in paperback. It won’t solve your problems, but it will help you to feel not so undone.


{Why} Motherhood Matters is available on Amazon and all other booksellers. BUT, if you place your order before September 1st there are a bunch of awesome freebies available to you, just visit WhyMotherhoodMatters.com and submit your invoice number.

*I received this ARC in response for my honest review. The opinions are my own and in no way influenced. You can read my disclosure policy here.

I’m Not a Super-Mom….and that’s OK

This post was originally written by me for RaisingGenerationsToday.

This winter has been hard…and I’ve failed over and over again at this mommy-thing, but you know what? That’s ok. I’m not supposed to be good at this; if I was, if ANY of us were, we’d be a failure.

Endless months of winter, of time stuck inside, of replacing boxes of tissues and crossing legs when this mama coughs. Once the triplets were down for their naps, I plopped my weary self at the top of the stairs and bawled {in case you’re wondering ugly crying with a cough and a head cold are not recommended}.

I'm Not a Super-Mom....and that's OK

“Lord! I’m done. I can’t do this.”

So often I hear from other moms, “I don’t know how you do it! You’re a super mom.” No, I am just a mom, like you. I struggle daily with my little ones and their needs and balancing them with my own needs and trying to squash my own selfish desires. I most assuredly don’t do IT. I’m not a super-mom, but I do have a Super God.

I have a God who, when I can’t do anything more, can; who, when I’m losing my temper, keeps His; who, when I don’t know where to begin, knows where and how; who, when I haven’t slept all night, pushes me on. When I have nothing more to give, He does…and generously.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
~Matthew 11:28

I’m a messy puddle of imperfect mommy-ness, but it would be so much worse if it wasn’t for a God who fills me with His goodness and grace. It’s only because I have a God who laid down his life for me, that I can even make a pitiful attempt at putting aside my own life for my children. And believe me, I fail miserably at it…constantly, but even my failings He redeems.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
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Corinthians 12:9

We were not created to do this mommy thing alone. We’re not supposed to be super at it, because when we attempt to be the perfect Pinterest mom we take the glory from God and we ultimately fail. If it weren’t for my God, and all the ways He provides for me, there is no way I could do any of what is at hand.

God may not always give us what we want, but He will always give us what we need. We just have to ask, and sometimes asking is the hardest part. We’ve been fed this lie that we need to be Super Mom; that unless we are the Jill of all trades, our kids are being deprived.

In running ourselves ragged to attain that image of Mommy Perfection, we are missing something. We are missing out on the opportunity to simply love our children, and the opportunity to allow God to work in our lives. We are attempting to build our homes and our children without the proper cornerstone, and it WILL all fall down.

As long as we continue to strive on our own, God will let us, but if we sit back and invite Him to take over the messes we’ve created He will make all things to His glory. So no, no matter what you think about yourself or another mom who seems to have it all together, no one does: There’s no such thing as a Super Mom, but there is a Super God. And boy, is that so much better.