It has been a LONG time since I’ve read a book that truly matched everything that I feel. Being a mom is HARD. It just is. You give and give and give without getting much in return, but you don’t complain because it’s what you were born to do! Doesn’t make it less hard, but you do find yourself feeling weary, broken, lost. I’ve only gotten through the first several chapters of this book, but I can already tell you that it is powerful.
Grit & Grace had me from the beginning. If you’re new to Mustard Seed Mommy, let me give you a little recap on who I am before I tell you why this book matches me so well. I’m a homeschooling mom to four children (ages 2-8), I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks, have a child with a sensory processing disorder, and I’ve been rediscovering myself this past year. What do I mean by that? I felt like I had lost myself over the years, the person I was no longer matched the person I had become, not a bad thing, but a little scary when you actually realize it. So I’m finding myself again, I guess you could say.
So, like I said, this book had from the very first page. Let me summarize what this first section talks about. Suzanne writes about how she was responsible for getting her three young children (infant and toddlers) to church on her own, she was late, disheveled and overwhelmed. She realizes that this mom life is HARD, you find yourself giving away everything, but not getting that reboot that you need. She needed to rediscover herself and she needed Jesus in the process.
I was also touched by the 2nd and 3rd chapters – the 2nd chapter is entirely on “Stolen Identity”. As I stated before, I have felt like I’ve lost myself, my identity has been stolen in a way by marriage and motherhood. Then chapter 3… the first few sentences, and I quote, “My oldest son has a sensory processing disorder, which means little abnormalities in his clothing or environment can throw him off.” THAT. IS. MY. LIFE. My 6 year old has a sensory processing disorder and it is one of the most difficult things I’ve dealt with as a parent.
I cannot wait to continue reading, I’m excited to see how it helps me grow closer to my Father and remember that I am loved and important.
The authors of this “Devotions for Warrior Moms” are Suzanne HAdley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy. These women met when they became roommates at Multnomah University. They weren’t big fans of each other at first but they worked through their differences and ended up being best friends and remained roommates the entire four years of college. Twenty years later they came together to write this devotional book, and here it is… Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms.
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