Parenting is beautiful. It’s also hard. It’s not easy.
But, just because something isn’t easy doesn’t mean we give up or feel we shouldn’t pursue it.
I have many challenging parenting days, and some days I desperately need even 30 minutes to just sit in a room with the door closed. But there’s sincerely no where else I’d rather be. My kids (and my husband) are some of these biggest examples God has set in my daily life of what undeserved gifts are.
It’s beautiful…and hard. Sometimes we need a little encouragement.
Enter my friend, Lindsey Bell.
I first met Lindsey through blogging, and her writing tone immediately caught my attention. It’s relatable, informative, and not at all judgmental. She willingly shows her own struggles to help the reader nod in agreement with her and figure out how to remember to turn back to God for guidance, too.
In Lindsey’s new book, Searching for Sanity, Lindsey offers 52 one- to two-page devotions, each with a focus verse, reflection questions, a short prayer, and daily activities to practice throughout the week. This devotional is written for parents, so Lindsey intentionally kept the activities doable for busy, overwhelmed, tired parents to still concentrate on reflecting and growing. These activities also put what you’ve read into action – such an important step for growth.
The devotional overall looks at many parents from the Bible. Lindsey doesn’t spin a positive light on all those figures; she’s real with their shortcomings. We can all learn from both our failings and our successes while remembering that God offers grace and the best comfort. That’s what Lindsey helps us do in this book.
Some of the devotions that have stuck with me after reading them: Eve (Week 2), Hannah (Week 17), and Jeroboam (Week 23).
“We might feel unqualified or question our abilities, but God doesn’t. He could have done it differently, but He chose to use us because He trusts us.” – Searching for Sanity
I would particularly recommend doing this study with one other mother. (Small groups would work, too!) Having a friend who can relate for discussion and accountability can help us see a little clearer than by ourselves at times.
“He will give you hope when there’s no hope to be found.” – Searching for Sanity
Lindsey recently wrote a post about marriage here on this site. Click here to read four essentials of a healthy marriage. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway while there! Check out Lindsey’s site to read more about the book and for more giveaway opportunities.
How have you grown from the hard and the beautiful parts of parenting?
Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed on my own, and I honestly would’ve shared about this book anyway. I was not compensated in any other manner.