Inspiration from Tender Mercy for a Mother's Soul: Inspiration to Renew Your Spirit By Angela Thomas (all quotes are from this text, unless otherwise noted)
We need to ask ourselves, how have you grown in your relationship with God since you became a mother?
"You think that you see clearly, but without spiritual eyes to see, you will miss the blessings. You will grope around in the dark searching for My will in your life. You will miss the beauty I have created. You will miss your purpose." (pg 29)
"Your soul is the place God fashioned for His presence--the place where He intends to abide and to work. Your soul is a holy place. Your were made for God." (pg 31) "Doing is not being. Surviving is not truly living. Your soul must be protected, attended to, and cared for." (pg 32)
What does it mean to have your soul protected and cared for? How do you find time to care for your soul?
Choosing to come and remain with God is the first (giant) step.
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Putting bibles or scripture-filled material everywhere, including computers, bedside, etc.
Giving up perfection, letting others help (letting kids help with chores, etc)
Take 5 minutes when you first wake up in the morning and pray
Learning a new way to pray
P--Praise In the first part of your prayer, give praise and adoration to God
R--Repent Repent of your sin and anything that stands between you and the Lord
A--Ask Ask for anything for anybody
Y--Yourself Ask for yourself
John 15:7 "If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you." But remember that it may not be given to you in the way you are expecting.
The Core 4: Hydration, Sleep/Stress Relief, Exercise, and Nutrition
Parenting Tips/Activities with Kids
Some Thoughts on Parenting
Create a home full of love, acceptance, and safety.
Make time for real talk
If you say no, have a reason
Don't shy away from difficult topics. Make plans for how you will discuss these if your child has questions.
If you make a mistake, show your kids how you handle it.
Remember that your relationships will likely become their relationships.