April 2, 2016

Adding a Little Slice of Encouragement to Mothers Everywhere: Hope Unfolding by Becky Thompson

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All mothers need a moment of encouragement from time to time. In our fast paced, busy lives, we may be juggling so much. At the same time we are trying to be super mom to our little ones. Take Pinterest, for instance, I absolutely love browsing through all of the awesome pins–grabbing a little inspiration here and there, but honestly sometimes it's enough to put me in a state of panic! I start wondering if I'm not doing enough...why can't I be that crafty? Why don't my dinners look that pretty? Of course, deep down inside we know that we are doing our best. At the same time, it can still be a little discouraging, particularly when these type of questions start clogging up our minds. I've been recently reading Hope Unfolding by author and blogger, Becky Thompson, and it's nice to know that there are other mothers out there who totally understand.



ABOUT THE BOOK:
I get it, Momma. I totally get it. Every day you wake up and try your very best. You love, give, and pour out your life for the ones who call you Momma. But no matter how much you offer, there are still days you feel as though you come up short. You worry, Am I loving these babies enough? Is this ever going to get easier? Why does it seem like I am the only one who cannot balance it all? In Hope Unfolding, Becky Thompson is a friend who reminds you that you aren’t alone, and that God is still writing your story. She guides you to encounter the Truth of God’s presence that not only fuels you with strength, but also a fresh confidence. And beyond gaining faith that tomorrow could be different, you find hope and purpose where you are standing today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Becky Thompson began blogging under the name Scissortail SILK, quickly drawing a global audience of millions. A self-professed city girl, Becky is a recent transplant to northwest Oklahoma, where she lives with her husband, Jared, their three young children, and whatever critters wander in from the wheat field behind their house. You can connect with Becky online at www.BeckyThompson.com or join her and the thousands of other grace-filled moms who are a part of the Scissortail SILK community on Facebook.


I really enjoyed the author's down-to-earth approach in her writing. I didn't feel like I was being lectured while reading the book. In fact, I felt as though I was actually having a heart to heart with a friend who could relate. In Hope Unfolding, Becky Thompson pours our her heart and shares her personal stories about her own life as a Christian, a wife, and a mother.

The book is broken down into ten chapters. Some of the topic highlights include, God Hasn't Forgotten About You, You are Not Your Mess, and Have Grace for Who You Are. I had a lot of favorite chapters in this book, but I really enjoyed the final one, The "Good Mom" Movement–You Are Enough. In fact, it actually made me tear up a little. Sometimes all a mother needs is to be told that they're doing a good job, and while that topic is touched up on many times throughout the book, this last chapter offers a final confirmation.

I also really enjoyed the Let's Pray and Let's Hope sections that finish off every chapter. The Let's Pray section offers a beautiful prayer that you can recite, which links to what was just read. The Let's Hope section offers a special affirmation that you can memorize and go back to, especially if you need a few extra words of encouragement.

This book serves as a wonderful reminder that God is there for us and all we have to do is seek Him out. We are going to have our bad days and we are going to have our good ones. There are also times when things aren't going to turn out quite like you had originally expected, but God is looking out for your best interest no matter the outcome. 


With God, I have everything that I need to be a good mom to my kids. God is proud of me, and I am too. 


Becky's personal stories and sincerity will stick with you as you go about your day to day activities. If you know a mom out there who could use some encouragement with a little side order of faith, honesty, and heartfelt humor, Hope Unfolding would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift for them. If you're also a mom then you may want to pick up a copy for yourself.

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