Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms {Plus a Chance to Win}



 

Motherhood can pull you in many different directions. In the middle of all the hustle and bustle of life, it can be easy to sometimes miss the big picture, and that is the fact that God has given us this amazing gift of caring for, loving, and nurturing these beautiful little human beings!



Is it striving for perfection that's getting to you? (Just remember, when you see all those perfect images online with preconceived notions of what parenting "should" look like, they may only be telling one side of the story.)

Are you in need of some quality time with the Lord and just can't seem to fit it all in, leaving your relationship with Him to take a back seat to everything else?

Perhaps you feel like you're the only mother on the planet who has difficult moments, and feel as though there's no one else who could actually relate to what you're going through. (You'd be surprised just how far from the truth that is!)


Do any of these things resonate with you in some way? "Me time" is not always front and center when you have a family to take care of. As mothers, we all have to give ourselves a little more grace than we sometimes do.

Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms was written by two mothers who have been there. The book really helps speak to the heart of other mothers out there who may need that extra bit of encouragement. I honestly had a difficult time putting this book down, because it's such a beautiful dedication to all moms out there. What I love about it is that both of the authors share their own personal stories (the great and not so great) in a heart to heart way. The realness that is shared in each devotion is such a breath of fresh air. As I read this, I felt as though I was hearing a friend speak to me about what she was going through...sometimes saying to myself, "Oh yes, that sounds about right!"




ABOUT THE BOOK:
Hang in There, Mama! For those moments when you think you’ll never live up to the Supermoms around you—when you’re elbow deep in the grind of diapers and laundry and peanut butter sandwiches—you need a good dose of Grit and Grace. This refreshing collection of 90 daily devotions comes from two moms who’ve found themselves face-to-the-floor in need of encouragement and now offer it to you. Through humor and vulnerability, these short messages of truth remove the filters of perfection clouding your vision and bring clarity to your purpose as a mom. As you read the Scripture and prayer that accompany each day’s message, you’ll discover more fully who you are in Christ and how to raise your children to reflect His love to the world. In giving yourself grace, you will find you have even more grace to give from the One who is present in your life right now and in every moment.



ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

 

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin is a regular writer and editor for Focus on the Family and David C Cook and previously served as an editor for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. Gosselin has written books for Zondervan, Harvest House and Tyndale and is the author of Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood. Gosselin lives in Bakersfield, CA with her husband, Kevin, and four children. The family enjoys escaping to the ocean.



 

Gretta Kennedy is a speaker, mentor and writer with a degree in women’s ministry from Multnomah University and over 20 years of ministry experience. She passionately supports her husband, Jay, and his full-time camp ministry. They are raising their three children on Vancouver Island and report their adventures on the travel blog Traveling Islanders.



This isn't one of those parenting books that tries to tell you how to be the "perfect" mother and do it all. It actually keeps things real, while also offering a heaping dose of Godly encouragement along the way. Readers (mothers) will be reminded that they are the perfect person for the job that God has called them to do.

While reading through the stories, it was easy to think back on some of my own personal anecdotes as a mother. There was one story that Gretta has shared, which offered a vivid (and humorous) detail of the time she was on a five hour flight with her family and had to change her child's diaper in an airplane bathroom. The details had me chuckling, because we all know how tiny those bathrooms are for just one person, let alone having to change a baby's diaper in one. It had me thinking back to several years ago when we were in the midst of a day and a half road trip, only to be stuck in a traffic jam. Of course, nature doesn't wait and sometimes diapers can only hold so much if you know what I mean (disclaimer...you may want to skip the next part if you're squeamish). I nearly had a panic attack as we were greeted with...well, a nice surprise that no diaper could have ever withstood. Being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic with no exit in sight meant there was only so much that we could have done in that very moment. While it definitely wasn't a pleasant circumstance at the time (I think I may have even cried), we now look back on it and can't help, but burst out in laughter.

While Grit & Grace was predominately written for mothers with younger children, the messages that are conveyed throughout the pages will surely reach moms with children of all ages. Both Gosselin and Kennedy share their most vulnerable moments with the reader, while also providing scripture based wisdom and even a small prayer at the end of each devotion. The idea behind this book is to offer encouragement and hope to mothers even in the midst of life's most trying moments, reminding them that God has their back, no matter what.





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