Can you believe it? It’s the last chapter of our Real Moms…Real Jesus Discussion! I’ve so enjoyed our Tuesday conversations. Thank you to those of you who have joined in the discussions. I’d love to hear from you this week if you’ve been reading!
Perspective: I Need A Break
I’m betting that every one of us can relate to my sister’s story that starts out this chapter. We’ve all been at the place where we feel like we’re losing it with our kids! Taking care of ourselves is key to making sure that we have the emotional capacity for the demanding job of motherhood. For me, I read almost every night before I go to bed. It’s just a little thing, but it really fills me up. I also try to sit out on the porch, read my Bible for a few minutes and chat with God each morning. This really gets my day started right when I’m able to do it.
- What is one way that you take care of yourself?
- What is one way of refueling you’ve been meaning to do, but haven’t made it happen? Want to commit to that today? Tell us about it!
Chapter 13: Jesus Let Go: The Truth about Surrendering
God doesn’t ask us to do anything He hasn’t been willing to do Himself. Letting go is no different. When God sent His Son to this earth, he had to be willing to let him leave heaven. And I can’t even imagine what it was like for God to watch His Son die such a horrible death on the cross.
We have to let go, too. We have to let go of control. We have to let go of fear. And we have to let go of our children.
- What is God pressing on your heart to let go of?
- In general, what have you learned from this study? In what way has your perspective been changed about Jesus?
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I thought this was a nice chapter to end on. One way I take care of myself is to scrapbook or blog during my daughter's naptime, maybe even if there are dishes in the sink.
In general, I have a renewed perspective that Jesus has been through it all, and we really can turn to him as an example of how to live daily life. I appreciate how God takes care of us like this and challenges us to be more like his son.
I need to take time more intentionally and productively to take care of myself. I find that I stay up too late just to have time by myself, but I'm too tired to read or scrapbook. Then the next morning I'm too tired to deal with my day and my kids. I do try to start the day with God reading His Word and I can definetly tell a difference when I do.
Thank you for this book. It is one of those concepts that I knew a little, but had not fully thought it out. Jesus can relate to me in every aspect of my ordinary life. I need to know that. Thanks!
Blogging and reading are two things I do for fun for me. Hot baths are great too. My husband is so good at giving our son a bath and I can take mine at that time too.
Thank you for this wonderful book and showing me as a Mom all the ways Jesus can relate to my daily life. I appreciate you!
Kristin, Shelly, and Bethany,
Thanks for being part of the discussion. I've really appreciated your contributions!
I just finished the book last night. This chapter was great and the book is full of highlights and underlines!! I want to go back and read all these discussions and link to it when I give away the other copy on my blog, probably week after next. I have to say, going back to school has been my main way of nurturing myself. I know it would sound like more of a strain on an already busy life (pw, 3 kids) BUT it feeds my emotional need to see things completed and accomplished (housework so often is neither! haha) and so I get a strong sense of success and accomplishment with every passing semester and passing grade. And there isnt enough space to tell here how much this book has blessed me…I'm taking a week to spootlight different sections on my blog and facebook…so thank you so much Jill…