I love to read! And though I don’t find a whole lot of time to sit on the couch, put my feet up with a steaming cup of coffee and read for many [uninterrupted] hours, I do love to glean wisdom from godly authors on subjects such as mothering, being the wife God calls me to be, homeschooling, special needs…and anything else I need encouragement on. Trust me, I need all the encouragement and advice I can get!
I am a huge work in progress! I stumble, fall, get back up again, and fail more times that I even care to count. Some days I fall into bed at night and feel like I failed miserably–like I simply could not get anything right. Those days are tough. But rather than sweep them under the rug and move right along, I would much rather invite the Great Refiner to bring His fire and mold and make me into who He desires me to be.
I long to live a holy life. I want to constantly be reminded of areas that I need to work on. God is always so faithful to gently lead and guide me. Sometimes He uses His Word. Other times He uses my husband or a dear friend. And then there are the times that He speaks to me through the writing and wisdom of others. Somehow though, He always gets His message across to me.
Recently, while shopping in the bookstore for something else, I picked up a book and started reading. I was instantly hooked and knew that it was one I needed to read in this season of my life. I have needed sweet encouragement in so many areas of my own life in the last few weeks.
I have absolutely loved The Resolution for Women. Written by one of my favorite Bible teachers, Priscilla Shirer, it is such a wonderful read. The book is written in such a personable and engaging way–you almost feel as if the author is sitting down and sharing a cup of tea with you. I love that! As I have gone through the chapters, I have been strengthened, encouraged, and forced to look at areas in my life in which I know need sharpening.
I want to be the wife and helpmate my husband needs me to be. I want to be the daughter and servant God calls me to be. And I so desire to be the kind of mother my children will someday rise up and call blessed (Proverbs 31).
The Resolution for Women has truly been such a timely blessing in my life and I would love nothing more than for you all to be blessed by it too.
Are you in need of some encouragement?
Are there areas in your own life which you know need working on?
Do you need a healthy dose of perspective?
Today, I am going to give away FIVE COPIES of the book here on my blog.
Also, I have been thinking about doing something a little different here, and I would love to have your opinion. I was thinking about sharing on a different chapter each week and having you all join me in discussing it. For example, we would start at the beginning with “A resolution to be content” where I would share from my own life and what the Lord is doing in my heart (which means being extremely open and vulnerable…which is sometimes not very pretty), and then invite you all to share what you personally have gleaned from the chapter in your own lives. My prayer is that it would be a place where we, as sisters in Christ, could share our journeys, our victories, and our struggles, and where we could come alongside one another in prayer and encouragement.
“You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
I would love to hear your thoughts on whether you would like to join in on something like that. Would you please share your thoughts in the comments? I’ll make my decision on whether to do the book study based on what you all say in the comments.
Okay, so how do you enter to win a copy of the The Resolution for Women? Easy! Just leave me any old comment on this post.
You will have until February 10 to enter.