When I first had kids, I used to have misguided notions about what “real moms” did.
I thought real moms never needed to use a pacifier.
After three weeks of practically no sleep with my first newborn, I desperately popped the one the hospital gave us into her mouth…..and slept for 6 hours straight!
I used to think real moms never needed to holler at their kids.
In the past 19 years….well let’s just say on occasion I’ve had a touch of laryngitis.
I used to think real moms had toddlers and children who never misbehaved in public.
Boy am I glad when my kids were little there wasn’t the humiliating one-two punch of cell phones with cameras combined with Youtube!
I used to think real moms could figure this mothering thing out on their own…….you know “mother’s intuition”.
It only took me a few days to discover that real moms need each other……and Jesus.
And I know the ultimate go-to place for moms to find both— Hearts at Home!
My friend Jill Savage began this fabulous mom place with a handful of friends and a whole lot of Jesus in her little living room in Central Illinois back in the early 1990’s.
Now it is an international lifeline of encouragement and information for all moms at all stages. The national conference is next weekend in Bloomington, Illinois.
That conference has changed my life.
Each year since beginning as an attendee and transitioning to a presenter, Jesus has met me there.
Sometimes He nudges me about my mothering.
Other times he cleans up my marriage.
Other years He guides me in my homemaking.
Sometimes He just lets me laugh with old & new friends alike as together we tackle this mothering thing.
So check out “Hearts” by clicking here. It isn’t to late to attend this next conference.
Or check out the remaining conferences for the year. (If you can come to the Colorado one where I’ll be speaking, I’d LOVE to meet you!)
Or take a trip through the resources on the website and give yourself an early Mother’s Day gift for a real mom.
Her encouraging book Real Moms, Real Jesus just might be the shot-in-the-arm you need.
What does Jesus know about the peanut-butter-and-jelly life of a mom? Plenty!
In chapters that examine key behaviors and decisions Jesus made during His life on earth, Jill brings those lessons right down to the laundry-filled, sticky-fingered days every mother knows.
Throughout Real Moms…Real Jesus, Jill helps you see that you have a Friend and Savior who understands—
- never getting time alone
- high demands
- lack of sleep
Between the chapters are interactive vignettes that turn the concept of the book back around.
If the meat of the content is looking at Jesus’ life on earth and understanding how to apply that in our everyday lives, these perspective vignettes are brief, refreshing glimpses starting with our own messy, busy lives.
Jill continually reminds the reader that Jesus is not an unattainable deity, but a Friend who understands.
So girlfriends & fellow moms, if you’d like a shot at winning a signed copy of this helpful mommy manual, then leave a comment on this post.
You can tell us what ‘real mom’ activities you have planned for this weekend.
Or simply say “I’m in”. Winner will be chosen randomly & announced on Monday.
I’ll go first.
My real mom weekend consists of a little catching up on paperwork & spring cleaning from when I was sick. However, I will be taking a brief break to perform one of my most favorite real mom duties……
Cheering my son on at the JV state homeschool basketball tournament when his team plays in the finals on Saturday. Whoo-hoo!!! Go Warriors!!!!!!!!!!
Okay…now what is on your real mom agenda? I’d love to know!
Real Jesus Blessings,