Every new mom experiences a myriad of emotions—joy, love, the frightening, yet terrific reality that you are now responsible for a tiny little dependent. And in the midst of all these emotions—and burpings, feedings, diaper changes, and quick naps—moms need to be reminded of God’s awesomeness. In this gift-like book, new mom and best-selling author Sarah Arthur writes about how delivering her son three weeks early reminds her of God’s timing, how her trip home from the hospital with her newborn son tucked away in his car seat points to God being in control even when she is fearful, and how a mom’s concern over friendly strangers touching her young child in the grocery store also reminds her that people are sent to help. In a fresh and contemplative style, Arthur sits alongside Mom and helps her understand that God is in control . . . even when her life feels drastically out of control. This devotional will be a great companion for Mom during the small amount of time she gets to sit and be still and think of the truths of God’s word, while relating it to her new favorite subject—her baby.
Forty Days And Forty Nights by Michelle Waters is bible devotion book with Christian devotionals. Here are some of the topics covered in this bible devotion book: - Daily devotions - Christian daily devotions - Christian devotions - Bible devotions - Daily devotions - Christian devotionals - Devotions for women - Spiritual devotions for women The first weeks of your baby's life can be overwhelming. You're exhausted. The house is a mess. You haven't been outside in days ? You wonder how in your wildest imagination you ever thought you were prepared for this thing called motherhood. Will your life ever be ""normal"" again? Well, just remember that God is even more concerned with your every need than you are with your baby's. Imagine that! He longs to take you in His arms and give you peace and comfort. A perfect gift for any new mother, Forty Days And Forty Nights is a book of 40 simple, affirming Christian devotions especially created to provide support and spiritual solace in those dizzying first weeks. As a young mother herself, Michelle Waters knows the emotional roller-coaster you're on - and her brief meditations, each accompanied by a verse or two of scripture and a prayer, will touch your heart and bring a smile to your face. So take a few quiet moments alone with God today and rest in the shelter of His wings. You'll be refreshed by His word and restored by His Spirit! This is a powerful little book for women. Michelle Waters has done a beautiful job of capturing the spirit of being a new mom. It will be helpful to women who are both celebrating and struggling with all the issues and aspects of new parenthood. Julie K. Aageson Coordinator, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Resource Centers With wisdom and insight, Forty Days And Forty Nights will surely nourish and encourage the new mother as she pauses to draw upon God's strength. Marilynn M. Moe Author of The Godly Woman and mother of six Michelle Waters is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Divinity School. She lives in Fargo, North Dakota, with her husband and two young daughters. She is also the author of Through the Clouds, a Christian devotional book for new moms. Forty Days and Forty Nights is a bible devotion book with Christian devotionals covering topics such as daily devotions, Christian daily devotions, Christian devotionals, bible devotions, devotions for women, and spiritual devotions for women.
This daily guide to the first year of motherhood combines prayerful, playful, and practical information to energize new moms. Features weekly devotionals and daily activities that foster a baby's physical, emotional, social, and spiritual growth.
Presents fifty Bible verses for mothers, which are intended to carry moms through difficult and challenging times, and fifty verses for mothers to read with their children so as to introduce God's word to their kids at an early age.
The Art of Storytelling for Postmodern Yourth Ministry
Author: Sarah Arthur
Publisher: Upper Room Books
What kind of story is your church telling? Ministry experts describe our culture as having "lost its story." Through neglect or rejection, the next generation seems unplugged from the church's core beliefs. For the most part, young people simply do not feel part of the ongoing, communal story. Paradoxically, this has occurred at a time when youth have fully embraced social networks that connect the world in self-obsessed "I" narratives. This world is starving for a story bigger than what you find on Facebook and YouTube. Sarah Arthur emphasizes the importance of story, an intrinsic aspect of the Christian faith but an aspect that is often overlooked in ministry, especially youth ministry. Arthur shows how youth ministry can be planned as a transforming series of story moments instead of programming. She weaves together her personal experiences and insights along with the sociological work on the faith of teenagers from the book Soul Searching by Christian Smith and Melinda Denton. Repeatedly and unapologetically, Arthur stresses the importance of a distinct Christian language for teenagers. If teens can't speak the Christian language, they don't know the Christian story. If they don't know the Christian story, they don't know how Christians are supposed to live. So what's her solution to this narrative deficiency? The idea of youth ministers as bards, or storytellers. Arthur reminds youth ministers that their primary task is to tell the Christian story, to reclaim the imagination as part of spiritual formation, and to reclaim the church as God's ongoing story. This book would be insightful for all ministers, not only those who work with youth. It can help us make a significant shift in the way we think about and approach ministry in the postmodern world.
Heart-warming and down-to-earth, Lessons My Toddler Taught Me offers short, thought-provoking inspiration that is both humorous and biblical. Each devotional translates the unforgettable and adorable words of a young child into spiritual truths, along with a scripture verse, prayer and daily action plan. "Anita Lane is passionate about helping families not just survive, but thrive! This book is a biblical boost of spiritual energy for parents of toddlers." --Valorie Burton Life coach and author of What's Really Holding You Back? and Listen to Your Life. "Lessons My Toddler Taught Me, is an absolutely adorable devotional that not only parents, but people of all ages can enjoy. These life lessons inspired by the life and perspective of her young children are both touching and truthful. This devotional is a must-have for anyone who desires to learn biblical truths and strengthen their Christian walk with a tool that is heartwarming and easy to understand." --Dr. Stacia Pierce Speaker and author of 25 Ways Moms Can Raise Extraordinary Kids. "As a mother, many of my greatest lessons have come from my son. Lessons My Toddler Taught Me is both a necessary and valuable devotional for mothers with young children." --Lisa Nichols International motivational speaker and best-selling author of Chicken Soup for the African American Woman's Soul. Lessons My Toddler Taught Me will make you laugh, think and grow! Anita S. Lane is a career woman, turned stay-at-home wife and mother of four young children. She is the founder and editor of the online family magazine, www.KeepingFamilyFirst. org. Anita is a freelance writer, conference speaker and a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the AfricanAmerican Woman's Soul. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and resides with her family in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
Rediscover the power of inspiration with timeless stories about the everyday miracles that illuminate the best of the human spirit. Whether you're discovering Chicken Soup for the first time or are a long time fan, this volume will inspire you to be a better person, reach for your highest potential, share your love and embrace the world around you.
God's Provision for Your Hair-Raising, Miracle-Filled Mothering Adventure
Author: Megan Breedlove
Many moms struggle with finding time to spend with God. Is it even possible, between diaper changes, carpools, meals, and messes? It is possible, if only moms could connect with their Creator and vacuum cereal out of the car seat at the same time. Megan Breedlove, a stay-at-home mom of five energetic little ones, is convinced it can be done and Manna for Moms is a daily devotional that shows moms how. One of the main ways God speaks to his children is through his calling on their lives. That means that moms have a high calling, indeed! It is possible for moms to hear God's voice and respond, even as they carry out the daily tasks of mothering their children. Each devotion included in Manna for Moms is encouragement and inspiration to face every hectic day with an open heart, expecting God to reveal Himself in the midst of whatever chaos arises! There are also tips and suggestions for readers to stay alert for God's teaching in their interactions with their children. Instead of struggling to find time with God, moms can invite Him into every precious moment.
Stories, Sayings, and Scriptures to Encourage and Inspire
Author: Stephanie Howard,Stephanie Osborne
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Hugs for New Moms is a timeless treasure of stories about motherhood that will serve to inspire and encourage the hearts of those who have had or are going to have a baby. Every thought expressed in this book is designed to celebrate the most wonderful occasion in a woman's life. The thrill and joy of being a new mom is never forgotten. Make memories with this Hugs book that will reside in a mother's heart for years to come.
First-time fathers are often intimidated by their new role, but they need not fear any longer. This helpful guide provides 90 inspirational two-page devotions, each based on Scripture and rich with practical advice. Lists of other helpful books and Web sites give readers even more resources from which to draw. This book is the perfect gift for baby showers, Father's Day, or as an encouragement to any new dad.
A Scripture-led devotional to encourage and bless time between mothers and the Lord. Time with God for Mothers is filled with ninety devotions that encourage mothers to spend time on their relationship with the Lord in prayer, thanksgiving, and praise. Devotions are topical and include: forgiveness, wisdom, comfort, guidance, and strength. A Quick Scripture Reference Guide is included to help mothers in their day-to-day walk with God and motherhood. Subjects consist of "Mother's Prayers", "God's Promises for Mothers", "God's Blessings for Mothers", "Responsibilities for Mothers", and "God's Dynamic Examples of Mothers".
Perhaps the most powerful influence in the world is that of a dad on his child. Baseball gloves, dirty diapers, tiny little hands, first days of school, daddy-daughter dances, and learner's permits... and so much more! There's no way you can be ready for it all, but this is when you need to get a bit of a head start... First Time Dad by Focus on the Family ministry veteran (and father of 6) John Fuller lets you in on the stuff you really need to know... because in just a few months or weeks or days, your life is going to change--forever. Set good priorities. Break bad habits and/or family patterns. Recognize and recover from some common fathering mistakes. Know that your words have immense power. And learn how to cultivate a lasting parent-child relationship. So, instead of wondering "oh man, oh man, oh man... what am I going to do now?" for 9 months... read this short book (plus it's pretty fun too) and get excited! "Dad, your job is critical... And you can do it."
Got a Minute? Only a minute? This Bible is designed just for you. Being a new mom presents many challenges. But one of them doesn't have to be finding time to connect with God. Throughout this Bible, you will find fifty-two, one-minute Thought-Starters that let you dip into God's Word for a minute of refreshment. Each of these Thought-Starters is followed by an option for a five-minute prayer or a ten-minute study to help you learn even more about what God's Word has to say to you today. Devotional thoughts specifically for you, the new mom, are all presented in the most read, most trusted New International Version (NIV) translation. 'It keeps me encouraged.' When I became a new mom, I was overwhelmed with many physical and emotional changes. My spiritual life was put on hold because I was unsure how to tackle everything. Not only did the Bible speak to me with specific issues I was dealing with, like sleep deprivation and marital adjustments, but it also helped me pray?something I need a little extra help with. I'm telling all new mothers about this Bible! ---Lori, new mother to Natalie (2 months)
It can be scary to hold your newborn--especially your first time Yet God's grace and spirit are present. "Blessing and Prayers for New Parents" calls attention to these holy moments by offering reflections, prayers, Scripture, special suggestions for growing as a parent, and ways to remember how much you love your child as you grow together as a family. Enjoy the new life of your child as author Matthew Beck shares prayers and blessings as you "anxiously await the wonder" on up through "God and toddlers" and beyond--all through the eyes of a new parent and all wrapped up in God's care. View sample pages. "Paperback"
The lives of moms are all too often consumed with wearisome, empty striving. We work to keep up appearances, meet worldly standards, and find satisfaction in the offerings of this life such as success, admiration, and ease. However, God has set eternity in a mother’s heart, and deep inside, we long for more. In Heavenly Minded Mom, author and blogger Katie Bennett beckons us into a new way of viewing our present reality by rising above the ordinary and routine to see a bigger plan and purpose for motherhood. This uplifting book offers moms the wisdom of Ecclesiastes, wrapped in the hope of the Gospel, and presented in bite-sized portions. The 90 compelling meditations, scripture readings, and invitations to journal and reflect, will encourage us to reevaluate how we envision our lives and to claim a heavenly mindset towards our mothering tasks. These inspirational readings will help us discover a new way of looking at our responsibilities as a mom through God’s eyes. Embrace a simpler life filled with God’s promises and love as you reflect on God’s powerful work as it has woven through your past and present in anticipation of its impact in the future and your spiritual legacy.
An indispensable survival manual for guys entering the trenches of fatherhood, Be Prepared is loaded with one-of-a-kind insights, MacGyver-esque tips and tricks, and no-nonsense advice for mastering the first year as a dad. Finally, a book that teaches men all the things they really need to know about fatherhood...including how to: -Change a baby at a packed sports stadium -Create a decoy drawer full of old wallets, remote controls, and cell phones to throw baby off the scent of your real gear -Stay awake (or at least upright) at work -Babyproof a hotel room in four minutes flat -Construct an emergency diaper out of a towel, a sock, and duct tape Packed with helpful diagrams and detailed instructions, and delivered with a wry sense of humor, Be Prepared is the ultimate guide for sleep-deprived, applesauce-covered fathers everywhere.
This life-changing book explores seven principles that can help you become a powerful force in your family, your church, your community, and your world. Through biblical teaching, inspirational quotes, and true stories of women just like you, you will learn to incorporate your life as you have a powerful impact on those around you. Do you want to be a positive woman of powerful influence? Do you want to make a lasting impression on the lives of the people around you? You can become a positive woman—no matter where you find yourself right now—simply by choosing to allow God's power and strength to pour through you. This life-changing book explores seven principles that can help you become a powerful force in your family, your church, your community, and your world. Through biblical teaching, inspirational quotes, and true stories of women just like you, you will learn to incorporate your life as you have a powerful impact on those around you. Every woman—including you—has the potential to become a positive, powerful influence in her world. Never underestimate the power of a positive woman. That woman can be you!
Everything changes the day you discover you're going to be a mom. It's not just yourself that you think about—you have a child to care for, too. While you wouldn't trade your child for the world, some days are just hard. Baby-daddy drama, dealing with your parents, and worries about school, work, and your future slam you. Your friends can't relate to your little family, and you wonder if God has turned His back on you, too. Tricia Goyer understands. A mom at age 17, Tricia remembers what it felt like to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. She's also been the coordinator of a teen mom support group for over twelve years, and she's cheered on many young moms—from all walks of life—through their journey. In Teen Mom, Tricia pours out her heart and shares advice for the hard things you face. She also longs to provide encouragement, reminding you that you can be the mom your child deserves—not in your own strength, but in the strength God provides.