tender mercy for a mother’s soul: review

angela thomas guffey wrote this book and until now i had never even heard of her. i picked it up because i thought it would be a great book to supplement my devotional time. what i didn’t know was that i wouldn’t be able to put it down. i also didn’t know that i would finish it and start again immediately for a 2nd time to catch what i missed. or that i would be making plans to buy it as soon as i could.
she is an engaging writer, but i think what hit home with me more was what she was writing about. she and nancy leigh demoss compliment each other very well. i love nancy leigh demoss’s passion for the word and angela thomas guffey’s passion for her mothering soul.
she writes that we need to care for our souls. she doesn’t say that we need to take time for ourselves, that we need to take care of ourselves first, or that the only way to help our family grow is to being growing ourselves. she writes that these years are incredibly hard and the only way to navigate through them successfully/meaninfully is by being close to Jesus.
she talks a lot about grace and the beauty of a person who has learned to live in God’s grace. she includes her own personal experiences: things she has failed at, her desire to overacheive in her relationship with God, and ideas that she is implementing now that are helping her to take care of her soul and grow close to Jesus.
why not pray during the day so your children can see you? if you get interuppted, that’s okay. “love on them and keep on praying.” work on finding open moments in your day to read your Bible whether it is waiting in the car to pick up your kids or right after they eat breakfast and busy getting their day started.
if you are in the habit of journaling, have a couple of them: one for your family to record important events and cute stories, but have another one that just lets you go deep into your soul and pour yourself out before the Lord.
one of the things that she has started as a practice is to hit the snooze button in the morning. she takes those 5 minutes to begin the day in prayer. THIS DOESN’T WORK FOR ME. i have tried it for 3 days and all i do is fall back asleep. so i have determined that when my alarm goes off, i will get up and exercise and then spend 10 minutes in the word. then get ready for the day. she also states that when she is in the car by herself, she prays out loud. i want to start doing that on my way to work. i have decided on my way home from work, i will put in a worship cd and praise God for my day all the way home.
i have also started to claim my car/van for the Lord. even when the kids are in there. just last night on the way to cubbies, i told the kids that i want them to learn about God in the car and i want them to praise him as hard as they can. it was SO cool to hear them belting out “Jesus Name Above All Names” and “Amen Praise the Lord” with Psalty.
her ideas will work for anyone, but it’s encouraging especially to me in these busy mommy years.

About giannarae

I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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