Every Mom has days from time to time that are tough. Some of them are really tough. Some Moms are in circumstances where they have more days that are tough than those that aren’t. So what can you do when you aren’t having any fun?
Holley Gerth’s new book What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Encouraging Truths to Hold On To may help. Ms. Gerth started her career at DaySpring, so she is familiar with writing to comfort people. This book contains fifty-two devotionals to help you through the tough days in your parenting journey.
Although not specifically written with mothers in mind, each devotional includes a theme verse and a short written encouragement of several paragraphs. She ends each day with several suggested chapters in Psalms for the reader to read outside of the book and a place to record special prayer requests and/or reflections after the devotional.
Full disclosure here – I am not a fan of devotional books. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with them, it’s just a personal taste thing with me. Having said that, I can see where this book could give many women that extra little boost they need to get through the day.
First, I love that it revolves around the book of Psalms. When I am really stressed or worried, that has always been the book I turn to first. Secondly, I think Ms.Gerth understands what it feels like to struggle. She understands the questions that run through your mind when you are having yet another tough day. She seems to be able to take a few paragraphs and encourage the reader to believe even though circumstances are tough, God really does care.
If you are looking for a devotional book that will help you get through some rough days, this may very well be the book you want. The devotionals are short enough to not require a lot of your time, but deep enough to impact your thinking in a positive way and point you to God.
A copy of this book was giving to me free in turn for my honest review.