If you have been a mom for very long, you understand it is one of the greatest blessings God can give you. That doesn’t mean life is perfect. You wouldn’t trade those little (or big) bundles of joy for anything, but there are some days when you want to jump on the nearest airplane to Hawaii.
Mothering can discourage you in ways nothing else can. Especially if you realize the enormous responsibility that accompanies the amazing blessing of raising children. Discouragement, loneliness and the mom blues can often pass on their own with something as simple as a dandelion and hug from your little one.
Other times, you need some adult encouragement. Hopefully, you are working on building your support team of Christian moms. On those days when you can’t tap into a personal conversation, reading a book of encouragement can help. Some moms prefer parenting books while others prefer devotional books.
I was curious when I was offered the opportunity to review Blessings for the Morning: Prayerful Encouragement to Begin Your Day by Susie Larson. Billed as a book of blessings, it contains ninety-eight different entries. Each entry has a scripture printed on one page and her blessing for the day on the facing page. Although not specifically written for moms, the blessings definitely cover areas which would encourage any woman whether or not she is a mother.
The blessings read like affirmations. Larson takes the scripture and ties her blessing of wishes for you for that day to the verses. If it improves your mood to think someone is in your corner and wishing good things for you, I can see where these blessings will help. I am not sure she is implying she actually prays those things for her readers, but I am sure she may.
Although, I can be an emotional person, this type of blessing writing does little for me. I would actually get more out of reading the scriptures than her blessings. Others I am sure would love her blessings as I see many similar statements on Facebook and Pinterest. The photos on each page are beautiful and a wonderful reminder of God’s love for us. Unfortunately, on some pages the type written over certain illustrations is not easy to read.
Every mom is different and you need to discover the things which encourage you on your parenting journey. Although not my cup of tea, this book may be the very thing you need to start your morning or refresh your day of mothering your children. If nothing else, it gives you a great verse of scripture to reflect upon during your day.
This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.