***This giveaway is now closed.  Congrats April W***

I am so happy to have my friend Ruth Schwenk guest posting today AND offering a giveaway of her new devotional, The Better Mom Devotional.  Isn’t it beautiful?

Let’s get some truth into our hearts….here’s Ruth to help us think on these verses from Isaiah:

“I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please ’” —ISAIAH 46:9–10

Every mom I know sometimes feels as if she’s blown it. Am I too lenient? Am I too strict? What could I do to better protect, teach, or guide my child? Our kids don’t come with an owner’s manual, and that’s one reason parenting is hard work. When our children are young, being a mom is physically exhausting. But as our children grow, motherhood becomes far more emotionally exhausting.

Because we love our children and desire to see them mature and walk wisely in the world, we can beat ourselves up over our parenting. We can get weary. Feel overwhelmed. Question whether our kids’ mistakes will affect their futures. This is why we need the reminder of this truth: God is God—and we are not.

There are countless places in the Bible where God declared He is God. Although that seems obvious, the frequency of these reminders suggests just how often we forget. Instead of trusting God, we try to be God. Bad idea! We might not come right out and say it, or we might not even realize it. In many ways, though, our actions can reveal our lack of trust in the God who is ultimately in control of our lives—and our children’s lives.

Friend, let’s choose to rest in God’s promises and trust Him for the future. And let’s be faithful to what He has called us to do today. Even when we feel as if we are failing as moms, God’s purposes for us and for our children never will. Let God be God.

Father, I need Your grace. I know that I don’t always parent the best way. I need You. I need Your wisdom, Your grace, and Your power. Remind me that even when I feel like I’m failing, You are faithful to accomplish all of Your purposes. Give me hope and joy today as I serve and trust You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In what part of your life are you struggling to trust God?  Leave a comment below to enter the giveaway of Ruth’s book, The Better Mom Devotional.  US entries only please.  A winner will be randomly chosen on Friday.  

With 100 devotions, The Better Mom Devotional offers you a calm way to start your day, deepening your faith on this lifelong journey towards becoming more like Jesus. If you are ready to discover what God wants to do in you, you can grab your copy of The Better Mom Devotional at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBook.com or anywhere books are sold.

Trusted author Ruth Schwenk of Pressing Pause and The Better Mom blog will help you learn to give yourself grace as you grow in wisdom with The Better Mom Devotional. As a busy mom of four kids, Ruth understands the stress of raising a family and trying to do it all perfectly, but she has uncovered a secret: becoming a better mom starts not with what you are doing but with who God is inviting you to become.  Subscribe to The Better Mom blog and Ruth will send you 10 Prayers to Encourage a Mom’s Heart.

Remember, leave a comment below to enter the giveaway of Ruth’s book, The Better Mom Devotional.  US entries only please.  A winner will be randomly chosen on Friday.  ***This giveaway is now closed.  Congrats April W!***


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