A little more than a year ago, I wrote this post: Surviving 3 Kids Under 5. To date, it’s been the one blog post that gets the most hits (I found that interesting, by the way!). I tried to give some tips that I’ve used myself to get through the day with my kids, and to my surprise, there was one key thing I left out: Quiet Time with God. I’m actually a bit ashamed of this error because it really is one of the ways I have survived with the all the responsibilities and inevitable chaos of raising my 3 young kids. So here I am now to remedy that, and to also plug a great book that I had the opportunity to read!
I first met Julia Roller at my local MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers Group). She is a great author and recently released the book, Mom Seeks God: Practicing Grace in the Chaos this past Tuesday, April 1. I had the opportunity to read an advance copy and my first reaction after I finished it was, “I wish she had written this book 6 years ago.” In the book, she describes her experiences of balancing her husband, kids, work and her spiritual walk with Christ. Too often I have found that Prayer/Quiet Time with God tends to be the last thing on our minds during daily life, when it indeed should be the first thing on our To-Do List! And even better, to pray and talk to God throughout the day!
Julia also offers practical tips of seeking God when you’re knee-deep in diapers, dinner and deadlines (something I can totally relate to). One of my greatest struggles as a mom and business owner is that I sometimes find myself so busy with gym matters, that I forget to spend Quality Time with God and my family. For example, today it took so much effort to leave my electronic devices off for half an hour to just pray and recharge, then spend some time with my kids and watch them draw. It seems so simple, but I feel guilty to say that it happens with me a lot.
I truly appreciated Julia’s sincerity when writing this book. There were many chapters where I felt like I was reading my life story, and it was encouraging to know we shared some of the same experiences and trials as new moms. I look forward to reading this book again and again when I need reminders to just pause and focus on my spiritual life so I can be the best wife and mom I can be. It’s a great book for mothers of all stages of children. I actually am planning to purchase it for my mom for Mother’s Day and for my new mom friends as baby shower gifts! I highly recommend this book and encourage you to purchase a copy for yourself and that special mom in your life!
Thanks again to Julia Roller for offering a complimentary copy of her book to review! All opinions are my own. Ready to grab a copy of Julia’s book? Head on over to her website to purchase!