This book was the first I've been exposed to John Rosemond. I have never heard of him, heard him speak, or read his other books previously. Before I even finished this book, I requested 2 of his other books from our public library. This book is a light read with some opportunities for readers who are currently parenting to challenge their perspective on child rearing methods and philosophies. The author is a psychologist with more than 40 years experience working with families and he believes that the 1960s marked a turning point, maybe more accurately described as the beginning of a downward spiral, in respect and emotional resilience in our nation's youth. The introduction alone could spark a great debate. Watching that debate unfold would likely not be as entertaining as continuing to read this book, though.
After hearing such high praise for the movie "War Room," my husband and I saw it in the theater for a date night. I wasn't sure if I should be expecting something of the same caliber of Fireproof, or something different. War Room was excellent, and being quite frank, didn't give off a cheesy vibe. I have been turned off by overly cheesy movies in the past. I enjoyed Fireproof, but it wasn't a top-notch cinematic experience. I don't mind. The value is in the story, the characters, the "thought" and the content. However, having participated in competitive theatre productions, I understand that seeing a production that lands even slightly below your expectations in terms of timing, acting, camera angles, music, lighting, etc. can be distracting from the plot. War Room was excellent. And I saw a preview for "Woodlawn"... maybe our next date night?
The preview (I guess the current term would be "trailer") is below, and here's the scoop from a press release passed on to me by Grace Hill Media:
ROMA DOWNEY AND MARK BURNETT EXECUTIVE PRODUCING NEW FAITH-BASED FOOTBALL FILM WOODLAWN
We don't have cable, or satellite, or a smart TV, (or Amazon Prime or Netflix...), so I didn't watch the Bible Series that Mark Burnett refers to. Probably a good thing for me because if I felt like reviewing it, I would have been so consumed with trying to double-check every line the actors said that I wouldn't have enjoyed the show. I am a bit of an accountability person. I am so excited and grateful that God has stirred hearts and opened doors to allow this refreshing entertainment to hit the theatres.
Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood: A Down-to-Earth, Practical Devotional for the Hearts & Lives of Moms
I am not a huge devotional fan. I couldn't even count how many I have picked up, read samples from, and set aside. I have even gone so far as to purchase some and discontinue their use (despite my best efforts) a short way into the text. I usually don't get "hooked" by these books. There is something about having a designated amount and topic to read set to a structured schedule that just doesn't appeal to me. Far too many devotionals try to fill a single page by condensing a sermon or expanding a hallmark card encouraging quote.
Melissa B. Kruger wrote "Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood: An Eleven-Week Devotional Bible Study" differently. I find myself going back to this book, even when a bit of the writing has pricked my conscience and made me aware of an area of my life that needs sanctification. Even when I am off schedule because I completely forgot to pick up my devotional for a few days (or weeks). This devotional feels like a gentle conversation with a wise friend who has traveled a road similar to mine. I find it strangely comforting. Strange, because as I stated before, I don't really like devotional books.
Single (or Double) serving Chocolate Cake in a Mug- Allergen Friendly & Cooks in 3 Minutes in the Microwave
In a LARGE (oversized, really BIG, like a soup mug or ramekin) mug, mix:
4 T. gluten-free flour (Bob's Red Mill all purpose GF flour OR white rice flour)
2 T. sugar* (see note in directions)
3 T. cocoa powder
2 dashes salt
1 tsp. baking powder
After above ingredients are mixed well, stir in:
4 T. milk
4 T. oil (coconut oil in its liquid state works)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar (white vinegar works too)
Once mixed thoroughly, microwave 3 minutes. The reason for the extra big mug is that it will rise and then fall. Too small of a mug will cause overflow! Remove from microwave and top with 3 T. chocolate chips. (*If you plan to omit the chocolate chips, I suggest increasing the sugar to 4 T. instead of 2)
Grief comes in waves, but
Anxiety is a pelting downpour
From which there is no physical shelter.
Turning up my face to the Lord,
Drops sting as though they cut my cheeks,
Not leaving the satisfaction of a scar.
Bending down my head in prayer,
They beat against my skull,
Pushing my face
Closer to the suffocating mud.
What shall I do, Lord?
I cry to You with all my heart-
Deeper down- to the depths
Where my soul must reside.
I fight for You in my thoughts, Lord,
Clinging to the memory of Your promises.
They seem to slip from my grasp,
Ripped away by the forceful downfall which
Offers no mercy of relenting.
I know You will not forsake me
And that Your Hand will not allow this downpour forever,
But I am finding it hard to believe
I shall find rest this side of Heaven.
Perhaps I won't, Dear Lord, and if that's Your Will,
I shall take it.
I fear for my ability to be used
For Your Purposes when every day it seems
All I can manage is mere existence
Paralleling the continual fight
Against this barrage from the enemy.
I desire to model Your love, peace,
Hope, and steadfast lovingkindness
To those around me,
Particularly my children, Father.
My flesh is far too weak.
Please fill me with Your Spirit, Jesus,
That I may live abundantly as You promise.
My prayer is of the Bible, Father:
I believe; please help me in my unbelief.
In Christ's Name, Amen.
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Love this girl's writing... feels like she's a long distance friend. Well, her sister is my long-distance friend, so that probably helps. Either way, what an inspiration and encouragement- you just need to check out some of the places life has taken Leah and be strengthened and inspired by the love that oozes (yes, oooozes) from her heart for Jesus, His people and His creation!
If you like nummy recipes, or have special dietary needs (or both!) check it out. ALL of her recipes are Vegan, and many can be made gluten-free. I stumbled upon it when searching for dairy/egg free treats to make for my kiddo and have gotten hooked on several recipes. Okay, "hooked on" doesn't portray it well enough. How about "addicted to"? That's more fitting. Will definitely be going back for more!