Friends, this first year of homeschooling has been an incredible year of discovery, learning and growth for me and my family! This adventure has forced me to slow down and dig deep into discovering what God truly has for me. Earlier this year my sweet friend turned me to Heidi St. John, The Busy Mom podcast. A homeschooling mom of seven (yep 7!), Heidi, has a passion for speaking biblical truth in the midst of today's culture. She offers wisdom and encouragement (to moms especially) for the resistance we as Christians face in today's issues.
Heidi's words echoed my own thoughts, feelings, and heart struggles as I read each chapter.
"....because this business of shaping hearts is also shaping mine. Motherhood has exposed weakness in me I never knew I had, has driven me to limits of what I thought I could do, and has filled my heart with hopes and dreams I never imagined for a future I can only entrust to God."
-Heidi St. John, Becoming Mom Strong (pg 35)
How do we fight this battle?
I think of the Israelite's as they faced the Philistine army of war. Goliath a fierce Philistine champion, brought fear to the Israelite's as he challenged them to battle.
Like the Philistines, I admit that I have struggled with fear for much of my life. Satan has used this tactic on me many times. Heidi illustrates the bravery of David, a mere boy, facing that giant with the truth of God's word, a few stones, and a sling. He had the courage to defeat his giant..... do we? If not then, "Sometimes the only way to do something is to do it afraid", says Heidi.
" The reality is that we all face different kinds of giants in our lives. The question isn't weather they'll show up; it's weather we'll have the courage to load our own stones into our own sling when the time comes."
-Heidi St. John Becoming Mom Strong (pg. 39)
Becoming Mom Strong brings light to what it means to face motherhood with the strength only God can give. Heidi St. John does this from the perspective of the raw reality that her own life and motherhood struggles brought her, speaking from her own experience as a homeschooling mother of seven. In the trenches she has prevailed, and now she is calling us as moms to equip ourselves for the battle of our own children's hearts and raise up the next generation of God fearing leaders.
Heidi often says, " We can't give our children what we don't have". This begins with the acknowledgment and surrender of our weakness where God's strength is at it's best. Becoming Mom Strong has definitely allowed me to see more clearly the importance of being a mother. We ARE raising the next generation of warriors!
"God has already given us the blueprint for becoming MomStrong, and that blueprint is found in the Bible. He has entrusted us with bringing up the next generation, and He says that His strength is made perfect in weakness."
-Heidi St. John Becoming Mom Strong
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Friends, author Heidi St. John has a vision that this would not just be a book alone, but be a movement! Becoming Mom Strong is NOW AVAILABLE coupled with a bible study and journal and I encourage you to get your own copy today! I assure you this is sweeping the nation and beyond as mothers are already banning together in bible study groups for become Mom Strong together. I will even be starting my own bible study group here in my home town very soon. Will you join us in Becoming Mom Strong!?!
Blessings and Strength Precious Mamas,
Heidi St John has delighted tens of thousands of readers through her blog, her Facebook page and her books. Her transparent style and her rich sense of humor combine to draw her readers into what feels like a very personal conversation over a cup of coffee.
Heidi's ability to bypass our prejudices and preconceptions allows her to speak directly to the heart of every reader as she offers wisdom, inspiration and grace to those who are all-too-often feeling overwhelmed by all that's on their plate.