I’m going to be real honest here. The last few months have been rough. I have felt like I’ve been in a valley. There have been a number of factors that have contributed, ranging from the holidays, to helping our elderly neighbors sell all of their belongings and move into a nursing home, to working through learning disabilities in our homeschool, to normal everyday teenage issues and finally ministry. I have felt guilt-driven and burned out!
As a homeschool mom, I think this is a common challenge. We are basically on all day long and our husband and kids count on us to be a shoulder to cry on and a listening ear to gripe to! It can get heavy and overwhelming to try to keep our peace. Sometimes I can be surrounded by people, yet feel all alone!
It has been rough, but God is faithful and he has shown me some valuable resources to help me work through.
The Gospeld Transformation Bible
The Gospel Transformation Bible is so helpful in showing Jesus (always our hope) in all of scripture. At one point, I told Eric I was having trouble digging in. He encouraged me to just focus in on the Psalms. That did me a lot of good.
Hope for the Depressed
This little booklet is a must read. It is simple and short and filled with hope and encouragement. It can be read in one sitting and I have gone through it MANY times. It gives a very clear step by step approach to dealing with depression from a solid, biblical perspective. Amazon has a kindle version or you can buy a pack of five from the publisher. My guess is you will want to buy the set so that you have some to give away!
New Morning Mercies
This is a year-long devotional has encouraging truths about the gospel and its application to everyday circumstances. I have read it and am going through a second time now. It also makes a great gift. Last year, a friend gave a copy to all the graduates in our church. Excellent idea!
When People are Big and God is Small
This is a good read for anyone who struggles with people pleasing. Certainly, that’s an issue for me! I think often times moms can take on a responsibility for their kids which extends beyond where it is intended. Paul Tripp jokingly calls it trying to be the fourth person in the Trinity. We feel like our children’s well being is up to us. This book helps to get things back into perspective!