Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Just What I Needed to Hear: Encouraging Moments Newsletter

One of the things I've found as a mom with little ones is that it is easy to become discouraged. On a regular basis, I have these thoughts running through my head: Am I doing this right? Is my child going to grow-up to be a well-adjusted person? How could I be such a terrible mom? Why did I just yell? Can my house be any messier?!!  I'm too tired, I can't do this anymore!

I was having one of those days, when a very special message arrived from God! It was actually in the form of an email -- the Encouraging Moments Newsletter! The opening reflection was written just for me -- well, that's what it felt like when I read it!

Spiritual strongholds are sinful ways of thinking that have probably been part of our personality for so long we hardly even see them. Maybe they're wrong ways of thinking about the opposite sex, about depressing feelings in your life, or about a relationship with someone who's hurt you, maybe it's lust, or depression, or bitterness, or self-pity. But God declares, "We can take captive every one of those wrong thoughts to the obedience of Christ"....

....D. L. Moody said it so well, "When you think sin - think Scripture." I like what my mama wrote in my Bible, "Either sin will keep you from this book, or this book will keep you from sin." Now you have a weapon that can tear down a stronghold of sin and tame the most sinful of thoughts.


See what I mean?  It was exactly what I needed to hear!

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And then, as I read on, I found something else that caught my eye: Chick Flicks for Mom! These little video clips are short and sweet tips from Lorrie Flem (the publisher of Teach Magazine). This week's clip was a little rhyme to teach your child as you are training their little hearts and minds to be obedient. I was truly delighted by these little videos -- I had not heard Lorrie speak in person, and she is just the sweetest lady! But beyond the sweetness, there was also wisdom in what she was sharing. I watched several of the videos and found them encouraging and helpful.

At the end of the newsletter, there was a fabulous story about one mom's journey to make a budget and live within it (Of course, that is something near and dear to my heart as I started my other blog to help others learn to spend wisely, save faithfully, and give freely)!

I just was so inspired and amazed at how God used a simple newsletter to speak to me where I was that day. If you're looking for some encouragement, you can sign up over at to receive this free newsletter. Just look in the upper-right hand corner for the box that says "Sign up for our email newsletter".

I would've never signed up for the newsletter had I not been a part of The Gabby Moms -- because I wouldn't have known about it!  I'm glad I get to tell you, and I hope you'll take a minute to sign up!  Who knows how God may speak to you through it?!!

imageDisclaimer: I am reviewing Encouraging Moments as an official member of The Gabby Moms blogging program for Eternal Encouragement magazine. I did not receive compensation for this post and all opinions are solely my own.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, definitely have had one of those days, too, asking myself similar questions. :) Thanks for your review!

Jada another Gabby Mom

February 23, 2011 at 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Cindy said...

That's what is so great about this newsletter. It can touch each and every one of us in different ways! It says so much in such a small way!
fellow Gabby Mom

February 24, 2011 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

I just love how the Lord is blessing so many people with a simple newsletter in our inboxes. :)

February 24, 2011 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Julieanne said...

I thought that the newsletter was great, too! Nice review!

Julieanne (fellow Gabby Mom)

February 25, 2011 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Carie said...

I find that when I say the houe can't get any messier......that it does:) Great review!
Carie (another Gabby Mom)

February 25, 2011 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Chic Mama said...

Isn't it amazing how God can speak so directly to so many of us through a simple enewsletter?! It goes to show how impactful He is and how similar so many of our mom-lives are!

Nice review!

Head Mama

February 27, 2011 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Mary Joy said...

Nice job!!! I loved it too! Spoke right to my heart! :D I have those kinds of mommy days too! You are SO not alone! :D

Blessings from another Gabby Mom...

Building Home with Him,

Mary Joy

February 27, 2011 at 5:20 PM  

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