Monday, January 7, 2013

Desperate for A Season

Desperate. A word a Type A, working mom who appears to have it all together doesn't use often but secretly screams inside. "I'm desperate for some help. For someone to really understand."

We have been going through a tough season filled with financial struggles, loss of loved ones, school challenges, a move, the holidays, etc. We have received many blessings during this time, but sometimes the load was almost too much to bear.

Over the holidays, we packed up and moved across town to a lovely home that was not quite ready (as in no working oven, no laundry room floor, one bedroom still needing walls and a brand new kitchen cabinet paint job that was literally peeling off and needs redoing) and we lost grandma and our family pet. The kids are preparing to change schools and in many ways we are starting over. Desperate is a feeling I have had a few times these last months.

Desperate to lay the right foundations, make right decisions, get through the move, get settled, experience Christmas, lose weight...

Guilty for working night and day on the move and missing precious time to just be with the kids while I have time off my real work (which ended today).

Guilty for getting frustrated by bickering and constant chatter and chaos that I sometime wished I was in the quiet confines of my office in a Buckhead high rise instead of the box-cluttered walls of my new home.

So that is why, in the few quiet moments I have had, I have been reading Desperate Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sara Mae and Sally Clarkson (both of whom I had the honor of meeting at Allume in October). When I learned about this book project and the topic, I was drawn to sign up for an advance reviewer copy. I am so happy I did because the wise words of Sally and the raw honesty of Sarah Mae have helped get me through this trying time.

These Godly ladies take the rose colored glasses off of "motherhood" and affirm how life-altering, challenging and sometimes downright desperate it can be. They are encouraging a movement of women to come alongside one another to support each other in the real and sometimes raw vocation of Motherhood.  Urging moms, both new to the job and more seasoned, to come alongside one another to encourage and HELP, both with words and physical actions. {Check out the “No More Desperate Moms Resolution” right here.}

This gem is available for all of you to read right now! Today!

This launch week for Desperate holds lots of exciting things in store for you…

Special Promotion from DaySpring
Sarah Mae, Sally Clarkson - Desperate
DaySpring has a special one-day offer for all of you who purchase Desperate through their site! When you buy the book from DaySpring on Monday, January 7th ONLY, you will get a free journal from them! You must purchase the book from DaySpring to receive the journal. The journal gift is good for Monday the 7th only.
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The following special gifts are for those purchasing books for small groups! You can purchase the book on Amazonand Barnes & Noble, as well as DaySpring as mentioned above. Instructions for receiving the free gifts follows the list!

*Purchase five books during launch week (with the goal of leading a small group) and receive:
*Purchase eight books during launch week (with the goal of leading a small group) and receive:
  • Free custom print from Red Letter Words (400 available).
  • Free “Mother’s Love” art print.
  • Free custom Vintage Pearl necklace (50 available)
  • Desperate, a DVD Companion study.
**For more details on receiving your free gifts, along with a TON of launch week giveaways {including a spa weekend with Sarah Mae and Sally!!!}, visit this post on the Desperate Mom site!
What about you? Have you felt desperate in your walk as a mother? Who do you turn to? Whom have you helped?