Several weeks ago I was invited to review a wonderful book by some of the contributors over at Marriage, Motherhood and Missions. As a wife and mother, I often find myself overwhelmed and in need of refreshment and encouragement. If for no other reason than to know that I’m not alone in this journey called motherhood. And that’s exactly what I received in this new book, “Tidbits from Help Meet’s Hearts“.
This book follows a unique format that I quite enjoyed. The 7 writers talk about seven subjects that every wife and mom faces in their life. Some of them we may find easier to face than others, but nevertheless we all face them at some point.
- Making Time for God and Me
- Loving Our Husbands
- Raising Our Kids for Christ
- Ministering Outside Our Homes
- Encouragement for Your Hearts
What I found intriguing and unique about this book is that each author writes a section in each chapter. This gives you a different viewpoint on a variety of subjects, which I think allows this book to appeal to many people. It also gives you different perspectives in each area, which I really enjoyed.
I love that the book opens with addressing our need to make time for God in our busy and hectic lives. While I know this to be true, I still struggle with making it work in reality. Rosilind starts out by giving some very practical ways to bring Scripture and God’s Word in our homes. Some of them I knew, but didn’t practice and others were a sort of “duh” moment! I’m excited to put these into practice to make our home more peaceful and filled with God. And the following segments in this chapter didn’t disappoint!!
Then we move into Loving our Husbands, which should be next in our line of priorities – if we’re married. The sections that really touched me were Pleasure Him by Ren and Keeping Him a Top Priority by Rosilind. I struggle in both of these areas, just as many stay-at-home moms do. Feeling “in the mood” isn’t always easy when I’ve been up to poopy diapers and snot all day. It’s hard to think of myself as sexy, but he does – and that’s what I need to remember. I also find it difficult to “switch gears” from Mommy-mode to Wife-mode when he comes home. These two sections gave me some great ideas on making changes in my own life and improving our marriage.
My husband and I believe Raising our Kids for Christ is our top priority as parents. But this is probably the area I struggle in the most. I don’t want to be the parent that just assumes my kids are fine because my husband is a minister or we take them to every church activity. That simply means they are “churched” – it doesn’t mean they know Christ!! I’m responsible for them and this chapter really helped see different ways I can do that, which is great since none of my kids have the same personality as me or each other!! I loved every section in this chapter, so I can’t even pick a favorite!!
Homemaking…ugh. I will be the first to admit I’m a compulsive cleaner – most days. I can’t stand for my house to be dirty or out of order. But as nice as that is for everyone who lives here or drops by, it may not be the best use of my time. When I get so caught up in the cleaning and having a spotless home, I am not investing in my family. In fact, it makes me stressed and unpleasant at best. I have tried setting up a cleaning/cooking/laundry schedule, but that is often derailed by my children and/or husband needing my attention. This often frustrates me because I am not getting done what I feel is important. And then I get frustrated at being frustrated and well…you get the picture. The section that I loved in this chapter was again by Rosilind (I think we might be kindred spirits). She gives 5 practical tips for staying on top of housework that really resonated with me. All of the chapters in this section resonated with me because I find homemaking work, not a joy. And in that I struggle. I was blessed by the words each of these women spoke in this chapter, as I realized I’m not alone in my struggles. I was encouraged to keep going and to find the JOY in homemaking!!
The next chapter, Ministering Outside our Home, is another one I struggle with. With my husband being a minister, most of our time is either spent at home schooling or at church serving. So some weeks there is little time for anything outside the home aside from church activities. I love the challenges laid out in this chapter. Yes many of them involve the church, but there were others I had not dawned on me. I will be praying and meditating on these things to see if this anything God would have me do to share His love and minister to those around me!
The chapter on Finances is not one I wanted to read. Mostly because my husband handles them and I don’t really mind that he does. In fact, when I handled them after we were first married it didn’t work. Not because I wasn’t good at it, but because he resented me for “telling” him we didn’t have the money. Once he began handling the finances things in that area seemed to change. As pointed out in this chapter, I firmly believe both parties must be on the same page in this department or problems and struggles will arise in your marriage that could be avoided all together with a few conversations and prayer! I appreciated the practical advice given by Rosilind and Ren and the spiritual advice given throughout the chapter that challenged me to be more diligent in our finances.
Last, but not least, the final chapter on Encouragement for your Heart. Once again Rosilind knocked it out of the park for me in this chapter because I so closely related to her words. But the encouragement throughout this chapter was overwhelming and such a blessing to me. It was a wonderful way to finish this book.
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