"I Don't Know Who to Listen To" this chapter is so important for moms because we have all been on the other side of comments from others when it comes to our parenting. Ruth explains, "a mom had her son getting in a stroller and it was freezing outside and she threw a blanket on him, well the blanket blew off him and an older woman had seen him without a coat and shamed the mom verbally." Now we have all felt the embarrassment of comments by strangers, family, friends or everyone else who thinks they are experts on being parents. This is where we learn how to tune out those voices and listen to the others that are genuinely trying to be helpful. Like God. "God's voice reminds us we are loved. His voice leads us without driving us. God's voice is perfecting us" (pages 143, 144). We just need to listen. The next chapter is "I Can't See Where I'm Going", sometimes with being a mom we get so overwhelmed we can't see what is in front of us. No matter how overwhelmed we feel or the times we have a mom fail always remember, "God didn't make a mistake in choosing us to be the mother of our children. He is using our families to pass on the faith" (page 150). Now days we have so many ways we are told to raise our children, but with all these ways we don’t know what is right or wrong. "Embracing the mission isn't always easy. Nothing important ever is, momming included" (page 152). The final chapter for tonight's summary is "I Need Some Alone Time" and just like our daily devotional I think we can relate to what this is referring to. As mom we fill so any different roles and our names get called what seems like a thousand times a day. We need to have our time alone to collect our thoughts and be alone with God. Sometimes we feel like we slip, but "when we recognize our short comings our response shouldn’t be (I'll try harder) it should be (Lord I need you. I want to be with you)" (page 164).
Next week will be the last week of our Better Moms series of summaries. I have really enjoyed putting these into a short message for you because this book is a definite read and will help you in so many aspects of life. I know it has helped me.