In talking about these three chapters I can't say that I have a favorite, because they all speak to me in a different way. That’s what is so amazing about this book, at one point or another you have been in a similar situation and have felt the exact same way. Ruth wrote this book to let all of us mommas know that we aren't alone. So, let's dive in.
Starting off Ruth titles the Chapter "I Hate to Fail" I think that’s something that all of us ladies can relate to in one way or another. Patience is something I struggle with daily, not only with my kids but with my husband as well. That doesn’t mean that I snap at my kids or husband daily because I don’t. Before I lose my temper, I TRY to count to 5 in my head and take a deep breath and that saves a lot of heartache. However, there are those times when my patience wears thin, gets the best of me and I do snap at my loved ones. When this happened with Ruth and her daughter she says, "My behavior was overboard, and I immediately felt the sting of conviction. Realizing my own sin, I backed off and apologized" (pg. 109). I have felt that sting at one time or another. She refers to (Hebrews 4:13) "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account." We can't hide from God. There is hope though, we can give ourselves to God and he will guide us to become better. "God wants to give us good hearts; hearts that are renewed by his Spirit" (pg.117). This leads into the next chapter "I Worry Constantly" and that couldn’t be truer. There are so many things I worry about when it comes to my kids. Is anyone being mean to them? Are they going to be successful when they get older? Will they resent me for homeschooling them? I could list a whole lot more, but I will spare you. "The truth of God's word reminds us that even when we are afraid, God is in control. Our lives are in his hands" (pg.121). Our lives were planned out a long time ago and we must trust his plan. Our next chapter is titled "Motherhood is Robbing Me of _________." When being a first time mom we don’t realize how secluded we will be. I know for myself I stayed in my house and took care of my daughter. Spending time with others never really crossed my mind because I was occupied with her. Now that I have 3 kids I have found a new purpose, which is homeschooling. Although motherhood does rob me of date night with my husband (we rarely go out). Majority of the time I have myself to blame because I feel guilty leaving them. Ruth talks about being called "Just a Mom" (pg.128). I can relate because I have been called that many times. It stings a bit because I don’t sit around and eat bon bons all day. "Being a better mom is not all about what we are doing. It is about who we are becoming in the process. In God's hands, the hard, sacred, and beautiful work of momming isn't robbing us; it is redefining us" (pg. 131). This journey of being a mom is tough. Join us next week for another summary of the next three chapters.