My precious boys were born just 23 months apart. We didn’t necessarily plan it that way, but it happened nonetheless. If you’ve read my book, Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need It Most, you know I actually prayed and asked God to give us boys! I wanted to raise men who loved the Lord with all of their hearts, who would choose to take a stand for what’s right, who would be world-changers. It had occurred to me that there was a shortage of truly godly men in the world, and that as parents, we were losing the battle for the hearts of our sons. So, during a time of self-righteous pride in my own ability as a mother (yes . . . this was BEFORE we had kids) I asked God to give us boys. And He indulged me.
Wrinkles in My Cape
My boys, like any number of other little boys in the world, are infatuated with being super heroes. My life as a mother of boys includes masks, swords, light sabers, and dueling bad guys to the death. There’s rarely a day that goes by in the McGlothlin Home for Boys that doesn’t involve someone wearing a cape.
I love it. I hope they always want to rescue damsels in distress, bring flowers to their mommy, and fight bad guys.
Pretending to rescue those who are weaker than they are makes them feel useful and important. Running around our house with their capes flapping in the wind makes them feel strong. I believe developing these characteristic in young boys sets them up for strength, compassion, and boldness later in life. Super heroes, those found on television, in story books, and (the best ones!) in the Bible give my boys something to pattern their lives after. And that’s very, very good.
Yes, I want to raise strong boys. But most of the time, I have to confess, I feel terribly weak.
Hope for the Weary Mom
Last year, my blogging friend, Stacey Thacker, and I decided to write a series of posts designed to bring hope to other weary mamas like us. Those posts turned into a small, inexpensive eBook we gave away for free on our blogs and sold as inexpensively as possible for the convenience of having it on Kindle.
We had no idea that so many moms would resonate with our weariness, or find so much hope in hearing about the God who meets us in our messes.
Over and over again, we got emails from mamas struggling to hold things together telling us, "I thought I was the only one who felt this way." The number one bit of positive feedback we get is thanks for our honesty and transparency.
(Related: The number one complaint we got is that the book was too short! Read on!)
Yep...we put our junk out there for the whole world to see, and trusted God to use it somehow. And use it He did.
But the best part...
After months of praying for the right words, working with an amazing team, and writing ourselves into oblivion, Stacey and I are proud to announce that the expanded version of Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You In Your Mess releases today!
And you can get it for FREE for the first 48 hours!
Yes, I did just say that you can get the NEW Hope for the Weary Mom (with over 50% new content!) for free until October 24th at midnight EST. Here's the deal:
Hope has never been about making money for us. Our desire is for God to use this book to find the heart of that one mom who needs hope in a desperate way. So we've made the Amazon Kindle version of Hope for the Weary Mom completely, 100% FREE for the next 48 hours.
(As an aside, Hope will be available as a paperback book as well (very soon!), but you can only get the Kindle version for free)
If you don't have a Kindle, don't worry. Download Amazon's free Kindle app on your computer, or smart phone, or have your neighbor or friend do it if you don't have that either. Then purchase the Kindle version on Amazon for free. It will transfer directly to whatever device you use.
Just click this Amazon Hope for the Weary Mom link to get your free copy right now!
Just a little bit more!
While we're not asking you to do anything in return for your free copy of Hope, we do have an amazing launch day planned for you with fabulous prizes (like a brand new Kindle Fire HD...ahem...). Head over to the Hope blog to find out how to enter, and plan on joining us for a progressive party tonight starting at 8:30PM EST at the Better Mom's Facebook page. Follow us to the MOD Squad page (for mothers of daughters), then to the MOB Society page (for mothers of boys) and then finally to the Hope Facebook page, where we'll give away the Kindle to one blessed winner! (Don't worry...it'll all happen in about an hour and a half!)
What are you waiting for friends? Go get your free book! (And thank you, thank you, thank you for the way you have supported us in this endeavor!)
(Photo of my super heroes by Merry Studios)