Sarah Mae came into my life through my college friend's wife, Mandy. Did I lose you? Hopefully you're still with me. Mandy reviewed Desperate: Hope for the Mom that Needs to Breathe. At first the title kind of threw me off. "Desperate?" I thought. "I'm not 'Desperate'." And then I started to actually read her mini-review. When she said,
This book is for you on those days when you say, 'I just cannot be a mama today'.
People, this is me! When life moved us here to Colorado, I felt like I lost a piece of myself. A piece of my Paris. I had things in order. I had direction. I may not have been enjoying my job, but I had a sense of purpose. And then when we moved, I lost it all. Becoming a SAHM felt like I was giving up every part of me, those dreams and desires I had as a full-time, working outside the home mom. I know being a mom, being a parent, means to sacrifice self for your family. But what about those dreams I had? How long would I have to put them on hold?
1. I am blessed
Matthew 5:3a -- "Blessed are poor in spirit."
If you're at that point where you are desperate to hear Him, then you are blessed.
2. god cares about my dreams
And then Sarah Mae gently reminded me that GOD, yes, God put the very ability to long in my soul. This is one of His many gifts to me. The gift of vision. Without vision, we perish! Could you imagine having a mundane life with no desires, no dreams? What would we look forward to? Obviously God knew what He was doing by giving us this gift. He wouldn't give us something we couldn't use and He wouldn't give us something that He doesn't care about. He wants us to thrive. He wants us to plan and dream, but most of all, He wants us to trust Him with them.
3. I am perfect
Sarah Mae has so many more nuggets of truth that I would love to share, but I think my kids would love for me to make dinner. So I'll stop here. Apparently giving them cereal isn't an option tonight.
Longing for Paris comes out on August 4th, but you you can pre-order here. (**Hint: If you order today, you might get a SIGNED copy!). You can order from Amazon. Plus, if you want to grab some for your friends or small group you can get a bundle discount. And guess what!! If you have a group of 10 or more, email her to set up a Skype session!
Want to hear a little more? Check out Sarah Mae's video.