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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome 2013!!

Welcome 2013!  I'm praying you and your family have had a blessed holiday season.  As we enter a new year, there are a few things I am super excited about and I want to share them with you today.
Now I usually do not accept friend request on Facebook from people I do not know.  I just find that a little weird.  However...when I received a friend request from Kelly Thorne Gore and took a look at her page, I accepted her request!  I just sensed a refreshing spirit about her and the things she was posting...and plus, I became very curious about something that kept being mentioned on her page...iBloom.

iBloom is a ministry devoted to equipping women to love the life they live and is comprised of a group of amazing life and business coaches.  I am so grateful that in God's providence I "stumbled" upon iBloom and have connected with so many amazing women who are seeking to honor and glorify God in their lives, homes and businesses. 

Two aspects of iBloom in which I will be participating this year is serving as an iBloom ambassador and going through the book iChoose2 Love My Life:  A One-Year Journey Toward Living A Life You LoveiChoose2 Love My Life really isn't just a is a 52 week journey toward a life of contentment, challenge and growth in honoring and glorifying God with your life in very practical ways.  Some of the areas touched on in the book are i Choose 2...
Live Intentionally
Manage my Time
Be Grateful
Operate in My Strengths
Be Still and Listen
Create a Routine
Make a New Friend
Make My Home a Haven
Get Organized
Make a Difference
And that's just 11 of the places this year long journey will take you.  The book gives you places to take notes, make observations, and journal through your journey.  So often we speak in theory about our life and the things that would be good to do...iChoose2 Love My Life helps you not only develop a God honoring theory for your life, but offers practical guidance to moving your theology to doxology and actually living a life you love.
Beginning this Wednesday (tomorrow!), I will be blogging through my iChoose journey.  I hope you will join me each Wednesday as I share with you how I'm choosing to love my life in 2013.  Go HERE and grab your copy!

Don't miss the party on January 8th!  I'd love to have you join me as my guest!  Just leave me a comment and let me know you'll be there!  You will be blessed and encouraged!

Secondly...I'm excited about being a part of the No More Desperate Mom Movement prompted by the book Desperate:  Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson.  The book is published by Thomas Nelson and will be available anywhere books are sold on January 8th.

The definition of desperate according to Google is...
 feeling, showing or involving a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with or tried in despair or when everything else has failed; having little hope of success.
Have you ever felt that way in your mothering?

Have you ever thought "I can't be a mother today?"  I have.  Actually, if I'm being honest...I'm in a season of desperation in my parenting right now.  I'm 41 and am a mother to a 15,7 and soon to be 4 year old.  This book and this movement could not be coming at a better time.  God is so good in that He is meeting the deepest cry of my heart through both connecting with iBloom and Desperate.

Sarah Mae blogs at Sarah Mae:  Fitting Perfect into Fallen and can be found on Facebook


I have been familiar with Sally's ministry to mothers for several years now.  When my firstborn was elementary age, I read her book The Ministry of Motherhood and have followed her ministry since.  She blogs at I Take Joy and can also be found on Facebook.

These two ladies have come together in Desperate to offer a beautiful picture of support, encouragement and exhortation in this calling of motherhood.  Sarah's portions of the book are genuine and transparent...they are real.  Sally offers wisdom from a seasoned mother that exhort and encourage.  I'm not sure you will find a more refreshing sense of hope in your calling as a mother than you will find in this book.  They provide an amazing picture of mentoring that should be taking place between older women and younger women.  Desperate is for moms and women of all ages in all different stages.  We need to be doing life together and Sarah and Sally show us how to do that in God honoring ways.

You can order your book from by going HERE.

Connect with the launch of the book and ministry on Facebook by going HERE.

Ruth over at The Better Mom will be hosting a Bible/Book study of Desperate on Tuesday and Thursdays beginning January 29th.
You won't want to miss it!  I will also be blogging through the book study on Tuesdays beginning January 29th.

Thank you Thomas Nelson for sending me the book as part of the Booksneeze program.

Lastly but certainly not the least of these...I'll be joining in with Beth Moore in memorizing 24 passages of Scripture in 2013 as part of Living Proof Ministries Siesta 2013 Scripture Memory Team.  You can visit Beth's blog post HERE to get all the details on how to be involved.

My first verse and my chosen verse to focus on during 2013 is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
"Rejoice always, pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

I know this is all a lot if information, but I wanted to get this info before you on this first day of the new year.  I'm anticipating not a good year or a bad year, but a God year in 2013!  If you have any questions about anything in this post, please leave me a comment!  I'd love to hear about some of the things you are looking for in 2013 and hope you will join me here at Mother of Three!



jodi said...

I'm looking forward to hearing more about iBloom as the year goes on. Also, Desperate pretty much describes my parenting philosophy right now too! Can't wait to hear how you like it! :)

Elizabeth Ann @ Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box said...

Love the verse you chose for Beth Moore's scripture team! :-)