The blessing and hardship of womanhood is that we don’t live for ourselves. Literally while I write this I have been interrupted by kids needing water, a cowboy outfit, and a hug for a stubbed toe. Gah! Our bodies were created to care for new life. Our hearts to love others first. Our minds to think of their needs. But without a strong faith, caring for our families turns into stress and anxiety. I’ve felt that weight of trying to be enough for everyone around me only to waking up depleted and defeated. That’s why I need to gear up for this fall. Do you?
Work, school, activities, church, meals, nursing sick kids. We need divine help. And we need to take care of ourselves and our needs so we can best serve our people.
SO! I thought I’d challenge myself to do one thing each month to grow in faith. One thing for me to take a breath with Jesus, to get back on track when so many other things pull me off sanity’s rails. And since I’m doing it, I thought I’d invite you along with me. Because chances are, you need this too.
I found the PERFECT book for us to read (or listen to if you’re not a reader). It’s called Rhythms of Renewal: trading stress and anxiety for a life of peace and purpose by Rebekah Lyons.
So here’s the plan:
- Get your copy at the link above (IT’s on SALE).
- JOIN the group I created for us on Facebook by August 25 to *discuss at your own pace, *belong to community of faithful and encouraging women, and *grow personally with the Lord through prayer prompts and devotionals and life challenges. (@glorybeblog on Facebook, click more, groups, and join monthly faith challenge)
I always have grand hopes of leading or attending in-person Bible studies, but the truth is I can’t commit to leaving my family one night a week. IT’S SO HARD to find time to squeeze in community.
So if you are feeling anxious about the world and want a deeper faith… but are super busy, or shy, or don’t want to chance bringing germs home to your family this fall… THIS IS MADE FOR YOU.
This isn’t going to be flashy. I don’t promise to be a perfect leader. But I’ll show up and care for you as you show up for yourself. It’s going to be honest conversation for women who need refreshing.
As I’m inviting you, invite a friend who needs a fresh start this fall to read this book with us and dive deep into faith.
Andrea Chatelain’s mission is to meet women in their struggles and love them forward with God’s truth. She’s a Midwest mom of three, faith and family writer, and college English instructor to immigrants and refugees. She believes Jesus transforms lives when His people boldly seek Him. Her writing reflects her love for Jesus and heart for fellow believers.