Erasing the Perfect Mother’s Day Fantasy {Giveaway!}

Note: Be sure to listen in as Erin talks about her book for moms, “Beyond Bath Time” on Focus on the Family today.

By Erin Davis

sb10062916r-001I can feel it happening again. I’m dreaming of a Mother’s Day where I am allowed to sleep until 10, wake up to a fancy brunch and a clean house, and enjoy an endless stream of compliments and thank yous from my husband and children. It’s the kind of Mother’s Day we all dream of and the kind, of course, that ain’t never gonna happen.

And then what? Shall I sulk? Throw a fit? Pout in the corner? Probably not.

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Sending Out the Bat Light To Moms Everywhere {Giveaway!}

By Erin Davis

batmanBatman probably ranks high on most lists of superheros. I certainly dig his leather pantsuit and underground lair. But my favorite thing is the bat light. When citizens were in trouble, they would shine a giant bat-shaped spotlight over Gotham, and down would swoop their hero to save the day.

God has sent out the bat light to parents for generations. If we look in His Word, we find countless calls to make teaching and living our faith out at home our highest priority. In verse after verse, God sends the clear signal that our children are a gift and a mission field. When we miss this message, the consequences are huge.

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Mother’s Day from the View of Adoption: An Opportunity to Celebrate the Gospel

By Amy Catalina

AdoptionOf all holidays, Mother’s Day is probably the one that evokes the widest spectrum of emotions.  Perhaps it’s warm thoughts of your own mother or joy that you ARE a mother.  Perhaps it’s pain and disappointment if you are enduring infertility.  Perhaps it’s heartache if your relationship with your mother is strained or she’s gone.  Perhaps it’s angst if your current season of motherhood involves more pain than joy.

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Reflections on A Mother’s Prayer ~ Kristyn Getty

By: Kristyn Getty

Kristyn_GettyIn the spring of 2008 I first prayed for a baby, and in the spring of 2011 God answered that prayer with the birth of our beautiful daughter.  My joy was full but so were the fears I wrestled.  In some ways I felt like a baby Christian again, caught in a whirlwind of emotions, learning and applying what I have known and trusted into a completely new life – I know I’m definitely not the first to feel that!

Friends of ours had given us a card when their first son was born; it was full of prayer requests for his little life, a prayer for every day of the month. My prayers were not quite as coherent as those, especially at first, but the urgency of the moment drove me to my knees.  “Help her, help me” baby prayers at 3am; prayers as I heard the baby monitor light up in the morning; prayers when I thought of her safety, her soul, her future; prayers  with my husband; prayers while Eliza listened in.

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Honoring Mom ~ Even in the Painful Memories

By Heather Patenaude

mom-and-daughterMom.  Just hearing or seeing the name brings up so many thoughts, memories, and feelings.  For you as a mom…and of your mom.  (Kiddo: “You have a mom?!?!”  You: “Yes.  Mommy has a mom.”)  Perhaps those thoughts, memories, and feelings are rich and happy.  Perhaps they are sad, painful, and full of loss.  Or perhaps they are a swirling, complex mix of both.

I’m certain there are those whose Mom-memories sit on one of the two extremes—utterly happy or truly painful.  And for those of you in that painful place, let me stop to say I pray you know the healing and redemption of Jesus and are fueled by His power in your own mothering.  But my guess is that many of you fall into that last, complicated mix—because that what life is!  A complicated mix of joy, pain, awkwardness, humor, hurt, wisdom and a host of other adjectives.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day

By Heather Patenaude

175628_10151240583961346_1576785547_oThis month here on Beyond Bath Time we are going to be celebrating Mother’s Day! We are looking forward to honoring our moms, sharing our hearts, having a few guest bloggers, and a few giveaways!

Make sure you check back every weekday from now through the week after mother’s day as we celebrate motherhood and moms!

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The Cure For Mother’s Day Letdown

By Erin Davis

Every year I get a Mother’s Day hangover. No, not that kind of hangover. It’s sweet tea only for me at Mother’s Day brunch. I’m talking about a general feeling of yuckiness, disappointment and let down that leaves me feeling … bleh. Continue reading