Dear Mary: Lessons From the Mother of Jesus for the Modern Mom
This week I have been reading the book titled Dear Mary: Lessons From the Mother of Jesus for the Modern Mom.
Not many books start off with a note from the author touches my heart like this one:
I am learning that many of the rights and wrongs of motherhood come down to what we believe to be true. If we are wise, we will build children with only the bricks God hands us, not the rocks life has thrown at us. We will choose to believe God. No statistic, employer, bank statement, or matter of paternity can rob us of our promise. Unless we choose to believe it can.
We can’t tell our children how to believe. We can only demonstrate how. I once believed in fear. I even believed in pain. I began to doubt love. I saw my hope slipping away, but then I was reminded that I had little eyes watching and small hearts in my hands. I may not be the best math tutor they’ll ever have. I can’t guarantee each meal will be a hit. But I pray each day that I will model a walk of faith for them and all those with whom I’m connected.
I found myself nodding along with her as she spoke of being a mom and how we can only lead by example. Accepting that we are not perfect, yet we, as moms, are the main power in our children lives leading them to or away from the cross.
How powerful a message is that? I for one, want to live my life so that I am pointing the way to the cross not standing in my children’s way from reaching it.
I really enjoyed this hopeful and inspiring message for Moms from Sarah Jakes:
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a remarkable example of quiet, resilient faith and courage in the face of adversity. From the angel’s first announcement of her pregnancy to the death and resurrection of her son, Mary was witness to our Lord and Savior in a unique and special way.
And as a mother herself, she speaks to the modern-day mom in a way few have explored before.
Writing in the form of letters, Sarah Jakes examines the life of Mary–and through Mary, Jesus–to better understand what a life of faith looks like. Maybe you struggle to trust God’s will for your life. Perhaps you have fears and insecurities that keep you from realizing the joy God wants for you, or the thought of raising little ones overwhelms you. Through the example of Mary, discover the freedom that only true faith can bring.
Based on letters written to Mary, I found this book encouraging and uplifting. I completely agree that living for Christ today is a tough road. But one I gladly walk daily as I try to grow more like my Lord and Savior.
This book is available on Amazon and in your local book stores.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me through the Blogger Reading Program at Bethany House.