Calling all #UBP12 Moms – We Want Your Opinions!

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As mentioned earlier, we will be releasing our first eBook in a few short weeks. Currently we are in the middle of the final editing and cover design phase, and we would love any input you moms have!

Below are two excerpts from the devotional, and we would love to hear your comments and feedback! The book will be hitting proverbial eBook shelves this coming Mother’s Day, which falls on May 13, 2012. At that time, we will also be releasing the revamped version of this web page, so be sure to check back in a few weeks! We will also soon be taking pre-orders for the print version that is slated to come out shortly following the eBook release, since we know that many people – ourselves included – prefer sitting down with a paper and ink hard copy book from time to time.

We look forward to hearing from you, and to sharing our reflections as mommies with infants and toddlers!

Who knows – maybe your comment will be one that ends up – along with a shout out to your blog – on our Amazon store page and our web page promoting the devotional when it comes out 🙂

In Him,

Jennah and Asha

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Our Plans

If you are like me – a goal-oriented person – a huge part of pregnancy was just getting to that finish line. I enjoyed reading about each new week of development on the baby blogs that I followed, and waiting in anticipation for my precious new bundle to emerge. However, like most things in life we can only plan so much. My ‘get from A to B’ plan took a dramatic detour when I had no choice, but to undergo an emergency C-section. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, all my plans sailed out the window. I found myself waking from some sort of bad dream with a scar across my tummy and my tiny baby, shielded from me in a sterile incubator.

 

After spending 60 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care, I can say with total honesty that walking by faith is messy; sometimes it is ugly, and sometimes you feel alone and left in the dark. The beauty of running out of all your earthly options or ideas is that there is no room left but to rely on God. It is easy to spout out trust when the sun is shining and all is right in the world, but blessing the name of the Lord in the middle of your darkest fears is another story.

 

I don’t know what kind of fears you are facing down or if you find yourself out of plan B’s, C’s, and D’s. Whatever your circumstance, the only real place to run is to the cross. Stretch your heart out before the One who made you, knows you, and believes in you. Let His perfect peace fill you with an inner strength that no plan could ever come close to touching. I challenge you to not only be real with yourself, but also to be real with God and to pour out your deepest feelings to Him. Allow your Father in Heaven to heal the broken places inside of you that desperately need His touch.”

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Peace Like a River

Sitting at the park with the sun peeking through friendly clouds and a light breeze blowing through my ponytail, I am reminded of all the things that are good in life. Gone is my stress over bills that I can’t pay and the mess in my kitchen. Any frustrations are forgotten as I look at my beautiful daughters – one asleep in her stroller and the other giggling with delight as she flies down the slide. To them, this is the perfect day, and I venture to say that even rain and wind would do nothing to dampen their joy and contentment.

 

This is peace. This is grace. This is what I live for each day. When God promised peace, He did not mean that storms would be absent…but I do think that He meant we would find quiet pockets of time in life that are enough to remind us of what really matters when we need it the most. I know that as soon as I get back into the car I will be hit with all the things left unaccomplished from yesterday, as well as a to-do list that is longer than the chain of the swing Jaylin is now playing on. But, at least I will be able to face it all with a renewed sense of focus and energy. And, of course, peace.”

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2 Comments on “Calling all #UBP12 Moms – We Want Your Opinions!”

  1. Pepper

    I think both stories are lovely! I can really relate with the second one, maybe I should have taken my boys to the park today instead of worrying and stressing about the house.

    1. OnlyTrueNorth

      Thanks so much for including us in the #commenthour feature today 🙂 We are so glad to have found you and your websites, and look forward to continuing to follow them 🙂

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