Dear Fellow Mom,
I see you. This phase of life, raising children, is downright exhausting! After seven years of being at home with my three littles and working part-time, the fog is slowly fading. The Great News?! I have a gift for you!
I’ve kept a blog (storiesbytheseashore.com) for about four years now, writing about a variety of topics, most of them stemming from my experiences in this stage of life. I yearned to grow in my faith in the middle of changing diapers, wiping butts, nursing and keeping my tribe alive, but it was not always realistic.
I looked for 5-minute devotionals, but they were not easy to come by. My Bible sat, collecting dust, in my living room. The Bible app on my phone was seldom opened. I continually prayed throughout my day but knew I needed to go deeper in my spiritual walk. Then I would feel guilty for not taking adequate care of my soul. It was not a fun cycle. Maybe you’ve been there, too.
In December 2017, our church asked for anyone interested in contributing to a Christmas devotional to submit entries. I felt inspired and submitted five! Once the devotional was completed with two of my stories in it, I thought, “I could write a devotional!” I looked back through my blog and realized that much of what I penned could be included, too.
I immediately got to work and wrote steadily (as much as I could) for the next year and a half. The result? Stories by the Seashore: Seeing God in the Simple and Sublime. If you are a stay-at-home mom, I wrote this for you. If you are a working mom, I wrote this for you. If you are single with no children, I wrote this for you. If you are a person of faith, I wrote this for you. If you are agnostic or atheist, I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you, and you, and YOU.
So, curl up with your favorite beverage and TREAT YO-SELF! (or someone else — it also makes a great gift!) Whether you read my book in one sitting, or over the course of 40 days, I pray that it renews your perspective and inspires you.