The Peaceful Mom book releases March 27th!
Nine years ago, I would not have described myself as an “unpeaceful” mom. But as I reflect on my heart and approach then, I only had fleeting flickers of peace. Peace seemed to last only a few minutes—or a few seconds. I hadn’t ever experienced a continual stream of peace before. I didn’t even realize that was possible.
I became a Christian at the age of five. I thought I was a strong Christian woman, wife, and mom. I went to church multiple times a week and read my Bible every day. I prayed constantly. I only listened to Christian music. I could quote tons of Bible verses. I wanted so much to impact the world for the Lord and be a light to those around me. I wanted to be the best possible wife and mom.
Sadly, the fruit of my life did not reflect my intentions or the fruit of the Spirit. As God invited me to examine my life in December 2008, I could not say that I was overflowing with His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22–23). I really didn’t understand what was wrong or how to fix it.
Let’s do a bit of a self-evaluation together and see how you are doing with being a peaceful mom.
- Do you often feel spiritually exhausted and empty?
- Do you regularly lose your temper with your children or feel impatient?
- Do you notice your mind racing with worry and all the scary what-if scenarios that could happen?
- Do you put your kids and your desires for them above the Lord, your husband, or your marriage?
- Do you excuse yourself from modeling for your children a strong, life-changing, unshakeable faith in Christ?
- Do you tend to feel like you are the only one who truly knows what is best for your children and who trusts God to lead them?
- Do you feel like you just can’t overcome your negative and/or hormonal emotions, such as anger, fear, or sadness?
- Do you often act like a people-pleaser, martyr, or control freak, or love your children with strings attached?
- Do you sometimes grapple with holding on to grudges, unforgiveness, or bitterness?
- Do you feel like you would finally experience real peace and happiness if only you had better children, a better husband, or better circumstances?
How Did You Do?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you are not alone! In my experience, most moms struggle with a lot of these issues. I know when I began my journey, I was filled with anxiety, worry, doubt, fear, bitterness, resentment, loneliness, and discontent.
Being a peaceful mom doesn’t come naturally. But if you are looking for peace as a mom—and as a woman—you have come to the right place! Be encouraged. Help is on the way! I have such great news to share:
All of us have an invitation to live a life of constant peace.
Real peace begins when we allow the Prince of Peace to sit firmly on the throne of our hearts and lives.
I have been on this journey for over nine years now. And no, I am not a perfect woman, wife, or mom. But I am not who I was. I am not where I was emotionally and spiritually. God is changing me. Growing me. Transforming me to be more and more like Jesus. Not by my heroic efforts or human wisdom, but by the power of His Spirit and His Word.
That is what I long for every mom to find.
I’d like to invite you to check out the resources I have for you here:
Blog posts to encourage moms on their journey
Videos and skits for moms on my Youtube channel, April Cassidy
The Peaceful Mom—Building a Firm Foundation on Christ As Lord – Available for preorder on Amazon now. The book releases March 27th, 2018 – just in time for Mother’s Day!