I had the privilege of being interviewed by Christian Devotions Speak Up a few weeks ago.
I wanted to share the interview with you all here, just in case you missed it live.
In this interview, I talk about:
- Miscarriage and the difficulties that surround babyloss
- The primary question I asked after our losses
- What Bible verses encouraged me during this trial
- Our adoption story
- Parenting (and how to find help in the midst of chaos)
- My new book, Searching for Sanity: 52 Insights from the Parents of the Bible
- Some of my favorite Biblical parents and what we can learn from them
To listen to this 20 minute interview, click on this link.
I think all moms have felt this tension. We want so much to be super-mom…to bake homemade meals and desserts that wow our friends and family, to be the perfect woman for our spouse and mom for our kids, to be successful in our careers, to maintain a clean home, and on and on the list goes.
At some point, though, something has to give.
No one can successfully do it all (even those who appear to be doing so).
I launched my first book a little over a month ago.
Though I have enjoyed the excitement of releasing a book and all of the marketing and activities that go along with it, I have struggled too. I have felt guilty for letting my other roles slide.
At times, I have felt like it’s just not possible to be a good mom and a good author. If I’m successful with my writing, I’m not giving my kids the attention they deserve; if I’m successful with them, my writing suffers.
That’s why I am so incredibly thankful for Tricia Goyer’s new book called Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom.
This book takes an honest look at the life of a work-at-home mother. Tricia doesn’t pretend to have it all together (which I am so thankful for!) but instead shares openly about her own struggles as a work-at-home mom. She also shares practical tips she has learned over the years.
Some of the things she addresses in the book include:
- ways her work benefits from her being at home
- ways her children benefit from her work
- how to prioritize a calendar
- how to figure out God’s plans for your day
- the one thing that’s more important than balance
- practical suggestions to help you find balance
I highly recommend this book for all work-at-home moms. It will help you learn to balance the many demands of your life, but it will also help relieve any guilt you might be holding onto.
It will remind you that no one has it all together (even those who look like they do). It will help you look to God, more than to your schedule. And it will validate what you do–as a mom and as a worker.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Tricia’s book. (If these don’t make you want to pick up a copy, I don’t know what will!):
- “What you spend your days doing will determine what you spend your lifetime doing.”
- “Balance isn’t the ultimate goal—Knowing God is.”
- “So what if everything isn’t perfect—especially if perfection means a cranky, frantic family?”
- “Instead of looking to find the perfect schedule-the perfect balance-look to God for his plan for your day.”
- “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” Stephen Covey, as quoted in Tricia’s book
2 Events To Help You Find Balance:
- On March 10th, Tricia is having a Facebook chat party. At the party, Tricia will be giving tips for attaining balance and juggling the many hats moms wear. There will also be some giveaways! Sign up for that here.
- Then, beginning on March 11, Tricia is holding an 11 Day Balanced Challenge. You can read more about this challenge and sign up to participate here. I’m planning to join this challenge. What about you?
*I received this book for free for review, but all opinions are my own. I really did LOVE this book!
I had the privilege a few weeks ago of being interviewed on KNEO Radio about my parenting devotional, Searching for Sanity.
In this interview, I share:
- Why it’s a good thing there isn’t a formula to parenting
- 1 parent in the Bible we do NOT want to emulate
- 3 lessons we can learn from parents in the Bible
- 1 thing parents today need to remember
- Encouragement for first time parents
You can listen to the replay of this 10 minute interview by clicking here.
To hear more author interviews on KNEO, visit their website.
Admin note: For the month of March, I’m planning to write about money! Yippee:) I know it makes me a total dork, but I really do enjoy helping people get their finances in order. So…without further ado, here is the first money post!
Most parents I know want to raise financially responsible kids. I know I do.
Unfortunately, many of us never learned how to handle money ourselves, let alone how to teach our kids how to handle it.
Here are a few tips to get you started.
How to Teach Your Kids about Money:
1. Start early.
If your children are under the age of 5, this is the perfect time to start teaching them. If, however, your children are older, it’s never too late to start! Your job might be slightly more difficult, but it’s still certainly possible to raise financially stable children, even if you’re starting late.
2. Consider paying your children for some of their chores.
There’s a huge debate among experts about whether or not you should pay your kid for chores. Some say you shouldn’t because it will teach kids they only have to help if they are going to be paid.
Others, though, say you should pay them for their work because that’s how the world works. As an adult, you don’t get paid if you don’t work. Our kids, then, should also only be paid when they work.
My husband and I have chosen to pay our kids for some of their chores, while at the same time requiring some chores simply because they are part of the family.
Ultimately, it’s up to you how to approach this issue. Pray about it. Talk with your spouse if you’re married. And then stick with whatever you decide.
3. Allow them to make mistakes while they are under your watch.
If your child wants to spend all of his hard-earned money on a toy that will likely break in five minutes, allow him to. It’s important for our children to make small mistakes while they are under our watch so that (hopefully) they won’t make large mistakes once they’re not.
4. Teach them to save, give, and spend wisely.
When your child receives money for chores or even birthdays or holidays, help him divide the money into three categories: saving, spending, and giving. You could use a three-part bank or three envelopes or jars or something similar to help him understand.
5. Set a good example.
If we don’t know how to handle our money, we’ll have a much more difficult time teaching our kids to handle theirs. Our kids are learning from what we do, much more than from what we say.
If you’d like some help with your finances, I’d be happy to help. My husband and I have a passion for helping couples get their budgets developed and their finances in line. I even have a free eBook, Financial Freedom on a Fixed Income, I give away to all of my newsletter subscribers. You can sign up to receive that at www.lindseymbell.com or by clicking on the image in the sidebar on this blog.
Let’s Talk: What methods have you used to teach your kids about money?
Searching for Sanity is on sale today for only .99 on Kindle!
So, if you’ve been planning to pick one up or are just looking for a great parenting devotional, this is your chance to get the book for less than a dollar.
It will be back at regular price next week, so pick up a copy soon!
(Also, if you are thinking to yourself, I love authors and would rather wait until it’s full price so the author makes more money, please don’t wait! The more books I sell during this discount, the more Amazon will take notice.)
The question is not whether or not you have a testimony; the question is whether or not you will choose to share it…
I’m over at Do Not Depart today talking about what to do when you don’t think your story is good enough to share. Join me there!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I have enjoyed launching Searching for Sanity so much, and it’s all because of your participation.
Thank you for joining in the fun, for going to my Facebook launch party, for visiting the blogs in my tour and leaving comments, for buying the book, and for offering SO many words of encouragement. Seriously, I am blown away by you all.
It’s with great pleasure that I share the following winners:
1. The winner of the prize pack (10 books, coffee, and cash!) is … Kim Hyde Goldin!!
Kim, I have emailed you about your prize pack!!
2. The winner of the blog tour contest (gift card) is… Tracey M!
Her comment on Chasing Supermom was the comment chosen by Random.org.
Tracey, please email me so I can get your gift card to you soon!
If you haven’t purchased your copy of Searching for Sanity, you can purchase it from me (just shoot me an email and we’ll work out the details) or from Amazon. It’s also available at select bookstores.
Today is the final day for the Searching for Sanity blog tour. I have had so much fun visiting some amazing blogs and sharing what God has put on my heart.
For the final post, please skip on over to Do Not Depart to read about the most important place to look for parenting advice.
Here’s a sneak peak at that post:
I remember the ride home from the hospital well.
I sat in the front seat—still miserably sore from giving birth one day earlier—while my husband drove and my baby slept in the back.
I was happy, of course, but I was also overwhelmed. VERY overwhelmed. I had no idea what I was doing and didn’t know where to turn for help…
To read the rest of this post (and to enter to win a gift card to the story of your choosing), please visit my post at Do Not Depart and leave a comment there.
You still have time to leave comments on any of the blogs in the tour too! As you leave comments, I will enter you in the drawing for a gift card to the store of your choosing. But hurry, the contest will end tonight!
Today is the final day of my blog tour for Searching for Sanity. THANK YOU for all of your support these last few weeks.
For the final day, I’m over at Kristen Hamilton’s blog talking about why I wrote the book. Don’t forget to stop over there and leave a comment to be entered to win a gift card of your choosing.
You also still have time to stop by all of the blogs that participated in my blog tour (see the schedule here). Leave a comment on each of these sites to get extra entries for the gift card!
Welcome to Day 15 of the Searching for Sanity Blog Tour! I have the privilege of being on Sarah Kovac’s Blog talking about what to do when your life doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would. Here’s a snippet of that post…
Sometimes, life doesn’t go as planned.
Or at least…it doesn’t go as we planned.
For instance…I always thought I would have a daughter. I also always thought having babies would be no problem for me.
As it turns out, though, neither of these dreams are reality.
My husband and I had a son five years ago. When he was almost two years old, we began trying for baby #2 (whom I secretly hoped would be a girl).
Instead of a healthy baby girl, though, we had a miscarriage at twelve weeks pregnant. Then another miscarriage two months after that. And a third six months later. A year and a half ago, we had a fourth miscarriage…and I officially gave up my dreams for having a baby girl.
Four miscarriages in two years was certainly not something I ever planned…Nonetheless, it is the road I must travel so I’m learning how to move forward on it.
If today you are feeling stuck in a life you didn’t plan, I hope some of the things I’ve learned can help you.
2 Things To Do When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned:
1. Grieve what could have been…
To read the rest of this post, hop on over to Sarah’s blog. Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win a gift card from me!
Also, don’t forget to visit all of the posts in this blog tour and leave comments at each site (see the schedule here). I’ll draw one winner from the comments who will win a gift card to the store of his/her choosing!