in , by sarahmfry, August 18, 2009
It's that time of year again.....The poor Frankfort UPS man probably thinks he's entered the twilight zone when he delivers his stacks and stacks of books to our front door. Today I caught him running to his brown truck in fear as we opened the door and shouted "Woohoo!" as we gathered today's beautiful stack of little brown book boxes. (They'd be tied up with string if the laws would only allow.)

I must admit I was rather dissapointed when I opened the two books delivered by the good old USPS and discovered two dry and dusty theology books. (No offense, Hon. I know they're gold.) But my patience was rewarded by the UPS man. I tore into the packages and handed David his textbooks as I searched for my one measly new book.

Here is today's book that I'm so excited about:

While They Were Sleeping: 12 character traits for moms to pray

by anne arkins & gary harrell

It is a Family Life book (first clue that it's going to be an awesome resource).

I've barely cracked the cover, but here are the 12 traits:

Kindness, Humility, Teachability, Forgiveness, Obedience, Discerrnment, Purity, Responsibility, Courage, Servanthood, Contentment, Endurance.

Wow. What a powerful list of qualities. The book devotes 5 days to each trait, including related scriptures with a prayer focus to bring it home for each child, then a "Connecting" section of practical activities for helping your kids to develop that trait. I'm considering using it for family prayer time/devotions for a two-month series.

My kids love it when I sometimes stay in their room and pray after I tuck them in. My new baby brain is pretty foggy these days, so I'm hoping this book will help my prayer times to be more focused and productive.

Oops! Better run. The 3-year-old is beating up the 7-year-old and the 3-week old thinks he will starve if not fed in the next 2 seconds.

Maybe I need a book called: 12 character traits to pray for your sleep-deprived, worn-out mommy self. :) (Actually, come to think of it, I have a great book for that, too. It's called "Taking Care of the Me in Mommy." By Lisa Whelchel.) But I'd better run before I find myself launching into yet another book rave.


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