Encouraging Moments Review

Last week was just a little busy….

Monday: Doctor’s appointment for my three year old. School plans. Messy house. Ballerinas in my basement for an afternoon class. Valentine dinner party.

Tuesday: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting. Ballet. Swim Team. Gym. Piano lessons.

Wednesday:Homeschooling speaking engagement. I knew when I agreed to a morning away it would be after a MOPS day.Β  While it went well, I felt overwhelmed with the mounting housework and guilty for speaking about something I should have been doing.

Thursday: Co-op day. Six lunches and band instruments to pack, ballet for girls and swim team for my son. Two classes to teach. 20 essays to grade by next week. Gone from 11:00 until 6:30. Dinner out. Bed at 9:00. Too tired to think!

Friday: A small reprieve.

Saturday:“Dinner for 8” at my house – a planned weekend by our church for couples to get acquainted.

Sunday: Church. My turn to host small group. I am overwhelmed by day’s end and without a clue how I’ll pull off a Monday so exhausted and unprepared.

In the middle of this crazy week, I was reminded that I committed to monthly review a product for Eternal Encouragement Magazine. This month’s feature, Encouraging Moments, is a weekly newsletter delivered via e-mail. Arriving the night before I was to share a “MOPS mentor” talk on marriage, the newsletter felt like a ball and chain. Exhausted and with my plate overflowing, I began formulating an “I’m- to- busy- to- do- this” note to the review coordinator. However, right before writing to decline, I thought I’d at least briefly check out the content.

I’m so glad I did! I not only received a few moments of encouragement for myself, but inspiration to write my mentor moment as well. With a focus on marriage, the newsletter could not have been more timely for our Valentine MOPS meeting! I was delighted to find a thirty day prayer guide for my husband – so much so that I printed a copy for all my young mommy friends. That became my message – praying for and “undergirding” our husbands – the exact topic of the Chick Flick which is, by the way, my favorite part of the newsletter. Lorrie Flemm, the owner of Eternal Encouragement (formerly TEACH Magazine), produces these short, about 5- minute longΒ  videos,Β  in which she speaks on topics ranging from marriage to homemaking to parenting.

I’ll admit it. I delete most everything delivered to my inbox that doesn’t scream “urgent – read me!” I like books. I don’t like ads, links and twaddly time-wasters. Yet, I’ve enjoyed the two Eternal Moments e-zines that I’ve received. Free and full of helpful counsel, both were well worth the few minutes they took to read.

You can receive Encouraging Moments by visiting www.homemakingwithteach.com. Look on the left sidebar where it says “subscribe to the E-zine,” sign up, and then anticipate a short and sweet dose of encouragement to be delivered every Thursday.

My week was beyond busy but I made it through and Eternal Moments helped. I used Lorrie’s rhyme (another chick flick) about teaching complete obedience. I cracked down on whining. I’ve prayed for my husband, and tried to take my thoughts captive. Eternal Moments addressed all these things and even inspired my own “mentor moment!” for my MOPS group. I’d say this little newsletter helped me survive my crazy calendar. As I thought about that fact, I just could not write that “I’m-too-busy” letter!

Hey, tomorrow is Thursday! I wonder what the next Encouraging Moment will bring! One thing is certain… “ball and chain” does not come to mind. Eternal Moments is more like a warm cup of tea – sweet, soothing and satisfying!

I am reviewing Encouraging Moments as an official member of The Gabby Moms blogging program for Eternal Encouragement magazine. Β I did not receive compensation for this post and all opinions are solely my own.
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12 Responses to “Encouraging Moments Review”

  1. Cindy Says:

    WOW…I’m exhausted after READING about your week. I can’t imagine living it!
    Take a vacation, girl!
    fellow Gabby Mom and newest follower

  2. Victoria Says:

    Busy busy week for sure! Glad you took the time to do the review anyway. It was good. πŸ™‚

  3. Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads Says:

    Whew! You are quite busy. Glad you could find encouragement and help even during a busy time. πŸ™‚

  4. Beth Says:

    Wow your week sounds as busy as my own! It really is nice to sit down, when I get the chance, and read this encouraging newsletter πŸ™‚ Even better with a cup of tea!

  5. Carie Shinn Says:

    You have a wonderful looking family! What a crazy busy week. I don’t know if I would have survived….but you managed to write a wonderful review also. Great job!
    Carie (another Gabby Mom)

  6. Kendra Says:

    I’ve had weeks like yours as well. It’s hard to make ourselves slow down sometimes. I find that when I’m the busiest, I want to write on my blog more than ever. It’s cathartic for me. Your review was fun to read!

  7. Angela W Says:

    Wow Tina! Busy!! Thank you for sharing that encouragement though.

  8. Tina Says:

    Thank you, everyone. It has been a much calmer week. Last week was a reminder to me to be very careful not to over commit! That is a weakness of mine – has been my whole life. The dinner and speaking engagement were asked of me 6 weeks or so in advance… Seemed like so little – until a child got sick and a couple of other unavoidables were added to the plate. But God held my hand and got me through and I’m being careful to remember the word “no” this coming month πŸ™‚

  9. Mrs. Amber King Says:

    Your week sounds like mine! Although I was not gone a lot! Home and over whelmed with the “need to get dones” Great review!

    Mrs. Amber King

  10. Mrs. Q Says:

    Wow you are busy! Hope you can take some time to slow down soon. Nice review πŸ™‚

    ~Mrs. Q (fellow Gabby Mom)

  11. MacKenzie- Head Mama Says:

    So cool to see how Encouraging Moments truly impacted your week! That alone is encouraging! Nice job!

    MacKenzie
    Head Mama

  12. Mama D's Dozen Says:

    So glad it ministered to you.

    I had a regular column in TEACH for its first 10 years of publication.

    I am also prayerfully considering being a MOPS Mentor next year. Wouldn’t that be funny … to be the mentor with a brand new baby. πŸ™‚

    Blessings,

    Laurel πŸ™‚

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