A Discount Code from Farm Girl Paints! (you guys…these cuffs are amazing!)

I wear it most every day because it reminds me that I have a choice.

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A choice to embrace weariness or a choice to embrace hope.

I’m choosing hope, and every time I look at my beautiful cuff, hand-crafted from Farm Girl Paints, I remember that Jesus came, lived, and died to that I could have hope. He IS our hope (1 Timothy 1:1). I don’t have to let motherhood beat me. Instead, I’m going to choose hope.

You can have the same hope I have…literally. You can have Jesus AND you can have a cuff just like mine! Farm Girl Paints has her cuff shop open today and tomorrow (closes 2/6/15) and she’s generously offered us a discount code to help celebrate the release of Hope for the Weary Mom!

You get to pick your style of band (from more traditional, like mine, to downright spunky, like Erin’s – see below), and can choose whatever words you want engraved on the plate. There are even different styles of plate to choose from, so you can make it exactly what you want.

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Just visit her shop, order your personalized cuff, and use the code “choosehope15″ at checkout to receive a 15% discount! Do it today (2/5/15), though, because her shop closes tomorrow!

Also, I had the privilege of doing a podcast with the hilarious Kat Lee this week. Stacey Thacker and I laughed until we cried, and shared our hearts about the message of Hope for the Weary Mom. To listen, click here.

Be sure to visit our bonuses page for the Hope release. We have tons of fun prizes and giveaways and can’t wait to bless you with them!

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Teaching our Boys to Pray for Their Future Wife

A few weeks into dating my husband, he let me in on the secret that he had been praying for me every day of the summer before we met. That blew me away. I mean, he didn’t know me–we had never met, but he knew I was out there and that God would lead us together at just the right time. So there, on the big white board in the little room he used as the youth pastor of a small church, Dave wrote the words “PRAY FOR HER.”

Teaching our Boys to Pray for Their Future Wife via The MOB Society

The summer before we met was a pretty huge time for me spiritually. God was getting my attention–pulling me back to him and away from a lot sin in my life. I believe that my future husband’s prayers were powerful that summer.

Shortly after he told me about the secret of the whiteboard prayer, Dave confessed that this wasn’t his original idea…nor were these the first prayers he had prayed for me. In fact, he had been praying for me since he was five years old! It was all thanks to his mom. Dave’s mom taught him from a young age that the girl he would marry was out there…somewhere…and that God had a plan. She taught him to think of me and to pray for me every day.

Hearing that news pretty much blew my mind. I felt so loved.

I believe that as Dave prayed for me, he began to prepare for me. He considered me in the decisions he made–from dating, to jobs, to ministry. He knew that he would share this life with another person. I became someone very real and very important to include in his life plans.

Fast forward eighteen years. Dave and I are now married with four boys of our own, and you better believe I am following in my mother-in-law’s footsteps.

I have begun teaching my own boys to pray for their wives. Unless God calls them to remain single, we can be sure that there is a girl out there that they will one day marry…and she needs prayer.  Not only does she need prayer, but our boys need what they will gain from this awesome habit of praying for their future wives.

By praying for their future wives, our sons’ hearts are prepared for her role in their life.

My husband and I talk to our boys about the men that they are becoming, and how important it is to cultivate the character qualities that will make them excellent husbands and fathers such as learning to appreciate and understand women, looking forward to a partnership that will require dedication and hard work, but will be worth it all.

Some Topics We Teach Our Boys to Pray About

1. That their future wives would come to know the Lord at a young age and that God would guide and lead her every day.
2. That our boys themselves would stay close to the Lord and follow Him in all of their ways. This includes keeping themselves pure and honoring their future wives in all that they do.
3. That our boys would meet the right girl at just the right time and that the two of them would build a relationship with the Lord at the center.

It is never too soon to start talking, dreaming, and praying with your boys about their future wives.  Keep it light when they are young, but making it a very open and comfortable topic will pay off in the years to come. And trust me when I say that their wives will one day thank you!

Hope is Here!

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All launch week bonuses are closed.

Today, we celebrate hope!

For three years, Stacey Thacker and I have held the message of Hope in our hearts—not just writing it, but living it.

We couldn’t love the story of Hope more.

What started as one mom throwing her hands up to the heavens screaming, “I need to be amazing! And I’m fresh out of amazing!” has developed into something we pray will bring hope to the hearts of moms all over the world.

You can get it today, anywhere books are sold.

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To help kick off the celebration, we’ve put together some bonuses and giveaways just for you!

This week, when you purchase one or more copies of Hope for the Weary Mom, you can get the following things!

One Copy

Everyone who purchases at least one copy of Hope for the Weary Mom will receive three free videos from me and Stacey that help you take the content of the book even deeper! They’re like having two trusted friends walk with you as you journey through motherhood!

Giveaway: One person who purchases one copy of Hope will win a beautiful Choose Hope cuff from Farm Girl Paints!

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Two Copies

Purchase two copies of Hope, and receive the three free videos!

Giveaway: One person who purchases two copies of Hope will win these beautiful H.O.P.E. letterpress blocks from DaySpring and two bags of whole bean coffee from Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee!

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Five Copies:

Purchase five copies of Hope, and receive the three free videos!

Giveaway: One person who purchases five copies of Hope will win a 20 x 20 Red Letter Words Canvas, and a beautiful jewelry set from Trades of Hope Compassionate Entrepreneur, Amy Tilson.

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Ten Copies

Purchase ten copies of Hope, and receive the three free videos!

Giveaway: Three people who purchase ten or more copies of Hope for the Weary Mom will receive three sets of these beautiful dessert plates from Mary and Martha! That’s 12 plates each! These are perfect for the mom who is welcoming a group of ladies into her home to do a study of Hope! (They say, “savor life,” “gather together,” “say grace,” and “share joy.” We might just love them).

These three winners will also receive a personalized welcome video for your book study group from me and Stacey!

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To Enter:

Simply purchase the amount of books you want, keep your receipt,  follow this link and fill out the form you’ll see there correctly to claim your free videos. You’ll be asked for a receipt number as well as the number of books you purchased. This process allows you to be entered to win the appropriate giveaways!

Let’s choose hope together!

Brooke

Brooke McGlothlin

Brooke McGlothlin is co-founder and President of Raising Boys Ministries. She’s a mother of two boys who believes God has chosen her to fight for the hearts of her sons. She can be found most often on her knees in prayer, not because she’s so holy, but because God is. Not because she knows how to raise godly men, but because she believes in the God who loves them more than she does.

Many, MANY thanks to our launch week sponsors!

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Five Practical Tips To Raise Our Boys to Be Excellent Men

His chocolate brown eyes peeked over my elbow as I typed, attempting to sneak-in a few words during a rare, quiet moment.

“Mom, this girl in my class . . . she won’t stop looking at me. It makes me feel embarrassed,” he confessed.

“Why do you think she’s looking at you?” I asked him, suspecting there might be more to the story since he occasionally plays the role of class clown.

“I think she has a crush on me,” he answered. Ever so casually he added, “And she’s really not my type.” I have to look away,  just for a moment.

Five Practical Tips To Raise Our Boys to Be Excellent Men via The MOB Society

We don’t stress the boy/girl thing much in our house, but I’m not too shy when it comes to letting my boys know they’re in-training to someday become great husbands. It can be difficult for their six and seven year-old minds to grasp this because according to both of them, they want to live with mom and dad forever. I suspect they’ll change their minds, so I suppress my chuckle and file it away for a cute story to be shared at future graduations and weddings.

While my sons may not have much interest in girls now (thankfully!), someday they will.

Of course, there is so very much I want my boys to know about how to treat the hearts of women, but here are five ways I’m training them now:

1. Refuse to allow your son(s) to speak to you disrespectfully. Just as a father models how his daughter should be treated by her future husband,  mothers do the same for their sons. If you allow your son to speak to you with sarcasm, unkindness and general disrespect, it’s possible he will do the same with his future wife.

I once attended a workshop presented by Dr. Kevin Leman and he stressed the following point more than any other:

“Mothers,” he said with the seriousness of a Supreme Court Judge, “DO NOT allow your sons to speak to you disrespectfully.”

Not stopping disrespectful behavior now will result in one sad wife later.

2. Teach your sons this rule: The role of boys is to help and protect girls, not hurt and reject girls. We’ve all read the horrible stories of girls being assaulted by boys after their drinks had been intentionally laced with drugs at a party. As if that weren’t awful enough, there were also boys who watched these assaults happen and never stepped in to help or try to stop them.

We must strive to raise boys who will step-in when help is needed not step-out when things get heated. We must purpose to raise boys who will become men of courage–men willing to speak up even when it’s not popular; boys who will help and protect all women and it starts with their mothers and sisters. In our house, this is practiced by reiterating that my boys are to help and protect their sister no matter what. If you have tween and teen boys, I would suggest having a very frank discussion with them about 1) what an assault actually is and 2) what to do if they ever witness one taking place.

3. Make your sons help you carry-in groceries from the car. Obviously, this isn’t limited to groceries. The point is to teach them to get up and help their future wives when she comes home from the store because this communicates love and appreciation. Every time I have groceries in the trunk, I beckon my boys (and my daughter for that matter!) and ask, “Why does Mommy make you carry-in groceries?” Sometimes they answer with enthusiasm and sometimes not, but they always reply, “Because we’re learning to be good husbands!”

4. Insist your son say thank you for the things you do for him. It’s so easy to take each other for granted in a marriage, isn’t it? I want my boys to be used to saying “thank you” for the acts of service their wives will one day do for them. Teaching our sons to be thankful will not only set them up to clearly communicate their appreciation to their future spouse, but will also make them more joyful. Double bonus!

5. Talk to your son(s) about a girl’s/woman’s heart. I don’t think it’s any secret that God made women to be the more relational gender, do you? Relationships are very important to us and our hearts can be delicate–especially during the middle school and high school years. I want my sons to understand that playing mind games, leading girls on or making fun of them is not okay. This goes back to helping and protecting girls and women. If they see a boy/man making fun of a girl/woman, they’re expected to help and protect.

I’m sure I will add to this list as my boys get older but for now, these are practical ways we can prepare our sons to become good husbands. However, there is one more thing we could add to this list . . .

Pray for his future wife. Without ceasing. Pray for your son’s heart development. And pray for him to become a man of courage and integrity that will help and protect women.

Dear Lord, thank you for entrusting us with our sons. You have made them so uniquely and we know you love them even more than we do. We place the hearts of our boys in your hands and we ask that you show us ways to best encourage their growth so they become men of courage, integrity and love. Amen.

Natalie-SnappNatalie Chambers Snapp is first and foremost a follower of Jesus, then wife to Jason, and mom to one spunky daughter and two spirited sons that keep her young on a daily basis. She is passionate about sharing the grace, mercy, and truth of Jesus and encouraging women to be free. Natalie lives in the Midwest with her crew and writes about finding faith in the everyday mundane. She blogs at www.nataliesnapp.com in the free moments between shuttling children and writing the outpourings of her heart. Her first book, Heart Sisters: Be The Friend You Want To Have, will be released by Abingdon Press on April 21, 2015.

 

 

 

 

Love, Honor, and Cherish: Teaching Boys How to Treat a Woman

Love, Honor, and Cherish: Teaching Boys How to Treat a Woman via The MOB Society

Remember that Bryan Adams song, How You Really Love a Woman?

It was popular when I was in high school (revealing my age, here…) and I loved it. I dreamed of a man who would treat me with respect,make me feel wanted, safe, and secure. But really, knowing how to treat a women starts way before romance ever becomes a part of the equation.

As parents, it’s our responsibility to teach our boys to love, honor, and cherish women starting in our own homes. So in the month of February, the MOB Society will be exploring this topic more fully, giving you practical tips for leading the boys in your life.

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