Our next book entitled, I Am Still Somebody: Encouraging, Empowering & Equipping Teen Mothers, will be published in 2016. There will also be a workbook and prayer book companions. In anticipation of this release, we are doing our first Teen Mother program, where 5 teen moms will be chosen to review all three books. There is no fee to apply or participate in this program.
This program will take approximately 8 weeks to complete. We will have weekly conference calls where we will discuss the weekly reading assignment and also get feedback from the young ladies on the content of the materials. Their reviews will also be featured on the back of the book. There will be a confidentiality agreement that must be signed by the participant and their parent/guardian if under the age of 18 before they can participate in the program.
Upon completion of the program, the young ladies will receive a certificate along with a gift bag of goodies. They will also receive autographed copies of all books. Please see timeline below for program deadlines.
Our goal is to raise $1,500.00 to help offset the expenses. Your sponsorship will ensure that these young ladies are not only encouraged to overcome the statistics but equipped with the tools to do so. Any donation of $25 or more will include a free autographed copy of the book and a notation in the book acknowledgements.
Our anticipated expenses are as follows but not limited too:
- Certificate of completion
- Mailing print materials to the teen moms
- Autographed copies of each book
- Gift bag
- Faith Confession Cards
- Gift for their child/children
- Monthly Goals & Accountability Workbook
- Other gift items
It ‘s finally here! My first book has been completed and pre-orders will begin on Friday, April 3, 2015. It will be the perfect Mother’s Day gift for any woman you know. The release price is $10 thru Mother’s Day weekend. This is a 30 day devotional book for any woman. These inspirational messages will remind women that God still uses imperfect people to complete His perfect will. They will encourage, empower and equip women for greater!
All orders will ship the first week in May. It will be available on Amazon in print and on Kindle. All blog subscribers and newsletter subscribers will receive a free gift with their order. Stay tuned for more information on ordering coming this Thursday.
Thank you for your support and following along on our blog! May God continue to bless each of you richly is my prayer! There will be a book for teen mothers in 2016. Stay tuned for more info!
What will you be doing with your child/children this summer? I know school age children are excited about summer break and that they get a break from going to school everyday. The learning should not stop just because they are not in school.
I encourage you to make sure you still give them “school work” to do even in the summer. They can read 2 books a month. Going to the library and getting a library card can be fun and enjoyable for them and not something that is dreaded. Make reading fun for them. Act out the characters and read it in funny voices. That’s one thing I wished that I had done with my child more in the younger years. They will be reading the rest of their lives so why not be good at it.
Teach them how to count money. When you go to the store, let them pay for an item where they have to count out change. Learning the importance of money and how to use it early will help as they grow. Teach them how to save money and not waste it. Give them money word problems to solve according to their age level. You can find all kind of free resources on the internet.
I enjoy having a good time more than anybody but don’t have so much fun that you leave out the learning. There are some things that our children can learn from us and then it can be enhanced by the schools. Don’t let all the learning happen in school and none at home. We have forgotten the important lessons are learned at home. Our children should know that at home they learn just as much as they do in school or anywhere else. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask. Show your children that it’s okay to ask for help so they won’t feel ashamed of it later in life.
Have safe, fun and learning summer! Remember there are no breaks from parenting.
O mother’s love, sweet mothers love,
The gift devine from heav’n above,
It lifts our thoughts to realms of light
And bids us see the good and right;
God knew the need of humankind,
The depths of sin our souls might find,
And so to keep us pure and fair,
We have a mother’s love and pray’r.
O mother’s love, the sweetest known,
The richest earthly gift we own,
For it our thanks shall clearly wing
To reach the throne of God, our King;
Our praise shall seek the Lord of pow’r
For blessing known this festal hour;
Ah, far above all gifts devine,
The love opf mothers brightly shine.
O mother’s love, so blest and true,
That guides and keeps our lifetime through:
Through sacrifice and service dear,
Its depth and sweetness shine more clear:
It is to us a precious gift
That lives to bless and bends to lift;
With lifted hearts we send above
Our gratitude for mother’s love.
Tune – “Sweet Hour Of Prayer”
Check out the Mother’s Day post from a dear friend, http://www.christyrwilliams.com entitled Happy Mother’s Day: Who’s Your Real MVP?
One thing that took me a long time to get over was the judgment of others because I was/had been a teen mom. That got under my skin more than anything so much that I allowed it run my life. I began to try to live a life that would please THEM. Guess what I also learned, THEY are never pleased.
Then I realized that we are all flawed and sin differently. Why should I allow someone else to judge me for my sins because theirs haven’t revealed yet? That is something that we do as people far too often. Think about how that makes you feel every time some looks at you in a judgmental way or whispers a word about you. Be sure you are not doing the same to someone else.
Don’t allow others to judge you because of the situation that you are in. It’s only temporary. You won’t be a teen mom your entire life. Your life is not defined because of this. You still have greatness in you that is yet to be exposed to the world. Don’t get bothered by their remarks. I know the words hurt but you can disprove them with your positive actions.
Set your own standards. Set your own goals. Declare positive affirmations of yourself daily.
When I saw this the other day, all I could do was laugh! This statement is so true but often overlooked. Have you been wondering lately, what is wrong with my child? Let me suggest that you answer that question by asking yourself, “whats wrong with me?”
Believe it or not but our children pick up on our moods, attitudes and emotions. If you have been stressed lately, your child(ren) is more likely to act out or go in a shell. Have you been crying a lot lately? Your child may become more whiney. Are you always snapping at people? Your child may develop those same characteristics right before your very eyes.
We can no longer tell children to do as I say and not as I do. They are looking at you to be a role model. You are the example. Have you thought about that? You are the example. They will learn how to treat people by watching you. They will learn how to deal with situations by watching you. They will learn how to deal with relationships by watching you. They will know how to talk to people by listening to you. You are their blueprint for life!
Instead of asking what is wrong with my child, turn that question around and ask yourself? I challenge you to be more aware of your actions and emotions. Then watch the changes in your child(ren). You will be amazed at how very much they are connected. When you feel yourself being overwhelmed or stressed, take a deep breath before you act or say anything because your child(ren) are watching. What do you want them to see?
Remember you are their blueprint for life!
Father, help me to be more aware of my actions and emotions for the sake of my child(ren). Help me to slow down enough to take a deep breath before I do anything. Help me to look to You for my answers. In Jesus’ name, amen!
We invite guest bloggers to be a part of our family here. I think that we all have something to learn from each other. I enjoy promoting other writers for none of us know it all. This is a Christian blog so anything inspirational and encouraging is welcomed. My focus for this blog is encouraging teen mothers. We will feature our guest bloggers on Thursdays.
Here are the guidelines to follow for submitting an article.
- Articles must be 300 words – 500 words.
- Article must be encouraging to teen mothers.
- Article must include a picture with the appropriate reference.
- Articles need to be original, never-before-published and free from anyone else’s copyrights.
- Please include one professional headshot pic as an email attachment (it must be a separate attachment and not part of a word doc).
- Please include a 4-6 sentence professional bio with contact info and up to two links to your desired website or social media page (this can include an offer or sales page) as an email attachment.
- Please put the entire article in the body of the email OR attach as a Microsoft Word doc (Do not attach as a pdf file or any other type of file.)
- After publication, post a link to your blog post back onto your website and post links to it to your social media sites.
All articles will be proofread and edited to some degree but I can’t guarantee perfect proofreading. If the editing is more than spelling or small basic grammar errors, then I will submit all changes to you for approval before posting on our site. Please do not be offended if I ask for changes. It is our goal to provide quality and accurate articles for our readers.
Submission does not guarantee publication. If accepted, you will be notified by email . Once published, I ask that you promote your article within your own circle of contacts on social media and to put a link on your website back to your article on my website.
I cannot guarantee a certain date for publication. As submissions are approved they will be published.
Email us your article at email@example.com . We look forward to receiving your submissions and sharing it with our family. May God continue to bless you is our prayer!