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When I got serious about reaching my goal of at least 75 contributors to this Series, I did some hunting. I was originally searching for ideas for images to make for the Series. In doing so, I found some sites that seemed to focus on exactly what I wanted to do. I decided I would personally invite the like-minded women I ran into. Some of them are contributors now. Some of them were unable to be involved. Jill Savage is one who was unable to contribute a post to this series because she’s working on a book, but she didn’t want to turn me away empty-handed. She has a book called No More Perfect Moms and a video series dedicated to it. I adored her site and everything I saw. She told me I could share some videos with you all. If you have a couple minutes, I hope you’ll check them out. They will make you smile and they will bless you!

I'm an imperfect mom and I'm ok with that. @JillSavage #imperfectmom #NoMorePerfectMoms Click To Tweet

About the book:

If you’ve ever forgotten to pick your kid up from soccer practice or accidentally worn two different shoes to the grocery store, this book is for you. Being a mother is not for those who display symptoms of the “Perfection Infection.” There is simply no such thing as a perfect mom. And there are no such things as perfect kids, perfect homes, perfect bodies, perfect marriages, or even perfect meals.

No More Perfect Moms will help you…

~Change your unrealistic expectations to realistic expectations in order to better manage everyday challenges.
~Give grace and love to your husband and children even in difficult family life circumstances.
~Increase your confidence when you resist the urge to compare your insides to other women’s outsides.
~Discover the beauty of grace when you stop judging yourself and stop judging others.
~Find freedom from disappointment when you embrace your real family, your real challenges, and your real, but imperfect, life.



You can see a sample page from the book here!

Whether you buy the book or not, I know you’ll agree with me that there ARE no perfect moms. If you don’t agree, then you need to read through the past few days’ posts!

So let’s get out there and live more authentically. It’s okay to let others see our mistakes. It’s okay to let them see your messy house. It’s okay to let them see you makeup free. It’s okay for them to see you cry or yell.

Let’s lose the mask. Let’s drop the act. Let’s get real!

Let's lose the mask. Let's drop the act. Let's get real! #imperfectmom Click To Tweet

You know, one thing that I’ve noticed: If you realize you’ve done something wrong, you’re halfway there. Are you the kind of mom who yells at your kids, but repents before God and apologizes to your children? Then you’re doing great. You pray about it and ask God to give you more patience and to help you with raising your voice. You read verses about patience and self-control and pray over them. You’ll notice that your yelling becomes less frequent. This is God working in you. Your children will notice. It’s the mom who doesn’t admit she’s wrong who continues in sin. Why stop if it’s not wrong, right?

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. Proverbs 24:16

As believers, we know we are still capable of sinning, but we also know God is faithful and has forgiven every mistake.

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature Colossians 1:13-15

but we also know God is faithful and has forgiven every mistake #imperfectmom Click To Tweet

So be comforted, dear sister, that though you may fall, you are not a failure. Get up, dust yourself off, and move on. And don’t be embarrassed to tell a friend about your mistake – she can commiserate with you and help to hold you accountable!

though you may fall, you are not a failure #imperfectmom Click To Tweet

Get access to all the book’s discussion questions here.

Sign up for Jill’s 31 Day Challenge! One email a day! I’m going through it and learning so much. <3

She also has a 13 Day Challenge for her book No More Perfect Kids! (If their parents aren’t perfect, why would they be?!)

Jill SavageJill Savage is an author and speaker who is passionate about encouraging families. Featured on Focus on the Family, Crosswalk.com, and as the host of the Heartbeat radio program, Jill is the founder and director of Hearts at Home, an organization that encourages moms. Jill loves peanut butter but doesn’t like nuts in anything. She would never buy new clothes if it wasn’t for a husband who makes her give up things like the purple bathrobe she wore for 22 years. She loves Jesus with all her heart, soul, and mind! Find her on Facebook & Twitter.

 

 

JennAbout Jenn: I’m a Christian wife to an amazing man (since 1998) and a stay-at-home-teaching mom to four special & incredible boys (born in 2004, 2005, 2007, & 2009). I’m messy and cluttered, but working on that (really, I am!). I’m a discouraged perfectionist and a classic procrastinator who probably has both ADD & Autism, so I tend to jump from topic to topic (and activity to activity) without notice. My Love Languages are Words of Affirmation and Physical Touch. I’m an INFP who enjoys friends but loves to be alone. I love getting and giving hugs, and encouragement is a Spiritual gift of mine that can too-easily be turned into the weapon of discouragement, if I’m not careful. I enjoy writing, singing, words, drawing, photography, digital creations, and reading. Oh, and pizza, tacos, and steak. Now I’m hungry. That reminds me; I eat gluten free and try to eat organic and avoid white sugar and GMOs as much as possible.  Find me on Facebook (Writer/Editor page) (Fan page), Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.


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