Jumping Off Point

mom essentialsThe last 2 weeks have been amazing.

If anyone remembers what it feels like to  share a personal story in front of their peers (flashback to High School creative writing class) – you know it can be a very nerve-wracking, confidence-crushing experience.

Thankfully this blog tour has been just the opposite.

I’ve been surprised, encouraged and most importantly – reminded that this entire thing – every word, concept and challenge – has been God’s idea from start to finish.

While writing this study I spent many days sitting in front of my computer with tears streaming down my face as God spoke to ME through the words I was typing.

It’s an amazing experience to be put together, shaped up and equipped by God – it’s a humbling one as well.

I’m continually going through this cycle and my prayer is that a mom, stepmom, or grandma will complete this study and smile as she sees God’s hand at work in her life.

This blog tour has allowed me to meet some amazing women and the best part is hearing how the study impacted their life and what they found useful.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the last 2 weeks – I hope you’ll take time to read the posts from these moms – they are great women!

Jessie Jo followed the essential of honesty when she shared,

“Sometimes you just need simple terms to get the big picture. This book was wonderful at doing that for me.

I totally understood the things Kasey was trying to tell us, even the verses. I felt so connected. “

When I read Dana’s challenge to moms I had to smile. She wrote,

“For you tired, you poor, you huddles masses of overwhelmed Momsies out there – take an afternoon, make a cup of tea, put your feet UP,

maybe even allow a little toddler tv, and just read this book.  It will be a balm for your soul.” – LOVE IT!

Jeanni is a blogging, homeschooling mom who knows her stuff. She wrote about reading portions of the book out loud to her husband – scripture is something we can share with EVERYONE! After she reviewed the book she wrote:

“Please do not wait to pick up a copy of Mom Essentials by Kasey Johnson. I truly believe that God will use this book to bring you into a closer relationship

with Him and allow you to understand in a deeper way, your role as a mother.”

Yolanda asked me to write a guest post and I enjoyed having time to explain more about why God led me to write the study. She also shared how the study directly effected her:

“It has opened my eyes to the importance of an “active prayer life” but also to finding joy and peace in my parenting while studying the scripture.”

 Jennifer is a gluten-free cooking wife and busy mom to three. She included pictures from the book and I loved her honesty. After completing the study she wrote:

“The thought of doing a Mommy Bible study was right up my alley. What I didn’t realize was how powerful, the study actually was.

It was love at first read! I felt like Kasey was personally talking to me! She understood my feelings of putting my kids and family first while neglecting what I need/want out of life.

She understood my fear of not being needed as my children grow. She took all of these fears and concerns that I have about Motherhood and provide lessons, scripture and worksheets to help me work through them. She was inspirational, genuine and knowledgeable.

If you are struggling with your journey through Motherhood or searching for a tool to help transform you into the best mother you can be, I highly suggest this book!

Its worth reading over and over again.”

Jessica and Kristy have a wonderful ministry through their site, Grace for Moms. They were so excited about the study they offered their readers an opportunity to complete the study with them through an online study group. If you’re interested in joining, please let them know! While you’re on their site you can read the 5 questions they asked me and my 5 answers – I love these ladies and their honesty. They know how to keep things simple and useful – they even gave some books away! So fun!!

Jill Savage is well known to many of you. Her amazing group, Hearts at Home, encourages and empowers moms across the country. If I’ve talked to your group about the  concept of “Must Versus the Might” you’ll love reading my guest post on Jill’s site. I appreciated Jill’s encouragement when she wrote:

“If you’re looking for a renewed connection with who you are as a woman and a child of God, Mom Essentials may be just perfect for you!”

 Christie lives in Orlando, loves fashion, crafts and her family. here’s her take on how the study impacted her:

“After going through this book, I not only felt like my life is validated, but also enhanced.

I’m motivated, rooted and blessed with a new outlook on the life God has given me.”

 Amy is a woman who shares my love of running and humor. Her blog is honest and challenging and I really appreciated her taking time to read the study and write:

“I highly recommend this book to any mom in need of some direction of how to balance out the “essentials” and the “extras”!

 It really reminded me that if I just take a little time daily with God to focus on me – my strengths and my “limitations” – then my family will be all the better for it.”

So….here we are. It’s the jumping off point. We’ve prepared, planned and explored this study and now it’s time for action.

Will you “jump in” with me?

Would you pray about what your next step is for your neighbors, friends, church or work?

Maybe God is calling you to gather some women of all ages together to help them find encouragement and community. You don’t have to have all the answers, but you can be the one to show others where to find the answers – through scripture.

I can’t wait to hear stories of how you utilized this study and what God did through your group.

Don’t forget about the free introduction and closing videos (scroll down on the linked page and you’ll see them listed), leader’s guide and Facebook page. All these resources are here to support you and your friends as you go through the study.

Thank you for being on this journey with me.

A HUGE thank you to all the bloggers and mommies who took time to be a part of this tour. You’ve warmed my heart and ministered to my spirit.

Let’s jump in a do this thing!

Kasey

Extra Ordinary

HAH-Blog-Hop-graphic (3)-1I love watching news stories where the reporter says something like, “Just an ordinary citizen, doing extraordinary things”.

It brings hope that someone like me, an ordinary mom, can do something extraordinary.

But what IS extraordinary?

Is it saving someone’s life? Donating money to a charity? Inventing a product that changes the world?

If extraordinary means doing something huge or heroic I think I’d like to stick with my nice, ordinary life.

In fact, I think I’d like to have a little EXTRA bit of ordinary in my day – ya know why?

Because if things are ordinary that means everyone is healthy, our needs are met and my life has a balance and purpose to it.

Ordinary suits me just fine. Not because I’m boring or because I don’t WANT to be extraordinary – quite the opposite!

I think extraordinary things happen when ordinary is okay:

1. When I accept my ordinary calling to work inside or outside our home = extraordinary peace

2. When I take time to plan the ordinary parts of my day so I can feel efficient and effective = extraordinary contentment

3. When I accept my ordinary child for who they are and not who I hope they’ll be = extraordinary relationships

4. When I am able to gather ordinary people around the dinner table, without technology, and connect with each other = extraordinary joy

5. When I stay disciplined and reach an ordinary goal I had for myself (physically, spiritually, financially) = extraordinary strength

When I think about ordinary I think about the disciples. You don’t get much more ordinary than a bunch of fishermen and tax collectors – and yet Jesus chose them to be His closest companions and partners in ministry.

God is using me, just like the disciples, to be fishers of men (or pre-teens, babies, toddlers, young adults) and I need to trust that even the ordinary moments can become extraordinary when He is orchestrating the moment. My job is to obey and trust – during the ordinary and extraordinary moments. God’s power is ALWAYS extraordinary, even during the mundane, ordinary parts of my day. When we tap into that power, you and I are changing the world one diaper, carpool and lunch at a time – we can be extraordinary even during the ordinary tasks in our day.

Keep going, ordinary citizen – YOU are doing ordinary, extraordinary things!

Kasey

 

Blog Tour Update

Here we are – the middle of the blog tour and I have to say, it’s been quite an experience.

I wasn’t sure how blog tours really worked and when my publisher suggested we do this to help promote Mom Essentials I thought it sounded like a great idea!

Then I found out some of the bloggers would be reading the book and posting their honest review of it – YIKES!

After working on this study for over 3 years I have become incredibly connected with the content and the vision God placed on my heart to have this study reach mothers of all ages across the United States. To think someone might not like what is written in the pages is a reality I constantly surrender to God – knowing I was obedient in what was asked of me and I can’t fret over how it’s used or who likes it.

However, thanks to this blog tour I’ve been able to read some honest feedback that reminds me – this is GOD’S PROJECT – not mine and He is moving and working through this project – praise the Lord!!!

Anyone who has participated in the tour, ordered the book, written a review on Amazon or Goodreads, given the study a rating, decided to use it as your curriculum for your mom’s group or just helped spread the word…

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

You encourage my heart.

You bring me joy.

You are VITAL to God’s plan for our families and our communities.

In case you missed any of the great stories, reviews or connections from our tour – the links are below. These are some great moms with awesome perspectives. The tour continues tomorrow!

Follow me on Twitter and Facebook to stay connected – love you all!

Kasey

Kathi Lipp   (Podcast with Kathi too!)

AlexandraKuykendall

Channel Mom

Jessie Jo

Momsie Blog

Double Digits

kid with binocularsWhat is it about the double digits that seems so daunting? When our oldest turned 10 it felt like he was turning 20!

A decade had passed and I could see such growth and remember so many precious moments – I had to wonder what the next 10 years will be like.

Then I REALLY started to think about it and well…that wasn’t a good idea.

Ya see, in the next 10 years (we’re already 2 years into that season) my son will go to middle school and high school. He’ll graduate, hopefully go to college and that means he’ll leave our home {gulp}

This morning I took my boy to the church to leave for camp. He’ll be gone until Friday and this is the first time I’ve been away from him for this long.

I know he’s going to have a blast but it’s just not the same around the house and it’s only been 1 day!

Our kids are constantly growing and changing – that’s part of life.

But I wonder how many of us are truly ready for the next transition while still being able to enjoy the one we’re in – that’s a tough balance to keep!

Along with our children’s transitions, we too are growing and changing and that’s important. Sometimes I feel like I’m supposed to have all the answers or be a more “relaxed” parent because I have a kid in double digits – but that’s just not possible.

Today will bring as many “firsts” and “new” issues as I encountered the day I brought him home from the hospital.

When I look forward I find hope in the knowledge that God is already there. He’s preparing my son and ME to accept what is coming.

You see, I can be aware of our future but I need to resist the temptation to worry about it.

I need to put all my energy into TODAY. What my kids need right now, in THIS season.

I’m aware of the future because as I’m teaching them and caring for them I’ll keep in the back of my mind that everything I’m doing and saying is working toward their next transition and mine. Today will impact our future relationship, their choices and my hopes and dreams for them. But still, I don’t have to worry – even if I mess up. I can be certain that God is bigger than my flaws or mistakes.

Joshua 1:9… Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

God is with your children, God is with you. You are not alone and you can be strong and courageous no matter what transition or unknown you are facing!

Hang in there Momma – you’re doing great!

Kasey

Tour Time with Dana from Momsieblog

mom essentialsDana Bowman is hilarious!

You’ll love her stories and I had a great time answering her questions about Mom Essentials.

Check out her blog and her take on this sometimes messy, but always wonderful job of being a mom.

Dana called Mom Essentials a “balm for your soul” and I think she is right – God has some wonderful truths to share with us and it all comes from the truth found in Scripture.

Share with your friends and help us spread the word about why Mom Essentials can make such a difference in your life, church and community.

You are wonderful!

Kasey

CLICK HERE to connect with Dana and Momsieblog.com

Tour Time wth Jessie Jo

mom essentialsHere’s the thing – mothers of girls amaze me.

I look at girls and it’s like my brain starts to short circuit.

I have 2 nieces and they are absolutely precious and adorable – but they are VERY different from my boys.

It’s been good for my boys to spend time with their cousins but it always brings up questions. My boys ask things like:

“Why are their voices so hi?”

“Why do they squeal and scream?”

“They love to giggle. I like making them laugh.”

Jenny Jo is a mom to 2 adorable little girls and she writes about life in a real and wonderful way.

She’s our stop on the tour today and it would be so great to show her some love and visit her site!

Check out her awesome products through her Etsy Store - she makes gorgeous things with crochet!

CLICK HERE to read her review and post -

Have a wonderful day and if you haven’t already, order your copy of Mom Essentials today!

Kasey

 

 

Tour Time with Channel Mom

mom essentialsI had so much fun recording TWO broadcasts with Jenny from Channel Mom!

CLICK HERE to listen live (4:30 MST) and you can check out past broadcasts and guests!

Even if you miss the live broadcast you can click on the link to listen anytime.

Jenny is giving away a copy of the book – you could win it!

CLICK HERE, like the ChannelMom page, like the post about Mom Essentials

and you’ll be entered to win!

Thank you for joining us on this Blog Tour – so fun to meet so many incredibly gifted moms!

Kasey


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