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

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