Finding Meaning in the Monotony

It had been a really terrible, awful, hard day. So hard that I sat and cried. And yet, it brought me to the end of myself. And that was a good thing.

When I finished crying, I sat down to do some work and happened upon a story about Andrew Carnegie that completely changed my perspective as a mom and as a child of God.

Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest man in America in the early 1900s, so wealthy that he employed over 42 millionaires. When asked how he developed these men to become so valuable that he would pay them that much money, Carnegie explained that “men are developed the same way gold is mined. When gold is mined, several tons of dirt must be moved to get an ounce of gold, but one doesn’t go into the mine looking for dirt — one goes in looking for gold.”

I’d been buried in the dirt that day. I was lost in the monotony of motherhood and felt like my days had no meaning. My discouragement and feelings of failure as a mom left me so disappointed in myself. And I was convinced God felt the same way about me.

I started wishing I had a gold-miner in my life who could see beyond my mistakes and find the gold in me. That’s when God whispered to my heart, “Renee, I am that gold-miner. You are the one who is so critical of yourself. You are the one who focuses on your faults. But I see the gold of My image in your heart, and I want to bring it to the surface so your kids can see Me in you.”

As I sat there trying to process what God was whispering to my heart, stories from the Bible started flooding my thoughts helping me believe that God really does see beyond who I am to who I can become.

That day God used His thoughts to give me a new perspective – of Himself and of myself. Then He challenged me to look for ways to transfer that perspective to my children.

It’s easy to get buried in the dirt of discontentment, disobedience and discouragement. You may even be thinking, Where’s the gold in it all? I wondered, too. But after reading Carnegie’s story and hearing God speak to my heart, I wanted to become a gold-mining mom.

As I thought about the gold I wanted to see in my children, character traits of Christ such as patience, kindness and contentment came to mind. I decided to make a list of golden attitudes and actions and look up Bible verses we could learn together. Then I made gold nuggets by balling up foil and spray-painting them gold.

In the following weeks, each time my kids showed a golden attitude or action, I’d reward them. When they saved up enough nuggets, they’d get a special treat. We also found new character traits and Bible verses, wrote down ideas to live them out and started making them part of our family devotions.

It took time for me to embrace a grace-based parenting perspective and let God’s new truths sink in. But I was so excited about having a spiritual focus as a mom. I started getting creative and about finding time in the midst of my busy days to get into His Word and get His word into me. And as I did, He used His thoughts to re-shape mine.

God’s Word became a part of our everyday lives as He taught me to take my eyes off of my children’s habits and focus on their hearts. Not only did it change my kids’ attitudes and actions, it changed me, too. For the first time in months, I was excited about my role as a parent. God had given me a new perspective, and a whole new sense of purpose as a mom!

Lord, thank You for not focusing on the dirt in my life but seeing beyond who I am to who I can become. Help me believe that, receive that and give it away to my kids, my husband and my friends. Help me look at their hearts and encourage the glimpses of You that I see in them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Portions of this post are in my book, A Confident Heart.
Copyright 2011. Baker Publishing. All rights reserved.

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Comments

  1. Thanks so much, Renee for the wonderful devotion today. Last night wasn't too peaceful in Mommy-toddlerhood land and I really needed to hear this! If chosen, I would enjoy the GoBible Voyager because even though she dislikes "technical" things I could share mine with my Mom since it is larger type. The second one would go to a dear lady at our church that is a single mom – widowed – with three toddlers under the age of 4. She has been such a blessing in my life by making me be more thankful that I still have my husband around to help out even on night like last night. Thanks again! Amy M.

    • God is so amazing! This is my story. I have felt so worn that I wanted to quit too. I have an 8 yr old son and my daughter just turned 5. I feel like such a failure; that I am obviously doing something wrong. I feel like I have no control over my children. I prayed just last night that God would give me peace to go on, because I know that I can not do it by myself. Now I have just read your devotion. Thank you for sharing your story.

  2. Margaret says:

    Thanks for the encouragement. I could so use a plan to be more purposeful raising my boys.
    I'd love the voyager go Bible. I'd give teh second pack to my dear friend Robyn who I don't get so see often enough.

    Margaret

  3. Loved the devotion, both here and at Proverbs 31.
    I would choose the GoBible Orignal if I won!
    The second one I'd give to my best friend…

    However, after reading that first comment, I'd love for Amy to win, just for the sake of the widow with 3 toddlers!!

    Thank you for your ministry.
    evemnash@yahoo.com

  4. I would love the Go Bible Voyager. My nineteen year old brother is visually impaired. I did not know such a wonderful product existed. Being nineteen, he is into "techie" gadgets, and loves the Lord. I would love to get one of these into his hands.
    lizfriesen@cox.net

  5. What a perfect devotion for moms. This was me yesterday, Monday, Sunday, …. What a wonderful reminder that we are nothing without GOD. Thank you for helping me remember to give my worries, frustrations, mommy moments over to GOD. There are so many people I would love to give this gift pack to. I am in a MOPS group and there are so many of us who have the tough days. I will give this to a friend who shortly after finding out she was pregnant, was told her husband was being deployed. Since then, they have been reunited they are stuggling to reconnect and parent at the same time. I think the books would be a tremendous help to keep her going.

    Thank you!
    MC

  6. Thank you for this post. I needed it. Been having trouble with my 9 yr old daughter. :(
    I would love to have the Voyager for me as well as my sister. My sister has lost her way with God & the church.
    I have sent you a friend request on FB as well. See you soon on there. :)

  7. Rachel A. Nicholson says:

    Thank you!! I am a mom of six- ages 18-18mos. And head to the doctor for a double check of if I am or not. "Pink Slip" tends to weigh on my mind. I would share with Diana- mother of 3 boys and 1 girl and homeschools them. I am sure she could use the extra encouragement. As for which GoBible- I enjoy surprises!! Thanks again for such a great devotion!! Rachel A. Nicholson

  8. What a great devotion and post. We compare ourselves and expect so much of ourselves, it's easy to lose focus based solely on what we assume is the reality of other families.

    I love the Andrew Carnegie quote. You do have to go in looking for gold, and to know that God already sees the gold? That's powerful.

    The GoBible Voyager looks amazing (NIV). I would offer the second to my best friend, she is continually giving up her free time – when she gets some from her 3 +1 on the way kiddos – to take care of her Mom (battled cancer and now a strange fainting disease they can't figure out) her step-Dad (alzheimers) and her Dad (lung cancer). Did I mention she NEVER turns anyone down that needs help or needs someplace for their kids to go? Or needs someone to pick up their kids? Or take them to practice? Talk about a lifesong as a witness, she has it. A tool/resource to get some quick encouragement throughout the day would be perfect for her.

  9. djo0723 says:

    This is exactly what I have needed to hear and I can't tell you how much I appreciate how much you have made me see that this is not about how I can help my boys but that with God all things are possible and with His help I will make it through these years. Thank you so much for this.

    Deanna

  10. This is exactly what I have needed to hear and I can't tell you how much I appreciate how much you have made me see that this is not about how I can help my boys but that with God all things are possible and with His help I will make it through these years. Thank you so much for this.

    Deanna

  11. Good morning! This mornings devotional encouraged me incredibly. Being looked at as the mom who has it all together is not easy because I am far from having it all together. What you see on the outside is not always what is on the inside. Being blessed with 1 child or 7, as I am, requires God to be in control. I have forgotten that and needed the reminder. Thank you. If I won, I would give the 2nd pack to my sister. The Voyager looks amazing in that you can even look up topics! Thank you for the encouragement!

  12. How many times I've felt like a failure and wanted to give up! Thank God that He is able to fill in the blanks that I've left in raising my children! I would like any of the Go Bibles, but I think the Voyager is the one I would choose. I'd give the second pack to my oldest daughter who is about to become a mom for the first time.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I loved & needed your devotion this morning. The oldest of 5 is leaving for college & as we lovingly call him our "guinea pig," there are so many things I wish I could go back & change.

    I would love this Voyager. These are new to me, but it looked very fun & interesting.

    I would give the 2nd one to my friend Stella. She has 2 girls and both are disabled. One mentally & the other severely physically disabled. She does it every day with such grace & love that I stand at awe watching Jesus act & love through her hands & words. She truly is amazing, but could use some encouragement in her daily grind. :-) Thanks for the chance!

    Cindy F.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I love God!!! His timing is so perfect! We had one of those mornings with our 11 yo son that left me running to God and He answered by sending your encouraging message! We have 6 children at home from 2 1/2 to 11 years old. One biological, 2 adopted and 3 foster children that we believe God has brought to us to adopt. My husband and I just looked at each other and said we need help reaching their hearts…oh, God is so faithful!!! I'd love the go Bible Voyager! I have 3 dear friends that are also foster/adoptive parents that would LOVE this resource so if i was chosen, I would give it to one of these families. Thank you for your servant heart! Love, Kim kcschoonover@hotmail.com

  15. Thank you for the encouragement. I am always encouraged by P31 devotionals and love receiving them in my e-mail each weekday!
    If chosen, I'd love the GoBible Voyager b/c it has extra space for other downloads and I do not have an MP3 for music – it'd be great to have my fave. worship music and the bible in the same place.
    I'd give the 2nd packet to my sister-in-law, Heather who just adopted a 2 yr old that she had been fostering. She is also a newly-wed and her hubbie will most likely be heading to Afganistan in the next month.
    Blessings! Angie
    e-mail: jlovero1@yahoo.com

  16. Anonymous says:

    Great devotion – I can totally relate. I'd love the Voyager one… I'd give the other one to my best friend. Thanks. pamthomp@cox.net

  17. Kellee says:

    Thank you for the encouraging words this morning. I love your idea of the 'golden nuggets.' I would love the Voyager Go Bible, and I would share it with my long distance girlfriend, Jen. She has just started going to church regularly for the first time in her life, and is a working mom with two little boys, just like me!

    -kelleeknaub@yahoo.com

  18. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your devotional – coming at a time when I needed to hear it! I would enjoy the original GoBible, and I have a friend who would enjoy the other….she is struggling with motherhood as well right now.

    Thank you
    Diana ddartharris@comcast.net

  19. Thanks Renee, for this encouragement. I need to focus more on the gold in myself and my children. What a great idea you had for doing that, with the nuggets! I would really like the GoBible Voyager (NIV). I would give the pack to my niece who is a newly single mom. She and her son could really benefit from finding the gold in the dirt they are digging through right now.

  20. Thanks for the reminder to bring something so simple and basic as the day to day raising of our kids before the Lord. As we contemplate God's leading in deciding whether to move our family of 7 clear across the country, our lives are heavy laden with big issues and it has been so easy to forget about something so basic in my prayer life.

    The pressures of trying to sell our current home, homeschooling my 5 kids, working part-time,and running a household with a husband who works more than 60 hours a week on average has left me feeling like turning in my pink slip lately as my kids also seem so out of control with so many things taking us out of the norm.

    These resources would be a great encouragement for me, but also for a dear friend who is also in the thick of raising three kids in the midst of way too many life challenges.

    The original option would be what I would choose. jenniferroskamp@gmail.com

  21. Brenda says:

    This sounds like exactly how I felt last week and feel like a lot. Thanks for the encouragement.
    I would like the original GoBible and would probably give the extra one to my husband or son.
    gemz4him@gmail.com

  22. Renee, AMEN! Some days and many times in those days I just take a deep breath in and exhale as I close my eyes and cry out to the Lord for His help and strength. My husband and I are raising 5 boys and now 1 little girl and I can’t count on one hand how over the years I have gone to my husband with tears in my eyes or choked up because I thought there was something wrong with me and my mothering skills. I can’t count on one hand how many times I have said to him, “I quit. I am not doing this anymore.” And yet in those times it was God’s quiet and gentle voice that would get me through that very moment. Or my husband’s thoughtful, encouraging word that would give me strength to carry on until he got home from work.

    Thank you so very much for this thought provoking yet encouraging devotional today. I will draw strength from it… especially this part, “I pray that You would extend Your right hand to sustain me; Your grace to strengthen me; and Your wisdom to lead me.” AMEN!!! AMEN!!!!

    If I am selected, I would select the GoBible Voyager and give one to my sweet sister-in-christ, Holly. She's a wife and mom of 3 young boys who most often won't come to church. Her hubby doesn't come to church at all. It's a spiritual battle every week for her. What an encouragment this would be for her. Blessings to you!

  23. Thank you so much for blessing the lives of so many women. Thank you for reminding me that He is everything I need to parent our 4 beautiful children 2,4, 6 and 8. Blessings to you and the ministry. Thanks for being so authentic. If I win, I would like the original and would give one to my niece who is also my best friend Theresa

  24. Renee, thanks so much for these encouraging words. The title alone was just what I needed. God bless you for your continued obedience to Him. It's amazing how parenting makes you feel the triumphs of life and the failures all at the same time but you are right, our God "shields us, sustains us, and stoops down to make us great" in His own power. Thanks again. Aimy S.

  25. Renee
    Thank you so much for sharing this today…
    As a mom with 3 children ages 7, 6 and 4.. one being a special needs child… the day to day can be very difficult at our house….
    Sometimes just not feeling like I can keep going… and God gives me the strength….. I love my kids so much and want to be all I can for them….
    Please pray for me…..that I can be the mom that God wants me to be for my kids…
    I love the Voyager or Original Go Bible……

    Chrissy

  26. Raising 3 sons never gives me a dull moment! It is a challenge to get them to release the energy they have in a possitive way. I would love to have the Voyager Go-Bible. I would give the 2nd one to my friend who has just lost her younger sister to cancer and really struggling with this.
    You have blessed my life and many others, Thank you. Be Blessed, b
    wbschut@mtcnet.net

  27. Wendy S. says:

    I just love getting your 'Encouragement for Today' e-mails. More often than not, when I open one up, it speaks to me about an issue I'm currently dealing with! Thank you so much for your encouraging words. :) I would love to win the GoBible Voyager…it looks like a wonderful tool to have. And I would give the second pack to my friend Amy, who is a great mom, and who I've also shared your encouraging words with many times! Thank you again, Wendy wjsnyder@alum.luc.edu

  28. Leigh F. says:

    I would love the Voyager. I have never seen these before! I would give the second gift pack to my mom.

  29. Renee-the email address is gods1son.onhorizon@verizon.net

  30. I really, really needed your devotion this week! I have 10.5 year old twin girls (that I call opposite twins!) and a 9.5 year old son who is going on 45! It's only Wednesday, but it's been a long week. Thanks so much for your uplifting words!

    I was just mentioning those GOBibles to my boyfriend the other day. I would be thrilled with any of them if I won :)

  31. Your devotion could not have better timing- I sent it out to all my Bible study gals because it spoke so strongly to what we were discussing last night. (How to stay plugged in to God as your power source when somedays you just feel like you are going non-stop). I would give the second pack to a friend from Bible study who is amazing- she is a young mom with 2 boys (age 2 & 6 mos)who is going to school to become a nurse and her husband works rotating shifts. She also just found out her cousin (another young mom) was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and is trying to find a way to get down to Texas to help her out. She truly is a giving, caring person- being Jesus' hands and feet. I want this more for her than myself.

  32. Thanks for blessing women everywhere with these encouraging truths. I have four beautiful children, 2,4,6 and 8, and in spite of appearing to have it all together, I sometimes want to lock myself in my room. I know though that in His strength, I can do just what He's called me to do in parenting our children. Thanks for the reminder that when I fall down as a mom, I need to fall on Him. If I win i'll share with my niece, who is also my best friend. I would love the original or voyager. Blessings, Theresa

  33. Lorraine Furtner says:

    When I have felt like that, I have felt so alone which only added to the feeling of failure. Thank you so much for having the courage to share your true feelings and God's mercy along with it! Lorraine I would choose the GoBible original. My e-mail is furtner_jl@hotmail.com

  34. Amen, amen and amen! We are absolutely weak without God. Thank you for this devotion and at the right time! I'm sick with bad allergies, my youngest daughter has double ear infections, my oldest daughter has a sore throat and my husband has a bad high ankle sprain!!! :) But I am making it through with the Lord's help. I'd love any of your products and I would share the other with my best friend. Thank you. Cathy (catpt98@yahoo.com)

  35. This was a great devotion, and I could completely identify with it! Phillipeans 4:13 comes to mind imediately, reminding me that I can do ALL things (even mother/homeschool these 4 blessings) through Christ who strengthens me! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us, and for helping keep our eyes fixed on him! I love that Go Bible Voyager, and if I were to win, I would give the other one to my dear friend here, who encourages me constantly, even hen she is running on empty. Thank you again, bless you!

  36. Bonnie says:

    My kids are past toddlerhood into the tweens. I've struggled, but thank you for a wonderful lesson! It's not too late for me to adopt this strategy, and I plan to use it! My children need me now more than ever, and I need God's peace and strength to do my best! I would love to win you gift pack, and the GoBible I would most like to have would be the NIV version. But if that's not available, I am open to becoming familiar with another version! Peace and love to you, in all that you do to spread God's love and message. Bonnie M.

  37. I would love to win the Voyager GoBible! I was an empty-nester and "inherited" a tween 10 months ago. I have been in tears–actually SOBS– daily! Thank you for hearing God's words and faithfully sharing it with others who have been trying to do it on their own.

    I would share the second pak with my daughter who just celebrated her 1st anniversary!

  38. This devotional was so good for me today! I would enjoy the Bible Voyager. I would love to listen to this while I go for my walk and it looks like you can download some favorite praise & worship songs too! I would give the second one to my sister as she is always listening to encouragement books on her ipod while exercising. This would be a great tool! Thanks.

  39. What an incredibly timely devotional – for moms with kids of any age. After drinking in the Truths of the devo today, I was immediately reminded of a dear friend of mine, her daughter and grandson dealing with a possible prison sentence. Let's talk about that feeling of failure and smallness….

    I love the idea of the GoBible – and would give the other to this broken Mom trying desperately not to quit and to keep above the turbulent waters.

    Your wisdom and generosity were much needed today – thank you.

  40. Renee, I am just sitting here crying I am one huge puddle…. It is like your words are what is in my heart, only for some reason I can't feel God saying I am His gold. I press on each day knowing I am going to have this break through. I've got a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old, and I am amazed at how quickly things go south, seems more and more each day. I love my kids, and I wanted to be the mom God created me to be, it just hurts so bad to be in this spot, even as I write this I am asking God,"when do I get that moment of feeling you?" If blessed with his gift I'd like the Voyager, and I'd bless my sweet friend Dena who is a single mom, in the middle of the teenage years storm.

  41. Gwendolyn says:

    Ireally enjoy your Proverbs 31 Ministery,it has helped me in soo many ways.Not only do I enjoy it I share with my family and friends! If you were to choose me for the GoBible Voyager I know it would inhance my Spritual growth. I can take it everywhere I go, I have a friend she is really going through tuff times right now, depression is trying to set in and I do all I can to keep her ecouraged in GOD'S word!I know that the GoBible Voyager would really help her especially when the enemy comes to her thoughts she can just pick it up and it help her stay focused and realize whatever we are going through we can find it in the WORD of GOD. I know as well as myself this would be a great ministering tool for us both|! Thank you again for the Ministery you have and may GOD continue to bless you in it!

  42. Anonymous says:

    Ever since I found EFT several months back, the daily devotions have helped give me the courage and inspiration I have needed daily. My husband and I are recently adoptive parents to a beautiful daughter and son. And most recently have taken my father in due to major illness. My days are filled with appointments for everyone else but myself. But when I log on most every morning I go to EFT first. Today's really hit me, helping to encourage me that God does have another plan for me, being a new parent, especially to 2 special needs children which require more daily maintenance than I had ever imagined. Thanks so much for the encouragement.
    A new mom in Ohio. (P.S. I have a dear sister-in-law that I would give the second gift pack to) (jholt@windstream.net)

  43. I would give the goBible Voyager to my neighbor who will be having her 4th child any day now. I think she would need it more then I would. I would keep the other second pack. Your words are very encouraging to me as a mother of 4 and a home school mom. There are many days that I wanted to quit but the Lord has been there for me everytime. – Kimberly

  44. Thank you for the words of encouragement. My little toddler is now a teenager and the feelings of quitting have changed but still rear their ugly head! There are moments in the day that I think my 3 blessings would give me a pink slip but thankful that I KNOW the one that is really in charge!!!!

  45. An awesome tool! I'd love the GoBible Voyager. I struggle daily with feeling inadequate as a mom – I'm an older mom and patience wears thin quickly then I feel so bad for not showing the characteriscs I want her to have. As far as a gift – I would give to my friend Jennifer – she has two young daughters and her husband's job keeps him away quite often.
    Thank you so much for your insights and guidance.

  46. rachel says:

    Thanks Renee. I am a mother of twin toddlers and there are days I want to quit. :) I'm glad to know there are other Christians with the same "Mommy" struggles. Your devotional is just what I needed this morning after dealing with a tantrum first thing. To be honest, I probably would not use any of the GoBibles as I am not too much into technology, and prefer to read the Bible as I am more of a visual learner and need to see it to absorb it. However, I would pass on one to a friend who has been struggling of late and listens a lot to the Christian station and the other to my sister who has been growing spiritually. Thanks for listening to God and sharing what you have learned. Rachel. (tete5@att.net)

  47. Kristi says:

    Thank you so much, Renee! I needed to hear that today. I have a son, 9 and a daughter, 5. This is the hardest job I've ever had but the most fulfilling and rewarding, all at the same time. God is so gracious and even when I mess up He gives me the strength to say I'm sorry – which is very difficult to admit to a 9 year old who has always thought he knew everything anyway. :-)

    I would love to win the Voyager GoBible. I had never heard of them before. I'd give the other one to my sister, Tracy. I've seen Christ work in her life over the past few years and I really think she would love one.

    Thanks again, Renee, for all you and Proverbs 31 Ministries do!

    Kristi

  48. Anonymous says:

    This is great! I would love the voyager Go Bible. I would definitely give the second one to my mom. She and I are both raising young kids and I know we would both benefit from this!
    Thanks so much!

  49. Great devotional today. I would pick the NIV version of the Voyager GoBible. Who wouldn't love the extra features. I would give the second one to a single mom in my bible study. She's a student and full time mom of three.

  50. Anonymous says:

    The Go Bible Voyager looks fantastic! I would love to share the second one with my mom. She has adopted young kids in recent years, so we are both going through this together.

    Thanks so much!
    Becky rahastings@juno.com

  51. Anonymous says:

    Wow, your devotion today was exactly what I needed and was definitely a "God thing" for me. I am a working mom of two and many days are tough and I seek strength, patience and grace from God so that I might handle these difficult tines well. I fail quite often. I would love to win your gift pack and although Id love any goBible, if I had to choose I'd pick the Traveler. I'd love the opportunity to give the second gift to a mother of five whose husband died in a car accident recently. Times are very hard for her and made harder since she is legally blind and at least one of her children has special needs. Our church is reaching out daily to help in many ways. My email is hejgejmom@bellsouth.net. Thank you again for your encouragement today. Holly Johnson

  52. Brandie says:

    Renee, I so needed this today. Lately, I have not been a very good mommy and have been questioning why I chose to become one. I have seriously thought about quitting as well. Not that I would, but it is so hard! I don't think I have ever done anything this hard. Raising a 6, 3, and a 1 year old is a task. Just getting out the door so I am not late for work in the morning is nearly impossible! We do have good mornings, but there are the ones that just get to me and all I want to do is sit in a corner and cry. I need a plan and I need help getting that plan! If I were to win, I would give the second copy to my friend Angie and for the GoBible, I love a good surprise. Thank you Renee!

    brandiecolbert@yahoo.com

  53. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your devotional. I have had days like that a lot. I have 2 kids, one 7 and one who is 4. My 4 year old is very very strong willed and most nights feel like a war. I work outside of the home til 630, my husband leaves by 530, by time I get home and make dinner it's time to get kids in bed and all they wanna do is spend more time with mommy. I would love to win the goBible any version. If I won I would give the second one to my cousin who has 2 older children that are very active in after school activities. My cousin is active in her kid's school and is always on the go so I'm sure she would also love receiving this.
    Frogmullins814@aol.com

  54. I would like the GoBible Voyager and I'd give the second pack to my sister in law who just recently got guardianship of three beautiful children (18months, 6yrs & 7 yrs old). She and her husband have tried for years and have not been able to get pregnant. A family member knew of a lady who was going to prison and had nowhere for her three children to go, so she thought of my sister in law and they welcomed the children with open arms. Although it is an answered prayer, it is often very trying and exhausting for them. From none to 3 lively children! Lots of adjusting and training. This will be her first Mother's Day and she is truly thrilled to be a mother and is enjoying God's blessings.

  55. Thank you for your sharing your insight. It was just what I needed. When my kids were toddlers, I was physically exhausted, now my two oldest ones are teens with my two younger ones coming up behind them and I am emotionally and physically exhausted. I feel like I mined for dirt with the two older ones all those years but maybe I can start mining for gold with my younger ones. My teens will benefit as well. It is so true I have to believe what God says about me and who I am in Him first b4 I can reflect that to my children. I pray God will help me to be more purposeful in the years I have left. I would love to give your resources and the original or whichever go bible (NIV) to my friend who is homeschooling mom of 5, 4 of whom are foster kids she adopted. Her kids are young with one sweet sweet 13 yr old who just loves being in a stable home.

  56. I really needed this devotion this morning. This is my second week back to work after having my 3rd child. It's been rough getting everyone ready and out the door. I like the GoBible Original – I think the bible stories are neat and we could listen to them in the car as I try to get everyone to there correct place in the mornings.

  57. Linda R. F. says:

    I am the mom of two young boys (4 & 2). They are incredibly busy, energetic boys.I love them but I have actually been ready to quit many days. Your devotion was a much needed reminder to me that I haven't been praying like I should about being a mom. Thank you so much for this devotion. I like the GoBible Voyager best. I would share mine with my sister who is a mom of a toddler as well. She is the greatest about praying for me and we can talk about the ups and downs of mommy hood:) Thanks for such an awesome giveaway.

    Contact: lmorr613@hotmail.com

  58. Renee, what a great devotion. Thank you for your honesty. It has encouarged me! There have been many a day that I wanted to hand in my own pink slip. Only because I have been trying to do it all, instead of letting God work through me to do. The last couple of days God has been bringng Scripture to me that is reminding me to surrender and stop trying to be Him.

    I would like the voyager and I would surprise someone with it!

  59. Oh I would love this so much, I have never seen one of these before, how neat. The Original one would be fine. I am so worn down, I am a Mom to 5 kiddos ages 11 to 4 and my husband is on his 4th deployment right now. Some days I seriously have NOTHING left to give and have been trying to turn it all to God. I have turned in my pink slip so many times now. Then the Mom guilt eats you alive. Thank you for the devotion on this. Also, I would give it to my friend Teresa who is a fellow military wife with 7 kiddos. We help each other through rough times.

  60. Thank you so much for sharing your post. As a mother of 4 small children there are times when I have thought wow I am not cut out or this. And The holy spirit then feels me with peace and whispers into my heart that GOd wouldn't give me more than I can handle and when times get tough I pray for Gods help and peace. I can say that I went threw hard times about filling overwhelmed But one thing I remind myself is how honored I am that God trusted me to raise these 4children because they ultimately belong to him. My children have their days and I can say I have mine but growing Christ I have learned he is just a call away. I can say I give him all the glory because it is threw him and his help that I am the mother that I am. I would really love to win the voyager audio bible seems so helpful. I would give the second one to my mother because since I stay at home and not make any money I'm not able to do much for my mother and I really want to bless her. I would give her the gift to say thank you to her for as a small child giving me the best gift which was the gift of salvation and directing on the path to having a relationship with my heavenly father. Thank you so much and God bless you and your family.

  61. Thank you for this perfectly timed devotion. I am struggling right now with my daughter (and she is only 4 1/2). Just as you said that you sometimes didn't like being a mom – I love her, but sometimes I don't like being her mom and I can't stand to feel that way any longer. I need to find the best way to mother her and love her so that we can have a good relationship.
    As for the GoBible – I suppose that I would probably choose the Original. The Voyager sounds very nice, but I don't really need to have room for downloading other stuff. I would probably give the 2nd one to my sister – she is a believer, but so busy that I think she would benefit from something like this too!
    Thanks again for these daily devotions!

  62. I loved your devotion today! I am forwarding to my 20 year old niece. She is a fairly new single mom with a beautiful 2 1/2 mth baby girl. I think those words of wisdom you wrote will encourage her. I try to encourage her every day and let her know that she is doing a good job, that being a mom is a learning process full of blessing. In fact, she is the one I would give the other to if I win. The voyager traveler would be great. Thanks so much for your ministry! (hsykes1@gmail.com)

  63. Your devotion encouraged me the first time I read it years ago and today, it speaks to me in a new light! Thank you for allowing Him to work through you.

    I had not even heard of GoBible before this, so any version would be a blessing :) I would share with a neighbor mom.

  64. sarahking@metroelectricsupply.com says:

    So encouraging to read this today! Would love the Voyager if I win…other I would give to my best friend to encourage her. Glad to have found your blog!

  65. Lyndee R. (Lyndee22@hotmail.com) says:

    Thank you so much for being willing to be used by God in sharing your experiences as a mom. Some of the same things you mentioned are the things that I struggle with. I was brought to tears when I read the part about God telling you he wanted to be the gold-miner. I felt like he was speaking directly to me. I can't do it myself either, and it's nice to know I'm not the only one. God bless you and your ministry!

  66. Wow, what an awesome devotion….I would love the original…and I would give the second one to my son's assistant teacher at school… She gives and gives to the kids – praying over their chairs in the morning before school. :-)

  67. Christina says:

    Thank you for the encouragement to all of the moms out here. I have 2 children, my husband travels a lot for work; and we just recently decided that I should go back to being a stay at home mom. I love being a wife and mother; but it can be a challenge when you feel like you're doing it alone sometimes! That encouraging word is a wonderful tool to remind me of the importance of what I'm doing. I'm not being ineffective! So thanks again!

    If I'm chosen; I think I would enjoy the GoBible Voyager. I would give the double portion as a Mother's day gift.

    parkschristina@hotmail.com

  68. Thanks for your devotional today. We've had an up-and-down struggle with one of our adopted children who has a severe attachment disorder and I have felt like quitting a lot lately. Your devotional has helped me get back on track. God's Word is the one place I can always find encouragement when change seems hopeless in the situation with my son. He's 14.
    I would love to have any one of the GoBibles. The voyageur is great b/c of the rechargeable batteries and I like the verse finder feature. I would give the second one to a dear friend who is somewhat overwhelmed with homeschooling her 4 young children, with one more on the way,and is having to move away soon :( In spite of her own busy schedule, she is always willing to do anything for anyone else. She is such an encouragement to me.

    Blessings,

  69. Thank you so much for this devotional! I love that only when we come to the end of ourselves can God do in us what he wants to. It is incredibly freeing!!
    I would love the voyager, and I would give the other one to my best friend who is a fulltime mom to 2 and a part-time student. Thx for all your encouragement.

  70. What wonderful encouragement to mothers in all stages! My four children are now 21 and up and all in all, the good days outweighed the bad. I remember those "pink slip" days and feeling like I had to be the only mother who ever considered throwing in the towel. The Lord had to show me over and over that my purpose wasn't to be a perfect mom, but an obedient one, running on His grace and not my own determination. Motherhood is treasured journey.
    I would give the Voyager GoBible to Helga, a dear 84 year old new Christian who is legally blind. She is so anxious to learn Scripture. She is German, and would say, funtashtick!

  71. Anonymous says:

    I'd like the GoBible and I'd like to give it to my friend who is busy with work, church and family.

  72. Wow! You hit me on the head with a frying pan! I love how our Lord works! I have felt like "quitting" many times. My husband and I have two little girls and with him being in the military, there are often times when he is gone a lot and for extended periods of time. I joke that I didn't sign up to be a single mom. Thank you for the encouragement for today. I will, through God's guidance search for the pieces of gold and brush away the dirt in our girls.

    I would give the second pack to my co-worker and friend with 7 children. The Voyager would be a great addition to my spiritual walk.

    Thank you Renee!

  73. I love what you have said today, it was very benefical for me. Thank you. I would choose the GoBible Voyager, because of the bible in a year plan it has, I have always wanted to try to accomplish that. If I were to win the gift pack, I would share it with a mother in my MOPS group having a rough time and it a mother of a 3 year old. She has battled cancer and just found out yesterday they found another tumor on her thyroid, this after beeting breast cancer last year. Thanks so much!! I love sharing 31 Proverbs daily message with my friends!

  74. Lyndee R. (Lyndee22@hotmail.com) says:

    I forgot to add which GoBible I liked. The GoBible voyager was the one I liked best. This would be great to get "more of his word into me" like you said! :) If I won it would be hard to choose who to give the other one too. There are so many women in my life who would love this! Thanks for all you do!

  75. Wow.."focus on you child's heart not their habits…" that's good stuff, and I love the gold nugget idea! Thank you for sharing an honest and open look into your struggles of motherhood. I have been having some myself lately-and I know Father God wants me to have peace, as He is taking me into the deeper things of Him. I would love the Voyager GoBible. I would gift the other to my neighbor who is a single mom to 3 girls…the Lord has given me mighty ministry opportunities with her and her daughters lately-so it would be an amazing gift!
    Thank you so much-God bless!

  76. Side By Side says:

    Thank u for the encouragement to stay at go
    E mommies!! We need it. My husband is a resident physician who works crazy long hours, we are 600 miles from the closest family, I have a 2 year old, a 1 year old, and expect our 3rd to arrive at the end of October….talk about overwhelmed!!! I would use the original GoBible that is preset with searchable verses….and would give the 2nd gift to another reidrnt wife who is struggling in finding contentment being at home with her children. God bless!

  77. Thanks for the amazing devotion. I really needed to hear it today. Yesterday was a long day! I would like the GoBible original if I win. The second one would go to a dear co-worker of mine who turned me on to your site when I needed encouragement the most even though she is going through a rough time right now herself. Thanks!! Robin

  78. So needed this devotion first thing. I have a newborn and 2 year old. Living on little sleep my day started way too early and I am trying to find strength and peace I need to be a Godly mother. Having a hard time trying to find time now too have time with my Bible isn't easy between feeding, diapers, toddler energy and my tired attitude. I have never heard of a GoBible, and I can see how this would be a great tool in addition, I guess my choice would be the GoBible Voyager. I would share this with my mothers Bible study group and give the other gift to my friend who has been here for me helping me and who also struggles with not having a husband around much do to their jobs that take them away for days at a time. Us mom's were talking about taking sick days but how impossible that is.

  79. Thank you SO much for the wonderful devotional. I lead a group of homeschool moms and would probably pick a name out of a hat to see who gets the second pack!
    Jody
    thomandjody.scott@gmail.com

  80. I love busy mom devotions. It is so nice to know that I am not the only one!
    If I am chosen as the winner, I would love the GoBible Voyager! What a great tool to have while I'm working out or taking a walk. I would give the second pak to a dear friend of mine. She accepted Jesus a year ago and is growing and florishing like nothing I have ever seen. After having a number of miscarraiges, God blessed her and her husband with their second baby 2 weeks ago. She has turned her life around in so many ways and she's become my inspiration.

  81. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this devotion. As a mother of two boys under 3, this devotion spoke directly to me. I would give the second one to my sister-in-law, who also has two children under 3.

    denise@lci-lineberger.com

  82. What a great devotion today. My youngest child is headed off to college in the fall so my days of being a mom in the sense of how I have been for the past 21 years are changing. I will no longer be needed for the everyday mom things. But my relationship with my girls is changing into a fun and positive friendship. I am still needed as their "mom" from time to time, but they are now considering me a friend. I love that. I have always prayed we would be friends and we would be close when they became grown women. I haven'be been perfect but I have tried to show my girls how to be Godly women by being a Godly woman.
    If I could have a GoBible it would be the Voyager. What an awesome tool! I spend a lot of time commuting and it would be great to be able to hear the word while I ride the train every day. I would share the mom package with my sister. She is an amazing mom. She is struggling as a single parent but she is constantly praying and asking the Lord to help her be the mom He wants her to be. I love encouraging her with little gifts for herself and reminding her how wonderful she is as a mom and as my sister.
    Thank you for the devotions. God bless. Robin – robin.s.saxton@gmail.com

  83. Loved the devotional!

    If I won I would like the Voyager GoBible. I would give the second pack to my co-workers daughter, she could really use the encouragment right now as she is expecting a second child and is facing a lot of resistance from those around her.

  84. Anonymous says:

    Hi Renee

    I received so much from this devotion today. As tears fell from my eyes realizing someone feels the way I do and struggles with what u struggle with. My life is very busy… As ours all is … But I struggle really hard to make god and spending time with him each morning when that is what I need the most so the voyager bible would be most helpful to me and I would give another one to my friend Cheron who told me about proverbs 31 ministries because it has really blessedy life!!! I asked to be ur friend on fb but just in case my email is melaniesuria@yahoo.com

  85. Hi Renee,

    I'm just a 21 year old girl and I'm so glad to stumble upon your blog through Proverbs 31 emailing list! I find great encouragement through your blog though I'm not a mom yet! Let this blog continue to touch various precious lives of all different ages.

    I'd love to win a GoBible Voyager all for my mum. I believe this GoBible Voyager will help her to listen to God's Word wherever she goes- in her workplace or simply doing housechores at home. The other one I'd like to give to a neighbour, church member and a good friend of my mum who has adopted and takes care of a spastic kid whose parents have left her since she was borned. I believe GoBible Voyager can be a tremendous blessing to her too as she is always on the go- always fetching and waiting for her precious kid class to finish, she can pop this and hear God's Word and other's personal downloaded songs/sermons while waiting.

    Blessings,
    Melissa Ong
    melissaong_90@hotmail.com

  86. I am absolutely not picky. I feel any gift given is a blessing. Id give my second 1 2 my bf Sabrina. She has 4 lil children & struggles w/the time 2 get w/God. I believe she could use this & would 2 her fullest!

  87. Loved the devotion this morning! If I win I would like the Voyager GoBible and I would give the other pack to one of my co-workers daughters she could really use the encouragement right now. She has one toddler, is expecting and is facing extreme resistance from people close to her.

  88. Crystal Melissa says:

    Thank you for your devotion – I am a mother of two young ones and I do struggle with being a mom. I work full-time, then there are church activities, friends, family events, and my husband all needing my attention and I do want to QUIT sometimes. But it is God's Grace that keeps me going and His wisdom that helps me to prioritize – AMEN.

    I would love the NIV version of the Voyager GoBible. I have two wonderful friends who are also mothers of toddlers and I can't decide which I would give the second one to so I would give one to each of them and maybe buy one for myself – I love these ladies that much!! There is nothing like having friends who know and share in my same struggles!

  89. I am n no way picky, Renee! Every gift given is a blessing. I would give my second 1 to my bf Sabrina cause she is a mother of 4 & struggles so much w/findn the time w/God she desperately needs. I know she could use this & would use this gift 2 her fullest!

  90. What a great devotion today and I love your blog! I have been feeling very discouraged lately and your words spoke volumes to me. Praise the Lord! I would love the GoBible in any form (like the oOiginal best) and would give my 2nd pack away to my best friend who has always been a blessing to me. She has a 3 year old son and in the process of adoption. What a great baby gift this would be!

  91. What a great perspective to be reminded of. So often I try to do it all and forget that I really need God to get through my days. When I'm focused on Him my days are much better. I'd like the original GoBible. The second would go to my best friend going through a lot of heartache right now. Thanks!

  92. Renee, Like so many other moms this morning, I woke up tired and discouraged. I've been a mom for 20 years – oldest is 19 and youngest is 3 – and I still don't feel like I'm "doing it right". I'm going to cling to God's promises – and just take one step at a time. I'd love any GoBible – we farm and it would be awesome to have it with me while I'm waiting in the field!

  93. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the wonderful words of encouragement today. I love the Voyager GoBible. Great product!! The send gift, I would give to a dear mom in our church who I'd raising twin teenage boys alone with many health problems of her own. She could really benefit from this. God Bless!
    Amy Pitman
    Sajhpit@yahoo.com

  94. Anonymous says:

    Your devotion was exactly what I needed today! If I won, I would like the Voyager. I would share the second one with my daughter, whose husband is in the military. Between that and chasing a 10-month-old, she could really use a Bible-On-The-Go.

    pkchevier@yahoo.com

  95. I loved this devotion. I've been struggling with being the mommy I want to be to my girls (5 and 8) lately. Our son passed away in August and sometimes my grief is just too overwhelming to have anything left to give. I praise God that He has kept us all close to His heart during this time, but there are days that I just want to hide. I have an hour commute to and from work and the GoBible Voyager sounds like a good way to be able to start and end my day. I would give the other one to my best friend who has fallen away from the Lord in the past few years and who needs encouragement to get herself and her son back to Him.

    Judy

  96. I just wrote a very long commet about my daughter and I's journey for the past two years after findind out my husband of 18 years was cheating on me and picked the other woman who was also married and the pain my 9 years daughter and I have gone through and how your gobible would help give me the tools of our Lord to deal with her 5 week visit with her verbal abusive father this summer. Anyway my commet didn't post and I don't have the time to rewrite it. I teach Title one Math 6th 7th and 8th grade. I get up st 5:30 to read Lysa'a posts and came across yours today. I would use your gift if you picked my daughter and I as the winners and share the other one with my best friend a single mom of two wonderful boys. kerriegillett@yahoo.com I pray this commet makes it to you. God Bless

  97. Anonymous says:

    Your devotion was exactly what I needed today! If I won, I would like the Voyager. I would share the second one with my daughter, whose husband is in the military. Between that and chasing a 10-month-old, she could really use a Bible-On-The-Go.

    pkchevier@yahoo.com

  98. That you for the devotion(s) that I read at just the right time this morning! Having baby number 3 has really brought me to my knees! (even though she's almost 1!) I'm realizing that I can't do this on my own and need the Lord's help EVERY DAY. I want to feed myself with His Word so that I can be filled and in turn pour out to my family and in turn, those around me. I would love to have the GoBible Voyager, and would give the second to a good friend of mine who is a hard-working mom on-the-go. Thank you for taking time to pour into others! Be blessed!
    Janelle

  99. Thank you for the devotion(s) today, Renee! Touched my heart right where I needed it. Thank you for sharing. I would love to have the GoBible Voyager. I know that I need to be filled daily so that I can in turn pour into my family and those around me. I would love to give one to my friend who is a hardworking mom who is constantly on the go! Blessings!
    Janelle

  100. Thanks for sharing that. I written a prayer that I posted right in front of me at work so that I can be reminded to look past the dirt to find the gold. I would like the voyager Bible. I'd give the second pack to my sister. She is very overworked as a mom with two kids and no family around to help her since she moved 5 states away.

    thank you for your devotional.

    ~~Lacie~~
    lacieshingleton@yahoo.com

  101. Thanks for your words of encouragement. No one can tell you the daily struggles of motherhood until you become a mother. I often tell my friends as a wife and mother you're like the glue that holds the family together but nobody even notices, not that we need constant praise but it would be nice to be thanked occasionally. You are a wonderful lady, I heard you speak in princeton wv last year you were sick and had forgot your suitcase! You made me laugh and touched my heart, thank you :) I would like to win the go bible original and give the other to my mom.
    Sammie ~ taylorsj76@gmail.com

  102. Renee that was such a great encouragement for a stay at home mom. If you picked me I would enjoy the GoBible Voyager. I would give the other one to my amazing sister who Loves the Lord and is commited to doing whatever he calls her to do know matte what the cost. She travels a lot and it would be so helpful to her. Thanks again for this generous offer.

  103. This was just what i needed to hear today. I would chose the Voyager go bible. I would give the other to a recent friend that im starting a new friendship with. We are both determined to do all we can to be good mothers and wives. Thanks to the wonderful content on your blog we can research. Surrendering your marriage was a great place to start.

  104. Anonymous says:

    Amen you are a blessing and an encouragement.

  105. Your devotion today brought tears to my eyes knowing that I'm not the only one who struggles with feelings of discouragement & failure while thinking everyone else has it all together. I have 6 children, 4 of whom I home-school, & every day is a challenge. I'm so thankful for His grace! The GoBible original would be wonderful to have, & I'd give the second one to a dear missionary friend in China who has 7 children. Thanks for sharing your struggles & victories! — Terri

  106. Heather says:

    I really needed this devotional today. I feel so irritated and frustrated alot with being a mom. I feel like I raise my voice all the time and I see this starting in my 6 year old. I feel like she and I butt heads all the time. I also have a 2year old daughter. I so long to be the mom with never ending patience and endless self-control. I feel so out of control sometimes and don't want to "ruin" my relationships with my girls. I want to have a great relationship with my girls when they become teenagers!!!! I would give the second set to my sister who has 6 children and home schools them all. Her husband is in school to be a minister and works full time also so they don't haver very much money at all. She would never be able to buy it.

  107. Thank you for a great devotion today. Definitely something I struggle with as a mother. I have not heard of the GoBible, but would love to receive one. The second one I would give to my sister who has recently given her life to christ and is a single mother that recently lost her job. I just want her to continue her walk with God and not give up because of her current struggles. Thanks Kristie

  108. I thank God for your ministry and the way you've touched my heart. I am on a refocusing journey in so many area's of my life. My family's health, finances, and spiritual issues are a huge burden, and only with God's power can I even be at this point.
    I would be so blessed to win the GoBible Voyager or the Original and to share it with my dear friend Jan who also has 2 young children. If I were able, I'd buy them right away. They sound like an incredible tool to keep focus. Thanks again for all you are doing.
    Rosanne McLellan

  109. me and my husband were just talking about this last night! he is a stay at home dad, so this is very applicible to even him! this is exactly what we needed to hear. how Perfect is God's timing?!?! we would choose the voyager because with a mom/dad on the go- rechargable batteries are amazing!! i would give the other set to a dear friend of ours

  110. It is so great to know that I am not the only one who has ever felt this way. I love my kids but there are a lot of times I doubt my ability to be a good mother for them because of the choices they make sometimes. Should I win this giveaway I would prefer the Voyager (NIV version) and the second one I would give to my neighbor who is struggling with trying to complete her BA with 2 girls under 4 and is 6 months pregnant. They are in the middle of a move, her husband is in the air force, and many days she finds herself stressed and questioning whether she is doing a good job, or even doing the right thing. She is a great mom and is really trying to raise her children to follow God.

  111. Wow I so needed to hear that message today! I have been battling breast cancer and the effects for 2 years now, trying to hold it together for my now 6 and 10 year old boys, and being left by my husband….I do feel like a failure most days! I want to start living life again! I would love to have the voyager and I would give the other one to my best friend who has been by my side from the day I got my diagnosis and is also a mom of 2 whose husband works out of town a lot. Tracey V.

  112. I think I would like the Voyager GoBible and the second one would go to my sister-in-law Debbie. She struggles a lot with things in this life and just can't seem to get and stay rooted in Christ. Please pray for her

  113. Wow, I don't always read the devotions but I opened it up this morning and it's exactly how I've been feeling lately. Sometimes I think how can I continue to go on everyday doing the same thing. I feel like I don't do anything right. I work full-time and I'm exhausted when I get home and my little girl just wants to play and have fun but I'm so tired. She will be 3 in a couple of weeks and she is not speaking really well so that has been a big concern for me. She is also a little delayed physically and that concerns me. I just need to let go and let God do the work. I found out I am pregnant again and I am already asking myself how am I going to do it. I really need encouragement. I would love the book and the GoBible Voyager!

  114. Wow.. With 4 boys, 11, 9, 6, & 4, I stay discouraged & this devotional came at the right time.. I'm so blessed by it.. The GoBible Voyager would be awesome.. I would give the second one to a wonderful friend, who has been there for me every single time I needed to be the "crybaby" about my life.. She has 3 kids of her own, works full time & her husband does shift work.. She always put things into perspective and when I am wrong she tells me .. And I love her for that. She always backs up her advice with scripture. Her walk with God has been the best thing in her life and it shows… She is my inspiration. Thank you for always having encouraging devotionals! Proverbs 31 is a blessing!!

  115. Brandi says:

    Wow God truly knows what we need to hear and his timing is never an accident. I am a blessed mother of 2 and my wonderful husband is in law enforcement so our schedules are also hectic. I would love the Go Bible Voyager to help improve my daily on the go devotions. The second one I would share with a friend , however after reading other comments I feel so not worthy. Thank you for allowing God to work through you.

  116. Thanks for the encouragement today, I think this might be one that gets hung on my wall of "You can do it, girl!" reminders. :-) We all need it along the way, and God's timing is impeccable.

    I'd be happy with any of the GoBibles. It seems it would be such an easy way to get those spiritual reminders during a long commute, cleaning the house, wherever!

    I'd give the second to my best friend, an amazing mom of 8 who on the outside is one of the women we all compare ourselves to that seems to have it all together and then some, but I know she has days too where she wants to turn in her pink slip. I'd love to be able to give her something to show her just how amazing I think she is!

  117. Hi Ranee,
    I am a great grand mother to 7 beautiful children. I could have used this devotion when I was a young mom struggling to keep going with 5 little ones, a house to run, meals to prepare, etc. I'm sure you know what I mean.I was always sure I was not quite up to the job abd wasn't good enough. I do not want my grand children to feel this way while raising their children. I would love to have the GoBible Voyager for myself to continue and enrich my daily walk with God. The second one would go to one of my young grand daughters who is struggling with the demands of work and a little one. Thank you for your insight. We do tend to try to go it alone, don't we? Thanks again.
    Erma

  118. Bonnie says:

    Thank you for the encouraging words. I would give both of the GoBibles away to my daughter and son-in-love. They are church planters who live busy lives across the country from our home. Both are also trying to bring their temples into submission by training for 1/2 and full marathons. This would give them much encouragement on those days when it all seems too much. They have true hearts for the Lord and are following Him in faith and obedience. I would be thankful and appreciative for any of the GoBibles.

  119. I would really enjoy the Go Bible Voyager. I homeschool my children and this would be a most awesome tool. I would give the second one to one of my best friends who has three children and who practically lives out of her car because they lived such an action packed life. Thank you so much for the encouraging words today. Being a mom is so tuff and I begin my day with a devotion from one you Proverbs 31 sisters each morning. Each of you is a blessing to me!

  120. Renee,
    That was a very timely word. I have often felt how you feel. I'd like the GoBible Voyager because it would help me get into the Word more but mostly because I could share the 2nd one with my mother (who is blind) and that would give her the opportunity to hear the Word of God and navigate it by herself. The fact that it has a rechargeable battery and easy navigation would open a door for her that has been closed all of her life.

  121. Shelly says:

    Great devotion today! I would I would really enjoy the GoBible Voyager. I would give the second to a dear friend who is a single mom. God brought her two lovelies through the miracle of adoption, fulfilling unexpectedly her hearts desire to be a mama. Hers is a truly beautiful story! She is such a role model to me of godly attitude and purposeful living…but I know that she could use a little encouragement!
    Thank you for your words of wisdom! Shelly
    tmbloom93@netzero.com

  122. This was a great devotional and perfectly timed for my life right now. Thank you! I would really enjoy the GoBible Voyager and would pass the second one to my dear friend Barbara who has been with me, encouraging me when I needed it most these past several years.

  123. I really appreciate your words in this topic of comparing ourselves to others and just learning to let us give it (our lives, troubles, worries, etc.) to God.
    I feel we need to stop judging ourselves and others and support one another.
    I have a friend, Cathie, I would give the second set to because this is an area (comparing and trying to do ALL herself) she struggles with. She is such a strong woman and mom of 4, but lacks confidence in herself. She has made it through so much, I admire her will and grace.
    I would be happy and grateful with either bible. Thank you,
    Michele
    mmwilt@sbcglobal.net

  124. Hey girl! What a great giveaway.

    Even better is the devo and the post. I still struggle with this alot… especially because I war with my stinkin flesh so much. Thank you for the reminder of the promises in God's word.

    I'll defer to you on which one. I'm an NAS person, so I guess KJV would be best. And I would share with my aunt who has cancer and going through radiation and chemo.

  125. Julie H says:

    I love your post today. It is exactly how I feel many days. I think I would like the GoBible Voyager because I like the text on the screen and I am a visual learner. I would give the give one to a great friend of mine who struggles daily with the challenges of motherhood. I am thankful that God has put us in each other's lives to lift up and support one another. I am excited to see a great tool like this! I had not heard of it before I read your post. Thanks so much!
    juliehollabaugh@yahoo.com

  126. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the timely devotion. It came at a time that I'm questioning my effectiveness as a mom and needed a reminder that I need to rely on God. I'd love the voyager GoBible. I'd give the second to a lady in our church who is a single mom.
    Renea

  127. I would choose the voyager for myself b/c I am always stopping to look stuff up or cross reference. I'd choose the same for a good friend who is a first time mommy who is always on the go.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences and encouraging mothers. We need it!

  128. Renee, thank you so much for your devotion today. As a work-away-from-home mom of a 3 month old and a 23-month old (will be 2 in June)-and stepmom to a 5 and 11 year old-, I have felt like giving up on more than one occasion recently. I went back to work in April after a 2 month maternity leave and trying to balance everything that everyone needs from me has been very hard. On top of that my almost 2-year old hit the "terrible 2s" very early and it has been such a challenge to figure out how to discipline and correct/teach him.
    I feel guilty for not having enough time for my husband, and especially for my little ones.

    I would love the voyager GoBible and would share the other with my friend Sara who is a stay-at-home mom to 3 great kids!

  129. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing this…I think we all struggle with being a mom and a wife too! I homeschool my children and there are days when I really want to throw in the towel…it's usually because of my bad attitude unfortunately! I would love to win this giveaway to help me in my journey. Thanks again. Tammy P. I will friend you on facebook.

  130. Melanie McKinley says:

    Thanks Renee for this devotion. Just recently I told my husband I wanted to run away and how I can relate to those women that do. My daughters are 11 and 6 my son is 25; talk about drama. My heart breaks for my oldest daughter as she is troubled by mean girls at school and she is such a sweet spirit. Sibling squabbles, dirty laundry, a wayward 25 year old and just promoted working hard husband. Man o Man. If I won the GoBible voyager I would share it with a friend who is not saved. She is a single mom and goes as much as me. What a blessing your devotions bring. Thanks a bunch and Gods blessings to you and Proverbs 31 crew!! Melanie McKinley mamckinley3@yahoo.com

  131. I loved your devotion today as I have felt that same way many times! I lost my husband when my children were 3 and 5 and there were many days when I wanted to throw in the towel! Thank goodness I never did and my children have grown into wonderful teenagers (although sometimes I still want to trade them in!). I'd love to have at GoBible Voyager, and I would give the other to a good friend of mine who is just starting out in "mommyhood" with 2 toddlers and a full time job, she's certainly got her hands full and I'm sure she has the same kind of day you spoke of in your devotion at one time or another. Thank you for your wonderful insight!

  132. Robin Baxter says:

    As I type this I have tears streaming down my face. I promised to myself and God last night before I fell asleep that I would show grace to my kids today and stop yelling; and yet I have only been up for 20 minutes and have already lost my cool. I woke up this morning to my 3.5 year old twin boys demanding milk, cereal, their tv show. As I came to conciousness with these "orders" being barked in my ear I felt my irritation level growing and growing until it burst forth with me yelling at them. And I start another day feeling like such a failure as a Mom and Christian. And then I read this devotion that just cuts right to my heart.
    If I won I would choose the GoBible Voyageur. I would give the second pack to the only other woman in my church who has young children.
    Robin
    niborcb@yahoo.com

  133. Thank you for the devotion on motherhood. I am the mother to five precious girls but some days those inadequate feelings pop up. Everyone sees me as the mother of all moms but I too have bad days. If I had the gobble I would like the original one. I would give the second one to a dear friend who is a single mom of two boys. She struggles with depression n feelings of being inadequate quite often. I think a gobible could be a great gift n encouragement for her.

  134. The voyager looks ideal. Great devotional. Though my kiddos are 11 & 13 there are still times I wonder what I've done wrong. I do recall being frustrated much of the time when they were toddlers. I'm also posting this giveaway link on my blog in hopes that one of my readers will be blessed by the devotional and/or win the giveaway! Thanks!

  135. This was such an amazing devotional. With all that went on in my house this morning, getting ready for school – it was just what I needed to build myself back up and make it through the day. Thank you so very much. My Bible goes with me everywhere I go. But the Voyager Bible is amazing and would be the one I pick. Keep the devotions coming – they really help!!!

  136. All I could do was read and cry. Thank you so much. I feel so overwhelmed and today is certainly one of the days I would love to throw my hands up and walk away. I would enjoy the GoBible Voyager and I would give the second one to my sister-in-law who is my best friend. She could certainly use it. My email address is tuppermel@gmail.com. Thank you.

  137. As I read your devotion today I remembered those early years of being a Mom and the "I wanna quit" moments I had. My girls are teenagers now and those feelings still surface as I guide them to becoming independent young women. As a single Mom, God has been been my strength and my courage when we faced misunderstandings and those "brokenhearted" days that young girls endure. I know He will continue to help me be the Mom he desires for me to be. I would so enjoy the Voyager and I would share the 2nd one with my Pastor's wife. It would be so helpful to her when she is out and about and wants to share with people.
    I find such encouragement in your writings and look forward to reading more.

  138. I love God's timing. It is like you were writing directly to my heart today Renee. I subscribe to two devotionals and they were both on the exact same topic today. Do you think God is saying something to me? :0D Thank you so much for being vulnerable and sharing your struggles and victories. It gives so many others hope!
    If I were to win, I would love the NIV version of the Voyager. The second set would go to my dear friend DeLeslie. She has two little girls and is 5 months pregnant with a little boy. Her husband just deployed to Iraq for a year – so I would love to be able to bless her with some timely encouragement for this season in her life. Blessings!!! Teresa G

  139. I would LOVE the original GoBible because it has all the features I need or would use as a busy mom. If I won, I'd give the duplicate to one of two people (I'd have to pray about it more if I won) either a girlfriend of my mine who believes in a higher power but hasn't decided yet what that higher power is or my sister who has had a challenging time giving into her need for a closer relationship with God because she thinks Christians are a one size fits all & have to be people who "push" the word on others. I think either busy mom would get a lot out of a product like this!

  140. Teresa says:

    If I win I would like to give the second gift pack to my sister in law. She has an autistic son who, like all children, is wonderful and challenging all at once. I know she would love the original Go Bible. My email is Lindarie@aol.com

  141. How refreshingly honest, real and needed today's devotional was on wanting to throw in the "Mommy" towel! I haven't commented on your blog before but felt compelled to share another level of insecurity I've found satan is all to eager to capitalize on…I'm an adoptive mother who's never given birth to nor carried a child. There are thoughts that, "I am illegitamate, and knowledge, wisdom, special Mommy secrets come via the birth canal." I know this sounds crazy, but it's in the back of my mind. When other mothers like yourself get real and provide a glimpse into their own struggles it provides comfort for the rest of us in knowing we're not alone. Grateful!

  142. Thanks so much for the wonderful devotion today. It was just what I needed. Being a pastor's wife, working a full time job and being a mom of two is sometimes very overwhelming. Especially lately. I would give my second GoBible to a young mother in our church who is struggling to raise two young boys and keep her marriage going. She needs all the encouragement she can get to keep her strong in her relationship with God. I'll take any of them.

  143. As a mother of five children (age 7 and under) I can totally relate to your devotions today!!! Thanks so much for all your encouragement for moms:) I think ALL of the GoBibles look great but the Voyager (NIV or Word of Promise) is super cool! It's hard to choose just one friend that I would give the other pack to…I can think of four great "mommy" friends that would love the gift! But I think I would choose my dear friend, Kim. Thanks for both devos and a chance to win!

    mommashoe7@gmail.com

  144. I just wanted to say how much this devotional touched me. I feel like this is the story of my life. I have a 9mo. old and another child turning 3 year in June. As much as I love my daughters, there are so many days that I feel like a horrible mother and dislike my life. It is so frustrating to hear others say how much they love being a SAHM when I so often feel differently. Thank you for giving me hope and reminding me to reach out to God for everything!

  145. Thank you for your encouraging message today! About a month ago, I actually googled the words "Burnt Out Mom" and looked at the symptoms that so closely matched mine! LOL. I am a Mom of 5 children ages 9-18m old twins. There are times where I feel that this journey as a stay at home Mom is going to do me in… but I know that God has great plans for us Moms. :) I'd love the GoBible Voyager and I'd give the second pack to my best friend! Thanks so much!

  146. God's perfect timing! My heart and head have been dealing with this as of late…I would choose the Voyager go Bible..I would share the other with my dear friend Marlana who has the same struggle as I do!

  147. I really needed that devotion this morning! God's timing is always perfect. I would like the Voyager. I would give the 2nd gift pack to my friend Vanessa because she is such a great friend, and we seem to struggle in the same areas.

    Jennifer

  148. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the wonderful message. I'd love the Original Go Bible- sounds like a great way to listen… probably would encourage my children to listen as well. I'd share the second pack with my good friend Sara, who is bravely facing the challenge of being a single mom. – Koe – pahlka at gmail.com

  149. Thank you for being JUST what I needed this morning!! I had never thought of putting my resignation on pink paper…but I had wondered where I could turn my resignation in!!! :)

    The Voyager Bible would be a lovely surprise, no matter the version. I would share the 2nd pack with my dear friend Pam. We've been friends for 30 years, and God has been working so strongly in both of our lives. The enemy keeps trying to keep us from meeting and encouraging one another, but God always finds ways for us to grab a quick conversation or an email.

    I'm really excited about looking for the gold in my children. We have 5 and they range in age from 5-21! There's a lot of gold there…just need to go looking!!

    Blessings,
    Kathy Graff
    gteammom@gmail.com

  150. I really needed this devotion today from Proverbs 31 and then the continuation of it here on your site…I will be Friending you on Facebook as soon as I leave my comment!

    If I won, I would choose the GoBible Original both for myself and my dear friend. We both have 4 year old boys who we love dearly…she also has 16 month old twins (boy and girl) and I have a 15 month old daughter. We are busy Mommies who need Go Bibles!

  151. Renee, what an answer to prayer you are for many women. My children aren't that young anymore, my oldest is 19 and youngest is 14. However I believe the concepts work all the same. Being the parents of teens I believe is just as hard. They know the difference between right and wrong and yet still choose to do what in most cases is ungodly, and worldly regardless.

    I would like the voyager (KJV), and I would like to give the second one to my very good friend, and sister in Christ, Hannah Watson. She has 3 of the most amazing boys (5, 3, 1). I get the previlege of taking care of 2 days a week. These boys have helped fill the void of wanting another baby. Hannah has been very gracious at sharing them with me, and I love her dearly for that.

    Thanks Renee for all you do and in listening to God in his leading in your life.

    Heather

  152. Renee, Your devotion hit home with me today, everyday for that matter!! I am a mom of 5 boys,ages 14, 11, 6, 4 and 2 years old. I never knew the middle child syndrome was a real thing, until now….my 6 year old tries me daily, so that many days I wonder if I am going to make it till they are all grown up without going crazy. I have a hard time finding quiet time to focus, so I would love to have a GoBible Voyager. I have a friend at church that is pregnant with her sixth girl, so I would definitely give the 2nd one to her! Thanks!

  153. Renee, Thank you so much for your words today. What an encouragement to my heart as a mother and grandmother. I want to pass the message on to my daughter and daughter-n-law of always striving for the goal of their children being able to see "Jesus in them."
    I wish I would have had the tools of your messages and the GoBible when my children were younger. A whole new world has opened up to me now that I have a precious grandson and a second chance to share my love of Jesus! I would share both gift packs, one to my precious daughter who has Turners Syndrome and is trying to adopt a child because she cannot have children, and the second with my daughter in law, the mother of my grandson. I would choose the GoBible Voyager for them.
    Blessings to you.

  154. Renee,
    I had never heard of a GoBible until your blog. How cool! If I had one, I’d pick the Voyager and would use it while waiting in school carpool line, while waiting for my daughter during her gymnastic class, when I’m in the moment and want to cry “I quit”, etc, etc, etc. I would give the 2nd one to a grandfather I know who is raising his granddaughter. He’s a new Christian who is committed to reading God’s Word every day. It would be such an encouragement for him as he learns to parent with God’s guidance and wisdom as God teaches him in His Word every day.
    Thank you for you blog.

    Kbittinger01@yahoo.com

  155. Anonymous says:

    This devotion was exactly what I needed to read today. I am a mom of 3 boys soon to be turning 7, 9 and 11. I LOVE being a mom but the constant bickering and arguing b/t my boys drives me out of my mind crazy. I love your idea of the "gold nuggets" and will be implementing that into our lives. Something has got to change and I know it needs to be me first. I've been doing it in my strength and it needs to be done in His. I would love the Go Bible Voyager and have several friends I can think of to give the 2nd one too but would pray about which one to give it to if I won. Thanks!
    Jenny F.
    mamajen0720@yahoo.com

  156. This devotional really touched my heart and was a huge encouragement to me this morning. I feel like I can apply it not only to my life as a "mom", but also other areas where I am struggling with feeling like I don't measure up. Thank you!
    I'd love any of the GoBible products, but the Voyager would probably be my first choice. It would be wonderful to give the second one to my sister. She has two toddlers that keep her so busy. The oldest one was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was 3 and also has some severe food allergies. Anything that would make her life a little easier would be so appreciated. :-)

  157. This devotional really touched my heart and was a huge encouragement to me this morning. I feel like I can apply it not only to my life as a "mom", but also other areas where I am struggling with feeling like I don't measure up. Thank you!
    I'd love any of the GoBible products, but the Voyager would probably be my first choice. It would be wonderful to give the second one to my sister. She has two toddlers that keep her so busy. The oldest one was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was 3 and also has some severe food allergies. Anything that would make her life a little easier would be so appreciated. :-)

  158. What a wonderful message today. I remember when my twins were still in their little carrier seats and often did I just sit in the floor beside them crying wondering how I could possibly take care of 2 crying babies. Now that they are older…and fighting…I'm wondering how I can possibly get them to get along. Your message was just what I needed to hear today. Thanks! I'd love the goBible Voyager and I would give the other one to a dear friend who is battling cancer right now with 2 small children and believing her miracle is coming.

  159. Thank you so much for the devotion today. My children are all grown and I sure could have used this perspective in the midst of raising them! If I win, I'd love to have the Voyager Go Bible and I would give both gift packs to my 2 daughters that are raisng my precious grandchildren.

    Becky
    bsantos61@sbcgobal.net

  160. Renee, thanks so much for the amazing giveaway. I would enjoy the Voyager bible. I would give the second bible to a dear friend Amy that is starting on her voyage of motherhood.

  161. I'd pick the Original GoBible. I'd give the second one to my best friend, a very busy pastor's wife & mom.

  162. Thank you. I really needed your encouragement today. I am a 49 year old mother of 2 young kids ages 6 & 9 and sometimes I feel overwhelmed. I would love the NIV version of the Voyager GoBible and I would give the 2nd pack to my younger sister who has 2 boys ages 2 & 4. Her husband has been out of work for 2 years and has been attending college full-time, while she is working full-time. They really struggle to make ends meets financially and emotional their are still dealing with loss of their little girl who was still-born in September 2010. If I win, my email address is: mpsmailbox-proverbs31@yahoo.com

  163. I recently discovered Proverbs 31 and love it! My life has been turned upside down over the past year and everything I thought was stable and perfect was really very unstable and imperfect! I am so blessed to have two boys. Sammy 3 and Bobby 13 months! They are my life, but I sometimes feel like I am not good at being a mother! I am at times feel like I do not give them enough of myself. I don't want to let them down and I pray that they will find Jesus early and live their lives in his name. I want to teach them this and show them the peace he brings! Through this past year my eyes have been opened and I now know I AM NOT IN CONTROL of anything! I really appreciate the encouragement! I recently started working with underpriviledged and troubled children in our local school. This has really opened my eyes and I love my job. However, it limits my time for other obligations and necessary tasks. I feel I would benefit from the GOBIBLE in many ways. I enjoy learning and studying my Bible and need to work more into my schedule. I could listen to this as I ride the bus to school or on my way home. It would be very beneficial for me! I would give the other to my sister. She is also raising two boys and works long hours. She has an interest in Bible studies but often is not able to attend.

  164. I was so touched by today's devotional! I have been at that exact place in my parenting years and have cried because I knew I couldn't quit. I had a very attached nursing baby who didn't sleep for more than 3 hours for an entire year and also a 2 year old. God has recently told me that I can't Be a great mom in my own strength but through Him. This was such confirmation to me! Thank you! I would love To win a voyeger go bible for myself and an original I would give to my accountability partner and best friend who is a mom in the exact same season as me. Thank you for your ministry!!

  165. I so remember those days. Our kids are now grown & have little ones of their own. I think I would give both of the GoBibles Voyager away. One to our neice who's 26 & just found out she's loosing her eye sight. It's hereditary but she has it worse than other family members. The 2nd one I'd give to my friend Kandy that has gotten away from our church. Thanks again for the chance to reach others. Peg J. R.

  166. No matter my prayer this morning or my defeat for the day, your blog is exactly waht I need that day. Thank you for letting God speak through you.

    Vanessa

  167. Just what I needed today! Mother of two under three and ready for number three to arrive any day…thinking I don't have the strength to do any of this on my own! And how often have I been in that situation comparing the others "outside" to my "inside". Would enjoy the GoBible Voyager. Would love to give other package to a friend who is facing difficult circumstance in own life and also has three on her own. Thanks for the encouragement!

  168. Thank you so much for your word today. I needed that. I struggle the most with my 16-year-old daughter. We have the classic mother/daughter issue. She thinks she knows everything. I know she doesn't! But I've been praying that I have patience to wait out these years. I hear on the other side can be a wonderful mother/daughter relationship. Just hoping I don't kill her before then :)

    I would love to have the GoBible Voyager. I travel quite a bit and it would get me through the times when the traveling becomes so weary mostly because I'm away from my husband and children. I would give the second one to my best girlfriend (I didn't say best friend because my husband is my best friend). She, too, struggles with motherhood. Her son is a freshman in college. It's hard for her to let him go but also still be around for when he needs his mommy. Together she and I pray about being better mothers. We pray about relying on God and not giving into our worries. She's my prayer partner and sister in this battle to become good Christian mothers.
    singletarym@washpost.com

  169. Thank you so much for the encouragement. I have two wonderful teenage daughters that I love dearly, but on so many occasions feel like I don't measure up when interacting with them. Sunday evening was an especially difficult time that when it was all over everyone was in tears. Many regrets over the way I discipline and express my needs/wants for them. If I were so blessed to be selected, I would love to have the GoBible Voyager to help me with my mothering and life journey. I would give the 2nd one to my dear sister who is severly strugging with drug and alcohol dependency. While she has been in rehab, her poor tween daughters are feeling abandoned, lost and rebellious. I pray something like this bible would provide hope, guidance and peace for her recovey and that of her children. May God Bless you for providing such inspiration to all of the struggling moms out there! Happy Mother's Day to you!

  170. The Lord is so wonderful and amazing. Not ONE HOUR ago I proclaimed to my 3 children (that I homeschool) that "I quit". Once again, our morning had been started off with squabbles, fights and tears. I had had it!!

    Wouldn't you know that your devotion was the one in my inbox soon after. Love the timing! Thanks for the encouragement :)

  171. Thank you so much for this devotional. I had my "i quit" moment this morning with my 3 children ages 6, 5, and 2 1/2 , and then opened up my email to find this devotional waiting for me. Thank you Lord! :)
    If chosen i would love the GOBIBLE Voyager. (Honestly they all look awesome! ) I would send the second one to my college friend Meredith who lives in another town, but has been such an encouragement in raising Godly children and putting the Lord first in everything. Most importantly capturing our children's hearts for the Lord.
    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts, insights, and struggles as a mom.
    bobmorgan44@gmail.com
    Thanks! Morgan

  172. Anonymous says:

    I really needed your devotion today! I have been feeling like such a failure as a mother lately and am so overwhelmed that I just want to stop everything because I don't know where to begin! You gave me hope that it doesn't have to be that way if I ask for God's help. That is the first thing I'm going to do today! :)

    On a side note, I'd love the voyager go-bible and would give the second pack to my Mom, who is a great encouragement to me and inspiration.

    crystalbalzer@bresnan.net

  173. I am so excited to share your message w/ my 2 young mom daughters(1 is my daughter in law)! They so need to see your golden nugget idea & see how your pink slip turned into YOUR GOLDEN ticket- a surrender slip to God!

  174. The Voyager, what an amazing idea the GOBible! Love it!!

  175. I so needed to hear this devotion today! While not ready to quit, I've certainly been feeling stagnant and inadequate as a mom, lately. If I won I'd like the GoBible Voyager and I'd give the other copy to my neighbor who is a stay at home mom of two, that doesn't have access to many resources! Thanks!

    Jennifer

  176. Thank you for the transparency into your struggles. As a Mom of 4 children, ranging from a 10 year old tween girl to a 6 month old boy, I can say that I have fallen to my knees many times crying out that I cannot do this!!
    He has filled me with such grace, joy, love, patience and rest as I continue to seek Him. I would love the GoBible Voyager because I am always on the go! I would give the other one to my sister who is just coming into a relationship with the LORD. Thank you!
    drdresanneman@yahoo.com

  177. OOps forgot to add that I would give the other one to my sister mom of my beautiful 4 year old niece, she would love it.

  178. Anonymous says:

    Oops- Barb is : bmet55@aol.com

  179. Thank you for this devotion. Exactly what I needed to hear today. I would like the GoBible Voyager. What a great tool! Thanks again for your encouraging words today.

  180. Becky Issenmann says:

    Renee – thank you so much for your thoughts today! I am a grandma – my 3 daughers have given me 7 grandchildren ranging from 11yrs to 5 months. My 2 youngest daughters have the toddlers and are feeling what you felt and what I felt when I was that age. They would so benefit from your gift. Just last week one called me at 11:00 at night in tears because she felt she was a failure with her 3 year old. They are so open to God's will in there lives as mothers and wives but the daily stess of knowing what to do to bless their children is a struggle. I would say the small gobible would be their choice so they could easily listen while exercising and walking.
    you have always been a blessing to me and I am always passing your devotions on to my girls and friends.
    Becky I of ohio

  181. Thanks for this wonderful devotion Renee! I would love to be entered to win your gift packs. I would share my second gift pack with my dear friend Jacque, who is on the go a lot and I'm sure she'd love using the go Bible when she walks. I'd love the voyager go Bible. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

  182. Thank you Renee for this devotion today. I am really new to your site and actually really new to opening my heart and mind to God. I have enjoyed your devotions everyday for the last couple of months, so thank you!!!! This one today really touched me though because I seem to feel this way every day and always wonder why I can't be a better mom. I have 2 boys, 8 and 5 and feel like I have no control most of the time. I think I was a much better mom with just 1 child but when my second arrived it was a totally different story!!!! I have a girlfriend that has 3 boys and we often wonder what God was thinking when he BLESSED us with our boys. We both try to look to Him for guidance and encouragement but I think sometimes we forget to open our hearts and minds to what he is really trying to tell us! Thank you for being so REAL in your words. Melanie

  183. We so often feel guilty for not LOVING every minute of mommyhood. Thanks for you real help and encouragement! I would love the voyager go bible and I would give the second to a sweet mom of two who has to drive one of her kids to all kinds of dr and therapy apts with no CD player in the car!

  184. Anonymous says:

    Hi Renee – thank you so much for this morning's devotion – it really spoke to me. I have three sons and at times when they don't do as I say or what I want I feel like I have failed in some way or messed up somewhere along the line. But then God reminds me that I should be thankful because my sons are living for Him, I know where they are each day and I am able to see and speak with them…unlike some parents. I am a very busy mom taking the boys to their various events and I have been trying to get an audio version of the Bible but not able to afford it so getting the GoBible Voyager would be great. Of course if I win, I would give the second package to my unsaved co-worker who is a mother of three and is eager to know more about the Lord. Thanks and remain blessed. kdr

  185. When your post came up under my encouragement for today I knew God was hearing my cries for help. As a mother of 6, there are times I feel like throwing in the towel and feel as though I'd be making more progress pouring my heart out to the wall instead of my kids. I just need to be reminded from time to time that it's not what I do or say that is going to bring about the progress I want so desperately to see in my kids, but it's the Lord Himself that does the changing. I need to be faithful and dependent on Him. I'm so busy home-schooling, being a mom and wife… it leaves not much time for caring for myself, doing things I love, or even getting my devotions in… I think the voyager Bible would be great! I have a very good friend who has 7 children, and I know would love to have one as well. :) She's been an encouragement to me so often.

  186. Anonymous says:

    As I began reading your devotion, I knew this was intended just for me. I have 3 kids, runa daycare, and yes feel that what I am doing is never enough. I need more time in my busy schedule. What I really need to do is turn to God more and talk to him, thank you for reminding me of this. I would give the gift pack to my mom who was sucha great role model to me.
    I would choose the go bible voyager if I was to win! Thank you so much for your devotion today!
    Angie
    Angie

  187. We so often feel guilty about not loviing every minute of mommyhood. Thanks for the encouragement. I would love the voyager GoBible and I would give the second to my friend, a mother of 2, who drives to therapy and dr apts all the time with no cd player in her car!

  188. Dori Cox says:

    Thanks, Renee, for reminding me to look for the "good" in my children instead of focusing on their attitudes & behaviors. I would love to win the GoBible original; and would give the 2nd one to my best friend, Beth, who is a busy RN mom. Thanks! and God Bless!
    dori_cox@hotmail.com

  189. Wonderful and much needed Word today. I'm a stay at home mom of two boys (2yrs & 1yr old) having two toddlers running around is stressful enough but the past few months I've been struggling with my identity and purpose. Making it difficult to see Gods plan and adding to my daily stress. This daily devotional has really helped me get past myself to see God in my daily life. I am looking forward to bring His focus and perspective into my parenting. The GoBible Voyager would be very helpful in keeping my mind in the Word.
    Thanks again for sharing your heart.

    Sonja
    Misslogic3126@gmail.com

  190. Renee,

    Thank you for giving up time from your day to help us with ours. Being a mom is not an easy gig! It is wonderful that as moms and woman we can share our hard times, too often we think everyone has it better, or is doing it right, but then we find out they are human just like us (whew!!!) and we get to grow in the Lord together.

    As for the offer, the GoBible Original looks wonderful – handy on my 20 minute commute to pick up the kids from school. I have a friend, Dini, who is a step-mom of two children, growing in her role as a mom and as a daughter of Christ. This would bless her.

    Thanks and keep feeding us those wonderful written goodies!

    Tobi Lyons
    tobiannelyons@gmail.com

  191. Wow, what a timely devotion today. I so wanted to quit mommyhood yesterday, but didn't know who to give my resignation to! I would love the Voyager NIV and I would share with my friend Kaaren who is walking (running sometimes) alongside me as we both parent kids of similar age. Great devotion, great giveaway! Blessings to you.

  192. What a timely message for me! Just yesterday I told someone, "I quit!" It's great to be reminded that God doesn't see my dirt, of which there is plenty, only the gold to be found under the dirt. If I won this great prize pack, I would give the other to a friend who is a single mom like me. We need all the help and encouragement we can get!:) The GoBible seems like an awesome resource! I would choose the Voyager.

  193. so enjoy your devotionals on Proverbs 31 email list! If I were to win this gift pak, I would give the second pak to my friend, Vicki. She is the busiest Mom I know! She is the worship leader and praise team leader at our church, she has two young children who keep her very busy, and a husband who owns his own company that includes a lot of travel dates, which leaves Vicki solo parentis quite often. Vicki also ministers to the young adults (college age and newly married) at our church, which means a lot of mentoring time and late night/early morning phone calls from desperate and needy "kids." Recently, Vicki's mother was diagnosed with liver cancer, her fourth cancer diagnosis in five years.
    I admire Vicki's attitude of always being there for others and feel that this gift pak would encourage her in her walk with the Lord as she leads others, including her children. I think the Voyager would probably be the most useful GoBible for her.

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    Becky
    konzaprairiemom@gmail.com

  194. Katie W. says:

    Thanks so much for the inspirational devotion. I am mom to a 17 year old step-son, 3 year old boy, and 1 year old girl. My 3 year old is the very difinition of strong-willed!! Your devotion described my emotions perfectly. How often I feel like I am not measuring up as a parent. Thanks for the encouragement, this weary mom needed it! I would prefer the voyager or the original GoBible. I would give the second to my best friend, my mom.

    Katie
    kwootenrn@yahoo.com

  195. Thanks so much for this. Eventhough I am a new mommie of 3-month old, this is going to help me ALOT! I always pray that GOD will show my husband and I the way he wants us to raise our son.

  196. I prayed this morning that God would help me be a more patient mom..and then I read your devotion. It was like a personal whisper just to me-thanks!
    I would love either go Bible.
    Kendra

  197. Thank you so much for sharing your experience today! I made it through the toddler years in God's hands. The GoBible's are amazing tools for life with Christ. If chosen I would choose the GoBible Original. I wouldnt feel right keeping one and giving one, so I would give both of the away. I have two women at church in mind. One just went thru a divorce and has three little girls to raise. As a single parent I feel for her and I see her struggling and pray that I could take the pain and worry away from her. The second mother hasnt been coming to church in over 6 months. She has two toddlers and was struggling with tempertantrums every Sunday. I feel that she became frustrated and emberrased with her childrens actions. I would like to just share with both of them that they are wonderful mothers because God made them. And God will not ever turn his back on them. Thank you for every heart you have touched today. Sarena B.

  198. Teresa R. says:

    I love your blog. Thank you for inspiring us each day.
    I would love the GoBible Voyager. it has everything I need with that great keyword "Preloaded". Busy moms don't even have time to load their own stuff!
    I would give the 2nd gift to a friend of mine who is a mother of 4 little ones. I have been witnessing to her and this would be a great encouragment.

  199. Carleen says:

    Thank you for the inspiring and transparent encouragement. I receive P31 at work and look forward to each one to pick me up during the day. If chosen, I would prefer the GoBible Voyager (NIV). I'm sure my girlfriend raising 3 grandchildren (girls) would love the other. Keep up the great work for His Kingdom!!

  200. Anonymous says:

    Loved todays devotion. I am Mammy to 2 beautiful girls – one 4 and one turning 3 in a few days. If I win I will probably give one to my daughter. We would probably share it. I would give the other to my niece who has a little boy turning 6 this month. They need God in their lives. Probably the GoBible Voyager. Thank you for Proverbs 31 devotions.

  201. I was just looking at your chart on the Proverbs 31 site and wishing I could get it. Then I came back to the devo and saw that you were having a giveaway that included it. Renee, I cannot even begin to express how much I desire this! I have three daughters, one of whom has such a tender heart that she tends to show me good character traits more than I show her! However, my other two are older and they have lost much of that tenderness and care for others, one much more so than the other, and I desire to have them reflect Christ in their lives more than they do. I know I have failed in many aspects, but I also know that it is not too late to teach them. I am asking God for help in this area, and I know that your giveaway could be just the tool needed to really get this started. The second one I would give to my friend that is recently divorced and having trouble with her sons. Some days all we can do is commiserate and trust that God will get us all through this in one piece! God bless you, Renee, and thank you for allowing him to use you.

    Jeannie Reid
    daisychick3299@aol.com

  202. Thank you Renee, i have also gotten to that point, and cried out to God so many times, i'm a single working mom of three, 13,5, and almost 2. I have little help and demand to much from my oldest, i need to learn to bring in scripture to point out to my children why i say no or expect them to act. It is especially diffacult when i the rest of my family are not saved. I'd like to the GoBible Voyager and i'd find another single mom to give the other to. Thanks again for your words and for me direction.

  203. Kathy B. says:

    Loved the devotional on Proverbs 31.
    I would like the original Go-Bible in the NIV. The second would go to a mom with a real heart for the lord who makes me laugh and encourages me … or pass the products around to the moms in our church — maybe keep them in the church nursery as a "lending library."

  204. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Renee! I liked the ideas you shared about gold nuggets & mining for gold in our children. I'd love the chance to win your book. I have a few darling girlfriends I'd love to share with, should I win… I think I'd go with my friend Dayna. Her husband goes away for long periods of time, for work, and she runs around like crazy getting all her children where they need to be. :)
    My email address is: daisy_lore@yahoo.com

    Thanks! And God bless you!
    tina

  205. Renee your devotion today is such a blessing and really hits home for me. I feel that I fall short of being the Mom my girls need so many times. My girls are 10 and 6; very strong minded and out spoken. We are so fortunate and I an constantly reminding them to be thankful.

    If chosen I would pick the GoBible Voyager and give the second to my sister.

  206. I really loved today's devotion, as I'm feeling some of the same frustrations, raising my now 8-month-old boy/girl twins. It's a lot of work being with them all day by myself, and I'm so glad I found Proverbs 31 Ministries, because I feel like I get at least a little time in the Word each day. And it's so relevant to me as a new mom, too.

    I would absolutely love the NIV version of the Go Bible Voyager or the Original. The Voyager would be especially helpful to me, as I find it easier to comprehend when I can hear the audio and see the text at the same time. But I believe the Original would be wonderful also! I know I would be able to use it every day to help me set aside time in God's Word, which is always so hard to do with two little ones right now.

    Thank you for your ministry!
    Amy
    amycarnold@gmail.com

  207. What an awesome devotion! I completely identify with it since I am ready to quit as well! I have two boys and run my own business and have a husband with an erratic work schedule which includes and erratic pay schedule. It is too much sometimes! Thank God He comes and picks us up and dusts us off and says "Let me do that." I would love a voyager goBible! I would give the other set to my sister who is just as crazy with two kids as I am! My email is godsdiamonddiva@charter.net. Thanks again!!
    Lyn

  208. Oh! I forgot to mention that I would definitely give the 2nd gift to my sister, who is also a busy mom of a 5 year old little girl. I know she would get a lot of use from the Go Bible as well.

    Thank you!
    amycarnold@gmail.com

  209. I loved reading your post today. It brings back lots of memories of the days I was raising my 4 children. I know if you direct the child's attitude toward the things of God a child will have the tools to be successful. I would love to
    win your GoBible Orginal. I would like to give one to my son. He was a music and youth leader in our church and his wife of 7yrs. left him and their son a year ago. His wounds are slowly healing with the blessings of God. He is now both Mom and Dad as his wife does not want anything to do with their adopted son. The second one I would give to my youngest daughter who is a missionaries wife. Thank you for caring about Moms and children. God Bless! Cheryl
    My email address is: johnwhoward@gmail.com

  210. Thank you Renee– I would love to win and I would give one to my young daughter–who is a young mother of a very active 3 year old–she is a single Mom who needs our help and prayers!! Thanks again,Barb

  211. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Renee for such a wonderful devotion that speaks right to the heart of all of us mommies! It's so nice to know that there are other mothers that are always trying to compare their parenting skills with those of others….and feeling like a failure!
    I am a mother of three beautiful girls, ages 31, 26 & 10. That's right, there's a 21 year span between my oldest and youngest child! I thought I would have this mommy thing all figured out by now and raising my 10 year old would be a breeze! NOT TRUE!! My walk with the Lord is much closer now than when my older children were little, but I still get stressed out and forget to stop and look for the gold on those days when things just aren't going the way I think they should.
    If chosen,I would love to have the GoBible Voyager so we could listen to Bible Stories in the car when we are hustling to get somewhere on time!It would be so awesome if the last thing my daughter could hear would be a Bible Story before getting out of the car at school instead of the latest Justin Bieber song! She struggles with anxiety issues and I am always trying to find someway to give her the peace that she needs to get her through the day when I can't be there to help her. I want to teach her that God is always with her even when I am not and the GoBible would be an awesome resource and encouragement!
    I know so many people who would benefit from a GoBible, but I think I would give the second one to my oldest daughter who has three children and feels the pressure of working full time, plus handling paperwork and billing for their family farm. Some days she gets so stressed out and doesn't take the time to see the gold in her beautiful children! I remind her of the song by Trace Adkins, "You're Gonna Miss This". It is so true, even though I have my difficult "mommy days". I still realize how fast our children grow up and that song rings so true. One day you WILL miss all this "mommy stuff" that stresses you out today!

    Have a beautiful day and once again thanks for a great devotion!

    Blessings!
    April (aprilmc1@hotmail.com)

  212. Thanks for sharing your life.

    I'd love any goBible in NIV. My first thought on who to share with was my unsaved stepdaughter. She is fostering my stepson's two children along with her daughter while my stepson is in prison.

    Kelly
    LivingNlove@gmail.com

  213. I would love any of them in the NIV version.

    My first thought on who to give this to is my unsaved stepdaughter who is fostering her brother's two children along with her own daughter while my stepson is in prison.

    Kelly
    LivingNlove@gmail.com

  214. Thanks so much Renee. As a mother of five little ones,I can completely identify with this. I don't know how many times I have looked at others and wondered what I was doing wrong. I finally turned it over to God and let Him led me to be the mom I needed to be. I certain couldn't do it on my own. I would be thrilled with any version of the GoBible. I think it would be so convient for the many trips to and from activities, as well as, waiting on practices to end or even my time on the treadmill. I would give this to a woman who currently doesn't have any children, but her and her husband are adopting 3 kids from Haiti, and one little boy from Africa. They also found out that she is pregnant. She will definately have her hands full. I think this would be an incredible blessing to her. Thanks!

  215. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for a much needed devotion today. As a mom of a busy 2-year old, I find myself in a constant struggle with how I want to act and how I actually act. I want to be a great Christian example to my daughter but fall short so often. I'm finally realizing that I need to really rely on God in all aspects of my life- from work to parenting and everything inbetween.
    I would love to win this gift pack as it is a daily fight to get my quiet time with the One who matters most. I would like either the GoBible Original or the GoBible Traveler. I would give the second gift pack to my sister- she is a mom of a 4-year old busy boy and a 7-month old little girl who was just diagnosed with infant glaucoma. They have been back and forth to the hospital for surgeries and I'm sure the GoBible would help her in this busy season as well. Thanks.
    -Jennifer (jen6122@hotmail.com)

  216. I had never heard of GoBibles and through your site I discovered something that seems invaluable! The Voyager would be ideal to be able to read the verses as well. Who I would give the second packet to is a difficult decision, but it would be a woman from church/school who is a mom to one biological son and has brought five other children into her home. She inspires me.

    Thank you for your encouragement.
    lynn.wollenberg@frontier.com

  217. What a wonderful and meaningful article for me today. It's the first thing I do when I get to work. Today it just brought everything home for me. I've been struggling for a while. Trying to raise a 16 year old son and 12 year old daughter is so challenging. It seems they kick against everything we try to teach them that is moral and good. I would share my gift with my girlfriend Brenda. She and her husband are trying to raise 3. Thank God for this awesome ministry.

  218. Thank you Renee!! Great devotional today. I would love to win the Voyager for myself and give one to a dear sweet little friend of mine, Taylor. Taylor is graduating this Saturday from highschool and is a very sweet child of God. I see her godly comments on her facebook page and it thrills my heart so. She will be going to collage and I would love for her to have this to take with her. Thank you for the encouragement. My children are grown but it never ends. I just said last night " I am done" Now, after reading your devo, I take it back. Thanks again. Anyone can tell by your photos that you are an awesome Mom. Happy Mothers Day!!

    Dana

    danawade@hotmail.com

  219. Denise G. says:

    Thanks for all that you and Proverbs 31 does! I get the daily devotions and enjoy reading them so much! I would like the Go Bible Voyager because of the print and you can put songs on it as well. If I should win I would share the 2nd one with a young lady in my Bible study group named Candy who has been and inspiration to us all. Not only did she and her husband re-marry after four years of being divorced in February they have also taken in her two nieces and will probably get full custody. Being a Mom is new to her and she wants nothing more than to be a Christian Mom and Wife!
    Denise (knjs9196@hotmail.com)

  220. Hi, your devotional really hit home with me today. I am getting divorced and my husband has temporary custody of my kids, I only get to see them for 2 hours a week and it is supervised visitation. I love my kids but I hate going for those visits because they are so demeaning and I had been thinking about just giving up and letting him take the kids and everything else and just go start over. My husband has been trying very hard to turn my kids against me and since I only get to seem them for 2 hour a week, I think his efforts are working. Anyway, I won't give up now. Thanks for showing me those words of motivation from the Lord. If I were to win the "Go Bible" I would like the Voyager and I would give the second to my friend Lacie, who runs a farm and home schools 4 kids under 10. My email is ybonkowski@comcast.net. Thanks again.

  221. This was a devotional I needed today (as I am writing this my four year is yelling and running around the house) because I truly have wanted to give up some days. I still wonder why God trusted me with such a precious gift that has medical problems that in turn make him very hyper. I would share the second one with one of the mommy's at my church who just recently got saved and is by herself with a three year old. Thank you for the opportunity not only to win something for ourselves, but to be able to share it with someone else as well. revakramer@gmail.com

  222. loved this devotion! I have also felt like quitting at times! I'd choose the GoBible Voyager. I'd share the other with my sister-in-law, who is a new mom. Thanks!

  223. Loved today's devotion. I have felt like quitting at times, too! I'd choose the Voyager and share the other with my sister–in-law. Going to look at some of your "gold-mining" ideas to use with my two blessings!

  224. Shelly A says:

    First of all, thank you for the wonderful devotion and encouragement for today. I needed to hear this. Just this week, I was having this conversation with myself and God. And, I was ready to quit. Being a mom, and single at that, we all know how we could just scream. I would choose the GoBible. I was not familiar with these at all. This is what I have been looking for, for when I go on my walks. I thank God for all of you. I would give the other one to my sister. She is a wonderful woman of God, and works so hard as a nurse. Her life is busy as like all of ours. And this would help her as well get to hear the word. Thanks, Shelly

  225. great devotion! I'd choose voyager and share with sister-in-law. going to look up some of your "gold-mining" ideas to use with my 2 blessings!

  226. Although my children are grown and gone, I still needed to hear this today. I had my I QUIT sign out last night. Today I have withdrawn my resignation.

    I would be interested in the voyager (NIV) and have one mom friend in particular to whom I would give a second.

    Thanks for this timely word

  227. Thanks for the encouragement. We all need this in our daily lives, trying to be the perfect mom. With God, just being mom is possible. I would so enjoy the GoBible Voyager, and would love to bless my daughter as a new single mom. I am proud to see her try her best, but I know it can be difficult, but I assure God has been with me raising her, and now God will be with her raising our granddaughter.

  228. Pauline Pruitt says:

    Thank you for the post I needed this today! I would really enjoy the GoBible Voyager. I have felt so many times that i wanted to QUIT because it was so tired, thank you for your post today. God Bless.

  229. Great devotion….it was perfectly timed for me as last night was especially challenging and tearful for both my daughter and myself. I would love either a GoBible Original or GoBible Voyager as they are both searchable by verse, and that is a super cool feature. I would give the second one to my neighbor. We moved here in May, and their family moved in next door in June. In July, they found out that the husband had pancreatic cancer. He passed away in September. Their three girls were in a new neighborhood and new school district, each at a pivitol point in their lives – one starting high school, one starting middle school, and one starting kindergarten. Their mother is such a brave lady, and I try to give her encouragement when I can. Her story makes me count my blessings, and want to be a blessing.

  230. Thank you for sharing you personnal stories. The GoBible Voyager NIV looks very cool. Teens and young people would really like this.

  231. The GoBible Voyager is the one I would love to win as well as the same for my daughter who is an amazing young woman. She has 2 small boys, teaches school, is very active in her Church and the disaster relief effort here in Alabama. Even though my children are gorwn, I well remember the toddler days and I get reminded when I keep my 8 grandchildren!! You are my friend on facebook and I subscribe to your blog via my blog! Thanks Renee for all you do!

  232. Thank you for your devotions on Proverbs 31 ministries. So encouraging! As a mom of 3 girls it can be tough without some Godly encouragement from other moms like you! I would like the Original if I won and the 2nd would go to my dear friend Tammy who is busy raising 4 girls and an inspiration to me as well. Thanks again! Jenn

  233. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for today's blog. Not only did in fall in line with the Bible Study I am in, but it is perfect for the morning I have had. God's timing is perfect. I am not sure where to view the GoBible choices – I looked on Amazon and saw version choices – if that is the case, I'd choose NIV. Thank you for your ministry.
    Mary

  234. What timing! I sat in my therapist'f office yesterday, who I am largely seeing because of parenting problems, and said "Ifeel like such a failure." I don't know why it comforts us to know others have the same feeling, since we shouldn't wish it on others, but it does. Thanks again

  235. It amazes me how perfect God's timing always is. Your devotion comes the day after I decided to quit, again. Just last night my husband and I had a 'discussion' on how I felt like a big dump truck had backed up to me and dumped a huge pile of dirt on top of me, and how I am struggling to dig my way out. How it's so hard to do the same thing day after day, and not do it well to boot. Thank you for sharing your story and for your words of encouragement.

    If I were to win your drawing, I would enjoy a Voyager GoBible. I would give the other one to my friend, Nicole. She is a single mom of four children, under the age of eight, that inspires me everyday with her faith and perseverence. Her life is a living example of God's perfect grace.

    Renee S.

  236. How often I have felt discouraged and desperate to give up on being a "mom". I have an 8 yr old and a 5 yr old. I want so desperately to be the "mom" that God wants me to be, but I feel like I am running around like a zombie — do this, do that, be here at this time- the list just goes on. I often compare myself to others who seem to have it all.. great personality, great job, wonderful mother. Then I look @ myself and wonder why I can't be like them. Thank you so much for this devotional. I guess I am in the mining stage of removing all the dirt (seems like I have been here for eternity- I wonder if there is any gold in me)

  237. Anonymous says:

    HELLO, MY NAME IS BRENDA BRYANT. I AM A MOTHER OF A SPECIAL SON & A SPECIAL DAUGHTER. I AM A GRANDMOTHER OF 10 GRANDCHILDREN. MY DEAR MOTHER IS SOON TO BE 79. WE MUST LOVE & SERVE ONE ANOTHER FERVENTLY. I AM NOT SURE WHAT I AM DOING, BUT I LOVE TO STUDY THE BIBLE, & LOVE STUDY TOOLS TO HELP ME ON THE WAY. YOU STATED THAT I MAY HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN YOUR PURPOSE DRIVEN "MOM MESSAGE", ON CD, MINING FOR GOLD IN THE HEART OF YOUR CHILD CHARACTER CHART & A GO BIBLE (THE TRAVELER). I AM NOT SURE IF THIS IS RIGHT, BUT THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, I PUT MY ORDER IN. GOD BLESS
    MY E MAIL IS Harvestimegirl@yahoo.com

  238. I'm so glad I am not the only one who struggles with feeling like a mom who will never be "good enough". I have 5 children and I especially feel like this with my first 4 who are from a previous marriage. Their dad and I are currently in a custody battle and long story short, his mind games are not only making me feel less than inadequit (sp) as a mother, but he is just wearing the kids out emotionally So crazy how we can criticize ourselves SO MUCH and completely believe it! I really enjoyed today's post, and if I won I would love the GoBible Voyager. How fun to take that along on my walks! There are a few people that immediately came to mind when thinking about who would love it just as much as I would. I guess I would have to do some praying about it and see who God picks for me. :)
    Thanks for sharing your stories, they are so encouraging! I just love P31! :)
    Sincerely,
    Marne
    marneshafer@hotmail.com

  239. I have raised my daughter and was always dependent on God's guidance and wisdom. My husband and I are looking to get custody of my nephew's 2 year old daughter and her 5 year old half sister and will really need encouragement to start over. We are hoping to help the girls' newly saved Mom to change her life, so my gift pack (with the Original GoBible because the Bible stories will be beneficial to new Christian moms) would go with the girls if she was able to get her life together and get them back. The second one will go to my niece who has 3 children under 5 and is struggling to deal with the chaos that comes with such a young family. I am praying she will move closer to us so I can come along side her more than I can long distance. All in all, both families are in God's hands and prayers are welcome. Thank you for blessing some young mothers with these gifts. God bless you and your ministry! My email address is mtns4me117@aol.com

  240. I loved your devotional today! My girls are now 24 and 30, so mothering is quite different today than it was years ago! But, oh how wonderful it is to be a grandmother!! I would love to be able to give one of the gift packs, including the Go Bible Voyager, to my older daughter. The second one, I think I would share with my younger daughter and pass it on to her permanently when she, too, becomes a mom! Although, with all the babysitting she does now, she could probably use your encouragement full-time right now as she is continuing her education! Thank you for your ministry.

    Luelle
    crumplers@triad.rr.com

  241. Christine McClure says:

    Todays devotion was if you had seen into the very core of my being! I so need to hear, read and receive this message today. Thank you so much for your words, kindness and devotion to helping others! You are truly a blessing!

    If I were to be one of your picks, I would choose to share the second one with my daughters stepmom. This way we can partner together in making sure we raise Godly girls.

    My e-mail is: christinestylist@yahoo.com

  242. Thanks for sharing this post! I have felt like giving up MANY times. I would choose the voyager go bible and I would give my second gift pack to the MOPS group at my church to give as a welcome gift to a new mom or a mom who is struggling.

  243. Thanks for the today's devotional. I needed to reset my heart & perspective. You reminded me that God's Mercy is new every morning & that His Grace is Sufficent for me & my family. He used you to rebuild & strengthen my faith- Thank you for being a willing istrument in God's hands.

    Thank you also for the chance to win & share the Purpose driven life gift pack. As the single mom of a child with adhd, the Go Bible Voyager, Purpose-Driven mom message on CD and Mining for Gold Child's Character Chart would be invaluable resources for us. If I were to win, I would share the gift pack with my sister, Michelle. She, her spouse, and her teenage daughter are all in need of salvation. My sister suffers with depression and anxiety and is living in an unhappy marriage. My sister (age 38) hasn't gone to church in over 20 years & none of her family members attend. I feel that the go bible & parenting resources would be an avenue God could use to help her reknew her mind, give her much needed wisdom in parenting her daughter, and ultimately bring about her salvation and the salvation of her family. Please keep them in your prayers. Thank you so much.
    Charlotte

  244. The daily devotions that are waiting in my email box each day are such a blessing. I am a mom of 3 boys- one is 10 and the others are 4 yr old twins. The devotions give me a little bit of "God time" when I have a few quick minutes to slow down. I would love the Original GoBible so that I could listen during the long commute I have each day to work. The boys are normally quiet in the mornings and that is my chance to "be still" and pray. I'd give the second one to my dear friend Allyson who is a busy mom of 4. perry5casa@gmail.com

  245. Anonymous says:

    Renee,

    Thanks so much for your devotion today! It really hit home with me. I never quite feel like I'm "cutting it" as a mother. And as a mother of a toddler, just when I feel like I've got the hang of things everything seems to fall apart again! Your devotion really touched a cord with me and brought me to tears. I felt like you were speaking directly to me! I've never heard of the GoBible but took a look at them and think they would be an easy way to get more of God's word. I think the original GoBible would be fine. I would give the second one to my older sister who has 3 boys. She is a great Christian mom and homeschools all 3. Her husband was laid off of his job in January and has still not been able to find employment. I think she could really use some encouragement. My email address is russellwade@nc.rr.com

    Jennifer Wade

  246. oops, I forgot to leave my info!! Posting a second comment:

    Thanks for sharing this post! I have felt like giving up MANY times. I would choose the voyager go bible and I would give my second gift pack to the MOPS group at my church to give as a welcome gift to a new mom or a mom who is struggling.

  247. I fail and fall short so often as a mother. So glad God has it all under control! He is my strength and fortress! Wow I would love, love, love and be so grateful for any GoBible. I would give the other one to my sister in Christ Becca, she is a young mother of 2 small children,works in our local hospital and helps lead our church drama team. Sometimes the look in her eyes says she is overwhelmed, but her smile always denies it!

  248. Thank you for the message today. There are times when I feel like less than a "perfect" mom. I love being a mom but sometimes feel overwhelmed. People say my children are well behaved (which they are for the most part) but I don't always see it especially at home. I want to be a good mom but sometimes its real hard. I have 8 children from age 16 to 2. They are wonderful blessings who can really try my patience at times. I would give one to my friend Marcia. She is an awesome mom of 3 boys and a pastor's wife. Her family has been a blessing to my family in many ways. I feel she would use it and appreciate it. I would either want an original or a voyager GoBible. They sound wonderful.

  249. Lisa Johns says:

    Thank you for your message! I too have wanted to quit many times and have been sustained by God, often through wonderful people. Parenting can be really overwhelming, especially when you have a special needs child. Being real with other moms can really help. If I were chosen, I would give the second one to a young woman who recently was "surprised" with a fourth child. She's very overwhelmed right now. The Original in NIV would be nice. (gradeabove@zoominternet.net)

  250. I feel like God put today's devotion in your heart just for me to read. I had that very same "I quit" moment not too long ago with my very challenging 2 1/2 yr old boy. He is my youngest, and I've never before had to deal with quite as much as I've had to with him… I literally broke down in tears and told God I wanted to quit. As a single mom, God's really my only support as I don't have anyone else to talk to who really understands… Thank you for today's devotion – it brought me to tears and gave me hope. Any of the GoBibles would be such a blessing, but the Voyager version would be amazing. If I won, I would send the other one to a very dear friend of mine who lives half-way across the country and who I never get to see, but who is also a single mom raising a teenage daughter on her own.

  251. Wow, I am right there! God's timing is so perfect. I have wanted to quit for a while now. I cry every day, I pray, but don't seem to find any relief. I love the idea of writing a letter to God, something tangible.

    If I am chosen to receive your awesome gift pack I would like the GoBible Voyager in NIV. and I have a perfect friend to whom I would gift the other. My Friend Rachael has been through an abusive marriage that eventually led to divorce (for her protection and that of her children). She has asked me to be a prayer worrier for her and I believe this gift package will help with exactly that.

    Thank you for your ministry.
    May God continue to use you to help us.

    CJnash06@yahoo.com

  252. Thanks so much for your words of encouragement as a mom of 5 (ages 5 – 16)I have often seen myself out my kitchen window running down the road away from the craziness and stressfulness of momhood. I know those gold nuggets exist, I have seen them! I had no idea that the GOBible device even existed what an awesome tool to use on my morning walks! I would share one with my good friend Pam, a fellow mom who, like most, needs daily encouragement to keep digging for those gold nuggets!

  253. Thank you so much for your devotion today. I too have met God in that place of "quitness" :) but He dragged me out of that pit with His love that He showed me through His word! Where would we be without His word. I can't believe the products you are offering. I don't actually need one but I would love for my sister in law to have one as I think she could listen to it in the car. I just want God to heal her like he did me and I know that reading His word is where she is going to find that. I want her to know how precious she is to Him, faults and all. thanks, Jeana Hindsfamily4@msn.com

  254. Great post Renee!! So much encouragement.

    If I won, I would give it away to either a sweet sister who just went from being a weekend mom (she worked forty hours a week so only saw her kids an hour or two before bedtime) to being a full time stay at home mom. She is struggling to find her place and figure out full time motherhood. Or to a young girl in our church. She is 18 and will graduate next week. She just found out she was pregnant. She will need a ton of encouragement and prayers. Maybe I would just give both copies away to these ladies. I know it would be a blessing to them.

  255. Nancy Wallace McDaniel says:

    I have been blessed tremendously though your devotions, and am looking forward to your (entire) book!
    If I had to choose which GoBible I would like, of course it would be the Voyager, but I would be tickled with any of the three! (I have no MP3 or Ipod….would have to have my teenager teach me how to use it!)I would share the second one with my young adult daughter, because it would just give me a peace to know she would have the Word with her everywhere she goes!
    "Count it all joy"
    Nancy

  256. I'd love the traveler or voyager – great for when I'm on my cycle to work. I'd give the second to a friend who finds it hard to settle down to reading and is struggling a little with church at the moment, trying to keep in touch and grow with God.

  257. Nancy Wallace McDaniel says:

    I have been blessed tremendously though your devotions, and am looking forward to your (entire) book!
    If I had to choose which GoBible I would like, of course it would be the Voyager, but I would be tickled with any of the three! (I have no MP3 or Ipod….would have to have my teenager teach me how to use it!)I would share the second one with my young adult daughter, because it would just give me a peace to know she would have the Word with her everywhere she goes!
    "Count it all joy"
    Nancy

  258. Even though my children are grown, I still feel like "quiting" sometimes. I would like the original GoBible and would also give one to my daughter who has two small children (3 & 5)and is a single mom right now. Thank you for all the enouragement that P31 provides.

  259. Thanks so much for your story! I am very blessed with a wonderful five year old boy, who has never given me an ounce of trouble, however, I know things often change as children grow and mature so I am open to all of the help I can get ahead of time :). I would give the other copy to my sister-in-law who does have a troublesome five year old. They recently were transferred and I am sure this is only going to lead to more discord as he is very routine oriented! Thanks and I hope you have a blessed day! If I am chosen, Iwould like the GoBible original!

  260. You hit the nail on the head! Thank you so much for sharing…it is good to hear that you aren't the only one that struggles with being a momma too. Yes – I know we all struggle whether we show it or not…but to hear from another is encouraging to not feel alone. Being in God's word is the one way to keep on top of things…and I always feel out of sync when I'm not in his word.

    As for the GoBible…i like the voyager. I could see many benfiting from one of these…but I think I would share the other with my cousin who is struggling with caring for her 4 kids and her youngest struggling with an unknown tumor. He has been the hospital so much….and she is so discouraged…this could be the perfect things for her in the many trips to the hospital, etc.

    randomacts101@hotmail.com
    thanks again for your encouragement

  261. I loved this devotion today. It seemed to hit the nail right on the head for me, even though I only have one 2-year-old boy. I'm in nursing school and have a part-time job, plus I'm a single mom. There are a lot of days that I want to say, "I quit." If I were to win this giveaway, I would want the GoBible Voyager. I would give the other pack to my mom, who has played such a vital role in my ability to manage my life as a single mom. I don't even know how many times she has watched my son so that I could study for school, go to clinicals or even just go to work. I'm young, only 22, so I look to her and strive to be like her in my approach as a mother.

  262. Thank you so much for this latest devotion. I truly needed it. As the mom of 11 adopted special needs children I sometimes get so depressed and so down that I am not doing the job that the Lord called me to do. BUT This helped me to see through my pity party. God is so good. I would so enjoy the GoBible Voyager, I think that I would be able to finally find time during the day when we are homeschooling to listen stay close to the Lord and his word. I would share the second pack with my neighbor who is also the mom of adopted children only she has 30 her home is down to only 9 now but I know that she would so enjoy this too. I pray the Lord give you a truly blessed day. Rise" Wampler

  263. Brittney and Brian Boyle says:

    I always find it funny that God always finds a way to smack you in the face when you need it the most. I am a mom of a crazy wild 2 year old boy, my husband and I own 5 Physical Therapy offices that we pretty much run by ourselves, I coach Middle school soccer in the afternoons and pre school soccer in the mornings-on top of all my mom and wife duties. I have been having one of those weeks where I am on the edge and want to just run away and "Quit". I received this devo from another mom in my Womens group via email and it brought me to tears sitting in my car waiting to go coach soccer to 10 2 year olds. I have been feeling like I have no clue how to make all this work, and that I have not been full filling my end of the bargain on anything in my life…your words and story made me realize that I am not alone, and that I need God's help to become the mom and person I want to be. I would love the GoBible original and I would give the other one to my best friend who is about to have a 7 yr old, a 2 year old and a new one due in Oct. She is just as busy as I am and sometimes friends need to remind friends that they are not alone and that there is "gold in the mine". Thank you!

  264. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart. God's timing is amazing. I am the mother of two beautiful, incredibly strong-willed toddlers. And have found myself on the floor in tears many days. Your encouragement reminds me that God can indeed work mightly in my ability as a mother. I was planning to say I'd shared this with my friend who a mother of 3 small children but I was so touched by many that shared in response to this devotion, that really I just want to say thank you!
    j
    janellehersh@comcast.net

  265. I'd love any of the Go-Bibles. what a great idea. I would give the other pack to my friend Angel. After years of living peacefully since her extremely abusive ex-husband moved on, he came back last month and started threatening her at work. She needs the extra pick-up of this gift.

  266. God gives us what we need!! It was just a week ago that as a wife and mommy, I wanted to turn in my pink slip. I simply felt like I was suffocating under the stress and pressure of the responsibilities. I literally went into the store room, hid in a corner and cried. I told God that I was being crushed under the pressure and I simply could not do it anymore and I asked for help. I was led that day to pull out my PDL cd and I have listened as I travel to and from work. As I consider my reflection question each day, I have found that the answer has immediately followed. Either in a song or the Proverbs 31devotion. As if God was speaking directly to me. Throughout the week I have thought that it would be nice to have a way to listen to the Bible verses referenced in my cd or devotions as I traveled as well. I didn’t even know that was possible. Then today I learned about the GoBible from you. I would LOVE to have a GoBible Voyager. That way I could load my cd or devotion and have my Bible all in one place. If I had two, I would give one to my co-worker. She has two children with mental health issues. Her husband works opposite shifts than her and is not supportive of the professional help her children need, so often she struggles with maintaining the relationship with her husband or doing what is right for her children This is the kind of encouragement she needs….

  267. Well I will try this again since I am I not sure it went through the first time. I am so not good with this stuff. I am the mother of 11 adopted special needs children, Whom I adore beyond words. BUT today your devotion hit me hard and I am so thankful for it. You gave me exactly what I needed and what I had just been asking the Lord to help me with. I would love to win the GoBible Voyager, Since I home school my children and we are pretty much together 24/7 , Some days it is hard for me to just find time to sit down with the Lord but what a joy it it would be to be able to listen to his word while I am cooking or cleaning.
    I would share the second with my neighbor who is also the mother of adopted children only she has 33! of course only 9 are left at home but I know that she would really enjoy this too. Thank you again! God bless Rise" Wampler

  268. I want to share the gift with my friend Angel whose extremely abusive ex-husband started harassing her again!

  269. I can't put into words how much I needed this devoitional today. Since stepping into the role of step-parenting full time in 2008 I have really struggled. This mommy stuff is not easy! Thank you for sharing! I would love the Voyager Go-Bible and would gift the other to my best friend.

  270. Thanks for the amazing devotion today! It is so easy for us to put ourselves down and believe the untruths that the enemy would have us believe! This is the first time I had heard of the "gobible" They are pretty cool looking!! That would help in blocking out the untruths being whispered in our ears! lol with our gobibles plugged in going about our day..we would be totally immersed in the word! very cool! I like the little black one, because I am a busy working, dog walking, mom I liked that it looked like I could go about my day with it:) I would share the other package with my best good girl friend, she is also a busy, dog walking, mom and I know she would appreciate it as much as I would :) We are hungry for the word of our Father! Thank you for the opportunity and God Bless

  271. Your devotion came at a great time. Yesterday at a staff meeting at church, my littlest one (who isn't at school yet and comes to work with me at the church) decided to come out of his classroom and into the staff meeting, becoming silently distracting, so much, I believe, the head pastor decided to cut the meeting short because he "was distracted." I felt so discouraged and defeated by the enemy. I enjoy going to staff meeting, even though it's not required of me, but it makes me feel important. Being a mom sometimes doesn't make me feel so important. When I left the church after the meeting, Dr. Randy Carlson was talking about moms and what an important job they have in raising their children. This made me realize that I have to put more attention to my children and raise them the way the Lord wants and has created me to do. Then I read your devotion this morning, just confirming what God is whispering in my ear. So, thank you.

    I would choose the GoBible Voyager and give the other one to my daughter who is struggling at school with rumors and some bullying issues. I would hope that she could just drown out the sound of the world by listening to her Bible. Thank you.

  272. Thank you so much from a frequently overwhelmed Mom of three girls. I'd love the GoBible Voyager, and would share the second one with my sister.
    Heidi

  273. Great Devotion today, we all have bad days and being a mom of 4 is sometimes challenging but I'm glad we have devotions like yours to get us through those bad days. I would live the voyager and being 1 of 12 children I have plenty of siblings that I could give it to but I think I would chose my sister that has 6 children who also has twins and I know she could definitely use it.

  274. Thanks for the reminder of who we need to rely on! Sometimes I really feel like I need a vacation from my life. I would like the GoBible Voyager, I would share the second with my good friend and coworker.

  275. Renee, thank you so much for your devotions. Wow! I thought I was the only mom with issues. It is so hard to see ourselves as God sees us. I am just so thankful that we don't have to do this without Him. I have three young daughters and two adult sons. God has really been working with me on my "parenting" with my sons. A time of exciting growth for me. God bless you, Renee. I hope that you have an awesome Mother's Day. I would love the GoBible Voyager, and I would share with my wonderful stepmother.

  276. Thanks you so much for the devo trough Proverbs 31 today, as well as your blog. I am a mom of a 12, 9 and 9 mo old. Our baby has been such a blessing but has brought so many new and challenging dynamics to our family. I struggle with giving each child what they need. I was encouraged by todays post.I would be grateful with any Bible you gave me. I would give the second to my sweet friend Valerie who has a similar family dynamic to mine. Tammy

  277. Shawna Thompson says:

    I can't thank God enough for you today! I hope that this changes my life… You are a blessing!
    I would love to win the voyager and share with my friend who is in the same place I am.
    Sending much love your way!
    Shawna
    cukabear@hotmail.com

  278. Shawna Thompson says:

    I can't thank God enough for you today! I hope that this changes my life… You are a blessing!
    I would love to win the voyager and share with my friend who is in the same place I am.
    Sending much love your way!
    Shawna
    cukabear@hotmail.com

  279. Anonymous says:

    This morning, after having a complete meltdown with my 4 and 6 year old daughters, i broke away to read my P31 devotional. I was speechless. I have felt like my Joy for my children has benn stolen from me and the guilt from that alone had me overwhelmed. As I began to read, tears began to stream down my face. I was at a very low point in my mother journey, and God used a complete stranger to lift me up out of a pit. What an awesome God we serve, and what an amazing woman you are to allow him to use you in such great ways! Thanks so much for the encouragement, and thanks for being my angel today!

    I think I would enjoy the GoBible Voyager NIV. I would share the other one, with my best friend. She is in the midst of the preteen season of motherhood which has a whole new set of challenges!

    Thanks again for your words of encouragement and wisdom!

  280. God's timing is great, as my sister and I have been struggling with similar issues in parenting this week so I forwarded your blog to her too (since she's out of state from me we don't always get to chat when we want to). I would share the gift with her for sure! I'd LOVE the GoBible Voyager, and sure hope we win :)

  281. In January 1993 I was at my breaking point of motherhood while being on maternity leave with my third child. Long story short through the help a women's ministry, "Mom's Together", I saw how blessed I was with these beautiful children and that I needed to change my Super Mom/Martha Stewart lifestyle. I am so thankful for the support I received from other Christian moms during that crazy season of my life. I would be excited to either the original or voyager – I had never heard of GoBible until this morning…what a great Mother's Day gift. I do have a sister-in-law who is in the middle of the Crazy Season of her life..homeschooling four grade school children and just moved to a new community. I know she could use as much encouragement as possible right now during this transition. Thanks for the great devotional today!

  282. Anonymous says:

    oops – forgot my email address:

    Ginny at petrilla3@verizon.net

  283. Anonymous says:

    Please enter me in the give away! Would love to give one to my daughter who is a 25 year old single mom. I have received such a blessing from the daily devotionals. God's timing always amazes me because it always seems to be just what I need just when I needed it. Thank you and God bless.

    Jamie E.

  284. This is so timely. It's been a little rough lately being Mom. I'd like the GoBible Original and I would share with a sweet friend who has been my mommy sounding board for many years but due to job changes we don't see each other near often enought. Thanks!

  285. Anonymous says:

    New to your blog and I was greatly inspired by todays devotional. I am a single parent of 3 little boys (ages 10, 5, and 3). I lately have been feeling very overwhelmed by trying to be both Mom and Dad to my kids and being their spiritual example. Your devotional reminded me to give it to God b/c he is the BEST Father to both me and my kids. If I win i would love the GoBible Voyager.
    osmom3kids@yahoo.com

  286. Anonymous says:

    I needed that today! Thank you for sharing. I think I would enjoy the Voyager because I could download other things such as sermons and praise music. It would be neat to have it all there together. The second one would go to my sister who is a mother of 2 girls who are 22 months apart. They are on the go a lot and I know she could use it.

    Melissa E
    melissae@dcelectricinc.com

  287. It amazes me as to how the devotion for the day totally is where I am right now…today…yesterday…and the day before that. I am a mom to 7 children ages 16 down to 19 months and love being a mom…but struggle everyday to keep it all together due to my struggle with depression. I many days feel like a failure…but continue to put on a happy face so nobody knows what I REALLY feel inside. Thank you for this post…I would love either bible…anything right now would be a blessing for me. I would give the 2nd copy to a friend of mine who has 8 children and homeschools them all and goes without so many times to provide for everyone else.

  288. I forwarded your Proverbs 31 post to the women in my small group, and bunch of younger mommies I know. I know the younger women are dealing with the frustrations and physical exhaustion of little ones, while us "slightly" older moms are dealing with the heartache and stress that comes when our precious babes hit age 12. :) Even if I thought I had some things figured out when they were younger, I realize now that I HAVE to turn them over to God. I just can't do it! The GoBible Original looks great. I can think of several women I would give the 2nd pack to, so I'd have to pray about which one to choose. It would either be one of these moms just starting out, or to one of the discouraged moms of a teen.

  289. Thanks for the great devotional. I would love any of the GoBibles and I would share the other one with my daughter, Brianna.
    Thanks again.
    Debbie
    briandebbie88@bendbroadband.com

  290. Not knowingly quit being a mommy 7 years ago when as a single overwhelmed mom of 4 married thinking this was the answer me and my children needed. Now I'm more miserable and want to quit being a wife. Too much quiting to live with! I'm encouraged by Proverbs31. I would like the GoBible Voyager, and would give the other one to a young single mom of 4 with alot of the same struggles I saw in my self at that age. <2

  291. Karina Aguiar says:

    What a blessing to be encouraged as a future mom. I now know I would not be alone on that journey with God by my side, so thank you for sharing your experience with us all. I have an amazing sister who could benefit from the GoBible Voyager. This one seems to have it all and my sister with her busy schedule would easily plan her day. With so many poeple struggling these days, if I were to win, I would not hesitate giving it away to someone at my church, unless you know of someone who is in need of it. I'l have a bible soon, my journey is just beginnning. The GoBible Voyager for my beautiful sister and the second for someone who truly is in need for it.

    Karina

  292. Thanks for the encouragement. I would love the go Bible Voyager (NIV translation), and I'd give my friend and former neighbor (the BEST neighbor EVER) even though we live in different states now, Beth! Thank you again for your great ideas and encouraging words! fiveskis@hismercy.net

  293. Karina Aguiar says:

    I think I was supposed to leave an email address, sorry about that.

    Karina: karinatorino1@yahoo.com
    God Bless!

  294. The devotion from Proverbs 31 came at the right time. Go God!!! I am feeling like a failure as a mom right now. Thanks for the encouragement.
    I would enjoy the GoBible Voyager in the NIV version.
    I would like to have an extra to give to one of my best friends who is unchurched. She too is a mom of two young children.
    Angie G.

  295. In awe of God's perfect timing. This was just what I needed to hear after last evening I said, "I need a long vacation" to my husband after an evening of temper tantrums. Love the Carnegie quote. I would love the GoBible Voyager. The second I would give to my dear friend who at 9:00 last night, I stopped by to encourage her as she waits to get some lab test results and of course, she ended up encouraging me. Thankful for the friendship we share and that no matter what we are there for each other. Thank you for the great devotion and allowing God to work through you. Mandy
    mandyash14@gmail.com

  296. Anonymous says:

    I love this information and ways to bring yourself closer to the Lord as we stumble through this earthly existence. I wish I had this when I was raising my children!! Instead I will make this information available to the young women in our church who share the daily struggles of raising Godly children and maintaining balance. Thank you so much!!

  297. Anonymous says:

    I cannot begin to describe to you how your words have saved me today. I am at the end of my rope. I have a son with numerous psychological problems, including Aspergers. A daughter who is beginning to show signs of depression because of all my son has put us through. I try so hard to be a good mother and wife, but I fail every time. I am so stressed I can't even concentrate when I pray. I feel so disconnected from everyone, from everything, and even from my relationship with God because I am pulled in so many directions I just can't focus. My head is a blur. If I won your prize pack I would probably not have time to enjoy it so my prayer is that whoever wins it will spiritually benefit from it. I am not the type of person who wins contests, so I am not leaving my name, but I will ask that you and your readers please put me on your prayer list and I am going to fight to get out of this depression and be the mom my children need me to be.

  298. I would love the GoBible Voyager and would share the second one with my daughter who is a pastor's wife and mother of three lively children!! Awesome stuff, thanks Renee!!

  299. You have no idea what an encouragment your devotion was for me today. As a single mom to 3 kids…I sometimes just want to give up. Life can be overwhelming trying to fit everything into one day but you have given me a new way to look at things, the heart not just the attitudes. I would be pleased to win any of the GoBible. I would give the second one to my dearest friend who also struggles at times.

  300. The Voyager!!! I will share mine with my friend Amy! Mrskellerman@gmail.com

  301. Wow…this is something with which I've been struggling a LOT lately! I love the idea of the golden nuggets of character, and I know I need to be even more intentional about growing godly character in my girls (we just had our fourth daughter). I'd probably choose the original GoBible, and the second gift I'd pass on to a childhood friend who is doing the mom-thing right along side me.

  302. Your devotional really spoke directly to me. It has been a challenge to be the financially stable wife, consistant parent and supporting wife. Sometimes I do want to just quit and run away. Far away. But after all of the stress I realized how much I had matured spiritually. I was taking it a day at a time and being able to express my needs without hurting my husband. Thank you. For the drawing I would love to have access to the GoBible Voyager. The second set I would give to my sister in law who is a single mom struggling to stay focused on God. Thanks!

  303. The GoBible Voyager is definately the one I would LOOOVE to win! I would give the second one to a dear friend of mine who is a young mom and having a rough time with balancing the kids, her husband, trying to work, and God. It would be SUCH an encouragement to her! :)

  304. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Renee for you wonderful devotion about wanting to quit your mommy job. I can sure relate to the comparison game. I am an "older" mom of a 3 year old and already feel a bit removed from my younger "supermom" counterparts. It's a daily struggle to find my own style and confidence in motherhood. I would enjoy the Voyager GoBible and would give one to my mom friend of 2 under 4 who is struggling after being released from a mental hospital. She could really use God's affirmation of her as His child and as a mom through this great product. She has been listening to Christian music on her ipod for constant comfort for her soul.

    blessing to you,
    Meg Y.

  305. Your devotionals have really been speaking to me directly. It's been a challenge to be the financially stable wife, consistent parent, and supporting wife. Sometimes I just want to run away, far away. I realized how spiritually mature I had become. I was able to share my feelings with my husband without the hurtful words. It's all a challenge, a test. I think I finally passed! I want to enter the contest for the Gobible Voyager and the second set would be for my sister in law who is single mom struggling to keep her eyes on Christ. Thanks!

  306. Anonymous says:

    What an inspiring devotion – here and P31! Any version of the Go Bible would be welcomed. I would give the second set to my sister – she has a young son and I truly wish I had read your blog while my daughter was a toddler (she is a Jr. this year) However, I work with children and teens at my church and would love to incorporate in my ministry. Thanks for the opportunity – have a blessed day
    Michelle
    tuscanyladybugs@yahoo.com

  307. Juleen says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words for us moms in the trenches! I would love to be able to win the Voyager Go Bible – what a great idea for all the time we spend in the car! I would give the other to my friend Karen who with a kindergartener, a preschooler, and a newborn is struggling with the early years as well!
    moon@astro.ucla.edu

  308. Kristi says:

    Your devotion came at the exact moment. I had just walked in the door from dealing with my son with a problem at school and wanting to give up. I glanced at my e-mail and the word "quit" caught my attention. I read it and WOW – God used your words!! Thanks!!!!!!
    The GoBible Original looks great!!! Something my kids could use too.
    I'd give the second one to a friend of mine who is doing an amazing job with her kids but is feeling overwhelmed with so many issues in life right now running her down!
    Thanks again!!!
    Kristi M. – cuchitocity@yahoo.com

  309. Michelle says:

    Thanks for this devotion today. I had a really difficult mommy night with 2 not tired children and one very tired mom. Your timing is perfect!
    If I won I would choose the original GoBible. The second would go to my very dear friend who struggles with the joys and frustrations of being a stay at home mom to 2 very active children.
    Thanks!
    Michelle
    sheb15024@yahoo.com

  310. Anonymous says:

    Today is the "day" for me. The day like you described — when i want to give up being a mom. Only God can handle what i am going through as a mother and your word today was God's way of reminding me of that! Thank you so very much! I will be on my knees surrendering it all to Him. I would love to have your GoBible Voyager!

    Dee
    s.deelong@yahoo.com

  311. I enjoyed your blog. As a homeschool mom of 3 and step-mom of 2, there have been many days that I wanted to just throw in the towel and quit. My faith in the Lord is what changed me and sustains me. I would love to have an on the go tool to use like the voyager and would give the second pack to another homeschooling mom.

  312. Thank you for this wonderful devotional today, I have been ready to quit so many times, I was ready to quit last night, when I was up till 3 am with a sick child, but I can't give up. God has intrusted 6 children into my car along with a teenage girl who I practically raised who has a 1 year old. If I won, I would like to have the Go Bible (either one) in NIV. I would give the second pack to a newly baptized young mother in my church, God allowed us to cross paths last year at VBS and since then she has grew in the Lord so much but still struggles, I am burdened for this young mother. Thank you Renee for all you do for Christ.

  313. Thank you for the encouragement! When my three children were young there many days that I felt the same way but we survived. Now that they are all teenagers, I realize that they need me and God's Word more than ever! If chosen, I would be thrilled with any of the GoBible models preferably in a NIV translation. I would give the other one to my children's youth leader who recently moved. She was instumental in getting my children involved and acclimated to our new city when we moved here two years ago. She also became a very dear friend to me. She is also the mother of three very active children!

  314. Anonymous says:

    I am loving listening to your cd. It speaks so much to my mommy loving heart! I would like the GoBible Original. I would give the second pack to my friend who also believes in the importance of living our lives to show our children who our Savior is. She is a wonderful friend and mama!

  315. This is such a beautiful devotion filled with such encouragement! I have recently found my "adult" relationship with God and really am opening my heart to new ways to teach my kids about God's love and grace.

    I would love voyager go Bible to help strengthen my faith and knowledege and also to help share these things with my 2 young sons.

    I would love to share the 2nd with a friend that helped me find my Faith and is battling infertility. I want to find a way to encourage her as much as she has encouraged me as she walks this tough road.

  316. Thank you for the wonderful devotional and insight today. I recently began getting these daily devotionals and every one is perfectly timed.
    I would like the Voyager Bible if I won. I would give the second pack to my sister-in-law Kris, a busy mom and minister's wife.

  317. Ky'Anne Thomas says:

    This is something I struggle with daily. So often I feel defeated; but I remember that is the enemy not me. As the mother of 4 children, all between the ages of 13-6, I often want to give up! 2 of my children are very STRONG willed. It is a constant battle to keep a Christ-like attitude. And I will confess, my flesh wins sometimes. I want so much to raise my children with love and to know The Father's love. If chosen I would take any GoBible…We are always on the go…so I can't be picky =). I would share the second one with my friend Jody. She is a stay at home mom with a special needs son, a sweet daughter, and an adopted boy (who has severe ADHD). Thank you again!
    Ky'Anne Thomas

  318. You are speaking directly to me! I read your devotion and couldn't wait to read more. Thank you for being honest and vulnerable to share your story. It's difficult to even admit that it's hard being a mom sometimes. I would love the Voyager GoBible. I have never seen these before and love the idea! If I were chosen to win, I would give the 2nd gift pack to a dear friend of mine who has 3 children under age 4 and and 4th child on the way! She devotes so much of her personal time to serving in our church by leading Bible studies, teaching our preschool class and even cleaning the nursery every week! Thank you again! cdreed@yourlcc.org

  319. Thank you for a wonderful devotion and bravely stating what someone like me is afraid to admit because of the judgement that often comes with it. I would be happy to have any of the GoBibles and would give the second to our local women's shelter in hopes of sharing the Word with someone who may not otherwise hear it. Although after reading through the other posts, I would have to say I'd love for the first poster – Amy – to win to give to her widowed friend.

  320. I'm having one of those days. Thank you for the encouragement.

  321. I would love to win the Voyager Go-Bible. It would be so helpful to have it at my fingertips anywhere, anytime. Your devotions are always so timely and touching. Thanks so much.

  322. Thank you for always sharing "truth," in such practical ways. I am a mom of 3 boys (16,10& 13 mo.) and a step-mom to two children. I am having a very difficult time with one of my step-kids. I too have been wanting to, "turn in my pink slip," and quit. "This is not what I signed up for," I have said. It is a very difficult balance to love the un-loveable, and to be a Godly woman, in spite of how I am treated. Hitting my knees in prayer and tears, is the only peace in the midst of this storm.
    I would appreciate any of the bibles, and I would give the other to a single mom (oh how they need encouragement and love!)- my sister-in-law.

  323. I would love the Go Bible Voyager. I'd give the 2nd pack to a good mommy friend of mine who lives far away from friends and family, and can use all the encouragement she can get.

  324. Wonderful Wonderful Devotion :) I love the GoBible Original and I would love to share with my best friend who moved across the country about 2 years ago – she is a SAHM with little ones and often can be found digging into God's word and leading her family to do the same.

    Thank you!

  325. I love your Devotions and look forward to the emails. I lost my Mother on Feb. 14, 2011; so this week has been really hard. She was a good Mother to my sister and I. I know that my Mother is in Heaven and I can say that God's Grace is seeing me through each moment of the day. I would like the GoBible Orignal if I won. The other I would give to my Sister.
    Thanks for your ministry.
    kathy.adams07@yahoo.com

  326. Anonymous says:

    I totally understand feeling like a failure as a mom. It is something I have battled with for years. Now I find myself homeschooling my 2 children and I am constantly questioning myself on the job I am doing. I would love to win a gobible. Would love to be pouring His Word into my mind as I am working out in the mornings. What a blessing that would be!!!!!! :) Thank you so much for your ministry!!

    Jennifer Wallin
    ejwallin@usfamily.net

  327. So glad to read that I am not alone. I look at other moms and wonder hoe they do it all the time! I have 7 children from 2yrs – 18yrs. I would give the second pack to my best friend who has 3 boys ages 10 yrs- 17 yrs old. Thank you for your blogs!
    nicciiam@gmail.com

  328. Anonymous says:

    Oops….would love the Voyager GoBible!
    Jennifer Wallin
    ejwallin@usfamily.net

  329. Anonymous says:

    Renee,
    As mamas we all struggle with the image of perfection. Without God, we will always fall short. Thank you for sharing your personal experience. We mamas really lift each other up when we speak our truth – authentically, dust bunnies, muffin tops, temper tantrums and all.
    I would enjoy any of the GoBibles. I love surprises! I would share one with a dear coworker who could use some encouragement as a newly divorced mother of three. She could use a little reminder that God hasn't forgotten her.
    God Bless,
    Alison

  330. Jennifer Blanton says:

    Thaks so much for the devotion. I have a five month old daughter and a six year old son. We are in the process of adopting our son. This last year has been tough. Adam,my son, has some mild behavior problems. As soon as I think we are on the right track he does something to set us months back. I often loose my temper with him. Which makes me feel terrible. Until I read this devotion I also felt like I wanted and needed to QUIT. I am hoping to be able to follow your example and let God help me become the great mom I want to be. If chosen, I would like the GoBible Voyager. I would give the second one to my stepmother. She has been my mom when she didn't have to be, when it was hard to be, and when my mother couldn't be. My mother still has four out of the six of us at home. Needless to say she is very busy and would apreciate a way to be able to get her bible study in. Thanks Jennifer Blanton.
    jsblanton@clevelandcountyschools.org

  331. Sometimes I too tell myself, that's it! I quit! Thanks for the encouragement to let God work through me in the lives of my boys. I can't do it on my own.
    GoBible Voyager, and I would give the second pack to my friend Jennie whose husband is leaving for training with the Army at the end of the month.
    Stefanie Dingledine

  332. What a comfort to know that I'm not the only one with "I wanna quit!!!" feelings at times. Thank you for the reminder that it is not by my strength but by His that a live out each day and raise these precious children that He has blessed me with. I would really enjoy the GoBible Voyager and would love to share it with a dear friend that I know would be blessed by it. -juliemperezatyahoodotcom

  333. Anonymous says:

    Renee,
    As mamas we all struggle with the image of perfection. Without God, we will always fall short. Thank you for sharing your personal experience. We mamas really lift each other up when we speak our truth – authentically, dust bunnies, muffin tops, temper tantrums and all.
    I would enjoy any of the GoBibles. I love surprises! I would share one with a dear coworker who could use some encouragement as a newly divorced mother of three. She could use a little reminder that God hasn't forgotten her.
    God Bless,
    Alison
    ajanderson06@charter.net

  334. God know when we need encouragement! I would choose the goBible Original probably and would share the other either with the new mom at my church or with my far away best friend (mother to 4)…tough decision. I could always give them both away!

  335. Hi Renee I needed to hear this so much. My husband and I have recently started a new work – he is an MK and we've had a lot of experience working overseas. We have felt God leading us into supporting Christian mercy work overseas in order to further God's Kingdom. It has been a crazy few weeks and I've been "single parenting" while he has been immersed registering our new non=profit etc. Now he is in S India for 3 weeks and I am truly doing it on my own with 3 kids. Thank you for your honesty – it helped me today. I would love to receive the voyager and would give the other to a dear friend working close to the area where ObL was discovered on Sunday. Blessings Kate

  336. Hi Renee I needed to hear this so much. My husband and I have recently started a new work – he is an MK and we've had a lot of experience working overseas. We have felt God leading us into supporting Christian mercy work overseas in order to further God's Kingdom. It has been a crazy few weeks and I've been "single parenting" while he has been immersed registering our new non=profit etc. Now he is in S India for 3 weeks and I am truly doing it on my own with 3 kids. Thank you for your honesty – it helped me today. I would love to receive the voyager and would give the other to a dear friend working close to the area where ObL was discovered on Sunday. Blessings Kate

  337. Thank you so much for your devotion today: I have been in a hard place lately with where God has me as a mom, and this has given me some newfound inspiration and something different to focus on with them. It was perfect (God's) timing. I would love any of the Go-Bibles, but if could choose it would be the Voyager because of all the great options. The second set I would give to my good friend who has 4 children ages 6 and under, who is dealing wiht some really tough things right now in her marriage and with her mom who was just diagnosed with lung cancer. I think this would be a great encouragement to her.
    baileyplace1@charter.net

  338. Great devotion for moms! Thank you for sharing!GoBible Voyager and my email is j.e.shrewsbury@gmail.com

  339. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much for today's devotional. I have two girls-8 and 6 years old. I've "quit" several times in the last few years, only to recind my resigniation after about 30 seconds! :)

    I would love to win the GoBible Voyager. It seems so easy to use! I'd love to be able to share the second one with a dear friend from church who has a very active 3 year old.

    Thanks again for your encouraging words! :)

  340. Boy can I relate to your devotional today. There have been many times I wanted to "quit" being a mom. I have never heard of the GoBible but I think the original would be great. I have a dear friend at church named Jacqui (who just had her 3rd child) and has suffered from post-pardom depression after the last 2 kids. I pray she does better after this one. I would love to share this with her. Thanks for the encouragement and to know that other moms go through these times also. Praise God for our Godly mothers!!

  341. Thanks Renee. I would choose the Voyager version. I would make use of the look-up verse, index options and all of the bookmarks.
    I would give the second one to my friend Amy who is my sounding board and in the trenches of motherhood with me.

  342. Michelle Elaine says:

    Hello! Thanks for the encouragement and the chance to win. I would chose the GoBible Voyager. I would give the other one to my dear friend Erika. We don't "see" each other often anymore, but, we stay connected through email, FB and cellphones. She is a wonderful mother and a great encouragement to me.

    Thanks!

  343. Thank you, Renee, for your words, your heart, and your love. If I am chosen, I would love the Voyager Go Bible, please! I would give the other gift pack to my Aunt, who was raised LDS yet searching still for truth. Also, her husband (My dear Uncle) is #1 on the heart transplant list, and has been for over a year. Time is running out, and to say that stress is running her down would be an understatement. She has many medical problems herself, mostly brought on by the stress of my Uncle's health, and having to take care of the household both physically and financially. Anyway, thank you again – God Bless you and your family!
    Lisa Ross
    Lisa@DivineBijoux.com

  344. I'm still praying for more patience, understanding and compassion with my 3 YO DD. I'm a working mom, so my time with her is truncated, and I want to make a positive impression on her and impart God's love daily. If I'm chosen, I would like the Voyager. My best friend from high school (and still best friend today) would be the recipient of the other GoBible. We are both women on the go and would greatly benefit from this gift.

  345. Thank you for the "Sometimes I just Wanna Quit" devotional. It really spoke to my heart and I could definitely relate having two boys (ages 3 and 4). Sometimes I could just pull my hair out. But, today I was reminded to rely on our Maker for strength. I would enjoy the GoBible Voyager and would share the 2nd with my good friend Erica. Thank you!

  346. I feel a little lighter after reading the devotions. Thank you for being our voice….you know the little ones in our head that we hear but don't often let speak out to anyone else. I would love the Voyager Go Bible. I would give the other one to my friend Chanda who is going through a divorce right now. She is leaning on God through this walk and I'd love for her to have it at all times.
    Thank you for your eloquent words that help us all each day.
    Sincerely, Missy

  347. Thanks for the encouragement. A friend sent me the link, knowing we've been having trying times with our toddler. I hope to be back more often! I'd prefer the Voyager GoBible, and the second pack I would give to a family in our small group, with two young boys.

    Thanks!
    ~Beth

  348. Thanks so much for your devos. They are helping me so much. I am going through depression and anxiety right now and they have helped me so much. I would love the GoBible Original and would give the other copy to my dear friend and Prayer Warrior, email address is jonksett@yahoo.com

  349. Your encouragement today really spoke to my heart. As soon as I'm done with this comment I'm forwarding the devotional to my mom's group at church. I'd love to win the GoBible voyager and I'd love to give one to my good friend Elka, for her sincere friendship and encouragement to me the past year.
    Thanks!
    Britt
    cb_felix@msn.com

  350. Melissa says:

    I want to let you know how much your words encourage me as a divorced mother of three. I truly feel blessed to have come across your site. I would enjoy the Voyager and would give the other to my mother. Thank you so much!

  351. Thank you for your blog post! It was very encouraging~ The prov31 devo was what I needed today! I will be passing this on! If I won, I would give one to my friend Stephanie…she has been a blessing to me! For the first time ever I have Christian women friendships and she is one of my first! I can actually let her into my "Messy home" LOL! I thank God for her! As far as which one? I am not picky on this…never seen this product before! I'd be thankful for either one!

  352. Angela says:

    WOW, I opened my email today and after a long night of crying thats exactly what I needed to hear! I am a single mom to a little boy who's dad dies due to alcohol. I am having many many struggles with him in school and home and I CONSTANTLY question if I am a good mom. Feeling like I messed up my child. With feelings like my son would be better off without me! If I won I would give the second one to another single mom I know in hopes it would help her through her tough journey as well! I looked at the go bibles and I would be happy with any, the Voyager is nice because being white it would be a reminder that with Christ our sins/past are white as snow. Thank you again for your encouraging emails! can be contacted through email
    smile4life78@yahoo.com Thanks Angela B

  353. Thank you for your devo on prov31 and your blog. How encouraging! I needed that! I will be passing this on! As far as which one I'd like, it wouldn't matter, I never heard of this product! I do not have an iphone etc so having this would be so helpful to me! I would give the other to one of my very first Christian friends…Stephanie! She has been such a blessing to me…I can actually let her in my "messy house" w/o worry of judgement! She is an answer to prayer! Thank you for your giving! You are such a blessing! I pray I allow God to use me like He has used you to bless other lives! Thanks!

  354. Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness! Did I ever need to hear this one today! As I was coming home from picking my 1st grader up, my 2 1/2 yr old is beyond tired and just starts screaming and fussing about everything. Of course, my 7 yr old doesn't ever help matters. She will just pester her and egg her on. GEESH! By the time I got home, I just wanted to collapse. Got little one down for nap, groceries put up, and sat down with a latte and read this. THANK YOU! I SO need GOD's perspective, and YES, I have said I wanted to quit many times! Glad I'm not the only one! HA! I think I would like the original Bible thingy. Thank you for your ministry! Julie
    j-bug@att.net

  355. Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness! Did I ever need to hear this one today! As I was coming home from picking my 1st grader up, my 2 1/2 yr old is beyond tired and just starts screaming and fussing about everything. Of course, my 7 yr old doesn't ever help matters. She will just pester her and egg her on. GEESH! By the time I got home, I just wanted to collapse. Got little one down for nap, groceries put up, and sat down with a latte and read this. THANK YOU! I SO need GOD's perspective, and YES, I have said I wanted to quit many times! Glad I'm not the only one! HA! I think I would like the original Bible thingy. Thank you for your ministry! Julie
    j-bug@att.net

  356. I needed this encouragement today!! There is so much joy in the refiners fire! Focusing on the place I am with my Heavenly Father helps me to be a better mommy! I would choose the GoBible Voyager
    because it would be a great running companion! Music and the word working together before our homeschool day starts… beautiful! I would give the other one to my friend Rachael… She is a mom to a 4 year old and twin 2 year olds! We look to each other often for encouragement in the Word and in keeping sane :) Thanks again! Kristy

  357. Angela Buehler says:

    WOW, I needed to open my email and read this one! After a LONG night of crying and a day off of work with a migraine and golfball eyes (not pretty)! This was what I needed to hear! I am a single mom of a little boy who's dad died 2 years ago due to alcohol. I am having many many issues at school/home which makes me CONSTANTLY think am I a good mom, Or I want to quit, Or he would be better off without me as a mom. I know satan creeps in and knows right where to hit me. I feel like I messed up my son and I don't know where to turn or how to fix it. Your email shows me when I realize its NOT me but God who when I let Him in and help His strength/wisdom etc can! So I looked at the Go bibles and I would be grateful for any of them! I do like the Voyager which is white makes me think of how our sins/past are white as snow through Christ. WOuld be that reminder! If I were to win I would give the other one to another single mom I know in hopes that when she feels these same ways she too would Know God is with her! My email is: smile4life78@yahoo.com
    My name is Angela Buehler
    (This is my second posting cause I don't think the first went through but if it did I am sorry for the duplicate!) Thanks again for uplifting my day!

  358. Thanks so much for the great devotion. I love the GoBible Voyager, but would be thrilled with any of them. I would give the other to my best friend who lives in another state. She is my greatest blessing and encourager as a friend and I would love for her to have one. She is a mother of three. Diana B

  359. Thank you so much for your encouragement. I'm a mother of three boys, two with autism. I had to go see my son's new autism class room today for next year and just cried. I want my son to get better so much and to see a classroom of happy little boys just trying so hard, breaks my heart. But I need to keep loving them for who they are and have faith they will get better.

    I would chose the GoBible Voyager and give the second one to another mother with a child with autism to help them with their journey.

  360. That devotion is just what I needed today! It's funny as mom's how often we feel alone as we raise our kids, but your devotion today pointed to the truth that we are not alone, we have a heavenly father who is right beside us everyday. And that when were struggling or feeling defeated he's right there to hold us up! Thank you for reminding me how encompassing our God is! If I were to win the gift pack I would choose a Voyager, as a Pastor's wife and mom of three, we are always on the go, and to be able to bring God's word with me to listen to on the go, would be a blessing! I would give the other gift pack to a good friend of mine, who hasn't quite grasped the importance of Gods written word in her life yet. Maybe with something she could listen too, she would begin to understand the impact that this amazing book can have on her everyday life! Thank you! Kristine

  361. Thank you, Renee for your honest words of encouragement. I pray they can help others who are experiencing the same feelings. Unfortunately, I did not have any encouragement, nor did I seek out encouragement. Anyway, to make a very long story short, I did quit instead of turning to God for His help. However, I do know today, that with God, all things are possible. With the knowledge and desires that I have today, I know that God will lead me back into a relationship with all of my children…when His time is right. I take each day as it comes, and thank God for the opportunity to do His will. I have made so many mistakes, but this time, I will not quit…I truly have God to see me through. I would love to have the Voyager Go Bible, and I would give the second pack to the wonderful couple taking care of my two youngest boys. A true relationship with God is something that I was lacking. I have begun to build an incredible relationship with Him, and that is something I would love to share with my children and the amazing family members that are caring for them.

  362. I have really just discovered the Proverbs 31 website. I have been listening to your devotionals on Klove for quite awhile so I feel like I already know you all :). I would like to have two of the GoBible Voyager with one for myself. As a busy music teacher who sees over 650 3rd and 4th graders each week, this would be a wonderful way to grab a snippit of God's Word here and there throughout the day. I could also share it with my single-mother daughter who lives with me with my 4-year old grand-daughter. The second I would give to my youngest daughter who has a 10 month old daughter and another one on the way (oops :) She is really going to need to be able to hear God's Word on the go because Kinsley will only be 15 months when the new baby is born. Thanks for all you do to help us gals gain confidence to be the Christians we need to be and to share our faith with others. Bev D.

  363. I'd love the Voyager, one for me and one for a friend of mine. We're both single moms facing medical issues and tough times with our special needs boys.

    florence at just writing dot net

  364. I would love to have the original! I really liked your golden nugget idea. I am thinking of ways to use it in my bible Class and camp. Thanks for sharing with us.

  365. Stacey says:

    God always knows what we need to hear! Thank you for your devotion. Being a parent is wonderful and very challenging. I'm struggling with finding enough time for my 4 year old daughter since having a baby with significant specal needs. I would love more ideas and any of the GoBibles look great. I would give the other to my sister who is recently divorced with 2 young boys.
    Thanks!
    Stacey C.

  366. Thank you. Very encouraging. Will continue mining my 9 & 14 yr olds hearts. I'd give the second gift to my sister who's starting out with a 2 1/2 & 8 month old.. GoBible Voyager would be great.

  367. Um, yeah…every day for the past two weeks I've thought about quitting! My 4 year old boy has been so disobedient and just outright naughty lately! I really like the GoBible Voyager (NIV) because of the ability to put music on it as well. It would be the perfect thing to take to the gym when I run…music AND the Bible!

    The second one I would probably give to my mom. My grandmother is in a nursing home due to severe Alzheimer's and I know she isn't able to read as much anymore. I think my mom could put some great music on it for my grandma as well. I'm a tad fearful that my grandma wouldn't want to use it, in which case I KNOW my mom would get some good use out of it!

  368. Awesome! Thank you, Renee! You hit the nail on the head with your devotion today! Having 4 babies in 5 1/2 years, there have been many days that I wanted to "turn in my pink slip", or at least call in sick! :o) I would love to win the GoBible Original! I can really use this! I would give the second one to my dear Aunt who just lost her husband. (my uncle) She has such a strong faith, but could really use some encouragement right now. Thanks! Faith F.

  369. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the devotional today Ms. Renee. It confirmed what God spoke to me through another mom this past Sunday. God told me that I was a great mom! There have been so many times as a single mother, that I wonder if I'm as good a mom as some others I know. And like you mentioned in your "Encouragement For Today" devotional this morning, I too kept finding faults in my parenting and comparing myself to to others. But after hearing what God told me, whenever I feel the comparisons start to rise, I remind myself what God told me and I instantly feel strengthen and encouraged.
    If I won, I would like the GoBible Original and I would give the 2nd one to another sister in Christ and fellow single mother at my church. I believe it would uplift her and keep her encouraged.
    Thanks for sharing your story. It truly inspired me and encourged me.
    ssanders@osbnbtc.org

  370. Stacey says:

    Thank you for the timely devotion. I spend lots of my days feeling just that way and then beating myself up afterwards. Thanks for making me feel "normal." I love my kids, I just don't always love how they act or how I act for that matter. Don't know what I would do without God's grace. If He can do that for me then I can certainly do it for my children.
    I would love the Voyager (NIV) and would give the second to my friend Christy who inspires me to be a better mom through Christ.
    Thank you! rapunzel23ma@yahoo.com

  371. Thank you Renee. Although I am not a mom I find that this devotion helps me in life with other trials I am facing and it reminds me that I can't do things on my own and to remeber to turn to God to lead me. If chosen, I any of the GoBibles that you are offering would be wonderful (though the Voyager is really cool). I would give mine to my mom & the second one would go to my Grandmother because both of them are having a hard time getting along right now, they are barely speaking and when they do speak to each other it is not civil. I keep reminding them to pray and to talk to God and he will help them rebuild their broken relationship but neither thinks anything will work and thinks they are way past repair. I would love to give them this tool to use to help them turn to God who can re-streghthen their mother-daughter bond.

  372. What a great message, Renee! Thanks so much for sharing. It really encouraged my "mom" heart. If I won, I would love the GoBible Original, preferably dramatized, but I would take NIV if not. I don't know if my mom would use this type of gadget, but I think my stepmom would. I would love to share it with her because I think she and my dad would both have fun with it!

  373. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much Renee for the wonderful devotional today. I am 3 children and constantly find that I am overwhelmed and unorganized. I friend recently told me that she did not want to be my friend because she didn't find me to be uplifting or able to reach my full potentional (I am putting this nicely too!) As I moved through emotions of her comments I've come to realize that I've been miserable being home & have little support. All though my husband is very supportive he also works out of town and is only home on the weekends. I also found that I don't really know how to parent and I need to rely more on God. I know that I would love this GoBible Voyager. I would also give it to my dear friend who has been really encouraging. She knows and loves our Lord and I think that she would be thrilled to receive this gift.

  374. Sherry McCoury says:

    Renee what wonderful resources you are giving as gifts for Mothers Day. I have three wonderful children and have my hands full as they are not mine by birth. I have learned over the past three years and still am learning what a blessing they are but ever so thankful for my husband who is my saving grace. I would love to have the Gobible voyager as kids as so in the gadgets these days and it is hard to get them excited about the study time. I would love to give the other one to a dear friend who like us does not have lots of money and would love to have such a wonderful resource to use with her children as well.

    Thank you for your uplifting words of encouragement and I hope God blesses you this Mother's day.

    God Bless,

    Sherry M.

  375. Kristi W. says:

    I can't believe how much your devotion today hit home. There are so many days that I feel inadequate as a mommy (to 5 and 3 yr old girls). I loved the part about other children having matching clothes…I laugh at my daughters socks everyday, secretly thanking the person that made the mismatched socks so popular. It is these devotions that help me get through the day and remember to view my children as the wonderful blessings they are and that He is with me no matter what feelings I may have.

    I was very excited to learn of the giveaway of the GoBible Voyager and your resources. The idea of having a device that would help me be in the word is exciting…and anything that would help me be the mom God wants me to be is welcomed. It's nice to know that I am not the only one feeling like there are days to just "quit" and say Thanks, but send them back! :~)

    If I were to receive this gift, I would give the additional one to a very dear friend of mine who has just started in new direction as a Life Coach. Meeting with her last night she told me that her job "makes her heart happy". She is the mother of four boys, a loving wife, a great friend to many, a group leader for Women of Faith..(she has already met half of her goal for 100 women to attend in August. In fact she booked the bus last year with the faith that she would fill it) and just an all around selfless person. This would be a perfect resource for her to use and share with her clients who are seeking new direction in their life.

    Thank you for your ministry and the opportunity for tools to help grow my faith.

    Blessings,….Kristi W.
    kristi_weissling@yahoo.com

  376. What a great encouragement today. I would chose the Voyager GoBible, and honestly, I would give both gift packs to my two daughters to encourage them as they raise my three precious grandsons. Motherhood can be so overwhelming at times, it is good to know that you are not alone!

  377. Debbie says:

    I fairly new at receiving the daily devotions and I am absolutely loving it. Part of my ministry includes mentoring young women and I have shared/encouraged them to sign up! It's a daily blessing that I look forward to.

    I'd like very much to receive the Voyager Go Bible. It could really be of use to my teaching assignments!

    Thanks again,
    Debbie C

  378. I would love to win the GoBible Voyager. I would share the other one with bestest friend Jaime in PA. She is such a sweet lady and I know this would bless her so much. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  379. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Renee It is so good to hear that I am not the only mom that wants to quit sometimes. As the mother of two teenagers, there are many times I want to give up. Thanks to you and the other P31 ladies – I know where to turn for encouragemnt. I would like the Voyager GoTo Bible, how fun – I could be cool like my kids. Instead of an Ipod, I would use a GoBible. The other one would go to my sister who has 5 children 10 and under. What fun! Nanci @ kelbla@aol.com

  380. The woman of Revelation 12 is now here… God is very precise: A woman delivers the true word John1:1, Rev 12:5, Rev 12:13 who restores Acts 3:21 all things to the world before Christ’s return. This woman exposes the lies of Satan who has deceived the whole world Rev 12:9. This woman creates a new thing in the earth by fulfilling God's promise to Eve Gen 3:15, Jer 31:22, Isa 14:16. She is meek like unto Moses Num 12:3, she was raised up Acts 3:22 from the Laodicean church that becomes lukewarm because they refuse to hear her Rev 3:14-17. She is also bold like Elijah Matt 17:11, her witness alone turns the hearts of the fathers to the children Mal 4:5-6 to prepare a people for the Lords return before the great and dreadful day of the Lord Matt 17:3, Luke 9:30. Moses and Elijah are together with the word Matt 17:3 they all three are in this one woman. Those who will not hear Acts 3:23 the true word of God now delivered to the world free of charge, as a witness, at the heel of time from the wilderness Rev 12:6 will not be allowed inside the walls of God’s coming kingdom from heaven Rev 21. This true word turns the hearts of the fathers to the children of God by giving the truth that not one child of God will be put in a hell fire no matter what their sins. It never entered the heart or mind of God to ever do such a thing Jer 7:31, Jer 19:5. God created evil Isa 45:7 to teach his children the knowledge of good and evil Rom 8:7, Gen 3:22 so that at their resurrection they become a god Matt 22:29-30, Ps 82:6. Prove all things. Be a workman that needeth not to be ashamed. You cannot rightly judge this unless you read all that has been written by this woman first Pro 18:13 http://minigoodtale.blogspot.com Time is short.

  381. Susan B. says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these words. I am a young mother of three boys. They are 1, 3, and 4. I can really relate to the feeling of being a failure. I find myself wondering why I don't have it together like other moms and why my children seem to be the only children misbehaving. God has really spoke to me through this devotion. It really is about their hearts, not their habits! If I won I would enjoy the GoBible Voyager (which, by the way, I didn't know such wonderful things existed). I would give the second one to an amazing women I have just recently become friends with. My husband and I are getting ready to build a home with Habitat for Humanity and this women has truly been a blessing by helping us with watching our children so we could get our requirements done. Thanks again! Susan B.

  382. I prayed this morning that God would help me be a more patient mom…and then I read your devotion. It never ceases to amaze me how God truly hears our prayers. I'd love the voyager go Bible. I would love to give the second one to my dear daughter who has accepted a challenge to read the Bible in the next 6 months. Kerry P.

  383. I have 5 boys at home and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of myself as a failure. Trying to be a Godly wife and mother is over whelming when I try to do it by myself, your devotion couldn't have come at a better time to me, to remind me that I am never doing anything alone!
    I would love the GoBible Voyager and have something to take to boxing, soccer, piano, guitar, football, tutoring classes, and well everything else in between. I would definitely share the extra one with my best friend and spiritual sister who is a single mom to 3 amazing kids. She struggles and could benefit from having the Gobible at her fingertips for those moments.
    My email krystal_klem@comcast.net!

  384. I would love to win the gift pack of 2 voyager audio bibles. I would give the second one to my friend Brenda who has always been a true Christian sister, an encouragement to me in difficult times and more, a real helper even when it is hard work. I would love to receive the NIV edition. Thank you. Rebecca Armstrong

  385. Renee, reading your blog couldn't have come at a better time! I've just experienced one of those "I quit" days. I'm a mom of two boys, ages 3 and 1 and I work a very demanding full-time job. I realize that lately, I have not been turning to GOD for direction, but have been answering requests based on who yells the loudest! Thank you for your testimony – it allowed me to reflect and realize that I need to not only to speak to GOD, but to continually build that relationship and strong foundation that comes from KNOWING Him. I would perfer the GoBible Voyager. If I was chosen as the winner, I would share the other one with my brother who has been putting off joining a church and getting to know GOD until the "time is right" – he just turned 30 this year. elcst24@gmail.com

  386. caracara says:

    I would love the Go Bible Original. I would give the other to my wonderful sister. She is a wonderful woman of God. BTW, loved the devotion today–really needed these words.

  387. Rhonda says:

    Thanks for the encouragement. I would love the GoBible Original, although any of the 3 would be a real treat. The second pack of goodies would be donated to a friend who runs a shelter for mothers struggling with addiction. I think it would be a great resource for her and the women she ministers to.

  388. This came on one of those evenings when I really needed to hear those words, I believe, from God through you. Thank you for carrying the message for me. I am a newly single mom and the guilt of leaving my son when I have to go to work is overwelming for me. Luckily I only go a few days a week (I substitute teach while going back to school for my Masters and know God will give me the work when I need it) I have been taken care of very well and have all my basic needs met so I feel very blessed. I would really enjoy the traveler GoBible b/c I enjoying listening in my car. My son is usually great in the car and it is a nice and relaxing time for me. Thanks and good luck with everything, you are such a gift!

  389. Thanks, Renee, for sharing the insights that God shared with you. I could really use some "grace-based parenting perspectives" in my life these days. It's frustrating to get up every morning and say, "I'm going to be a better Mom today!" and then go to bed every night saying, "Sorry I blew it again, God." It's encouraging to think that God sees the gold in me and hopes to show His gold to my children through me. Wow, what a concept! Kinda changes the whole parenting perspective, for sure! So thanks again for sharing. I really needed that.
    As for the GoBible, I'd be thrilled with any of them. What a great little tool! The Voyager looks the most interesting because of the "Bible text on screen" function, but again, any of them would be really helpful (preferably in NIV). I would give the second one to a girl who has been my friend for almost 40 years. We live in different towns now, but we try to get together every 1-2 months to visit and so our kids can play together. I know she'd be thrilled to receive such a great gift! Thanks again.

  390. Hi Renee, I soooo needed this message today. I've been overwhelmed the past week and honestly haven't taken or had the time to read any of the devotions I get in my email or my daily one in my devotion book. but for some reason I was prompted to open yours this evening, and now I know why. I am beyond ready to quit being a mom. I have thrown my arms up in the air and said I quit, as I just don't want to do this anymore as I don't know what to do to get through to my children. I am no longer the parent in charge, I feel like it doesn't matter what I say or what consequence I hand out, they are going to do whatever they want anyway. It's been a very long and hard day, and I QUIT!! Will be spending some much needed time with the verses you listed and the prayers you gave. thanks
    I would love the original or Voyager Go bible. And I would share the second gift pak with my dear friend Kelly.

    From one ready to quit mom to another…Thanks Chris

  391. Anonymous says:

    I would love to have the Voyager or the Original goBible! If I won the paks I would give one away to my friend, Jennifer! She has a little girl and is about to have another! I believe that all the tools that helps us, as mothers, are worth looking into and giving away!!

    Heather

    tiffgriff05@yahoo.com

  392. I would love the voyager GoBible. Perfect size to keeping in your purse and would be nice to listen too while jogging. A perfect time to spend with God.
    shuttermom77@gmail.com

  393. Thank you Renee for your devotion. Your words encouraged me, and spoke right to my heart.
    I am a mom of two young school aged boys, that each day face challenges, they both have special needs.
    Most days are filled with numerous meltdowns, and emotions that aren't easily regulated. They both suffer from a lot of anxieties to many normal everyday situations. There are days that I am done, I feel like I just can't do this anymore, as it is exhausting. I have felt many times like I'm not a good mom, that I'm not doing a good job. But God's gentle voice reminds me time and time again, that He choose me to be their Mom, and His strength is all I need to get through each day. I remind myself everyday that I can't do this on my own, I need Him 24/7.
    I would love any of the GoBibles that you would choose to send me, as any of them would help me
    stay in His word while I watch my boys burn off energy at the park, or when I'm in tears on the bathroom floor, a portable Bible to Go with me would be so much support anywhere at anytime.
    I would give my gift pack to my best friend as she is struggling with her son's drug addiction and needs His word with her at all times to draw her peace from.
    Thanks again Renee for all your encouragement,
    and reminding us what a true blessing it is being a mother.
    God's love and joy to you! Julie

  394. Thanks for the devotion Renee!
    You reminded me just in time to remember to look at the heart of my kids just how God looks at mine….
    Because frustration was going-up high with the spring leave now…..

    If i'm the lucky one to win this amazing gift-pack.The GoBible Voyager would be my choice and the 2nd one would go to my friend who i know since secondary school……

    Thxs agin
    Bernice

  395. Sorry I forgot to add my email address
    ngtnurse2008@live.ca
    I'm Julie the mom of the two wonderful but very busy boys with the special needs.

  396. Barb Umland says:

    Yesterday was my day to say "I quit." Our 20-month old triplet girls were all sick in some way and my 5 year old couldn't figure out why he wasn't entitled to the same attention he normally gets during the day. By the end of the day I was tired, frazzled and in tears. I'm thankful for a good night's rest and a new perspective from God today. It is always helpful to hear that others experience days like this:)

    If I would win, I would share the second pack with my sister-in-law who is suddenly open to parenting seminars and to hearing more about God. I would love to have any of the GoBibles in an NIV version.

    Thanks for your encouragement!
    Barb

  397. Anonymous says:

    I am very blessed to have to wonderful sweet little boys. However I felt like todays devotion was written especially for me. It was just one of those days today. When I read Amy's comment I really felt selfish for feeling like I just couldn't handle anymore today. I can't imagine her friend who is raising 3 children under the age of 4 by herself. I don't know her name but God does and I pray that he will give her the strength, energy, wisdom, guidance, and protection she needs. Thank you for your encouraging words! I would enjoy the Go Bible Voyager. I would give the 2nd gift to my sister who is raising 3 wonderful daughters.

    Thanks, Rene'

    brucesr5@bellsouth.net

  398. Thankyou – Your reflection really encouraged me. I so often see my faults, fears, failing & weaknesses. It does seem like there is much dirt to be sifted through just to find a speck of gold, which can be discouraging. But I love the point you brought out, that the purpose of the exploration is to find the gold. That is the focus & that is God's focus too. I am encouraged to make that my focus too.

  399. Thankyou!…just what I needed to hear today–my last two are in their teen years and I've been running out of steam…
    I would like the Voyager in the dramatized NKJV version–
    And the second set would go to my dear friend Lori H who is mom of 8!
    Grace to you–Loraine

  400. I responded to this earlier but didn't say much, I was having an 'I quit' moment when my Mom forwarded this devotion to me. I have 3 kids ages 5, 3 and 1. I'm only 25 and have been married for 6 years. I stay at home because we can't afford for me to work, daycare is too expensive. Money is tight, my husband works all the time and I'm at home 24/7 with 3 kids. To say that I'm stressed is an understatement. I want so bad to be a Godly example to my kids and be a 31 wife for my husband…and I could be if I would just let God be a part of that plan…I need to learn to let go and let God. I'm not the type of person to put myself out there on a random blog but just wanted you to know that I'm the woman your devotion is about today and I appreciate your honesty. If I won I would give my Mom the second one, she deserves it and was the one that sent this devotion to me. I believe the GoBible Voyager would be her 'pick' and that is perfect for me as well. Thanks again for sharing your story and giving me hope on a day that was less than stellar.

  401. I am so glad I found this! I am a mom of 4-ages 10, 4, 3, and 19 months. There are times throughout every day that I feel like I am a failure being a mom. I tell myself I want to be more patient and I mess up over and over. It is so nice to have guidance and understanding to look up to.
    I would love to give my second set to my sister in law. She is a mom of 3 (one step daughter) and is growing everyday with the Lord. I really think she would enjoy this as well. I would enjoy the GoBible Voyager with the larger screen/type. Thank you!
    J. Johnson

  402. I really appreciate your post. Having a Down Syndrome child, I find myself losing control way too much. I am learning day-by-day when to hold my tongue and be the mom that God wants me to be. Staying calm does help. If I were to get a GoBible I would want the one that is in the middle on the page you directed us to. I would probably give a second one to my best friend or my Mom. Both would probably enjoy it.

  403. Thank you for the encouragement! I have been in this position more than once! I really needed to hear the part of seeing my childrens heart ( and my heart) not the bad habits. How easy it is to fall into that. The voyager GoBible is the one I would choose if I would have the choice. I would give the second to my friend who is feeling no purpose at this time as a stay at home mom. Thank you for your honest devotions.
    ritchie_dm@hotmail.com

  404. I really enjoyed reading today's devotional entitled "Sometimes I Just Want to Quit" written by you from Proverbs 31 daily devotional e-mail. So often we as moms think that everyone else has the answers and we are the only one struggling. When in reality if we take the time to share with other moms what is on our hearts it can be just the encouragement we need. I currently have two boys that are very active- a pre-schooler and a toddler. Some days I question my decision to walk away from my previous job as an elementary teacher to now stay home and raise our boys. Then I remember we only get one opportunity to instill in them the values and faith that we desire them to have.
    The Voyager GoBible would be my choice due to the features it contains. But, honestly any of them would be awesome!
    I would plan to give the other set to a dear mom friend who is going through a rough time financially and emotionally. She is raising four kids and life for her is very stressful due to recent circumstances. She spends a ton of time taking and then waiting for her girls in dance classes and I know she would get use of the items. Thanks. Have a Happy and blessed Mother's Day.

  405. Thanks for the amazing devotion today:) it really hit home with me. I would love either the Voyager or the original. The second one would go to my sister who is homeschooling her 4 girls. My email is Kayla.d.Russell@gmail.com

  406. I am a military wife and mother of 2 young boys (one with special needs). My husband is frequently away, sometimes months at a time.
    Thank you for your refreshingly "real" devotionals. I so relate to much of what you have gone through and often I cry when I read them b/c it hits home so deeply. Thank you for your obedience to the Lord in being vulnerable and courageous enough to share from the depths of your heart. I would love a GoBible voyager if I win and I'll ask God who to give the other pack to – it'll be His choice!
    Blessings, Peace and continued strength to you Renee!
    Haidee

  407. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the encouragment. While I would love to win your other stuff, I don't need the goBible, I have a free bible app on my phone (YouVersion) that I use every day and I would love for someone who really needs it to win. But I really identified with the wanting to give up being a mom thing. There have been so many days I've wanted to quit. (I have a 4 year old and 2 year old twins)I really loved the idea about searching for the gold rather than seeing the dirt. It's a good change of perspective. Thanks.

  408. Oops! my e-mail address is
    haideehammond@hotmail.com

  409. Thank you Renee for this much needed devotion. i am a grandmother of 3. Two boys, ages 6 and 7, and one girl who just turned 2. My daughter and the children live with us. She works full time and my husband and I take care of the childen, getting the boys off to school and taking care of our grandaughter all day. My husband is not well, but he does manage to interact some with them. Our 7 year old has autism and the 6 year old has problems also. They are a handful but we feel blessed. My daughter is exhausted when she gets home and tries so hard to devote her time to all 3, sometimes she wants to just go and hide(me too). Your story was so encouraging. I would love to win the GoBible Voyager and give the second one to my daughter. Thank you so much. Arlene C.

  410. Hello Renee, reading your devotion/blog was like one of those moments in church when you are listening to a message and are wondering how on earth the Pastor knew you were struggling with a certain issue….so what I mean was it was a total God thing! Lately I have struggled with so many similar feelings you described. Even if I wouldn't win I feel as though I gained some amazing insight and a direction with instructions!! Would love the voyager go Bible…and I would give the second to a dear friend who often feels alone in her faith walk as a mom and wife. Thank you for your transparency and honesty!!!
    Amy
    joamy11@hotmail.com

  411. Anonymous says:

    Well obviously I am a busy stay at home mom it is 11:11pm and I am just mow reading this post. How many dys do I decide to quit…just uncountable currently. But God is so faithful even when I am faithless. He continually places someone something in my life to spark me and remind me how to get back to Him through all the fog of this busy life of ours. Thank you for allowing Him to use you in my life today…I sooo want to look after their hearts and shepherd them to Him, not a life filled with stuff. I am afraid I have taught He gets our left overs. You reminded me today His mercies are new and I can have a do-over by shifting my focus back to the Word and in turn shifting theirs too! I would take any Of the 3, but sure the pretty white voyager would be a choice. I would give the second to my sweet friend whose husband is a youth minister and her life is quit often over booked as well. With 4 kids and a husband that has been gone 9 dys to equador for a church plant she deserves it more than I do. She has single parented for His glory this week and could use it in the car rider line or between ball fields….endless use! Thanks for a great devo today! Rainwater5@att.net

  412. Today, I was a failure as a mom..at Bible study the page in my Bible included a Max "Life Lesson" with these words: failure with temper, failure with words…then I read your Proverbs 31 blog…He knew! and He loves move even though I had a bad day! Thank you for your words, Renee. I would love to win the gifts and would share with my friend Liz..a wonderful mother (I wish I was more like her!) As for the GoBible, I would take any one of them. God has certainly blessed you with words for which I am thankful. Blessings my Christian sister.

  413. I am such a tired mommy, I read biblical parenting tips, empowering parent e articles, pray for my child and still he is so rebellious and defiant I lose my temper and then hate myself for it. God show me what you want me to do, I want to glorify you through my behavior and not respond to my emotions. I am so tired and have tried everything. please help me, I am a good mommy and love my child more than anything

  414. Thank you for the divinely inspired devotion for today. It really spoke to me personally. I have 5 children ages 17 down to 2 and we homeschool so most days are busy and sometimes overwhelming. The GoBible (Voyager – NIV) looks awesome and would give me the opportunity to listen to His word throughout the day. It's so difficult to find time to sit and read. I would share the package with my friend who takes time to share her heart with me and listens on those days I feel like quitting. She would benefit greatly from this and would share it with others. Thanks for your transparency. What a blessing and neat Mother's Day giveaway. I hope you have a joyful Mother's Day. Lisa L.
    lablambert@yahoo.com

  415. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this awesome devotion. You also so just the right things to encourage me. I enjoy the GoBible Voyager. I am going through a divorce and have three boys. This would enhance my time with God. I would give the second one to my best friend Jenny. You had been so helpful during this diffcult time. God's blessings, Nicole

  416. Thanks for the great devotional. If I won I would like the GoBible original. And I would give the second pack to my cousin Ronica.

  417. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your devotional! Just what I needed today. And coupled with a phone call with my close friend, who is a mom of 4, and knowing I can lean on Jesus as a mom of 2, I feel much more at peace that I'm not the only mom who struggles! I would love the Voyager GoBible. kelrae62@hotmail.com

  418. Thank you so much for the encouragement. I think the go bible voyager have a lot of neat features. I look forward to learning more. Thank you.

  419. Shaelia Smith says:

    I LOVE your devotions,,,they help me on a daily basis! If I win I would love the GOBible Original. I would give the second one to my Mother In Law who has been such a blessing to me and doesn't like to read. This would be a wonderful Mother;s Day gift for her so that she could read more!

  420. Wow! Isn't it amazing how God knows how to put things in our path that our going to speak to our hearts at the exact moment we need it! And that my friends is what God does for me with your devotional. I am a busy wife, mom of three kiddos, nursing student, and part-time medical assistant at a physicians office. Although reading through these commments most moms are mothers toddlers, but I am will find myself the mother of a teenager in 9 days….eeeek!! I am also the mother of a 6 & 7 year old kiddos too! I had always thought that having my children grow older would ease the burden on parenthood. Not always true I have come to find out. Worrying about my children learning how to cross the street has been replaced with worrying about how I can keep my child from being influenced by "wordly" friends! Thanks you so much for all the encouragement you give each day through this devotional! If I were to win, I would pick the GoBible Voyager and would choose my dear sweet friend who is a stay at home mother of 4 ages, 10, 3, 2, and 9 months!

  421. Wow! Isn't it amazing how God knows how to put things in our path that our going to speak to our hearts at the exact moment we need it! And that my friends is what God does for me with your devotional. I am a busy wife, mom of three kiddos, nursing student, and part-time medical assistant at a physicians office. Although reading through these commments most moms are mothers toddlers, but I am will find myself the mother of a teenager in 9 days….eeeek!! I am also the mother of a 6 & 7 year old kiddos too! I had always thought that having my children grow older would ease the burden on parenthood. Not always true I have come to find out. Worrying about my children learning how to cross the street has been replaced with worrying about how I can keep my child from being influenced by "wordly" friends! Thanks you so much for all the encouragement you give each day through this devotional! If I were to win, I would pick the GoBible Voyager and would choose my dear sweet friend who is a stay at home mother of 4 ages, 10, 3, 2, and 9 months!

  422. Anonymous says:

    I had a gold nugget moment a few weeks ago. I'm not sure why after 3 daughters who are "easy" and mellow, God brought the most rambunctious, high-strung little boy into our lives. I've complained.I've cried. I've called in professionals. I've sworn one of us was going to take medication. But as I not so calmly told God I made a mistake, I must have misheard His calling us to adopt, He said "Be not weary in well doing for you shall reap in due season if you faint not" ONLY His calm reasoning could correct me and only my small brown boy's smile can melt all of the frustration away. I am like this boy and I need God to be not weary loving and teaching me too.
    If you pick me I would like whatever you offer and the other to go to another adoptive momma I know with the same struggles. Thanks for the encouragement.
    Becky girlfactory@earthlink.net

  423. Cinnamon says:

    This was such a good devotion to read, as today was a tough day dealing with three that are 5 and under. I felt like I could have given the "pink slip" to my husband and then just before bed, read your story. How timely is our God!!! I would enjoy the GoBible Voyager and I would give the other to another mom . . . of 4, about to be 5. I love her dearly and have been encouraged by her greatly.
    cinnamon@thecanhamfamily.com

  424. I saw the email in my inbox this morning and didn't read it I had so much to do I just wanted to get started, after I had finally dragged myself out of bed. I have 4 kids and I homeschool 3 of them. I was getting ready to go to sleep and then I clicked on the email devotional and it was just what I needed. I'm tired and run down and the days never end but I also love being the one to teach the little ones. I need to get past all the little snafoos that come up in the day and get focused on enjoying being the Mom and teacher. I would give the other copy to a friend of mine who has had a rough life and has since turned her life around but I know with 5 kids things get pretty hectic in her household and sometimes she needs the reminder too that God is with us and we don't have to do it on our strength but in His.

  425. I loved reading this post. Thank you. I really like the Voyager GoBible and would give the second to my cousin who is like a sister to me and is always there for me, no matter what.

  426. You put into words what I've been feeling lately. I didn't know that others felt the same way, I thought only I felt like a major failure and couldn't seem to pull it all together. Thanks for the encouragement! I would be happy to recieve the original GoBible, what a neat idea. And I would give the other package to my friend Anna who is also going through the monotony of mother hood at times.

  427. Thank you for the much needed devotion today. I am a single mother of 3 with my oldest about to graduate from high school in two weeks. The past months have been had many struggles between us. Her strong desire to go out on her own and my panic as to whether I have given her all the tools to make it as a young adult have tested us both. I am so greatful for so many answered prayers in the recent months and would love to give a gobible to my friend Allison. She prays for everyone and has really helped me to make prayer more of a priority. She is a great inspiration and friend. If I won, I would choose the voyager. Thanks, Briana

  428. Lynette says:

    I am a very busy wife and mom with 4 kids ages 7-19 and I just went back to work as my littlest one went to school. Although being able to be a full time Mom was the biggest and most important job I know I will ever do, there were many days (and still are!!) where I thought that each time I lost my temper I also lost brain cells… "Can I really do this, Lord?" wasn't just a question…it became a mantra!! BUT I didn't always take the time to look to His Word for the answer! Praise God He is SO FAITHFUL…even when we are NOT!!! Thank you for encouraging all of us that he loves us especially at those moments when we do not love ourselves.
    If I was to be chosen to be blessed I would pick the original go bible and give the other to another working mom of 3 children who is a believer but who is very hard on herself…we would be so blessed to have that available to us at all times!! Thanks for encouraging us so!!

  429. :)

  430. Renee, this could not have come at a better time! As a single mom of a rambunctious 3 year old boy, I see myself getting frustrated more every day. In reading this, I am seeing that everyone gets frustrated, but if I look for the golden nuggets, and pray for both myself and my son, we both will get along better.
    I would like the GoBible Voyager. I would give the second gift to a friend who is having her second baby girl any day. This has been a rough pregnancy, and I know she would enjoy getting things that would help her teach her children about God.

    Thanks for all your writings, and letting God use you!!

  431. Anonymous says:

    Hi Renee,
    I would love the GoBible Voyager. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to win one!

    jbaehrel at hvc dot rr dot com

  432. I love the concept that we are mining for Gold in the hearts of our kids. At times I do get discouraged as I guide my boys in becoming who God wants them to be. It literally is a mining process as the work is little by little each day – instilling Godly aspirations in their hearts and minds – praying that God will forge them into precious gems! Thank you for your ministry and early morning inspiration to keep me inspired!!

  433. What a powerful message in the devotion and your post. Wow, Renee'! I wish I had read this a long time ago. This is very good stuff!!! Gonna post the links on my facebook page. Want to share it with every mom I know and those I don't know! Than you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Cheri

  434. Wow! Usually I just read over the blog posts on Proverbs 31 Ministries and don't give them a whole lot of thought, but yours really hit home…hard. I'm to the point of wanting to quit too, so I'm glad that other people feel the same as I do. I don't have a preference on which GoBible because any would be fabulous, but I would definitely give the other to my best friend, Bree, as she is a frazzled mom with three kids too.

  435. Thank you! The devotion really ministered to my heart! I'm a mom of 3 and have been struggling with some of the same things you spoke of in your devotion. God is always on time with his message. I would love to win the GoBible Voyager. I would share the other with one of the Alabama Tornado Victims that we have been working with. They have lost everything. Receiving this would be another way to show them God loves them and wants to help them.
    Faith E.
    ccfw0301@windstream.net

  436. Anonymous says:

    Wow! This is exactly the what I needed this morning. God is definitely speaking to me through you. I have three boys ages 3 months, three and four all at home with me. I have turned to God to help me with mothering because I have been at the "pink slip" point for some time and have been praying for guidance. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and I would love to get the GoBible Voyager so that I could use the year plan and have verses at the ready, plus listen in the car with my boys plus read it it while we are enjoying playtime outside. I would give the second pack to my newest and dearest mommy friend Melanie who has quickly become my best friend and spiritual guide but has been blessed with a new opportunity and will be moving in three weeks. She has a 6 month old boy and a 19 year old daughter.
    Jessica

  437. Renee Thanks so much for the devotional and the chance to win :) I am a mother of 2 and I love my kids to death, yet I feel I am not a good mother to them. I just had some bloodwork done that shows I could have rheumatiod arthritis. I am having a hard time dealing with this news. How can I be a good mother when I am in constant pain?? After reading your blog I know that I have to look to God for my strength and ask Him to be my Rock. God does not give us more than we can handle. If I win I would give the 2nd one to a good friend of mine who has a child that almost died as an infant. He is 7 yrs old now and has severe behavioral and mental problems. She struggles daily with him and I think it would be of great help to her. Which go bible..really any would be great :) Thanks

  438. Jackie says:

    Thank you Renee for the devotion that reminded me that God will be there to find the gold in us mom's and it is our job to find in our children. After a horrible crash yesterday in which my daughter totaled her sister's car, I then discovered that Hospice has been called in for my Dad. If I win, I would choose the Voyager to use when I travel to see him and work with my daughter. I would give the 2nd one to my 3rd daughter who is working to raise 2 toddler boys to love God, respect each other and the world.As a busy working part-time lawyer,she could use the GOBible and share with other. Jackie

  439. VAmomma says:

    Wow did I need this one! 2 of my 3 children have special needs. My oldest has had 8 major surgeries and still has a feeding tube and hearing aids and my middle daughter has behavior issues and is only 5. There are times I just want to quit and I ask God what he is thinking giving ME two special needs children. My days are full of trials and triumphs and too often I get stuck on the trials…or dirt. A friend of mine posted the link to this devotional on her Facebook and I know it was God's way of giving me what I need just when I need it…as he usually does! ;)

    I would love the Voyager or the Original since they have most of the same features. Either one would be easy to use and a great way to get the Bible on the go :) I would give the second one to my friend Christina, who is the one that posted this on her Facebook. She is a Christian who has found the fire again recently and is being baptized for the first time this Sunday on Mother's Day!

  440. Shannon L says:

    Thank you so much for the message I read this morning. With a fussy 2yo, testy 7yo, stressed husband, overwhelmed mother and a paralyzed father, I'm in a difficult season of life right now and needed to be reminded that the tough times bring out the gold.

    If I won, I would choose the voyager since it has the text on the screen as well as the spoken word. I don't hear very well and so this way wouldn't miss anything. This would be a great resource for my husband and I to share. I would give the second to my father. He has several broken vertebrae and is unable to walk. He has a long rehabilitation coming up and this would be a wonderful way to keep him encouraged.

    But if I don't win the contest, its alright because the war is already won by Jesus. And this post was a great reminder to be more like our Saviour.

    Thanks so much.

    BanaIzzyB (at) gmail (dot) com

  441. Cheryl Motsenbocker says:

    How refreshing to hear a mom utter those words out loud!! I love it! I would share mine with my sister in law who is a new mom of twin boys and bit overwhelmed! :) I would be happy with any of the fantastic GoBibles!! Thank you!

  442. Thank you from a motther of three preschoolers. There are many days I wished I could give up. Thank you for the incouragement.
    Chadbekbois@gmail.com

  443. Anonymous says:

    I thank God for His timing and truth in this devotion. I am starting a study for a group of mom's that meet at the YMCA. The book we will be studying is The Ministry of Motherhood. These gifts will be a blessing for any mother. If chosen I would like to gift the GoBible Voyagers to whom the Lord leads.
    littlecar2011@hotmail.com

  444. Just discovered your blog through Proverbs 31 ministries and am definitely book-marking it. I can't wait to share some of your stories with my volunteer team at church.
    I would love the Original GoBible, and would pass along the 2nd one to a good friend that just took a job in ministry. I think they would be a wonderful resource tool for each of us. Thank you!

  445. I loved reading the devotional and follow-up blog post. It has inspired me to do more gold-mining with my daughter. I would love to have any of the GoBibles, but the Voyager would be my number one choice. The second set would go to a friend of mine who has 2 preschoolers and is a stay-at-home mom who could use some encouragement and her-time! My e-mail is lmb1128@aol.com. Thanks! Lauren

  446. Rebecca L. says:

    This devotion was so timely in my life as a mom to 3 little ones. I have renewed strength to focus on my kids' hearts more than their habits! I would love the GoBible Original. I would give the second to a precious Christ-loving friend, also a mom of 3, whose husband will be leaving for Afghanistan, again, this coming year. God's best blessings to you! Rebecca L.

  447. I have always thought of myself as the official wiper, but I love this new perspective! I WANT TO BE A GOLD-MINING MOMMY!
    I could really use the Character Chart to reinforce and remind me to look for the golden character traits in not only my girls, but everyone I come in contact with. If I win, I'll share with the birth-mother of our 3 yr. old adopted daughter who is raising her birth sister.
    Trying to focus on the positive when my first born was a toddler, I initiated a "Catch You Being Good" program where I would surprise her with a little gift when I "caught" her being good, but that system falls way short, for many reasons, compared to your idea. The more dirt I can dig through the more opportunity to find gold… Just IMAGINE…. finding gold every day!
    Thank you Renee for this great post, now I not only have a new job title but a whole new mission statement.
    According to Solomon, it is a gift from God to find joy in our monotonous labor, even toilsome wiping, and I'm so excited by the prospect of looking for gold while I'm wiping!

    May God continue to pour out His blessings of wisdom on you so that you can continue to encourage us the way you so graciously do!
    Bugsmadre@sbcglobal.net

  448. Thank you so much for that awesome devotion. God really spoke to my heart with your words. I was wanting to give up on being a Mom! THrough your devotion I realized that it isn't about me and God has a bigger purpose for my life. I would chose the GOBible Voyager, because I stillhave a lot left to learn from God's Word. Thank again for the words of encouragement!

  449. I forgot to add that I would give the 2nd gift pack to my best friend in the whole world. She has been an encouragment to me and always with a kind word or prayer!

  450. Thanks for the devotion! Being a mom can be hard sometimes but it's good to know I'm not doing it alone.
    I'd love the GoBible Voyager! And I'd give the second one to my best friend!
    What a great way to memorize Scrioture, too!

  451. Thank-you, Renee for this devotion today! I am the mom of 3 teenagers, and sometimes I just want to throw my hands up and holler "I QUIT"! Whether it's my oldest who is 19 blowing me off after being asked to do something, my daughter who is 16 having an attitude about what she has chosen to wear that day, or my youngest who is 14, pitching a fit about something small before he walks out the door to catch the bus. There are days that it feels like the same thing different day, and we're all stuck. If I win, I would like the GoBible Original, the other one I would give to my best friend Pam who is the mom to 6(3 boys and 3 girls), she has been a blessing to me since the day that we met almost 10 years ago. Again, thanks so much for this, God bless you. Love in Christ, Elena

  452. Just last week I wanted to quit. I didn't wanna be "the mom" anymore. Some things have happened recently and it has made me question my ability as a mom. Your devotion is exactly what I needed. I pray about being a good mom, but I guess that I haven't really surrendered it all to God. I have even been trying to find ways to teach & show my children the love of God, and I still don't feel adaquate. I need all the help I can get to regain confidence in myself.
    If I won, I would take whatever. I'm not picky.
    And I would probably give the other to my bestie, who often struggles with the same things.
    Thank u so much for expressing your feelings and sharing the things that the Lord reveals to u. It has helped me out so many times.

  453. Anonymous says:

    Hi Renee, I had never heard of the goBible before. It sounds like a great idea! I love to connect with God while sitting and reading my Bible, but at times I lose track of time(now that my kids are in school and I finally feel like I have some uninteruped quiet time to spend with Him)but then my housework doesn't get done! It would be great to be able to move around the house, doing my work and still be able to spend time hearing the word. I would enjoy using the goBible voyager in the NKJV as well as one in the NIV for my friend who is a new Christian, mom of two. She shared with me that she has tried to commit suicide three times, the last time, just a few days before joining our Small Group Bible study.

    She has polio and has recently started a new job. She loves listening to music while she commutes and I think she would also really benefit from filling her mind with God's word to help her grow in Him. My email is ritskes@mts.net I really can relate to your post about wanting to quit some days and not believing satan's lies. Thankyou! Tamara

  454. Thank you so much for this encouraging devotion! There have been so many times where I wanted to give up on being a Mom! It is so hard! I have 2 children with type 2 diabetes, so there are the challenges of raising 2 girls along with a challenging medical condition. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
    I would love the Go Bible Voyager. And I would give the second pack to my friend Mary. -Kathy

  455. TriciaB says:

    God is so amazing. I have a friend who wad just saying she feels like giving up. And today's devotion was exactly what she needed. So I forwarded it on to her. I would like either Bible. I'm simple but either would be great. I would give my friend the other one so when she feels like giving up she can pull it out and see where God guides her

  456. Anonymous says:

    Voyager in NIV would be wonderful. I would share with one of my Bible Study friends. Thank you for the encouragement. It is a challenge being a parent – many days. Support and encouragement from P31 goes a long way! mheard11@frontier.com

  457. That was the devotional that I NEEDED to read. I want to quit mommy hood right now, BUT as a single mom I can't. Anyways, I would totally enjoy the Gobible Voyager. I would give the second pack to my dearest friend who just had her third baby.

  458. Bethany says:

    I loved this devotional.. It was exactly what I needed to hear. I have been finding myself in a place where I wanted to quit but as a single mom I can't. I would so enjoy the Gobible Voyager. I would give the second pack to my dearest friend who just had her third baby.

  459. Thanks so much for the encouraging devotions. I could definitely use a GoBible, and would love the Voyager with all of its awesome features, although they all would be extremely helpful. I'd give my second GoBible to my friend and accountability partner, Kristin. Our kids are the same ages and we encourage each other along this wife/mommy/child of God journey.

    Thanks again…
    Inga
    mrsclark928@vzw.blackberry.net

  460. Gillian Sharp says:

    I would love the Original Go Bible and I would give the second pack to a friend who is a new mum and is struggling as not everything is going to plan.

  461. A friend forwarded me your devotion today and boy did it hit home! I have a newborn and my older son has been having quite the adjustment. Your devotion came at the perfect time. I would choose the Voyager and would give the 2nd one to a dear friend of mine.
    I have now subscribed to your newsletter and sent you a friend request on FB.

  462. Anonymous says:

    Thank you! I have been feeling down on myself alot lately, and found your wonderful blog this evening after begging God for guidance. If chosen to win, I would choose my best friend, Greta, as the other recipient. After years of infertility treatments, God has led them down a wonderful new path this past 6 months. They become foster parents, and will soon finalize adoption of their wonderful boy!
    Murrays307@yahoo.com

  463. Thank you! I have been feeling down on myself alot lately, and found your wonderful blog this evening after begging God for guidance. If chosen to win, I would choose my best friend, Greta, as the other recipient–Original NIV please. After years of infertility treatments, God has led them down a wonderful new path this past 6 months. They became foster parents, and, even more, they will soon finalize adoption of their wonderful boy!
    Murrays307@yahoo.com

  464. I was just starting to read your article about quitting which is how i've been feeling lately,when my son interuppted me and apoligized for something he done and said the other day. That was a great moment. Your gift pack would be a great help the go bible voyager would be a great help, with 7 kids and a busy husband i feel i'm always on the road to somewhere or something. The one i'd give,would probably be a friend who is expecting who also has a 1 1/2 yr daughter recovering from brain cancer and a 3 1/2yr daughter.

  465. Thank you doesn't even begin to tell you how encouraging this devotion is to me. My boys are no longer toddlers, but the struggles seem to only increase as they grow older. They are so greatly influenced by my spouse, who was raised in a christian home, but chooses not to follow a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and I feel as though I am running in to a brick wall at times. I would choose the original GoBible, with the 2nd for my friend and single mom, Tonya.

  466. I am a recent subscriber to your Proverbs 31 ministries and it came at a great time…we just recently lost my aunt and uncle in the Mississippi tornados so my mom and I have really clung to Gods word. Proverbs 31 ministries has been a blessing, I have been able to find something to apply everyday. Any of the GoBibles would be wonderful to have and my mom would receive the other one. Abigail_Warden@yahoo.com

  467. What a cool little gadget! I would love the original version and would give the other one to my friend Tammy…she has the same struggles as I do with full time work and a young child.

  468. Anonymous says:

    I am just completely wore out on parenting. I was at my breaking point at lunch today. Crying and praying to God that I coulnd't do this anymore. My kids receive the short end of the stick everyday because I am wore out when I get home from work everyday and my husband refuses to consider letting me stay home with them because what if…. It breaks my heart. I feel like all the kids hear from me everyday is criticsm and yelling at them. The few hours I get to spend with them maybe i am just looking at dirt instead of gold. It doens't matter to me which Go Bible I would get everything you have in that pack would be helpful for me and my kids. Every single one of my friends work and raise their children, i have an unlimited supply of friends to give the second set to if I win. Thanks

    rreddies@navigatordirect.com

  469. Renee, your devotions & blog posts are really just what I need…I have wanted to quit my job as Mom many times in the last year. Thanks for the encouragement! I want to study what you learned from God. If I receive the GoBibles I would like the voyager if I could download Bible messages to it. Otherwise the original would work well. I'd give the second one to my Dad so he could hear scripture (he has read the Bible every morning for as long as I can remember) or else to one of my young Mom friends. Thanks again.

  470. AMY RUTH says:

    I love the idea of all of this. I desire that the Lord transform me into the self-less momma and wife that He has designed me to be. I love the Character Chart as well. I would chose the Voyager. Thanks for the opportunity.

    AMY RUTH

    blondart@msn.com

  471. Angela says:

    I liked the devotion. I like the go bible voyager. I would give the 2nd one to my mom.
    angela7777(at)juno(dot)com

  472. I don't think I've reached the point of wanting to quit, but boy do I have days that come close! :) BUT GOD! He is so faithful and strong and loving and the best leader and carrier when I fall down! Thank you for your encouraging words!! God is doing some new and exciting things in me and I'm so excited!
    My sister is an amazing woman and busy mom of 9! She would be who I would bless! :)
    misscathryn@yahoo.com
    Many blessings back to you Renee for all your pour out to us!!

  473. Anonymous says:

    Hello, My name is Hazel
    Iknow exactly what you mean,I have been going through a tough time with my 10-year-old son. He is normally a straight "A" student but lately he has not been turning in homework and becoming very disrespectful. Everyone keeps telling me it's his age but I just keep praying that things will get better.

    i would love to have the GoBible. my email address is hazel.gray@martinmlp.com

  474. Teresa S says:

    Go Bible Voyager NIV
    Wonderful post. This was my first Mother's Day since the tragic death of my son 10 months ago. We take so much for granted. I used to have many days where I wanted to quit. Now I can't imagine that. I treasure each moment with my daughter good and bad.

  475. Thank you so much for that devotion. I always felt like I was the only one who would ever want to "quit". If I won, I would give the second one to my sister-in-law, who was instrumental in leading me to Proverbs 31 Ministries. I would love to have the GoBible voyager. It just seemed to have just what I would need. Thanks so much. Michele I
    micisio2@gmail.com

  476. I love hearing your encouraging words! It's very comforting to know that there are other women out there dealing with the same issues of Momhood and Life that I am.
    If I won, I'd pick the GoBible Original and give the other to my wonderful Mom, a true woman of God : )

  477. What perfect timing, as God usually has.. I've been having a hard time the last few days – i've actually had the "I want to Quit" thoughts.. NOT in the sense of quitting my life, just the responsibilities that comes w/ motherhood & single motherhood.. I know this blog was from last week, but today wsa the right time for me to read it!! So thank you for all that you do..
    I"m unfamiliar with GoBible, so I cant say which one I like at this time, but I will go look into it.
    If I'd entered this on time & won, I'd give the other gift to my neice who is a young mom!
    Stefani

  478. Wow – God's timing is amazing.. I just read the Proverbs 31 devotion & it spoke to me.. I'm a single mom of 2 wonderful boys, but lately I've been questioning my parenting.. Just yesterday I was thinking about my "pink slip" – but as a MOM you can only think those thoughts for a short time, then have to get over it & move on & be there for your kids..
    I think it's really in my face right now because I've been asked to speak at my church in 2 weeks about being a single parent & that's made me really think about what I do..
    Thank you for your words of wisdom, they will help me feel better about who "I" am!
    I'm not familiar w/ GoBible (but will look into it soon). I would share this great gift w/ my neice who is a young mom..
    Thank you,
    Stefani

  479. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Renee for sharing the new perspective God has given you. It has truly been a blessing to me and an answer to prayer. You see I had been asking God to help me in Mothering my child since I have felt totally unequipped and had not been raised in a Christian home nor my husband. God had been speaking to me this year about being a purposeful parent to my child. I had the worse Mothers Day ever and accounted to my own failures of being a Mom. The Law of reaping & sewing. Anyway, if I was to win the gift set, the Voyage Bible sounds great. I would share it with a friend who is also raising a daughter. I praise the Lord for speaking to your heart and thank him for your obedience in sharing.
    Blessings,
    margebraudaway@yahoo.com

  480. Anonymous says:

    I liked the voyager go Bible so that you could load additional things. I would give the first one to my almost thirteen year old daughter who really loves the Word but needs encouragement from the Word right now to fill her heart.

    The second one I would give to my ten year old daughter who is filling her heart with the Word right now. She would really use it and take care of it. I know she would share with her little sisters and that would make it more precious to them. She would also find scriptures to share with me and faithfully remind me to listen to them. :)

    I just found you today! I am so excited to find such a source of encouragement in my walk. I can't wait to share your resources with others.

  481. I like this because there are so many times when I have wanted to quit. But how do I make it personal and get my daughters ages 10 and 7 years to develop Christ like character.
    That is where I am not doing too well on.

  482. Tiffanyheeg@yahoo.com says:

    Thank you for sharing your honest struggles- it helps us all grow when we are vulnerable. Needing God is the best place to be. I would love the voyager go bible and would give the other to my best friend who is a mama too. Thanks! Tiffanyheeg@yahoo.com

  483. Thanks for reminding us that we are not alone in this big challenge of motherhood. We so often look at others and think they have it all together and we are such a mess. I need God’s continual guidance as I try to raise four children. Sometimes it is so overwhelming I don’t think I can do it anymore.

  484. Thank you for your Devon’s, both on Proverbs 31 & here. I needed encouragement today. My 6 yr old feels like he cannot get anything right, & I talk about Jesus’ love to him; then I get on to him about things and it feels like I am not representing Christ for my son. I really felt encouraged and ready to try again, this time with God’s help! Tamra

  485. Thanks so much for your devotion. Although my children are no longer small, I still struggle with raising Godly children. This prize pack would help me on my journey.

  486. I definitely need help and advice in this arena. I have a 16 month old that loves her word “no” and a baby on the way. I work full time and my husband is working and in school full time. We need lots of prayers.

  487. My daughter is the mother of two young children, ages 3 years and a 7 month old. She is a working mother and a wife. Trying to juggle all these hats is, as all of us who have been there know, challenging at best. My daughter is not saved…yet…! Her 3 year old attends a Christian preschool, and is starting to bring what she is learning there into the house. My son in law and daughter are not opposed to this. In fact, my daughter told me she would like to start going to church with me. Halleluia! Jennifer (my daughter) is easily discouraged, and although her sister and I have often discussed God’s love with her, she not accepted it yet. I plan to print your message here and give her a copy. (It always makes more sense coming from someone other than your mother.) Hopefully, it will be the push that is needed. Your book would be helpful too-somthing she could refer to when discouraged. Thank you for your expressions of faith, I read you often in my devotionals from Proverbs 31.

  488. Peggy Clement says:

    Thank you this is what I need at this time in my life, I often feel like a failure in my being a mom. I have a 3 daughter 19year old and twins who are 13. I have one of my twins who is really going through a rough time in her life and it seems like she has two peersonalitys. I’ve been praying and I think God sent this message for me, so that I can see who I am in him and look at my girls hearts and see beyond their attitudes and see their hurts and see and love them the way God does.

  489. Thank you Renee for your meaningful words today Feb. 13. You expressed exactly how I have been feeling. Comparing myself to other moms and doubting my abilities as a mom has been tearing me down and reading your words showed me that God has something better planned for me instead of my feeling so downcast. I really need some encouragement. Winning your giveaway would give me some of the resources I have been searching for to better my outlook as well as my communication with my children. I have two boys, Shayne 4 and Samuel 2. I want to be the mom they deserve and can look up to. I want to teach them about God in ways they find fun and encourage them to seek Him for themselves. There seems to be so many things standing in my way of being this kind of mom. I get frustrated easily and just want to sit and cry. My boys deserve a wonderful mom and there are days like you that I just want to turn in my pink slip. But I know God has a plan for me. I believe that is why I received your email today and was led to your page. Thank you for all that you do.

  490. It’s all about coming to a ‘place of grace’… Thanks for the reminder!
    dp

  491. This devotion is such an inspiration! It seems my husband, my 2 kids, and I have all been a little short on patience here lately. I would love to win this give away to have some new resources to help me grow in my role as a mom.

  492. Hi Renee,
    This really hit home for me today. My daugher is 29 months and I feel the exact same way that you did. I am a single parent, so I feel like that in itself is a target on my back. I know that I can be a better more patient mom for her, but I get so wrapped up in how others look and are doing things and feel like I am that mom that looks out of control. Thank you for sharing this, it helps me realize that I am not alone in my feelings, and that my daughter is normal.
    Have a blessed day,
    ~Tennille

  493. I love the story you shared. Often times I don’t see the gold for all the dirt in the way. Life today is busy, hectic and sometimes just crazy. I would love to win because I love the idea of mining for gold in my children. I think I need to stop and see the beauty and the wonderful gift God has given me in my children. Thanks for the devotional, it’s much appreciated!

  494. Oh how I need to be mined! I have a 3 & 5 year old who constantly defy me & my authority. (Or lack of authority, whichever you want to call it) I have tried so many things from behavior charts to time out. They are both very smart but head strong & it’s a constant battle. The thing is…while I’VE tried everything I know that I need to take me out of the picture. Ya know? Instead of “Lord, give me strength…Lord be MY strength”. And the same thing goes for every aspect of our lives, especially parenting. I know all of these things, but haven’t implimented them. That stops now! I’d love to win your Mom Pack. It would be a great tool/ weapon as I take over my role as the Mommy that Jesus intended me to be. Thank you for your fabulous devotions & God Bless!

  495. I would love to win this giveaway, due to not having a parent who loved me and show me who I was in Christ. I am just learning at my age that I am somebody in Christ and I would love to be able to be a better parent to my children and grandchildren. By trusting the Lord and learning through other people He is using to bless other people. This mother wants to learn how to be all that God has created her to be.

  496. Thank you for your message today. It was wonderful. It confirms what was revealed to me yesterday. I have to turn everything over to God and let him do his will. I can not do it on my own. Sometimes it takes that breaking point for us to realize this. Now, I just have to let God use me and guide me. Sounds easy, right?
    As the mother of 9 children, I would love to win your packet. It would help me be a better Mom, wife, and friend. It is a resource that I feel will help focus life back on God and away from what Ido. I can not do this on my own. I am not enough. The wonderful thing is that God is more than enough. HE fills in where we fall short. HE is the way, the truth, and the light. I pray that I will let him lead me. I give it all over to God.

  497. Lisa Vanderveen says:

    Hello. My name is Lisa Vanderveen. I am grateful for your proverbs 31 topic and this website! This is just the message that I needed today (thanks GOD)! I am the mother of 7 children, in a blended family. We have been a family for 6 years now. There have been good times as well as bad. Our past marriages ended tragically. My four step-children experienced a mother sent away due to drug and alcohol use. Then, she found another man and barely saw her children for years. When she decided to see them again, her heart gave out and she suddenly passed. It’s been 2 years now, but scars run deep. My 3 biological children saw their dad leave with someone else and he got involved in bad things too, lost his job and moved away for 2 years. He is back now…and healthy. We have managed to get through these things but sometimes, I feel discouraged as a mom. I would love to win your gift package and my soul would soak up the encouragement. Thanks for all you do for us moms out there. Motherhood is so important! Lisa Vanderveen

  498. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! the Lord used this devotion to speak to me. Thank you!!!!

  499. Tammy Lindsay says:

    Good morning Renee. I would so love to win this Purpose-Driven Mom Gift Pack for a few simple reasons. First and foremost, I can totally relate to what you went through. My daughter was a very difficult and challenging toddler and still is very difficult and challenging. Second, I didn’t do so well with my 21-year-old daughter, who went to live with her dad when she was 15, so we don’t have a healthy relationship. Third, I still have my 17-year-old son living with me and I don’t want to make the same mistakes that I did with my daughter. Finally, because I bought the Mom I Want To Be but since I am a single Mom, I don’t have adequate time to read it thoroughly. Being a single mom, CD’s are wonderful to listen to and gives me plenty of time to think while traveling. I believe these pearls of wisdom will enlighten me and possibly help me make amends with my daughter and benefit my relationship with my son as well, along with lots of prayer, of course. Thank you for offering this. Even if I don’t win, I know that someone will be truly blessed by this wonderful gift. God bless you.

  500. Thanks so much, Renee. I have a three year-old daughter and I really need to start mining the gold in her heart. It’s so much easier to start that when they are younger. It’s not easy to change our hearts and our ways when we get older. God definitely has to get a strong grip on us but we also have to let him. I really want to win but if I don’t I look forward to being able to purchase your character chart.

  501. Thanks Renee for your timely and Godly words! His words always seem to find us when we need to them. The right ones at the right time. Amazing!

    As a home school mom I can’t tell you how much good your packet would do me. Yesterday was a day I wanted to quit. Not because of my child but because I felt overwhelmed and inadequate. This morning I am feeling encouraged. Thank you!

  502. Hollie Maloney says:

    AMEN!!!,
    I really struggle with convictions every night I go to bed. Being a wife of a traveling husband and two young boys to care for by myself during the week. I would go to bed crying knowing that once again I failed as a mom, and God would bring me some grace and I would pray and tell God that I wasn’t going to do that again. The problem I was finding that it’s impossible to have a perfect day (especially with 2 boys) so once again I would let myself down and then Satan would pounce on that and feed lies into me telling me it’s pointless to even try to show love and grace to these kids. Well, that was what my days consist of, me yelling and being frustrated and then feeling convicted and crying, blah blah blah. Finally God showed me a way to not start looking at trying to have the perfect day, but turn to Him in every moment. He has showed me to cry out to Him when something doesn’t go right or I am flustered. Ask for His strength not try and do it my way, because through Him I am perfect and there for my days almost start to seem perfect. Renee you are a true inspiration and I love how honest and open you. It’s because of you sharing your weakness you have helped others deal with their’s. God wants me to share with you that He has you right were he wants you:) I continue to pray that God blesses you for your obedience to Him. Have a great week, cause you deserve it!!!!!!

  503. Renee,
    First of all I want to say Thank you for your wonderful message. I am the mother of two and have found many times in my life where I’ve gone through the same feeling you have described and wanting to give up. I have often felt that as a mother I am not good enough and that they would be better off with someone else as a mom. What makes it worse is that I lost my mother 6 years ago last Monday and so have not had her here for her encouragement and parenting advice as well. Winning this packet would help me to have resources for me to turn to in times of despair. Thank you again.
    Cindy

  504. Nicole Scott says:

    First I’d like to say thanks for allowing God to use you to minister to so many of us! I’d love to win. I’m going through a very difficult season in my life. Without really going into the details I’ve been feeling like a failure in several areas of my life lately! Things seem pretty bleak but thank goodness for my faith. It’s the only thing that gets me through each day. Although I don’t uncerstand I know that God is in control. I would love more encouragement from your resources. It does help to realize that I’m not the only mom out there that feels like calling it quits sometimes. It’s easy to look at those moms who seem to have it together & feel that much more discouraged. Thanks again for letting God use your talents to encourage us!

  505. I am probably at a very different place than most of the Mom’s responding to this. I have a daughter who is 22 and about to graduate from college who practically raised herself. She has always been self motivated and a great student and a leader. I also have a 16 year old son who is a freshman in High school. He is a delight to my husband and myself, but is much more of a challenge. We try not to compare the two of them as they are both amazing individuals in their own ways. My son has ADHD and has also had some speech difficulties, so school is much more difficult for him than it was for our daughter. He is very loving and kind, but can try our patience with how obstinate he can be and we are honestly exhausted by his homework!

  506. Mom In Chaos says:

    I am in a strange stage of motherhood. We lost a daughter several years ago, and we are now raising 3 teenagers and a toddler. It has been nearly 6 months since we moved our family half-way across the country. It was a huge blessing in the beginning, but my daughter has informed me this week she’s considering moving back “home” with a friend. She misses the larger school with more course selections, etc. Much prayer went into this move, but I see family bonds falling apart at the moment, and it’s breaking my heart. I feel as though I’m in the will of God, but war is being waged against my family for some reason. I want to make all the right choices to produce children who love each other and respect their parents, but I find myself caught in a whirlwind of children, self-preservation, and prayer; every moment is like switching the emotional switch, and I question every decision I thought was finalized. I would appreciate a copy of your book/kit, but honestly … just a free prayer backing would be a treasure to me right now.

  507. Reading this article was like reading my own mind/heart. I had a similar breakdown last week, and have been praying for contentment and to see myself through God’s eyes ever since then- this is the third article I’ve read that has reminded me of God’s truths, so I know He’s hearing my prayers. Thank you for sharing, and for helping me feel “normal” and reminding me that I’m not in this (motherhood) alone. I’ve been wanting to start a more “positive reinforcement” strategy with my children, as everything I’ve been trying does not seem to be working. My oldest (6) has always been the strong-willed type (she gets it from me- which is why it scares me so), and I feel such a sense of urgency to help her know God’s love and forgiveness more, as she is so hard on herself when she makes mistakes. I would love to use your tools (Purpose Driven Mom gift pack) to help me become more of the Mom God intends me to be!

  508. Renee, thank you so much for this post today. I have three boys. My oldest is 18 from my first marriage, and I have two little ones, 4 and 7, with my husband now. I work full time and feel like I’m always working just to keep above water. On a daily basis, I feel like a failure with my children. I don’t feel like I pray enough, read my Bible enough, or share the Bible with them. I wonder every day what they could possibly be learning from me about God. I know I need to find bits of time during the day to read the Word, and your post has given me encouragement. It really speaks to my heart. I would love to win the give-away today, the Purpose Driven Mom gift pack. Thanks Renee.

  509. Wendy Slaughter says:

    Thanks so much Renee for sharing your thoughts today on parenting! God used your words at a very significant & challenging time in my life! I am learning to be a stepmom to an 8 year old daughter & I am spending most of my days with my twin boys who are 2. Surrendering my heart, days, teachable moments to Christ & reclaiming His purpose for my life & for my children is exactly what I needed to hear!

  510. Teresa Wilcher says:

    Thank you so much for the encouraging words today and believe you me it was right on time. Just last night I was on my knees crying out to God that I couldn’t do this anymore. With a pre teen daughter, I find myself battling with different issues and WAY too many times I find myself losing my cool and saying things that I regret. I feel like such a failure when it comes to raising and dealing with her. Last night I asked God to show me how to be the Godly, softspoken, loving mother that he intends for me to be. Your devotion only confirms that I know in Gods time I will become that person. I would love to win your gift pack to help me on this journey of becoming that Godly Mother.
    Thanks and God Bless You,
    Teresa

  511. I’d heard you mention your Mining for Gold in the Heart of your Child chart at a women’s retreat I was at but at the time my son was young and I wasn’t constantly frustrated and yelling. As I read the Proverbs 31 devotional today, I realized I am focused on his faults and imperfections instead of the good and would love to have this chart and Suzie Eller’s book. Thanks for helping to open my eyes and reminding me that motherhood makes it necessary to come to the end of ourselves and to become dependent on God

  512. Renee – I really enjoy hearing you on the radio and your blog. You inspire me to be a provebs 31 woman and that is the reason I started to receive your daily messages. It is my desire to learn from you so that I can be a representation of Christ to those around me. Purpose-Driven Mom Gift Pack would help me to be the mother God wants me to be. I have 3 children and one on the way, 2 boys ages 9 & 7 and a girl age 4 and unsure of the next one just yet. Most of the time I feel I have it all together or at least I act like it but the one area I struggle most is patience with my children, especially my boys. They know how to set me off and push every button to get my temper flaring, and I just want to cry sometimes as I don’t know how to get them to listen to me, respect me…I end up yelling all the time and repeating myself over and over which happens all to often. I don’t want to be a bad mother but I want to be able to engage them and bring out the gold in them and myself. I am very thankful that God gave me a little girl as she stablizes me and has such a love and joy to her and filled with the spirit of God and I am praying for another little girl just as precious and loving as her with the same annointing but in the meantime I need to figure out how to refine the qualities and characteristics that are hidden deep within the dirt of myself and the boys that are growing up so quickly.

    Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement. I know God is not a respector of persons and I know what God did for you he can do for me too.

    Much love,
    Tami

  513. Thank you so much for today’s devotion. I am new to Proverbs 31. I have been desperately seeking any and all resources to help me in my journey as mom to 4 beautiful daughters ranging in age from 6-15. Their dad chose a path of alcohol over his family, and is only involved in their lives from the fringes. it is so hard to be both mom and dad, and not have a partner to share worries or joys with. I pray constantly that I am making the right decisions and choices to steer them in the right way. My girls have all witnessed the negative fallout from their dads’ addiction, and it breaks my heart. I want to be the mom they need to guide them in the direction God has planned for them, and not follow easier paths and traps laid out by satan to detour them.

    • Barbara I am sorry to hear that you also have to go through this. My heart breaks so often too for my two children especially my daughter who NEEDS her daddy! I am and will be pray for you and your daughters. With Love.

  514. I really appreciated your comments today on almost quitting. My twins are 18 months old and are quite a handful at times. It takes everything I have some days to just make it to bedtime. Thank you for the reminder to turn to God for my strength and renewal. I would like to win the pack as a new Mom to learn more on how to be the best Mom to my two little girls and to leave lessons with them that will help them be better mothers too. Thank you!

  515. “Stucka-like-glue!”

    I’d like to donate this to our church library – lots of couples/parents & military couples/parents who can use encouragement!

  516. April rickerson says:

    I would really like the Purpose Driven Mom gift pack for my daughter, Leah. She is a wonderful mother of a 2 year old and a 5 year old. Her husband Trenton is in the army and was deployed for 9 months. Praise GOD he returned home safe!!! I watched my daughter parent these awesome grandchildren of mine, while Trenton was away. There were times when she just wanted to quit. She is an awesome mom and I would really like her to have this to encourage her! I enjoy Proverbs 31 devotional so much!!

  517. My four children and I are currently struggling with their dad choosing to be the man the military trained him to be rather than a family man. Last night I wanted to quit being a mom, a teacher, a friend or anything else. I love my children and want to be the best mom for them but right now I am not sure I can or ever will be. I am crying out but feel that nobody understands.

  518. I would like to win this for my daughters. They are single parents, as was I. I believe this might help them.

  519. Amy Starnes says:

    Thanks so much for the devotional this morning! My husband and I are currently going thru Family’s God USes by HUckaby. We have a hard time not focusing on our kids faults and looking at their hearts (we have four). I would love this packet! I feel like my ministry (along with being a preachers wife) is my children! the gift of them is so important and everytime I respond wrong to their mistakes I can feel a little of their hearts cloes up. We will keep on tredging and trying to grow through God’s grace. By the way, I am totally going ho,e to make some “gold” for them to start using!
    Amy

  520. I became a mom 5 months ago, and I feel like all I see is the dirt. My husband tries to convince me the gold is there, and I know that’s supported in the Bible, but it’s hard for me to believe that when I want to be the best mom possible to my little boy! I’d love to win this gift pack so I can be encouraged, change my perspective, and become the mom that God wants me to be–even if it’s not the mom I feel like I should be.

    Thanks for your ministry!

  521. Thank you for today’s post. Your timing was spot on. As I rushed out the door to take car pool, 10 minutes late of course, only to find I was thinking it was Thursday the day I do car pool only to find it was really Wednesday! I beat myself up all morning for being once again so absent minded. You reminded me that all too often I try to go it alone rather than let God be the one in charge. If I surrender myself to him I may still occasionally mess up everyone’s car pool but I will remember that I am a child of God and special in His sight.

  522. The mom gift pack would be such a great tool for me as I desire to not pass on the negative and damaging parenting traits I’ve experienced. I know what I don’t want to be and do but figuring out how is a bit more challenging. I have been praying for God’s direction and guidance in this area.

  523. The devotional this morning as well as the follow-up here on how God worked to change your perspective touches me. I am a 47 year-old mother of a 7 year-old son. He is my miracle child but can be quite the handful at times. This morning (and nearly every morning since school started back after Christmas) getting out the door was awful. Once again I was late for work and nearly in tears. I try so hard not to be a Mom who yells or sends negative messages to my child. Some days I admit that works better than others. I’m struggling and would appreciate these resources if I was chosen to receive them. Regardless, thank you for the encouragement and the work you do through Proverbs 31 ministries.

  524. Lori Slaney says:

    I am in need of your book. My daughter (9 years old) is giving her teachers a run for their money. They call me at work 4 times a day to tell me what she has done this time and I sit in ARD meeting for 3 hours with them telling me what a bad mom I am and how my home is not as structrued as school life. They continued by telling me how horrible my daughter is and how she will never graduate high school and dont even think about college. Talk about feeling like a failure. I entertained suicide but then God spoke to me and said “do you really want your ex raising this angel I gave to you?” It was a horrible thought but at that time I didn’t see any way. Thank you for listening and God Bless You and what you wrote today 2/13/13.

  525. I am always looking for new tools to use and to tweak what I am doing as a single parent be a better mom, but also to continue to model biblical principles as I learn them. Being in “the trenches” right now with 2 teens is the hardest and foggiest season I have ever been in and it would be such a blessing to be able to share with my single mom group. We all need so much support! thanks for all you do!!

  526. Thank you for the encouragement right when I have been going through so much with our son right now. I appreciate you sharing God’s message to us through your experiences.

  527. I have 3 young ones (ages 2.5, 17 months, and 3 months) and some days I feel so overwhelmed and some days I feel like a failure as a mom. I am learning to find my strength in God. I want to be the mom that He has called me to be and that my kids need. I want to teach them to trust in Him with their whole hearts. I would love to win these amazing gifts to help me become that mom.

  528. Renee,

    Thank you so much for your post today about “The Day I Almost Quit”. Yesterday was one of those days. My office is in the process of budget planning, so things at work are crazy. I received a call from the elementary school stating that my 6 year old daughter’s ear was hurting (Yep, trip to the doctor to find out that she has an ear infection). My 12 year old daughter has a science project due on Friday. We came back to my office after the doctor’s appointment to work on the project only to discover that we did the project wrong and couldn’t finish (We’ve got to re-do it tonight). I’m a single mom. I work full time and take care of my girls. I feel like a failure on a daily basis & feel that I’m failing them in the process. I read posts on FB of moms who are so proud of their kid’s grades, while my daughter is struggling through 7th grade. I worry about them constantly. Not so much about their safety, but about the ladies that I am raising them to be. Some moms make it look so easy! Oh, and did I mention that my dad is having a very serious surgery in March and, since my mom passed away in June, I will be leaving my girls for about two weeks (with a friend, because their dad lives in another state) to be with my dad while he is in the hospital. Then, he’ll come to live with us until he’s able to be on his own again. The stress of everything is hitting me hard right now. I sat in my car and cried like a baby when we finally got home last night at 9 pm. The release was nice, but it certainly didn’t take away all that I have to do. Not to mention the day-to-day stuff that has to be done (laundry…which is piled almost as high as my washer right now, helping with school work & studying for tests, making sure we have groceries, & the bills are paid, cleaning the house, etc). The word overwhelmed is probably an understatement. So, it helped to come in today to see your message (along with K-Love’s Encouraging word….Phillipeans 4:13). I know God is there & wants to help. I just haven’t been able to fall on my knees and ask. I know I’m not alone in all that I’m dealing with. No one has a perfect life and we all deal with “life” every day. On a positive note, which is what I like to focus on usually, I can say that I have a great job, an understanding boss, two healthy, beautiful daughters, a wonderful dad & amazing friends. I am blessed….but stressed! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us! Your words do encourage us!

  529. There have been days like there where I want to just quit and I can relate to the grocery store incident, my final straw was when my son threw out the cherry tomatoes and they went rolling everywhere. Thank you the golden reward tip and new perspective. I pray for us all to have and see God’s perspective!

  530. Adrienne Maples says:

    Would love to have this pack to use with a group of women at my church. Just reading through the comments- and looking at my own life- we are so broken. We allow the world (and facebook) to tell us our worth- and God has so much more in store for us! We are worthy in HIS eyes, not the world’s. We never will be good enough for this world- it’s not our own. Praying for those who are like me- who overdo, are overrun, and say they are “FINE.” Thanks for your sweet message- reminding us of who we are and WHOSE we are. :)

  531. Thank you so much for your words/devotions. I often feel like I’m the only one who feels like a failure as a mother. I recently became a single mom of 4 boys – certainly not what I expected to be at this point in my life. My boys range in age from 8 months to 9 years. I feel like I’m a good mom to the little ones (8 months and 2 1/2) – they are so sweet and innocent – its easy to have patience with them but the older ones (8 and 9) are another story. I wish I could start over with them and I’d do so many things differently but I can’t start over I can only move forward. I’ve been praying for a long time for God to help me become the woman and mom He intended me to be. It’s a tough journey but such a necessary one. I feel like I got lost along the way or at least bits and pieces of me did. Seeking God’s help to find myself again and to be the mom that my boys need me to be.

  532. Georgia Jeans says:

    2/13/13- Today was the first day I received the Encouragement for the Day devotional.
    Last night I was searching for something that would give me strength to go on. You see I only have one child and she is 21 yrs old. She was a miracle from God because of Type 1 Diabetes she was delivered by C-Section at 24 weeks. They were trying to save my life. Her conception was due to an act of violence with the biological father still unknown. Many times while raising her I did make mistakes. The feeling of why kept surrounding me. One day I was able to break free. She was and still is the child that I knew God intended for me to have.

    Yes she is an adult but the holds of society has taken it’s toll and she has become rebellious and very disrespectful to me and to others. I want and pray that I can remain calm but yet firm in my own relationship with her. I have daily prayed for God to let HIS love show thur me. Some say that as a little girl she needs a mommy but when they grow up they need a friend. I do not agree with this saying. They always need a mommy. The only love greater than the love of God is the love of a mother.

    I question my steps in teaching her the love of God and how to build a relationship rather than being a dictator. God loves us as we are but, He desires us to grow in our walk with Him. She may not be a toddler or a teenager but, I feel this is the hardest time for a parent. Learning how to let them make their own mistakes and love them even when you are so disappointed and hurt by them. Yes there are many times and most days that I feel like giving up and quit being a parent. My inability to speak to her and she hear my heart has fallen on deaf ears. I have to daily remind myself that she is still that miracle that God allowed to be created in my life. She gave me a purpose in life. I just want to have one day that I don’t want to Quit on her or life. Thanks for providing Encouragement for the Day. And the chance to be provided a chance to win your Purpose-Driven mom message on CD and the “Mining for Gold in the Heart of Your Child Character Chart and book by Suzie Eller ” The Mom I Want to Be “.

    May God richly bless and give strength to all who have entered.

  533. Tiffany Clark says:

    I would love to win because I certainly feel the monotony on some days. And it’s easy for Satan to attack me and make me compare myself to others. I know that is not a God honoring thing. Would love to read your book and hear your message!

  534. Boy, do I struggle with this alot! I love my 3 girls SO much and desire to teach them in God’s Word. Time seems to slip away SO fast and the days get busy. I know they are not in His Word near as much as they should be. And potty training has been SO hard and I compare myself SO much to the other mom’s who seem to have it all together, with their kids potty trained by 2 yrs! My first was almost 5 and my now 4 yr old is STILL having issues! SO hard not to compare and to give it all up to God. TY for this timely reminder! I can use ALL the help I can get! Got baby #4 on the way!!!!

  535. Hi, I would like to receive this as I feel I need a lot of help with parenting. I only have one child so far but as with your first you feel like you need so much help a lot of the time! I like the thought of grace based parenting. I go to sisters and a sister in law with so many questions that I feel like I’m bothering them! I want to be the mom God wants me to be and the good he sees in me that I almost never can see a glimpse of. Thank you for the encouragement.

  536. Renee,
    Sometimes motherhood seems to come with a truckload of guilt and a thimble full of direction. On those days I really need to ask Jesus to stand in the gap for me. I would like to win this Mom package because I struggle with being at work full-time and a mama to two sweet little girls. My husband is not a Christian so I am trying to lead by example. Some days I think parent with true God supplied grace and others I fall short. So thank you Renee for all you do, your ministry has had a profound effect on my life.

  537. This came on my day of giving up. My son has Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and ADHD and is dyslexic. I have been battling for him through two schools to get him the testing and accommodations that he needs. He had to repeat 5th grade so that he would be in the correct grade for his emotional and social development. It is so hard to see the gold in him AND me sometimes!! I stayed home with him for 10 years and now am struggling to find a job because of the “gap.” We have to have the extra income to make it. I SO hit bottom today!! I only checked email in case there was a new job posting. God is faithful and sent just the right encouragement and message through you today. I wasn’t going to check anything else but felt overwhelming urge to click on the “Encouragement for Today” devotional email and there you were. Thank you and THANK GOD!

  538. Thank you for your encouraging words! I would like to win because I need fresh ideas to use with both my two girls and the 15 4yr olds that I teach every day. Two of my students are extremely challenging. They desperately need someone to mine the gold in them and I am at the end of my rope. Please help me to get new perspective and a new plan to reach their hearts!

  539. What a blessing to hear your struggle with being a mom! I have felt like that many times as well, where I wanted to quit. Tears have flowed in frustration. I’ve even asked God why he placed these gifts of my 3 children in my life. Surely someone else could have done a better job with them! But you’ve given me new hope in realizing I CAN do this, God has chosen ME for this purpose, I just need to turn to him and his word. I would love to recieve the Purpose-Driven Mom gift pack as I need all the help I can get to make this dreem of becoming the mom God wants me to be a reality! Thank you for your ministry!

  540. Dawn Marie Jackson says:

    I feel like I do a great job at my day job of teaching prek but when I get home I feel like my family gets the leftovers of me. I’d like encouragement and advice on how I can make it better.

  541. In about 6 weeks, a little girl will enter the world, one we are planning to adopt. As a first time mom-to-be, I’m overwhelmed at the magnitude of my quickly approaching new role. I’d love to have your wisdom to start off on the right foot!!

  542. Jolana Church says:

    Renee, Thank you for sharing this. It hits home completely. I’ve recently had those same thoughts…calling it’s quits and walking out. But God got ahold of me before I would of made that terrible mistake. I have been asking God the very same things. To please help me where I am weak as a mother. I have 3 year b/g twins and boy it sure can be challenging to raise them. I would love to win the “Purpose Driven Mom Gift Pack”! It would truly be a great gift for me as I’m trying to lean and seek God through these desperate times of motherhood. What great inspiration to know that I’m not alone and these tools would help me to understand even more of my purpose as a mommy. Thank you!

  543. Tasha Virostek says:

    I received a message from a friend that read – A Valentine’s for the Real World- When you walk in the door, my heart will skip a beat when I see you because your children have gone insane and I need a break. My life in a nutshell. I want to quit, run away and never turn back. I feel so drained, unappreciated and disliked. My husband and I disagree more and my children do not seem to ever listen when I say no or not now. It is a challenge to them to do the opposite of what I need and what I want. I would rather lay in bed and not parent but I do not. I get up, love on them, and collapse at night with frustration in my heart, regret in my head and an emptiness that only God can fill except I seem to only get a few seconds to say HELP before I fall asleep. I could really use some strength and guidance and the ability to let go and let God.

    Thank you for your ministry!

  544. Renee, thank you so much for sharing! Five years ago I recommitted my life to God. Proverbs 3:5-8 reminds me each day my relationship with God is an everyday journey but many days as a mom I want to turn in my pink slip :(. My son was born 10 weeks premature and when he was just 2 days old the doctors in the NICU told us “we have done all we can it’s out of our hands”… 6 weeks later we brought that beautiful baby boy home! He is truly one of God’s miracles and the guilt on those days of frustration and despair feel 10 fold! My son is 13 now and has a zest for life I think the Purpose Driven Mom pack would benefit my life. Thank you for your ministry and sharing God’s word and love!

  545. I would love to win your gift pack! I am a teacher and try to find some peaceful time during my day,lunch, to read the proverbs 31 daily devotionals. I am trying what I think is very hard to figure out how to be a successful teacher while also trying to be a good wife and mother to two twin girls. I struggle with the fact that I feel I neglect those friends and family who are close to me because I am just trying to “survive” each day. I have gained lots of wisdom and feel I have had spiritual growth since being introduced to the proverbs 31 site. I try to be the spiritual leader of the family but I feel I don’t always do a good job. I hope to win so that I cn grow closer to God and set a better example of a Christian in teaching, being a mother, wife, friend and daughter!

  546. I’d love to win this. I struggle with my relationship with my parents. Sometimes parenting is hard and I want to be a better parent for my child. These seem like great resources to take a step towards change.

  547. Crystal Rowin says:

    Renee, This devotion spoke right to me. I am a single mom and dad is not in the picture. I am not able to take the night off. My son is my everything and i love him very much but there are some days when i am so lost and feel like i am disappointing him. Like i failed him. I want to thank you for this devotion because i feel like it opened my eyes and showed me that God is there helping me. I love your ideas about the golden nuggets and the family devotions. Thank you, i really needed this devotion right now!!!

    One thing i have done with my son, we have a baseball sized penny and i give him to choices to do and he picks heads or tails and we throw it up and whatever it lands on thats the choice he does. We have been doing for about 3 weeks no and have not had one argument. Thought others would like to try.

    Thanks,
    Crystal

    • Crystal when I read your comment I was like “another single mom” where I am a single mom now for about a year and a half. I do hope and pray the best for you and your son. It sounds like to me you are a great mommy! Keep it up and keep growing! Thank you for the idea with the penny :-)

  548. I only have one child right now, a son, but we plan to have more children. My mom constantly struggled with feeling like a failure and I’d like to overcome that kind of mindset. I would love all the help I can get with focusing on the gold in my son and not the dirt. :)

  549. Karen Smith says:

    I would love to win because I am exactly where you (Renee) said you were when you wanted to hand in your pink slip, I look around me and see that my kids seem to be the only ones that continually disobey, disrespect and defy… I’m at the end of my rope and don’t really know what to do. I think this would be encouraging and possibly life-changing for me.
    Thank you.

  550. Happy Valenti-ne’s Day~ I would love to win, I am a struggling step-mom who has watched a step-daughter reject me and my children. Our home has been toxic and we are at a breaking point. I am at wits end and then my mom suddenly passed away! Looking for God’s grace to sustain and maintain.
    Blessings,
    kareng

  551. tired momma says:

    I just gave birth to baby number five a little over two weeks ago. My oldest is only eight years old. I home-school them and am with them 24-7, I am exhausted physically and do not feel like I get the time I need spiritually to be refreshed. I realize that when I feel like I want to quit, I am making wounds and scars in my sweet children with the way I act and respond to them in the midst of that attitude. I want to leave a legacy of grace and above all, leave them with memories of a godly mother who made their days joyful instead of frustrating, who looked for beauty instead of faults. I don’t want them to feel like they have to “measure up” to be loved and accepted. These tools would be a great help to me as I seek God’s face in this.

  552. Oh I needed this devotional! Thank you Renee! I so often feel like a failure and especially at the end of the day when I put my daughter 3yrs and son 1 yr to bed and I finally lie down is when so often I so wish I had just been a little bit more understanding, patient and gentler. My daughter has to face the fact that her friends have dadies and that her daddy is not part of her life about a year and a half except phone calls cause of circumstances. I so want to be there for her when she is frustrated but seem to fail again and again. I have asked God again and again to please help me raise them. I would be so excited if I won as they seem to be awesome tools to grow as a mommy! But I pray that the person that God sees should win, wins! Thank you for the encouragement Renee! and to so many of the moms who have posted. <3

  553. Jennifer B says:

    I have become very discouraged as a parent lately. Tired of the monotony and negativity that I know I bring into our home everyday. I need and want to bring God’s word and hope into the hearts of my family!! Thank you for your encouraging words and ideas!

  554. Shelly Green says:

    This is so encouraging! I am grandmother to a very active toddler who stretches my daughter’s patience to the end. She takes her son to work with her (she cleans a business) and then spends all day every day with him, with few breaks. Her husband works long hours, so he isn’t home until evenings, although coaching sports takes him away some. This book would be so helpful for her!

  555. Sharon Burkes says:

    To be Honest an vulnerable… I am a mother of 6 boys… Im new around here and new to the thought of allowing God to lead me as a Mother and wife.. Dont get me wrong.. in my mind.. Ive always been a Christian.. but after reading things that God has put in your heart that you soo kindly share its opened my eyes to things that seem soo easy but I just need and needed someone to show me how to do it.. to show me a different way.. A Healthier way.. I appreciate all that you do and you share..
    I would like to win the purpose-driven Mom pack because I feel like Ive let me oldest son(now 18) down and there are 5 more behind him that I still have a chance to get it right with, to show the the Love of God through me.. I like how you word it better but..
    Thank You again.. oh the reason I want to win it is because I need it.. and I would love to say oh Ill save up and treat myself to it.. the reality is someone will need picture money or yearbook money or something and I will go into my secret stash and never order it.. :-) God Bless You..and Happy Valenties Day

    • Im praying for you Sharon. Your note really touched my heart. Thank you for being so honest with where you are and how God is speaking to your heart through this post. Your vulnerability moved me!!

  556. I would love to win these resources…I struggle with perspective. I so want to be a mom that encourages and lifts up her children, but I find myself focusing on the negative behaviors or attitudes I would like to change in my kids. Thank you for helping me to feel like I am not the only one who struggles.

  557. Vicky McCray says:

    I would love to win for desperately needed encouragement. These past two years have been the most difficult years of my life, but I am determined that 2013 will be a better year for me and my sons. Long story short, my divorce will be final in 8 days (Feb 22) and I am trying to find my way in my new role as a single mom of two young boys. I continue in counseling for myself to 1) learn how to love myself for who I am as I am and 2) embrace the fact that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and WORTHY to be loved so I can be the BEST MOM that my precious sons deserve. I also have my boys in counseling and we continue to lean on one another and pray together nightly (and sometimes on the cuff throughout the day as the need arises).

    In addition, I lost my job last June (2012) after 18+ years of employment. This happened just 4 days before my first appointment with my attorney for the divorce. I am STILL trying to find a new job. I trust God has all of this in His hands (and I so needed the summer to help my boys through the first stages of the separation and divorce etc) … but the days and nights can get long and hard at times.

    Thank you for your consideration and blessings to you in your ministry!
    Vicky

    • Vicky: Just wanted to encourage you. I was divorced when my girls were 3 & 9. They are now 15 and 21. After 20 years of the same employment, I lost my job. By the time I found a new one (long time), I was losing my house. My girls and I have seen very rough times and I have been the sole support (spiritually, emotionally, financially) for all these years. But God has been so gracious and so merciful, and so loving. Dear sister, your worth is defined by who you are in Christ, and He cherishes you. You are His beloved. He will provide for all of your needs. Even all these years later, the days and nights can still sometimes be long and hard for me as well – but El Roi – the God who sees me (and sees you) is faithful. He will strengthen you, and carry you, and shelter you, and love on you in ways you can never imagine. Count on Him. Talk to Him. Take time to listen to Him. Praise Him – even in the storm. I will be praying for you, dear one! And I know you will grow stronger in this new journey, and some years from now, you will be able to encourage other women, as I am truly able, from a thankful and loving heart, to encourage you. I have witnessed God’s hand in my life, and see His hand in the lives of my daughters. There is beauty in the ashes. There is blessing in the difficulty. There is pain in the offering, but is a refining pain, a growing pain. God is good, all the time. He loves you!!! He will be your everything. Shalom, Rosemarie

  558. Lisa Archer Miller says:

    I have two grown daughters with children of their own now. They are experiencing the struggles and joys of Motherhood. They also compare their methods to other Christian Moms’ child-rearing decisions as well as the children themselves and can be discouraged. For gifts, I purchase books from Proverbs 31 writers to give them encouragement and growth. My daughter talked to me just this evening about teaching her young son about self-control as one of the fruits of the Spirit. Because he was familiar with these fruits and God’s commands, he has been serious about modeling his behavior after our Lord. What a blessing to have a daughter who teaches from God’s Word. What a blessing my grandchildren have a Christian mother who wants to impart His ways.

  559. WOW! This touched me at so many levels I would not even know where to begin. Suffice to say that even though my daughters are 21 and 15, I am convicted to start afresh and take “my eyes off their habits and focus on their hearts”. This truly spoke volumes to me. I have been a single Mom now for 12 years, and it has been tough.(divorce was rough, lost my job after 20 years, then lost my house, health issues etc.) I’ve probably made more Mom mistakes than good decisions. Love my daughters dearly. Am truly blessed and thankful that God chose me to be their Mom but many many times I felt like was roaming in the dark, having not had a great example in my own Mom. Were it not for the grace of God, I do not know where I would be today, or where my girls would be. At 46 years old, I still do not have a good relationship with my Mom. Although I walk in forgiveness, I do sometimes worry that I have passed down, or will pass off, the “worst” of myself, or who I was raised to think I was before I learned who I was in Christ, to my daughters. Oh, this was such a refreshing devotional. I’m not very creative but will be praying about ways to incorporate the gold foil idea into our family time. I’m so excited at what God has just done in my heart, and what He will do in my family. It is never too late. God Bless you, your family and your ministry. I hope you have a true understanding of how your obedience to God is truly a blessiing to so many of us!

  560. Mindy Miller says:

    Thank you so much for this devotion! I have felt overwhelmed by being a stay-at-home mother of 3 children lately. I am the mother of a 6-year old girl, 3-year old boy and a 6 month old boy. I am breastfeeding my youngest and feel tied to him 24/7, this leaves me feeling helpless to the needs and wants of my older children. We have recently started regularly attending church and loving our separate worship times. I could really use the gift pack for encouragement and guidance! Thank you again!

  561. Samantha Richardson says:

    Thank you so much, Renee, for this encouragement. I needed it! I have been going through a tough time spiritually, as a mother to 3 and 1 on the way. I feel have very few mom role models in my life, and it’s so much harder than I ever expected! It literally is so humbling and requires God’s help. I don’t have a great relationship with my mother and did not have the most positive upbringing, and I am trying so desperately hard not to continue down that road. I am so glad that God is here & is the best example that ALL of us can look to as to how to raise HIS children for HIM. I would love to win this package to help guide me in being a better, more patient mom. Thank you for being used so greatly by God and being such a great encouragement.

  562. Tiffany Spede says:

    I am a mother of a gorgeous daughter for whom I hoped and prayed for many years. Through the wonderful use of science and In-vitro fertilization, my prayer was answered. Through the process of yearning for a child, I grew ever closer to God. However, once my daughter was born I was overwhelmed by just how hard parenting is. I faltered continuously, dropping my eyes from God to fall into self-pity and spent too much time trying to rely on myself to get over the sleepness nights and the colicky days. Just like in your devotion about mothering, I reached a point where I was crying out for God to save me. Now that my daughter has gotten a little older, discipline is coming in to play. My childhood is not a very good place to look for discipline models, and I struggle daily to figure out how to discipline in a way that is fair and just. I want to be able to raise my daughter so that she knows God’s love and her parents’ love, and so she can always walk with the Lord. This is why I would like to win this prize pack.

    Thank you for your story.
    :)

  563. I would like to win because your message found me amidst a sea of complete and utter hopelessness. In a world that makes distracting our focus from the unsettled feeling in our hearts so easy I can’t help but find hope in knowing that it is still possible for God to reach out – even when we have forgotten how to listen. Your message spoke to every feeling that has been coursing through my heart and brain over the past few weeks (possibly months!) and I haven’t only ingnored this discontempt in my life, I have been ignoring what I haven’t been giving my children. They need me to show them love beyond that of which I am capable and I want to learn to open my heart to God, truly, so through me He can give them that love. I believe that winning this material, I will be one step closer to being the mother my children deserve.
    Thank you.

  564. Luanda Smalley says:

    Thank you Renee for sharing your heart. This has been so me lately. A lot lately. It seems everyday I go running to my bedroom, shut the door, and tell God I just want to quit. We have 4 boys 9 yrs to 23 yrs. I homeschool my 9, 10 and 15 yr. old (who thinks he’s “30′). By the time I get to bed at night my head is spinning with all the events of the day, and our Adversary is quick to remind me of my shortcomings and weaknesses, and I cry myself to sleep. I wake up each morning drained, and feel as I’ve been kicked around. Your devotion has given me hope. I know I need to take my eyes off of self and my circumstances and spend more time with my Father and remember that I am His. Thank you again. God Bless.

  565. I am a mother of three children, ages 15, 12, and 9. With my teenager I have been feeling as if I’ve gone wrong somewhere down the line as a parent. I’ve been so discouraged, feeling as if I’m not a good mother/role model. I’ve shed so many tears in the past 3-4 months as my heart is broken by disrespect and attitude. I, in the past week, have thought about just throwing my hands up…giving in. Then I read this devotion from a mother who has thought the same thing. I think your gifts will help me get my mind back focused where it needs to be..and maybe help me stay there.

  566. Anabel Gonzalez says:

    I can so relate. My kids are 7 and 9 and I have a really hard time with order and discipline. My husband and I were childless for many years and our children have affected our marriage greatly. But we do not give up. We trust God and know that he is carrying us through all this. I would love read your book and listen to your CDs. I need all the help and encouragement I can find. Blessings to you.

  567. My relatives always say that I am killing my time here at net,
    but I know I am getting experience every day
    by reading such nice posts.

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