One of my favorite parts of Advent is pondering what Mary would have gone through as she carried that precious baby. I’ve carried five now, so I can relate. One of my favorite sections of scripture is found in the first chapter of Luke, where Mary visits Elizabeth.
“In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
What a sweet balm must those words have been in the ears of a young girl…words that would have covered over the gossiping whispers that she surely endured…words that confirmed and bolstered her already abundant faith. And what a joy for her to spend time with a kindred spirit, experiencing the same joys of serving God through mothering.
We all need an Elizabeth.
Today, I want to introduce you to Elizabeth Foss. Surely her parents were divinely inspired when they chose her name, because like Mary’s Elizabeth, Elizabeth Foss breathes words of encouragement and light into women as they practice mothering. Her blog In The Heart of My Home is an inspiration to me, and on my short “Must Read” list everyday. We encourage you to explore there. You will find spiritual encouragement, practical homemaking advice, a brilliant early education section called Serendipity Learning Ideas and much more. If you want a wonderful first introduction to Elizabeth and her heart for young mothers and homeschooling, read her blog post on The Ideal Early Childhood Education and her post on what having cancer taught her about mothering her little children. Best of all, Elizabeth is hosting an advent devotional on her blog all this month! Elizabeth’s blog is full of REAL LIFE…photos of the beauty AND the messes!
Elizabeth is the co-author of a lovely book called Small Steps for Catholic Moms: Your Daily Call to Think, Pray and Act. This description from Amazon says: “Small Steps for Catholic Moms offers daily prompts and suggestions–small steps–for every day of the year to encourage Catholic moms to attain that elusive balance between action and contemplation in everyday life. Each day’s entry includes a short prayer from a saint, a personal prayer composed from the hearts of two mothers, and a small call to action, making this the perfect prayer companion for the busy mom looking for bite-sized spiritual nourishment.” Her book has received wonderful reviews from some well-respected homeschooling mothers:
“This book feeds soul-starved mothers exactly what they need: small, daily meals that serve a rich, spiritual feast–Christ nourishment that offers practical ways to become like him in our domestic churches.” —Ann Voskamp, Author of One Thousand Gifts
“This wonderful book will be a treasure to mothers. It is filled with precious nuggets of wisdom, inspiration, and encouragement that will daily guide and direct each woman’s heart to the throne of our precious Lord. Deep insight, drawn from saints through the ages, provides food for thought, truth to follow, and direction to hold onto amidst each day’s demands. I will keep this invaluable resource close by for encouragement every day.” —Sally Clarkson, Author, speaker, and cofounder of Whole Heart Ministries
We are excited to start our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway with a copy of Small Steps! This book will be a wonderful tool for a mother of small children and can easily be adapted to any faith tradition. And don’t forget to visit her Advent posts this month!
This giveaway ends on December 2, 2014 at 11:59 PM. Winner will be announced on our social media sites. We hope YOU win!
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