Y ou might find yourself thinking your best friend is sharing with you, as you read through this book, Blue Like Play Dough: The Shape of Motherhood in the Grip of God by Tricia Goyer. This book is a gift filled with raw honesty, laughter and encouragement as this mom shares her ups and downs, failures and triumps as she allows God to continue to mold her . . . like play dough.
It’s so easy for us moms to think we are not doing enough, spending enough time with God, our children and husband. I loved the way she put this:
” . . . the most devoted people are moms who whisper prayers for their neighbor, their friend or brother (who’s messing up yet again) while watching their children play in the sandbox. Moms who try to read their Bibles while Dora the Explorer is on the TV . . . Moms who stop to talk with an elderly man at the grocery store about the creamed corn, not because they even like creamed corn, but because they want to show a lonely person the love of Jesus.“
The author, also a homeschool mom of three children, who also took care of her grandmother and an exchange student in her home, shared about the struggles of keeping up with her home.
“It’s not as if God says, ‘I was going to visit you today, but I think I’ll wait until you balance that checkbook, clean out your fridge, and start that Bible study you’ve been meaning to get around to.’ God’s not like that. He walked with dirty, smelly shepherds and hung out with jailed prophets, so I don’t think my waist-high laundry pile is going to scare Him off.“
The author’s life has not been one of ease. She shares about her early teenage years, being pregnant her senior year of highschool, with big dreams that did not include this. I loved her thoughts on homeschooling. Many of my friends say they could never do it. She said so too:
“I used to have an idea of what homeschooling moms were like – until I became one. While I admired that lifestyle, it was so not me . . . I’m more likely to drive through Starbucks than to press fresh carrot juice. I watch Heroes with my kids and spend more time surfing the web than weeding an organic garden . . . Whenever anyone asked me whether I’d be homeschooling our kids, I laughed at the idea.“
BUT. . .
“My decision to homeschool was a conscious choice to give my children time. Time to learn, time to grow up together. Little did I know how much the time would teach me. Little did I know how much God would draw my heart to His in the process.“
Sometimes as moms we worry about the traumas our children go through. We want to put that protective fence around them, or wrap them in bubble wrap. Tricia also tells the story of taking her grandfather into her home as he is dying, yet concerned about her children witnessing this. You will be touched by the lessons the whole family learned, and the yearn for heaven even by the youngest.
“The hard stuff isn’t easy. And seeing God mold our kids often hurts even more than feeling His hand on us. But it’s also through the hard stuff that we see God in different ways. We discover an element of His goodness that had before been unknown. Undiscovered.“
“Often God works with us, shaping us with situations and people who we don’t think we’re prepared to handle. Yet we handle them because He doesn’t leave us alone to deal with them. Instead, He holds us and molds us as we hold and care for those who need to feel a loving touch.“
Like Play Dough: The Shape of Motherhood in the Grip of God is a book for moms of all ages and highly recommended. This 195 paged book is easy reading and would also make a great gift for a mom, even a wonderful baby shower gift!
And, I have one to give away! All you need do is leave a comment with this post. Also, if you post about this giveaway on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc., with a link back to this post, leave a comment per place you told about it, and each will count as an entry. Entries to this end Friday evening 10 p.m. EST. Shipping is free to those within the USA. I will leave a note by the winner’s entry and e-mail them as well.