On Tuesday afternoons, I get the opportunity to sit and read for about 40 minutes as I wait for my daughter’s Speech Therapy class to get done. My 8yo son and I will usually sit in the upper part of the High School gymnasium where, on some days, I will read him a book or two, giving him a little extra one-on-one time with mom. Other days, when he is more intrigued with watching the High School boys during gym class, or would rather just play with his toys, I will read something just for me... something that is usually encouraging, inspiring, or informational... and will conveniently fit into the front pocket of my purse. To name a few titles that have automatically found a home tucked between my checkbook and my wallet, I remember having a Guideposts magazine to read, as well as one from Remedy. Both of these magazines are just the right size for a carry-along bag or purse. More recently, I have been reading Eternal Encouragement. It is also a small, take-along size, and it just so happens to be this month’s Gabby Mom’s review.
Let me tell you, if any of you moms out there are looking for an inspiring magazine to subscribe to, this would be the one! I don’t say that lightly. I’ve read my share of some great magazines in the past - some for parenting, cooking, homemaking, homeschooling, Christian living, health, etc.; and, to be quite honest, I really didn’t think Eternal Encouragement would be overwhelmingly impressive to me at first. However, as I began to read the articles (this issue’s theme was “Time Flies”), I didn’t read just one or two encouraging... or helpful... or convicting articles. I’d say at least 3/4 of the magazine really spoke to me in a way that no other magazine ever has.
To be fair, there’s a chance that this issue’s theme just really hit home to me, as I’ve certainly been struggling with how I spend my time and how some of it could be spent in better ways. I can see how the Lord has so lovingly and patiently been speaking to me in numerous ways over the past few months about how my days are numbered... about how my children are growing up so quickly... about how much time is wasted in a day doing things that should be at the bottom of my list rather than the top. I know it wasn’t a coincidence that all of these things, and more, were discussed in various articles in this issue of the magazine, solidifying that I need to be faithful in prioritizing every activity of every day.
So, granted, I only have this one issue to go off of. But, after reading this one issue, I am totally curious to know what the next issue will entail.
FYI: Eternal Encouragement is a magazine “that will help you with your God-assigned tasks as a wife and mother by:”
Encouraging you with wisely spoken words.
Convicting your heart as He refines you into His image.
Challenging you to continue to strive for improvement.
Touching your spirit with heart-warming stories.
Entertaining you through life-learning lessons.
Inspire you to immerse yourself in the holy promises that are yours.
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