Once upon a time I had many magazine subscriptions. I had so many that I didn’t know what to do with them. Some I would read, some I would not. As a mom, most of these magazines lacked what I was truly looking for. I was looking for something to help inspire me to be strong as a mom & wife, & encourage me in my walk with Christ. The magazines I had didn’t fit the bill. I stumbled upon a wonderful magazine by the name of TEACH about 2 years ago. I have been blessed to be able to have that in my hands.
Now you may be thinking this is supposed to be a review about the magazine Eternal Encouragement. I know. And let me share a secret. TEACH and Eternal Encouragement are one in the same. 🙂
Lorrie Flem started TEACH approximately 13 years ago. She was looking for a magazine that would help her in her walk as a mom, wife and daughter of God. Through lots of encouragement and praying she started TEACH. She decided about a year ago to change the title and magazine format of TEACH to Eternal Encouragement. This is off of the Eternal Encouragement Facebook page. “TEACH is taking a new name that more accurately portrays what we are all about. We are a magazine about looking more like Jesus every day. We have a little on homemaking, mothering, being a wife, and ALL that we send you is rich with . . . encouragement!”
“Eternal Encouragement has four main goals. To help women: look more like Jesus every day, to happily undergird their husbands, to love nurturing and training His children, to embrace putting their first fruits into their own homes.”
The content is just as wonderful and the new size (which fits in my purse or diaper bag) is perfect for me. I take it everywhere!
I know how important it is to have something that is relevant to moms and our daily struggles. It is not an easy job we have. We have so many “hats” that we juggle. Wife, teacher, nurse, chauffeur and so many more that we often find ourselves at the end of the day drained physically and emotionally. To know that there are other moms out there who have been where we are and that we will make it through is such an encouragement. The authors of each story in EE have a way of touching your heart. Whether you had a rough day at work, with the kids or you feel that you will never keep up with the housework, the articles in this magazine will touch your heart and leave you feeling uplifted.
We were asked to review the Spring ’11 issue of Eternal Encouragement. What a blessing this magazine has been. But before I go into the articles that help me, let me share my family.
I am the proud mom of 3 wonderful boys. I am privileged to get to stay home with them and also homeschool them. Jonathan, the oldest, is the artsy, quiet, and for the most part obedient. Think outwardly obedient, but inwardly defiant. Jordan, the middle child, is, well, we think he is Evil Knievel. He is the daredevil and is always into something. He is also the one who tends to provoke fights. He has a short temper which often leaves me frustrated at the things he does. Josef, the baby, well, ok, he is 1 now but still my baby. He is a little cutie pie and we are enjoying seeing bits of his personality come out. He is definitely a momma’s boy. 🙂
When the spring issue of EE arrived at my house I was thrilled! It was the first edition of the new name and size and so it has been with me everywhere for the past month. I don’t always get to sit and read it at one time. So I will look through to see what is most critical at that moment. Well let me say this issue came just in time! The key articles I read (in no particular order) are as follows.
- Domestically Challenged Housewife – Our Version of Toy Story
- Temper to Tranquility
- There is No Time Like the Present
I am always grateful to know that I am not the only one who is going on this journey we call motherhood. Knowing that I will make it through the day. And ultimately knowing that God is in control. We just have to give it to Him.
There is a song that I am reminded of often while reading Eternal Encouragement. It pops into my head because all the moms have something in common. They rely on God. They know that without Him they could do nothing. It is through Him that we make it through each day. They ask Him for guidance, help and strength. This song is a wonderful reflection of what we need to realize every day. The song is Without Him. Here is a link so you can listen to it. The lyrics are below.
Without Him I’d surely fail
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail
Without Him I would be dying
Without Him I’d be enslaved
Without Him life would be worthless
But with Jesus thank God I’m saved
Oh Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost I would be
Without Him how lost I would be
I received this product for honest review from Eternal Encouragement Magazine as a part of The Gabby Moms blogging program. All opinions expressed are solely my own.”