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Lord, Please Meet Me in the Laundry Room: Heavenly Help for Earthly Moms [Paperback]

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Pages   136
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.94" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2004
Publisher   BEACON HILL PRESS #29
ISBN  0834120976  
EAN  9780834120976  


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Is your time with the Lord sometimes elbowed out by the demands of your family? Lord, Please Meet Me In The Laundry Room will help you find spiritual significance in the everyday world of a workaday mom. You will be unburdened, enlightened, and encouraged as you manage all the tasks that make motherhood such a high calling. God is bigger than any place you set aside to meet Him and as near as you invite Him to be.

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'Seeking God in the journey of motherhood is what Barbara Curtis is all about. You will be challenged and inspired by her story of redemption that carried her from her abandonment as a child to radical feminism to her current life as the Christian mother of 12.'--Barbara Rainey, author and wife of Dennis Rainey, mother of six and grandmother of 5.Is your time with the Lord sometimes elbowed out by the demands of your family? Lord, Please Meet Me in the Laundry Room will help you find spiritual significance in the everyday world of a workaday mom. You will be unburdened, enlightened, and encouraged as you manage all the tasks that make motherhood such a high calling. God is bigger than any place you set aside to meet Him and as near as you invite Him to be.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Barbara Curtis, mother of 12 and grandmother of 12 (so far!), has published nine books - including Lord, Please Meet Me in the Laundry Room and The Mommy Survival Guide. She is also an award-winning columnist with over 1200 published articles in 60 publications, including Focus on the Family, World, Guideposts, The Washington Times and the Washington Post. In 2005, seeking a more immediate connection with readers, Barbara began blogging at MommyLife.net under the banner: Montessori megamom serves up a smorgasbord of parenting, cultural, political and spiritual wisdom. Because she can. MommyLife now averages 8000 visits per day and has earned several blog awards. With five children still at home and one in college, Barbara and her husband Tripp continue their parenting adventure in northern Virginia. In 2004 they received the Congressional Angel in Adoption Award. Barbara originally became a Montessori teacher to change the world one child at a time. Now she hopes to change it by unburdening, encouraging and equipping women to find joy in the calling of motherhood

Barbara Curtis currently resides in Waterford, in the state of Virginia. Barbara Curtis was born in 1948.

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Encouragement in an easy to read format!  Mar 23, 2007
Barbara Curtis has enough kids (grown, and not yet grown) that she understands that for a mom to be able to read a book, she needs to be able to put it down at a moment's notice, and pick it right back up without being lost. She also understands how badly some of us need to know that we are not in this alone. This book is easy to read encouragement, and not one bit of judging or preaching!
 
Help from Heaven for Harried Moms  Oct 28, 2006
The subtitle for this book is "Heavenly Help for Earthly Moms." Let me start by saying that if you are a harried mom looking for some respite from your tasks, pick up this book. Barbara Curtis writes for real women, and takes you on a spiritual journey, teaching you about God and His grace along the way.

Without sounding preachy or overly sentimental, Curtis uses touches of humor to lighten the load, and soon you realize that you can meet God in the garden, the minivan, and yes - even in the laundry room. "...God is bigger than any place I set aside to meet Him and as near as I invite Him to be."

I highly recommend Lord, Please Meet Me in the Laundry Room.
 
A REMINDER OF THE HIGH CALLING OF MOTHERHOOD  Mar 6, 2006
This is a delightful book. It's the perfect length for busy moms, and oh-so-full of wonderful words of refreshment. The author finds deep, spiritual joy in the GREAT ADVENTURE of motherhood. She loves her family; she loves her life. And after reading it, you'll understand why - and you'll want what she has for yourself.

Lord, Please Meet Me in the Laundry Room is Barbara Curtis' life story - her long, drawn-out answer to the question she probably hears several times a day: "So, how do you DO it?" Barbara is the mother of 12 kids - 9 of her own and 3 adopted. What's more, she and her husband purposefully adopted three children with Down's Syndrome since one of their sons has this "little extra" chromosome. Need I say more about her qualifications to write a book?

In the first chapter, Barbara describes how her laundry room became the one place in her home where she could have a "Quiet Time," where she could pour out her heart to God as well as listen to the "still small Voice" of the Lord. She says:

"And so my laundry room became my prayer closet. For years it's been the place I meet the Lord each morning before my children awake, and at intervals throughout the day as I transfer clothes from baskets to washer, from washer to dryer, from dryer to baskets again ... I never have trouble finding God in my laundry room. He is always ready to receive my praise, my thanks, my prayers for family and friends, my joys and heartaches too."

Barbara's journey to motherhood has taken plenty of twists and turns - she didn't have a good role model growing up, as she was transferred between divorced parents and even in foster care at one time. She moved to California and went through a period of embracing the ideals of radical feminism. Then she discovered Christianity for the very first time while listening to James Dobson's gentle voice on her car radio, then through attending a Focus on the Family marriage retreat. From that point on, her life changed forever, and she's never looked back.

If you have a child who is a "challenge" or has special needs, this book is definitely for you. Barbara calls this "a little extra." She describes what it was like to be surprised on her delivery day when she found out her newborn son had Down's. While the nurses and doctors feared her reaction, instead she described the "joy and exhilaration" she felt at being chosen by God to raise such a special child who would always need her care. She shares how this "little extra" in some of our children motivates us to depend on God more.

She writes, "What a privilege to be so dependent, so connected to Him. And no doubt about it, it's the connectedness to God that's key in realizing that being a mommy is a completely worthy - and unique - calling."

--Heather Ivester, Mind & Media

 
Thank you, Barbara!  Feb 9, 2006
I think the subtitle says exactly what this book is about..."Heavenly Help for Earthly Moms". I have been so blessed and helped by this book. Barbara is so down-to-earth in her writing, and that is exactly the kind of help I was looking for. In this age when motherhood is looked down upon, Barbara reminds us what a high calling motherhood truly is. I so needed to hear that God doesn't care when or where I call out to Him, He just wants me to do it! And it can be while I'm folding laundry or putting dishes in the dishwasher or changing my toddler's diaper. Thank you, Barbara, for reminding me that God does have plans for me, that He is here to lift me and sustain me. Thank you for reminding me that this is an incredible adventure and that I can find the joy in it when I let go and let God. Thank you for this encouraging book. Thank you for sharing with us that we don't have to be perfect, because God accepts our imperfection. I highly recommend this book for any mom, it has been a big help to me.
 
Lord, Please Meet  Jan 16, 2006
When I finished the introduction and first chapter of Lord, Meet Me in the Laundry Room, I cried. Now, I'm not a regular crier, and even my advanced maternal state has me making "to do" lists, not wallowing in my hormone laden idiosyncrasies. Still, Barbara Curtis' book resonated with me as no other mothering manuscript before.

The language wasn't flowery; her thoughts were not new. Perhaps it is because she is a mother of twelve, and I could tell that every feeling and thought I'd ever nursed, she had already nursed before. Perhaps it was that I enjoyed reading more from a woman I had grown to know only online. Perhaps it was when she said this:

"This book is about spending some time together sorting through the things that get in the way of finding joy in motherhood. It's about getting real about the past and mistakes we've made, the limitations of our lifestyle as mothers, the competitive spirit that robs us of intimacy with other mothers, and the lack of affirmation that sometimes makes us want to cry.

"This is a book about seizing each day, squeezing every bit of joy from every peanut-butter-and-jelly-smeared moment, finding God in the hum of a washing machine or an unexpected bargain." (page 9)

From the title, you might infer that the book is a "how-to" meet God in your everyday life as a mom. But it's much more than that. Barbara (it seems more right to call her "Barbara" than the more formal "Curtis" when writing) begins her book by connecting with the reader. She doesn't do this by saying, "Hey, I've got all these kids. Whatever story you've got, I can top." Instead, Barbara weaves a story of her own misjudgments and creative mishaps with the old story of God's faithfulness.

"Then from the backseat I heard Zachary clear his throat and in his deadpan four-year-old Eeyore voice ask, "Mom, when are you going to get a job?"

"This is my job," I said, maybe just a little edgy.

But homeward bound, as the kids fell asleep one by one and I was left alone with my thoughts, I began to see the beauty of Zach's question: somehow-even though it could be hard work and even though I had my testy moments-my kids didn't think of motherhood as a job.

And I decided that was a good thing-because it's not really a job at all, but a calling..." (page 98)

Today's mothers are tired, due to nurturing the distractions that compete for our attention and affections. Reading this book was like a cup of cocoa on a cold day: Barbara's warm candor and not-so-perfect stories were a treat to me, a mother in the trenches. Lord, Please Meet Me in the Laundry Room is a story of deliverance, Barbara's own, as well as the one waiting for us younger mothers who have the willingness to learn some wisdom from those who've gone before.

 

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