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Time-Out for Tired Moms by Judy Crawford

Time-Out for Tired Moms:
finally Mom, go to your room!
Mom, are you Tired?
Tired of Laundry!
Tired of Multi-Tasking!
Tired of Boys Belching in the Backseat of your Mini-Van!
Have you ever sent your kids to their rooms for a Time-Out and wondered...
When is it my turn?
Well today, it is finally Your Turn to GO TO YOUR ROOM!
This delightful devotional will lift your spirit, lighten your step,
and give you a much needed chuckle too! 


judy123.jpgJudy Crawford holds a Master’s degree in Music Education and taught as a band director for many years.  Her most cherished degree, however, is her MAMA which stands for Momma, a degree she has obtained from the School of Hard Knocks.  It is from this experience of raising four children that she has gathered a wealth of humorous and heartwarming anecdotal stories that she loves to share.

Judy is deeply committed to Women’s ministries.  She is the co-founder and continued coordinator of the Mom’s Group called M.I.L.K. (Mothers, Infants, Little Kids).  She also enjoys traveling and speaking at women’s events.  Her off-beat lighthearted humor and transparent honesty has made her a popular speaker at MOPS meetings, retreats, and other various women’s events.

Judy also writes.  Her kitchen was once featured in Country Woman Magazine and recently her first book, Time-Out for Tired Moms:  finally Mom, go to your room! was released by Ambassador International.  She is also a member of the Heart of American Christian Writers’ Network and has published several articles in devotional magazines and even a research journal.

All of Judy’s messages are Biblically grounded.  It is her purpose to not only entertain, but also to educate and challenge women to deeper walk with Christ.

Judy Crawford and her husband Gary live in rural Mid-Missouri with their four children, Michaela, Adam, Will, and Joseph.

Time-Out Tips
By Judy Crawford

Definition:  A Time-Out is anything that lifts your spirit and adjusts your attitude in a positive way.
Isn't that why we send our kids to their rooms in the first place...
To positively adjust their attitudes.
The following tips will help you adjust your attitude right back to where it should be.  ENJOY!

1.  Nurture Your Spirit 
Organize a devotional basket with some Quiet Time supplies.  Include:  a Bible, a devotional book (I’ve heard that Time-Out for Tired Moms is a great resource!  I couldn’t resist!), tissues, prayer journal, pen, and note cards to write down your favorite verses.  Place these items in a cute basket so that they are readily available.  Next time your kids are quietly occupying themselves, grab your basket and go to your room to enjoy your own quiet time-out with God.

2.  Take Ten 
This is a literal time-out.  For a short time go someplace by yourself.  Hide in the closet or bathroom---wherever your family can’t find you and just breathe in the serenity of the moment.  Now don’t forget--you must go back--you can’t hide forever.  But for a short time, take ten and enjoy some literal time-out. 

3.  Pamper and Indulge
Calgone, take me away!  We’ve seen the ad, but do we really take the time to do it.  Today, take some time-out to pamper and indulge: enjoy a good hot soak, splurge on good chocolate, relax over a cup of hot tea, or simply read something other than Dr. Suess.  Take care of the care-giver!  Go ahead Mom, spoil yourself!

4.  Beauty and Order
Unfortunately, chaos seems to be status quoi when kids are little.  Today, lift your spirit by adding beauty and order to your surroundings:  light the candles, brighten the room with flowers, clean out the closet, pop in your favorite CD.   Do simple things to add beauty and order to your home and then enjoy it before your kids discover what you’ve been up to.

5.  Create
The to-do list of a Mother seems to be forever undone.  Today, take some time-out to create something that stays done:  craft, scrap-book, sew, cook (that is... cooking for fun!).  Make something that doesn’t involve play-dough or finger paints and then be sure to share it, “Hey honey, look what I did today!

6.  Work Those Muscles
Yes, I am referring to exercise.  Break a sweat!  Work-out your intellectual muscles as well:  take a class, research a topic, do aerobics, walk or run.  Work out your mind and body and enjoy a time-out that not only gives you a break, but produces positive results at the same time.

7.  Stay Connected
Mothering can be a very lonely job.  I know this sounds ridiculous when you have multiple children attached to various parts of your body at any given time.  But it’s true!  And although we love our men, they really can only handle so many spoken words in a given day.  That is why we need women!  Stay connected with your female friends:  e-mail, phone a friend, write a real letter, join a Mom’s group, be a friend.  Nourish your friendships and they will nourish you.

8.  Pursue the Dream
The dream!  We all have one, even you Mom.  Take some time-out to pursue your dream:  identify the dream, take inventory of your talents, research it, and then simply start.  You are Mom and so much more.  Today, cultivate your talents and then take some baby steps to pursue your dream.     

Incorporate the above time-out tips into the everydayness of Mothering and see how your attitude will begin to turn those 180 degrees back to where it should be.

Go ahead Mom, Enjoy some Time-Out! 

Excerpts taken from Time-Out for Tired Moms by Judy Crawford. 
Ambassador International       Copyright 2008        All rights reserved

I found Time-Out for Tired Moms to be uplifting, fun, humorous and so full of truth. Judy's thought provoking devotions, with a splash of humor to keep your soul lifted is just what the doctor ordered for any mom chasing kids, washing dishes, folding endless loads of laundry and doing it all while running on empty.

Judy hits the nail right on the head as she shares with moms that she is not perfect herself. That makes this all the more better of a book. As I read, I felt that I had a friend over for coffee as Judy shared her heart with me.

A new favorite "Mom" devotion for me! Will loan to friends, but this is one that I will be sure gets returned to me!


The Legal Stuff: This book was provided by Ambassador International.

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