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  1. Wow i have just found this site and reading that makes me believe I’m in the right place. Win or loose I feel it’s right for me to read this book!! Thank you for the opportunity to be here.

    • These stories and devotions move me in so many ways. They bring back memories, they teach me how to love more deeply with grace and they bring great honor to God. A true tribute to Mothers and the power of Love.

  2. I am not a mother, but to every mother, I hope each of you find joy knowing that as your children get older they will look back at all of the sacrifices you made, the lessons you taught and the endless opportunities you gave and feel nothing but love, blessings and gratitude. I do. Every.Single.Day. The hard stuff you do now is bearing endless fruit for generations to come❤️

  3. Anna,
    This sounds like a wonderful book celebrating all sorts of moms and those who have mentored others in a mother-type role. I can relate to your grandmother in bringing out the good dishes for everyday moments. This is the day the Lord hath made…we don’t know what tomorrow holds…please do enter me in the drawing!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Always touching my heart and lifting me up, I love reading (in)courage’s devotions. I was blessed to have 2 mothers: my birth mom who gave me life but later, due to her life circumstances, was forced to give me up for adoption at 9 months of age and my mother who raised me and gave me a beautiful life. God bless all mothers.

  4. Beautiful truths and memories you shared, it took me back to my grandmother’s home. She loved using the “good dishes”, and we never left empty handed. I have tried to carry on that example to my own children and grandchildren. Thank you.

  5. My daughter just became a mom in January and my daughter-in-law is due to deliver any day. What a blessing it is to be a Nana! I would love to gift copies of this book to each of them….perhaps they will will receive some peace, comfort, blessing about motherhood in reading the pages. Thank you for your daily devotion…it starts my day in the right way!

  6. Anna, this made me think of my two sweet grandmothers. And the wonderful mom the Lord blessed me with! Please enter me in the drawing

  7. What a blessing you all are! I would love to give this book to my mom this year, she has been through so much these last few years but still gives love to others.

    Thank you!
    Christy

  8. Your story about the dishes reminded me so much of going through my grandmother’s china, which sadly now sits in a cabinet. I hope that I will be able to create those sort of meaningful memories for my daughter.

  9. This sounds like a wonderful book…would love to win to share with a special mentor friend in my life!

  10. What a beautiful little book. I love the journaling prompt! We moms need all the encouragement and help we can get these days. Thank you for remembering moms!

    Blessings,
    Chris

  11. I would love to share this book with my daughter and daughter-in-law…both young mothers! This is a book I would have benefit from when I was young. Thank you Anna for your beautiful insights❤️

  12. Beautiful reminder! I too tend to hold into the precious things. But then they go years without being used and celebrated. This probably makes God very sad and even angry. I think this attitude toward my things really indicates a heart unwilling to share.

  13. This would be a book to read and then pass along to all the wonderful mother’s in my life.

  14. I love this excerpt! Sounds like an amazing book. I’m about to be a first time mom (34 days!!!) so having this on hand to read through would be awesome! Thanks for sharing wonderful blog posts each day that we can read and use to be encouraged as we go through the rest of our day.

  15. I’m already hooked on the excerpt I just read. Wow that speaks to me! I would love to read more of this book and can think of some other mother figures in my life that I would love to share with!

  16. Congratulations on the new book. It looks delightful!! Thank you for the chance to win a copy and one to share!!❤️

  17. This is beautiful! Today is the best day you have…. celebrate, use and share your best, the best God has given you! Especially in these uncertain times…. live for today, it is a gift. Praying for safety, health and God keep our world in His care. He will make all things new! May this Holy Week be a time of reflection of this great, overwhelming love from God !

  18. This is a lovely idea for a Mother’s Day gift! Would love to give it to my ex daughter-in-law

  19. I read an exerpt from Anna’s book in Home Life Magazine this month and was so moved, tears welling up in my eyes. I have a 4 1/2 year old and 5 month old, both boys, and have just come out of a season of postpartum depression complicated by job loss following return from maternity leave. It is by the grace of God that I have gotten over to the other side and thank God every single day, multiple times per day for giving me strength to do so. I immediately thought of all the mothers in my life and friends who are mothers of all sorts. I wish I could buy all of them a copy, but plan on purchasing several for Mother’s Day gifts. Anna, I know this book is amazing from the few parts I have already had a sneak peek of!! I can’t wait to read it 🙂 And, thank you (in) courage community for providing this content daily!

  20. My mom has beginnings of dementia and she no longer does the things she enjoyed so much…I grieve the fact that I didn’t appreciate to the fullest the things she loved so now I try to recreate those things when I go to visit …I live 800 miles away with this social distancing we still FaceTime daily …this book would give me opportunity to read to her and tell her what a good mom and grandma She has been

  21. This book seems like one that would bring women back into their childhood living out memories with their mother’s & grandmothers. My grandmother lived with us until she passed away when I was 9 1/2 years old. She was a Hungarian Jew & I loved hearing her stories & loved her many meals that she prepared for our family. I loved her so much! Lives are so rich with memories from times past as well as encouragement to make memories for our children & grandchildren. I know have two precious granddaughters whom I cherish time with. They live 300 miles away but when they come to stay with us my husband & I do so much with them to show them love & to learn new things. Lord bless you as you publish such a wonderful book!!!
    Barbara

  22. This looks like a beautiful book and I love that there are journaling prompts in it, as well. This brings me back to the times I had with my mom and grandmother when I was a little. My mom passed away in ’98 and my grandmother in 2013, and both of these women helped me become the mother I am today! I could see a bunch of these stories speaking to me in many ways, and would love to own this book soon.

  23. Love starting my day off with your thought-provoking posts. Thank you for being in my Inbox every day! 🙂

    I also would love to win a copy of A Mother’s Love as it would be the perfect Mother’s Day gift for my Mom. We live a country apart, so I won’t be able to spend Mother’s Day with her in person again this year!

  24. I have tried not to hoard my God-given gifts, whether materialistic or spiritual. What is shared just grows and grows the Circle of God’s love around more and more people. God has been so good to me. I want people to know about God’s love and not hoard it just for me! Amen.

  25. I still celebrate my Mother’s love even though she had her Homegoing almost 14 years ago! How blessed I was to have such a loving Mother!

  26. How I see myself in you! Yes, I save the beautiful, valuable items for special people and special occasions! Even with clothes — they still have their price tags but they don’t fit me anymore!
    Anyway, your book seems to be a very special one. I hope I win one of the copies! Blessings to you and your family. Continue to write encouraging stories and reminders!

  27. This story is so beautiful! I want to be remembered the way you remember your grandmother! So precious!

  28. This post’s conclusion, Anna, offers a surprising purpose for our belongings–at least for some of them: so we and those who come after us will have stories to tell–stories that inspire character and teach life lessons. If the dishes remain in the cupboard, the quilt hides in the cedar chest, and the teacup sits on a shelf, there are no stories. Let’s use the Havilland (yes, we have
    Grandma’s set too!) now and then and leave a legacy of meaningful memories along with the plates!

  29. I couldn’t help but think of my grandmother when I read some of the excerpts. She had a few one of a kind recipes that usher in so many wonderful memories for me and all who loved her. Her faith and care for her large extended family still bring big smiles that light up a room when she is mentioned. A Mother’s Love will be appreciated and loved by many. Congratulations on its release.

  30. Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve never thought of it this way before, and I do tend to hoard things. Thank you for helping me to think of it in a different light.

  31. There are so many women I know who are wonderful examples of mother love. I thank God for them and wish them many blessings.
    A book like this would be wonderful for them all. Will you be offering any bulk pricing

  32. Anna,

    It is always tempting to “hoard” or save for a special occasion precious items from grandparents, wedding, etc. In so doing we aren’t allowing the world to share in our joy. Plus it makes you wonder what other things you are hoarding. Now is the perfect time to use those dishes & tell your children the wonderful stories of great grandma. You have a legacy to leave your children. Celebrate your the moms in your life.
    We also have a legacy of God’s love to share with this world. Right now in this perilous time it is imperative we show this world some of God’s peace & love. People are scared & need to have hope. We can do it by not hoarding His love & grace. Let’s celebrate our moms, grandmas, & mentors. All the women who helped shape us. Then take their love & spread it all over to others.

    Blessings 🙂

  33. During this time of social distancing, there is much time to reflect on how our everyday life goes and how we wish it were different. This perspective on things that are hoarded hits home. I am trying to reach out as a mom more often to all. As I am soon to be a first time grandma I want to share the joys all of this will bring. As I get the family cradle ready for another generation, stories and memories need to be written down and passed along. I can’t wait to be more proactive in sharing what the bible tells us with the new little one.

  34. I’m a saver too and realize that I shouldn’t be. Working towards using what I have or give it away. This book sounds right up my ally.

  35. The excerpt you choose resonated, I am the recipient of passed down china. I have tried to be proactive in using it often… thank you for the encouragement to embrace all our gifts and treasures to bring glory to God