June 30th of this year is a night I’ll remember so fondly for the rest of my life.
My husband and I were doing what we usually do after the kids surrender to bedtime – sitting next to one another on the couch, watching TV, checking e-mails, answering texts, etc… basically, finally catching up with the rest of the world after a long day of meeting the needs of others…
That’s when I opened a message that dropped my jaw to the floor. I couldn’t help but beam like a little girl on Christmas morning as I read it aloud to my hubby. Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times Best-selling author of “Hands Free Mama” had written to me. ME. I couldn’t believe my eyes or the opportunity she was extending to me with such humble sweetness.
Her latest book, Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More was being officially released in September, today in fact, and she was asking if I would be interested in reading it prior to the launch date.
Not only is that an incredible honor in itself, but, friends, I have TWO books on my nightstand. Just two. And they have been there for over a year. They are special to me. I love them, which is why they aren’t on a shelf in our dining room or still in a box in our basement. Two.
I joke that one’s my “life handbook” and the other is my “mama handbook,” but I’m really not joking. Hands Free Mama changed my life. The Hands Free Revolution posts on Facebook changed my life, my parenting, my perspectives. When I read whatever Rachel Macy Stafford writes, it’s as if for those few moments, all of my chaos stands still and I bask in the glow of what could be, of what should be. I feel the warmth that comes with the realization of how God wants me to mother cover my heart like a reassuring hug that says,
“You can do this. You can do this well, and you can do this beautifully.”
So, of course I didn’t hesitate for even a moment before replying with a emphatic “Yes!”
And on August 3rd, the most beautiful gifts arrived in the mail – the book, Hands Free Life, a bracelet that I wear proudly every day, and a frame containing a copy of the most beautifully written “House Rules” I have ever read. The box was so full of heart, so full of life, and so full of hope.
And that’s what it is giving me every time I pick it up – a big dose of heart, life, and hope.
Since reading, I have been trying with intention to disconnect a little more each day from whatever it is that fills my mind, day, and even life with clutter. We live in a world in which we face a distraction almost non-stop. This book has given me practical ways to recognize that and to actually do something about it.
That’s part of the reason why this post is being written at 10 PM on “Launch Day” – I have been living all day. I have been living all month! It has been freeing and it has also been quite revealing. My family needs me. Your family needs you. Your people need you. Spouses, friends, children, co-workers, the bank teller, the cashier at Hobby Lobby, the mom next to you in the aisle at Target… They need you. They need you to notice, to be present, to be aware, to engage, to connect.
As Rachel Macy Stafford so perfectly phrased it, I had been suffering for far too long from a “connection-starved soul.”
Are you starving?
You don’t have to be.
Are your people starving?
They don’t have to be either.
Don’t be intimidated. It’s possible. It’s not too late. You can breathe again. You live again. You can finally give yourself permission to let go of the anger and pressure that may be overwhelming you, suffocating you from the inside and robbing you of the chance to enjoy life’s “sacred moments,” to put down the To-Do lists long enough to hold your loved one’s hand or call a connection-starved friend.
Will you join me in living this beautiful life “hands free”? Can you share with me your journey? How your world is shifting too, thanks to the abundant “Daily Declarations” and “Habit Builders”?
I’ll be posting more about my own journey as I am reading this incredible and wise book, and I’ll let you in on how I am putting what I am learning into practice in my own life.
Because I am so passionate about her message and believe in it 100%, I am going to send one of my readers a copy of the book, Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More.
This post isn’t sponsored by anyone, and I haven’t been asked to give anything away; this is just me, Kristi, an overwhelmed mom, a tired spouse, a desperate daughter of God, who, possibly like you, wants to live and love fully, and is just wanting the same chance for you. Please share this opportunity with others that you may know who would benefit from this great book and enter yourself below.
And, Rachel Macy Stafford, if you read this, let me just say for the umpteenth time…THANK YOU! Thank you for sharing your heart, your wisdom, and your story with us. We needed you and your voice. This book matters. Your message matters. You are changing lives, shifting atmospheres, and shepherding the hearts of many women (and men) around the world. For that, and especially because I am one of them, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverbs 27:17)
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