A Mother's Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot has been such a blessing in my life. I've read it cover to cover. Twice. From the moment I picked it up I knew I had found a book written by a woman who at one point felt the overwhelming stress that I sometimes feel.
The first time I read this book I didn't take a single not or answer any of the questions. I thought about them a lot when I wasn't reading, but I didn't do anything with them. Once I finished it, I went back to page one and read it all again.
The second time through I started answering the questions. I kept a bind filled with paper near me all the time. Whenever I could find a free moment I was reading a bit more and writing a bit more. I even began implementing the bits and pieces of a schedule that were slowly coming out of my answers, notes, and thoughts.
The book divides a mother's priorities into five groups. First is prayer, an area I've often struggled with. Person is second, another thing I've struggled with. Third is partner. Fourth is parent. Fifth is provider. Each area is an important part of our lives, but each needs to be kept in it's place. I had never really considered how much time and energy I should be putting into each piece of my life.
My Rule is still a work in progress. I am slowly building a rule that takes care of all of my needs as well as all of my family's needs. I wish I had this book when I first became a mother. I've always felt called to be home with my children, but I've often felt overwhelmed by everything being at home requires. While I'm nowhere even close to perfection I am starting to feel calmer. I am more patient with my children, more joyful about my work, happier with myself, and more productive during the day. All of this has also helped lift my marriage up because there are fewer days that end with my husband coming home from work to an exhausted, frustrated, overwhelmed, and emotional wife.
If you're a mother you should have this book. The ideas could be used by any mother in any situation. Holly Pierlot shares her story, and offers direction, but ultimately the rule you build is uniquely yours. You build the exact rule you need for your life to be better.
What could possibly be better than having help putting together a custom plan for peace and success in your life?