If you have dreams and hopes of what mothering will be, your heart is already Expectant. You have what it takes to be a great mom!
Expectant is all about growing your life while growing a family. This collection of devotions for new and expectant moms uses transparent stories and biblical truth to offer hope and wisdom that uplift women transitioning into motherhood.
Women enter motherhood in a variety of ways, so Expectant shares encouragement for every mom as she grows into being a mother. That may mean she grows a pregnant belly or a home study for adoption, but she will grow. Talking about real issues like changes in your body, your marriage, your work, and your schedule, Expectant helps new moms think through necessary transitions to find hope and confidence right there on the changing table or playground.
Like having coffee with a loving, honest friend, Expectant uplifts women. The devotions are organized into sections about you, other grown-ups, the baby, and your new normal. Each one includes words from scripture to grow your heart, as well as questions to get the conversation started with a friend, mentor, or dad-to-be. It’s formatted to be easy to use with a partner or a small group of moms.
Every journey into motherhood is unique, and every mother’s heart is Expectant.
Features of Expectant
Sections for You, Other Grown-Ups, the Baby, and Your New Normal
Biblical wisdom for every mom’s real needs
Questions to use with a friend, partner, or small group
In Expectant, Julie Sanders is somehow able to capture the realities of real-life pregnancy and motherhood without crushing the wonder of it all. Filled with insight and wisdom, this book will turn nine months of growing bigger into nine months of going deeper with God, preparing you to be the godly mother you really want to be.
Nancy Guthrie, author ◊ Holding on to Hope
Here’s what other moms & authors say
Julie Sanders had my attention from the first paragraph of her Introduction. Frank. Honest. Lighthearted. Deep. All that and more makes Expectant a must read for every mommy and mommy wanna be.
Debbie Taylor Williams, National keynote conference and Bible teacher and author ◊
The Plan A MOM in a Plan B World: How to Raise Faithful Kids in a Flawed World
The practical insights mixed with solid Biblical Truth of Expectant brings refreshment for mom’s at any stage. Julie shares the hard and unexpected parts of motherhood, but leaves you encouraged with practical and Biblical ways to make each stage of motherhood a ministry of joy. This is a great tool of encouragement for any seasoned, young, overwhelmed or just stuck in a rut mamma.
Sara Raby ◊ pastor’s wife, mom to twins, foster mom, and expectant adoptive mom
In Expectant, Julie Sanders takes all that comes with being an expectant mom—the fears, the wonder, the changes, the doubts—and weaves them beautifully together with hope and truth. Any woman who reads this book will be filled with excited anticipation of all that comes with being a mom, and will be comforted by the assurance of God’s loving care. Julie talks candidly and openly about things like a mom’s changing body and relationships, and she also provides practical wisdom for everyday living–from nutrition, to getting on a schedule, to reading with your kids. Expectant is not only a necessary handbook for any mom-to-be, it will no doubt be a much-referred to companion in the days after baby arrives. Julie’s encouragement, honesty about her own parenting journey, and uplifting words will inspire expectant moms everywhere.
Genny Heikka ◊ Author of Finding Mommy Bliss
In Expectant, Julie Sanders weaves real stories together with inspiring, insightful and practical encouragement for new mothers and mothers-to-be. Each biblically based devotion ends with reflective and thought provoking Words to Grow Your Heart and Thoughts to Treasure, making EXPECTANT real, relevant and reassuring. If you are expecting, a new mother or know someone who is, Expectant is a MUST READ! It is also a great resource for a young moms’ small group.
Through her candid and detailed writing, Julie Sanders gives you the impression that she has pulled up a chair beside you to converse about the most impactful role a woman could assume this side of heaven: a mother. She vividly speaks about ALL aspects of motherhood then leaves the reader with a challenge to grow in that area and share her learning with a friend.
Melissa Wright ◊ Leader of The Mom’s Chair and mother of 3
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