Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Mother's Heart Knows

I almost forgot, in my haste to slip away, to share with you a precious book I've received.

A Mother's Heart Knows, by Margaret McSweeney, has laid on the bedside table with my Bible this past week. As I've paged through, engrossed in the photographs accompanying such simple, exquisite words, I've asked for the grace to truly have that mother's heart. We women are blessed with it, all of us, but we don't all truly embrace it, nor do even we who embrace it use it, and gift it to it's full potential. From sensing our children's needs to guarding against greed, the book is such an exhortation and an encouragement.

My favorite page? A mischevious little girl stands on a stool at the bathroom sink, her bobbed hair swinging as she looks over her shoulder with a grin... A mother's heart knows when to knock on the door... "How do you do that?" my sons always want to know. I tell them it is God's prompting in my heart, as He watches over them better than I ever could...

How beautiful that all royalty proceeds from this book go to WINGS (Women In Need Growing Stronger) and a student missionary scholarship fund. WINGS is a non-profit organization that provides a domestic violence shelter for women and their children in addition to transitional housing and programs.

Margaret McSweeney lives with her husband and two daughters in a Chicago suburb. Her book, A Mother’s Heart Knows, was published by Thomas Nelson in 2005. Go Back and Be Happy, a co-authored book, will be published by Lion Hudson in July 2008. Margaret has been featured on Greg Wheatly’s “Prime Time America,” TLN’s “Aspiring Women,” and LeSea’s “The Harvest Show.” Margaret writes freelance articles for The Daily Herald, the largest suburban Chicago newspaper. Notable interviews include Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Kinkade, Susan Branch and Dr. John Gottman. Margaret also wrote a feature article for With a master’s degree in international business, Margaret became a vice president in the corporate finance division of a New York City bank and worked there from 1986-1993. Supporting charitable causes is important to Margaret. For the past five years, she has served on the board of directors for WINGS, an organization that helps abused women and their children get a new start in life.

In honor of Mother's Day, Margaret would love to hear and share your favorite story about your mother (or someone who is like a mother to you). To enter the contest go here and share your story to win one of two spa baskets! She will be posting the stories (with your permission of course) on her blog. And if you leave a comment on this post at her site, you will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of A Mother's Heart Knows for your very own.

You will love it.
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