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Hard is Not Bad: Embracing the Challenges of Motherhood for God’s Glory – Abbie Halberstadt, Part 2

Looking for a fresh perspective on the difficulties of parenthood? Yvette Hampton engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Abbie Halberstadt (M Is For Mama), author of Hard Is Not the Same Thing as Bad: The Perspective Shift That Could Completely Change the Way You Mother. In this episode, Abbie shares her personal struggles as a mother and how she overcame them with a shift in perspective. From dealing with toddler tantrums to finding grace amidst challenging circumstances, this episode offers practical tips, biblical wisdom, and heartfelt stories that all parents can relate to. Find inspiration, encouragement, and a renewed sense of purpose in your role as a parent.

Come back tomorrow for the rest of this important conversation.

Hard is Not Bad:  Embracing the Challenges of Motherhood for God's Glory – Abbie Halberstadt, Part 2

Watch this full conversation on our YouTube channel.

Recommended Resources:

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Hard Is Not the Same Thing as Bad: The Perspective Shift That Could Completely Change the Way You Mother, by Abbie Halberstadt

M Is for Mama: A Rebellion Against Mediocre Motherhood, by Abbie Halberstadt

M is for Mama – Abbie Halberstadt on the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast (Family Series) – Homeschool and Mama Merch

YouTube – M Is For Mama Official

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Discussion Questions For the Series:

  1. How does Abbie challenge the belief that motherhood is martyrdom and giving up everything? Do you agree or disagree with her perspective?
  2. What do you think Abbie means when she says that being a competent and excellent secular mom is not enough? How does the Holy Spirit and meaningful motivation play a role in motherhood?
  3. Abbie emphasizes that the purpose of motherhood should be about serving and glorifying God. How can mothers incorporate this perspective into their daily lives?
  4. Abbie mentions that the fruit of conviction in one’s heart will bear fruit, even if the timing and method are uncertain. Can you share any personal experiences where you saw this played out in your own life?
  5. Abbie draws parallels between coming out of a season of ease and going through difficulty cyclically, comparing it to a blacksmith’s curing process. How do you interpret this analogy? Can you relate to this experience in your own life?
  6. Abbie discusses society’s focus on ease and fun, often at the expense of relationships and family. Do you agree with her assessment? How do you see this playing out in today’s culture?
  7. Abbie acknowledges the challenges of fulfilling various roles, such as being a parent, spouse, family member, and friend. How do you navigate these challenges in your own life? What strategies do you employ to find balance and maintain your well-being?
  8. Abbie emphasizes that just because something is difficult, it does not mean it is bad. How do you approach difficult situations or tasks in your life? Do you find it challenging to shift your perspective and embrace the difficulties as opportunities for growth?
  9. Abbie discusses the importance of seeking and accepting help when struggling, as well as the tendency to dwell in our struggles instead of utilizing the help that is available. Can you think of a time when you resisted asking for help, and how did that impact your situation? How can we overcome the fear or reluctance to ask for help?
  10. Abbie shares her personal experience of initially not finding parenthood enjoyable, but how it has since brought her much joy. Can you relate to this experience? How have your perspectives on parenthood or challenging situations evolved over time?


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About the Author
Yvette Hampton - Host Yvette is a homeschool mom through and through, but it wasn't supposed to be this way. Like so many other homeschoolers, Yvette and her husband, Garritt, said they would NEVER homeschool their kids, but God had other plans. Yvette is the producer and host of the upcoming documentary, Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution, being directed by her husband, Garritt Hampton. As a mom who is concerned for the future of this generation and the future of our country, Yvette has a deep passion to see a culture shift by encouraging people through the truth of God’s Word. Her greatest joy in life is being a wife and mom! - - - - - - - - - - - - In the fall of 2016, she and her family sold their home and almost all of their possessions, loaded up in an RV, and began traveling the country to film Schoolhouse Rocked. They have a passion for the homeschool community and are humbled and honored that the Lord has called them to tell the stories of the millions of families who have been impacted by the homeschool revolution. - - - - - - - - - - - - Yvette and Garritt have been married since 1995. They have two daughters, Brooklyn and Lacey, who they have homeschooled since the very beginning. - - - - - - - - - - - - To see the Schoolhouse Rocked movie trailer and find out more visit - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Aby Rinella - Cohost Aby Rinella is homeschool mom to 3, writer, speaker and director of her local homeschool support group. She writes and speaks to encourage and inspire women to live the life they were designed to live, to train up their children in God’s Word and to stand on truth in a culture that has lost its foundation. Aby and her husband, Jesse, love the outdoors and speak and write on the benefits of pointing children to their Creator by spending time in His creation. Aby is a featured speaker for the 2020 Homegrown Generation Family Expo. - - - - - - - - - - - - Read more from Aby at - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Garritt Hampton - Producer Garritt is a entertainment industry veteran who got his start in the record industry before moving into film. His credits include some of the biggest movies of the last decade, including Interstellar, Furious 7, TRON: Legacy, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and many more. He is passionate about using his talents to build up the family and glorify God.