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Pump Up Your Book Tour: Surrendered Balance (Guest Post)

5/19/11


Today my guest author is Hermina Krista Pettiford who is on her first Virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book.  She shares the importance of getting involved in your child's education and the challenge of working parents.




About Hermina Krista Pettiford
Hermina Krista Pettiford is the women’s ministry leader in her local church - New Covenant Tabernacle located San Diego, CA where she lives with her family. She has a B. A. in Biblical Studies from Southern California Seminary. Her belief is that the Spirit of God and the Word of God work together to create dynamic power for living the Christian life, thus, she ministers with a solid Biblical message and with the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Her desire is to see women and families strengthened through God’s Word and their relationship with God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. She has written out of her own life experiences, and her gift and love of writing to and for the Lord.
You can find Krista Pettiford at her website; www.surrenderedbalance.com.


Do you live a fast paced and hectic life? Is your relationship with God suffering because of it? Imagine living a life of balance, in the flow of God’s will even while you’re always on the go. It is possible to flourish and have fulfillment in both your spiritual life and natural life without feeling as if you are neglecting either one. It comes by way of surrendered balance.
 Hermina Krista Pettiford, in her first book connects with modern the Christian woman, giving fresh ideas and insight for balancing the responsibilities of modern-life while maintain an intimate relationship with God.  In her personable style she gives practical solutions and applicable tools for women to make a life of surrendered balance no longer just a dream but a reality!

A modern Christian woman is someone who balances all of her responsibilities - family, career, friendship, ministry to others, and caring for herself all while keeping the Lord at the center of her life. If you are a modern Christian woman this book was written for you.
Proverbs 31:16 (AMP) says, “She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.”
As modern Christian women we balance so much: time with the Lord, family, friends, work, staying fit and healthy, making time for ourselves without feeling too guilty, church and ministry. 

God has a plan for each one of us that will bring about a proper balance between our spiritual and natural life. It is through the path of surrender and making time for Him that we find this plan. As we allow God to order our lives, not taking on more than we can handle or are called by Him to do, but rather, like wise women considering all of our choices in the presence of God before we proceed, our lives are bound to come into a state of surrendered balance and make room for all the needed things. 


However, because of modern-day busyness, living a surrendered life and creating a constant balance is not always easy, even for those who have lived the Christian life for many years. The disciplines and principles in this book may not be new to you, but I believe the strategies and ideas will give you a fresh way of looking at how to balance your daily living as a modern Christian woman.


 This book has two parts. The first part lists and discusses seven disciplines of a balanced life for the modern Christian woman. The second part is designed to help you implement these disciplines into your life without boxing you into just another system that will never work because it doesn’t fit your life. This book was written to help you keep track of your time, so that you will have time for all the needed things without getting overwhelmed.
The strategies and ideas I will share are those that God gave me when I was in a stressful time of life with more work and responsibilities than time and energy in a day. They still work for me and they will work for you if you apply them.

Where To Find:

You can purchase her book on Amazon.


You can see Krista's tour page at Pump Up Your Book.


Q:  Your book has a chapter about parent involvement in school. Will you share with us why it is so important for parents to be involved with their child’s education and what can parents do to get involved a little at time, especially if they are full-time employees.


When you take time to be involved in our children’s education, you do two things: you give them confidence and you influence their influencers. By this I mean that when you communicate or show your face regularly to your child’s teacher and school staff, you influence them for good concerning your child. In return, they become enthusiastic about teaching your child because they know there is someone at home who will be a partner in the education process. Not only that, but when a teacher or other school authority knows that a child has caring parent, they tend to be more careful about what they say and do.

Some ways for working parents to maintain involvement in their children’s education: Try to make every parent night, open house, and teacher conference throughout the year.  Use those times to find out ways to volunteer besides the classroom.  Teachers need help in many other areas. There are opportunities to correct papers, bake goodies, help with projects and volunteer to drive and chaperone field trips.

Use email to make regular contact with the teachers. You can send an email about homework, projects, behavior, or anything else you need to discuss with a teacher.

As you can see there are other ways to be involved than in the classroom. You just have to get a plan and stick to it. You will see your child’s confidence improve and the teachers will appreciate your support. Even if for some reason they don’t, they will respect and acknowledge it.


Thank you Krista for sharing your latest book and your thoughts with my readers!
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Rebecca Camarena said...

Thanks Attic Girl for hosting Krista during her book tour.

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