and Servanthood to name a few.
I don't have my own words yet. Just thoughts scrambled and messed up in my head.
I'm in the process of reading The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson. I highly recommend this book. I want to share a few excerpts from the book that describe my thoughts and feelings much better than I can articulate.
"This is one of the best ways I can be a servant leader to my children. When I model patience in the midst of difficulty, joy in the midst of messes, contentment in the midst of lack, then provide them with a pattern for their own lives. They will learn that my joy is not circumstantial but real because I have an endless source of strength through the power of the Holy Spirit in my life."
"Often I served my children joyfully and enjoyed the memorable moments of their growing-up years. But sometimes I struggles irrationally with their demands and then felt guilty for struggling. Instead of understanding that this was normal and that how I handled it would make all the difference in their lives, I often fought against it. In doing so, I'm afraid I lost many beautiful opportunities to be a servant leader in our home."
"I have realized that one of God's purposes for my children is to be his tool for disciplining me to make me more holy! I do not have to be a perfect mom--just an authentic believer. From interacting with my children, I have seen my own selfishness and my lack of patience more clearly than ever before! I have blown it many times with my children, but even these mistakes have helped me to mature and depend on God more than I would have without my parenting responsibilities."
I can feel God move in my heart with every page I turn.
Sally Clarkson holds a Mom Heart Conference every year in Dallas and I'm desperately trying to make it this year. Has anybody ever been or wanting to go? I would love to hear all about it.
On a lighter note. I read this article yesterday and it is spot on. If your a parent please go read it. I promise you will relate.
Don't Carpe Diem
Because sometimes this is what it's like around here.