Thursday, January 19, 2012

Motherhood

The Lord's tugging on my heart in many area lately.
Motherhood
Priorities
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.

16 comments:

  1. Hi there, I found your blog via the soap post on Pinterest and love it! I cloth diaper too, I have a 9-month old son. Question for you about the Mission of Motherhood book - I work full time so I don't know if you think it would still be a good read for me, or if it would make me feel guilty about working. I love my job and my son, it's been a tough balance but it seems to be working ok. Let me know what you think. Looking forward to catching up with you via the blog. ;)

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  2. I would be interested in the conference.

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  3. Hi there! Thank you so much for sharing this post with us. I found it inspiring, moving and helpful. I have a 2 year old little boy who I love more then anything but there are times,many, when being a mom is alot of work! I loved the Carpe Diem article. It was an eye opener! It made me realize that I don't have to be enjoying every second of parenting in order to be a good mom! And it taught me not to feel guilty when I don't enjoy every second! Thank you again for posting this! I love reading your blog. Your kids are adorable and so full of joy! Sorry this is so long but I was just so inspired by your little post today.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Heather

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  4. excellent article! looking forward to the book

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  5. I LOVE Sally Clarkson and am so thankful for her ministry! I have that book, I need to read it again. I remember pouring over it and highlighting everything! Sooo good! Being a mother is such a challenge.. and so fulfilling. Thank God for his abounding grace for when we mess up!
    May God bless you as you seek to raise your childen to love Him!

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  6. I know she was a stay at home mom and homeschooler so her experience is in that area but I can see her mission is truly to reach the heart of all mothers and their mission with their children. Every mom has a desire to be the best for their family and children no matter if your day is at home or at the workplace.

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