"The souls of our children will last for all eternity, and if we believe Scripture to be true, the way we shepherd them will undoubtedly have repercussions far beyond our lives here on earth....My identity as a mother would be wrapped up inextricably in the very place in which my moral character would be formed. My home, then, became my kingdom over which I longed to rule well as I was crafting lives, my own children, for His glory."
~Sally Clarkson, Desperate pg.10
(sausage gravy and homemade biscuits for supper one evening)
"Understanding that the best and most lasting "work" I would ever do was wrapped up in my call as a mother gave me a grand scope for my life such as I had never known before."
~Sally Clarkson, Desperate pg. 11
As you can probably tell from the quotes above, I am reading the book Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae. It is a truly enjoyable read...full of reassuring truth and encouragement.
As much as I long to be a wonderful mother, I always feel as though I am falling short. Reading this book I find that I am not alone in my feelings...I am finding reassurance but also encouragement to keep trying harder (all while resting in Him ~ the more we are focused on Him and not ourselves, the better mothers we will be!) to be the best mother I can be...bringing glory to God in all I do. I desire to love more, nurture more and strive to lead by example with a selfless attitude!
"When you learn to hold His hand and walk by faith and obedience, you just might find yourself in the Hall of Faith of those who followed hard after Him and were allowed to tell a story of faith in their lifetimes."
~Sally Clarkson, Desperate pg. 37
I am constantly learning. It's such a process. Thankfully, I'm not in this alone (and neither are you!)! :)
Madelyn and Jaxson baking together.
Have you read this book...and if so, what did you think of it? I am not finished yet...but I am already thankful to be reading it! I am thankful that God is using it to grow me (along with His Word)...and oh! How I need to truly grow!
Are there any other books you are reading (that are encouraging you in your role as helpmeet and mother) and enjoying lately? I have numerous books just lining up in my amazon wish list. Most are on theology...as those are my favorite studies...but others are on improving my walk as a Christian woman. :) I would LOVE to hear what you have been reading lately!
Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
♥ In loving kindness,