Monday, January 17, 2011

"The Mission of Motherhood" - What I learned from Sally Clarkson

You know that feeling you get when you come across something great and you want to tell the whole world about it? Well my blog is a close to that as I can get and this is exactly how I feel about "The Mission of Motherhood" by Sally Clarkson! I'm not even sure how I found this book....did someone recommend it (if so, I am eternally grateful to you whoever you are)? Did I just come across it while browsing the bookstore? However it happened I thank God for it regularly.
First let me say, I am no book reviewer (probably obvious by my writing abilities) but I can tell you how this book changed my life by changing the way I view my role as a mother. It's probably also important to note that by changing my view Sally Clarkson has changed my children's lives as well.
I was first struck by Sally's heart for mother's and her clear desire to help us in the journey. It is rare to find a book that points you to scripture and then gives you practical examples for applying them to your everyday life. And let's be honest, we all need help in that area! Oh, it's just me? Wow, that's embarrassing! Well if you can relate at all feel free to continue reading.
I of course have always felt that my job of "mommy" is my most important but was I always showing my children that? I can freely admit becoming annoyed at going to re-heat my coffee for the 4th time because someone needed me, or wanting to just read a book in peace and having some resentment because I knew that couldn't happen. This passage from Sally's book was a huge wake up call for me.

"It is certainly important to grasp the great calling of motherhood and respond to a vision for what a family can be. But it's the way I respond to my children in everyday moments that gives me the best chance of winning their hearts. If I have integrity and patience in the small moments of life that are so important to my children, and if I approach them with a servant's heart, then I have a far better chance of influencing them in the larger and more critical issues of life." 
"The Mission of Motherhood" by Sally Clarkson pg.63

This is truly what I pray for. To win my children's hearts and in the process win their hearts for the Lord. My husband and I do all the "right" things. We have family devotional time, we pray with our children, read the Bible together, etc. Not to say those things are not important because certainly they are. For me however, winning their hearts will be about the little things that I may have seen as unimportant or something I can "do later" that mean everything in their minds.
This book reminded me that in serving my children I am serving the Lord. My goal is to raise children who love and trust Jesus and are willing to be used by Him.  I have already read this book twice as is apparent by the picture below with the coffee stained edges and the highlighting.  This is a treasure of mine that I plan on reading many more times and hopefully passing on to my daughters.

Do you have a favorite book to share? How did it inspire you?

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Mom2One said...

I totally need to read this book. Being a mother is the hardest job in the world. I don't want to be mom that "gives up" so to speak, and simply fails to train my child in the right way just because it's "too hard". It takes so much thought, preparation, and creativity to be a good mom. Yesterday we had an episode that lasted 45 mins. over putting cars away. It was the most awakening experience I've had as a mom. I pray daily that I have patience and a heart that shows God's love to my child, but sometimes it's just flat-out HARD to know the right thing to do. I'll def be on the lookout for this book. =) Thanks for sharing!

Mel said...

I so need to get this book! Being a mom is such tremendously hard work but the only job I can imagine where the rewards are immense and eternal. I also appreciated what you had to say at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee, so I followed you here :)

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Jami said...

I'm glad we are all in this "Mom thing" together! Thanks for following :)

Chrissy @ Boerman Ramblings said...

I am really glad you liked this book. I read it as a bible study last year and actually felt like a crappy mom afterward! :( I guess I felt as though she has "all the answers" yet she was a working mom, she just toted her kids with her to work but yet she kept saying she was a stay at home mom. Other than that issue i thought the book was very challenging as a mom and did learn some great things. and Yes I strive to be Proverbs 31 Women too!

Simply Domestic said...

Oh my! I love Sally Clarkson. I've been to several of her conferences. I need to get this book out and re-read it!