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Minister to WHO?

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Because Motherhood Isn't Just a Job. It’s a Calling.*

"A mother’s day is packed with a multitude of tasks that require energy and time: preparing meals, washing clothes, straightening and cleaning the house, and caring for children. These jobs all are necessary and crucially important. But in the dailyness of providing for a child’ s physical, emotional, and social needs, vital opportunities for spiritual nurture and training can be overlooked. " *Sally Clarkson

This doesn't have to be the case. You can focus your energy on what matters most...your child(ren).

So many times I allow the tasks on my "To Do List" to become my focus. The calendar rears it's ugly head bright and early Monday morning and tries to strike pandemonium in our week. Without a thought...I am caught in the whirlwind of activities and although I am with my children 24/7, we feel like we haven't seen each other. We are soon quoting the Wizard of Oz chanting, "There's no place like home. There's no place like home!"

I sometimes loose sight of my calling, my Ministry of Motherhood. I loose sight of the reality that my children need to hear "let's read a book" or "why don't you tell me about your day." or "How is such-n-such going for you?" more than HURRY! HURRY! HURRY! as we run to the next well intended activity. I want their memories of home to be of love, peace, good conversation, foundational Truths from scripture, good food and much laughter. In order to create that reality I must be intentional to spend that quality time with my kiddos, ministering to them as Jesus ministered to His disciples...loving them, correcting them, teaching them the way they should go...is far more important than "keeping up with the Jones." And that all the good activities we are participating in are but chafe in the wind if they draw us further from each other and further away from what God has called me, as a mother, to do...minister to my children.

If you know there is more to motherhood than what you are currently experiencing;  If there are young women in your life that you can speak life and truth into; If your hearts desire is to raise children of character and children who chase after the Creator as because they love Him...Ministry of Motherhood is a must read. Ministry of Motherhood, by Sally Clarkson, incorporates the Biblical principles of Jesus' love and ministry to His disciples and applies the same principles to motherhood. Sally also includes great, practical application ideas that you can immediately put into practice in your home to help you truly minister to your children.

In Ministry of Motherhood, you can learn how you can:

• Make Life’s Mundane and Nitty-Gritty Moments Work for You and Not Against You.

• Discover Ways to Make Character-Building a Natural Part of Live.

• Teach Your Child in the Same Way Jesus Taught the Disciples.

• Pass on Crucial Gifts that Will Serve Your Family for a Lifetime.

If that still voice is whispering in your ear and stirring your heart for your children and you KNOW there is more to mothering than laundry and runny noses, Ministry of Motherhood is for you! You can purchase Ministry of Motherhood at here or at Amazon.

OR...you can enter below for your chance to win a FREE copy! The winner will be announced on Wed, October 9th!

Good Luck!

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Your Mission: Motherhood & A Giveaway

Mission of Motherhood

The pages are warn and marked with underlines, smiley faces, brackets and stars. Notes written as reminders float in the margins. Half of the pages bear the water, well coffee marked wrinkles from mornings gathered around breakfast with other women pouring over scripture and the guidance of a Godly woman, Sally Clarkson.

This book is for moms-to-be, moms with children still at home…and even empty-nester moms.

Mission of Motherhood is not just another book to read about what to expect during child-rearing years. Sally Clarkson has incorporated Biblical questions and application ideas at the end of each chapter that will encourage you in your walk with the Lord as a mother and a woman. The scriptures are the backbone of why Clay and Sally parent the way they do and the Truth that compels Sally to share what she has learned from the Lord over the years. Her love for the Lord is authentic and true.

Here's a little about the book from the Publisher:

The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson: A Fresh Vision for Motherhood

-Do you long for your home to be life-giving and peaceful? -Is it your desire to pass on a legacy of righteousness to your children? -Do you struggle to balance the duties of motherhood with a loving relationship with your children? -Would you like creative ideas for keeping your child’s heart open to you and to the Lord?

No calling is greater, nobler, or more fulfilling than that motherhood. Every day, as we nurture our children, mothers influence eternal destiny as no one else can. Tragically, today’s culture minimizes the vital importance of a mother’s role. By catching a vision of God’s original design and allowing it to shape your life, you can rediscover the joy and fulfillment to be found in the strategic role to which God in all his wisdom has called you, for a purpose far greater than you can ever imagine.

Discover how understanding God’s purpose and design can empower you to be the mother you long to be.

I recommended this book to all mom in ALL stages of motherhood, and I truly believe that. I have lead this book/Bible study in my home many years and I see the value it has for all motherhood. If you don’t have children yet, it will prepare your heart and mind for the sweet years to come. If you DO have sweet ones, young or old, Mission of Motherhood will reignite your passion for mothering and give you Biblical hope and sustenance to stand when you feel week or lost. For the empty-nesters…You are a key generation!  You have the mighty calling on your lives to be the Titus 2 women and help the young moms in their journey…as you have already tread the miles. Mission of Motherhood is a GREAT book to use as you lead young mothers in a Bible study.

If you have read Mission of Motherhood, I would love to hear from you. I would also love to encourage you to start a little Bible study with other mothers you know! If this is your first time to hear about Mission of Motherhood…go ahead and grab a copy! You won’t regret it! You can purchase The Mission of Motherhood here or at Amazon.

AND NOW…for the giveaway!  Enter below for a chance to win a copy of Mission of Motherhood!

Check back next Tuesday for the next book...Ministry of Motherhood and a chance to win your copy!

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Against the Current

Conversations with friends of mine usually become discussions about our hearts' passion for Biblical mothering.  Our heartbeats are the same so we link arms down path of motherhood the Lord has led us down. Pondering Biblical motherhood led to the question of "why" so many women reject the model of Motherhood scripture speaks of. We realized that for many of the women we know the rejection of  Biblical motherhood  is a learned behavior...they do what the others before and around them do. They are not being taught what the Bible says nor are their many women modeling what Biblical motherhood looks like. They live contrary to scriptural design mainly from lack of knowledge or example.

Because society often defines success by the size of our homes and the make and model of our cars, Biblical motherhood has been lost in sea of conflicting ideas.  Even in our churches, pastors and leaders do not stand up and teach what Biblical motherhood looks like...it is controversial to say a woman's first irresponsibility is to her hubby, then kiddos...then job. It would probably infuriate much of the congregation...stepping on many pastor's toes in the process.

Biblical motherhood is about having a passion for your children.  It's about showing them, by example, your love, the Love the Father has for us, and how we live life to glorify His name.  It's about laughing together, crying together...living life together. It's setting boundaries and teaching obedience.  It's about priorities. It's about sacrificing fleshly wants for the spiritual fruit of investing in your children first and foremost. It's holding your child's heart and pointing it to the One who can save them.

My prayer for mothers is simple:

That through prayer revelation the Lord will deeply move a generation of mothers to step up and be a mom first and foremost, above superficial successes of a career. That young mothers will be encouraged by Godly women to seek out and pursue God's design for mothering.  I pray that mothers will be bold and courageous as they swim upstream against the flow of mediocrity & society's standards. That they will be brave against ridicule. I pray that when their children are grown, they may "rise up and call her blessed" Proverbs 31:28 as they stay the course...even when it stands in contrast to the lives of family and friends. I pray that mom will then encourage other women to step out in faith as they strive to go against the current...leaving in their wake a Godly legacy for generations to come.

"It is not simply a lifestyle choice. It is a divine calling that will indeed affect eternity."                                        Sally ClarksonMission of Motherhood

I know walking down the Biblical path of mothering unlocks a treasure store for our families...in our children, in our husbands & in our own lives. It is a difficult swim...the one that leads upstream...but it is worth the effort.  There are twists and turn...and uncharted areas for many women who don't have an example of what Biblical Motherhood looks like... but we have a Savior who wrote a great love letter for us and he longs for us to read it. Life instructions are hidden along the way as road signs...but it's up to us to choose to follow them.

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33.

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Sweet Blessing

Today, my sweet daughter has been such a blessing.  She's helped around the house...on her own accord...collected caterpillars, "washed" my car while running through the sprinkler and savored her pie...all the while thanking me for the tasty treat. She is always full of joy, giggles and dances.  Today was no different. She is supposed to be in bed for the night, but instead she is letting the caterpillars go.  She came in the room where I am, taking the risk of getting scolded for being out of bed, to ask if she could give them their freedom.  When I asked her why, her reply was "I just don't feel right about keeping them." She loves to collect bugs...she HATES it when they die in her care, so even though letting the caterpillars go hurt, and tears where shed, keeping them and taking a chance on them dieing would have hurt more.

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I am so thankful that Hallie has a tender heart toward living things. She is kind and caring...Just like her Heavenly Father. 

Our Father wants to set us free and see us soar like the butterflies...to fulfill His calling on our lives.  Satan, on the other hand, wants to entrap us...making it look as though we are in a safe place, all the while we are dieing.

The Word tells us that God hears us when we cry out to Him!  Cry out to the Lord...trade in the sticks and water bowl of the terrarium for the beautiful transformation he has in store for you.  Then let Him show you how to walk in the Fullness of HIS calling on your life.

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