AUG
07
2011

Ministry of Motherhood: Week 12

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

 

My Thoughts This Week:

As a homeschool mom, and really a mom in general, I’m constantly feeling pressure to do things right. To make sure I’m consistent in discipline, to provide nutritious meals, and to make sure my children have a well rounded and solid education. We’re always seeking to do what is “best” for our children and families and that can be a lot of pressure to take all on our own.

One of my favorite parts of this week, was when Sally pointed out that our success as mother’s will not be dependent on how well we’ve taught them or how well we’ve cared for them, but whether we have been faithful to help them respond to God’s call on their own lives.

“Jesus isn’t limited by the personalities of our children, or by our own personalities or by our education or life skills of lack of the same.” ~ Sally Clarkson

I personally tend to focus on academics. The core subjects that the world deems important; you know, math, reading, writing. While those subjects are important, I want to remember to put character building, and passing on a Godly legacy at the forefront of even those. So if there is a day where serious character building needs to take place, then I pray I’m flexible enough to change our schedule so we can address those concerns head on.

Another area that I want to be better at is service. At this stage, we can help make opportunities available for our children to serve others, and even their own siblings within the home. I mean, if they can have a heart for their siblings and do something kind to bless them, well then, I think they could learn to serve in any capacity!

I think so often I become weary in our daily routines. The constant reminders  to “be kind to one another” (Eph 4:32), to be good stewards over what is given to us, and to love others above ourselves can start to seem tedious and appear to fall on deaf ears. But I am reminded of Galatians 6:9-10, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

“If we are doing the Lord’s work, we can know our efforts are not in vain…we are teaching our children what it means to serve with hard working hands.” ~ Sally Clarkson

Our children will only be with us for a short time, and the hour is now to stop what we are doing and focus our attention on training them in righteousness. Provide opportunities for them to serve others, within and without our homes. And teach them that the work of God is never in vain. In due time, we will see the benefits of our perseverance!

“As we launch our children into life from the sanctuary of our homes, the intangible gifts of God will go with them and help equip them for His service. In this, the ministry of motherhood will find its completion.” ~ Sally Clarkson

Dear Jesus,

Thank you so much for this ministry of motherhood you’ve bestowed upon me. I pray that my loving heart and hardworking hands will be a blessing to others and that would spill over into the hearts of my children. I pray through my obedience, they will also learn to serve others, and be a blessing to those around them. Amen.

It’s been such a pleasure going through this study with all of you, and I pray that you’ve been blessed as much as I have! If you missed any posts in this series of studies, click here to see all of my Ministry of Motherhood posts!

If you haven’t already, make sure to grab your copy of The Ministry of Motherhood! It’s definitely a book worth reading!

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  1. hi there, Erica. I bought a few books written by Sally Clarkson and I am digesting them all. Like you I have been focused on academics, but for the past few months I have realized that my children and my husband and I need some serious character training. So I have equipped myself and this next semester my plan is to focus on Scripture and character training. I realized that I was failing… failing miserably at raising my children because I was trying on my own, using my own wisdom and ideas and it was not working. I have already implemented a few devotions with my children and the result has been amazing. I found out that they are thirsty for God and they want Him.

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