Darlene Schacht is an ordinary mom, living an extraordinary life, because of who she is through Jesus Christ. As help-meet to her husband Michael, she guides and nurtures their four children, leading them toward a deeper walk of faith.
Her work has been published in anthologies by Thomas Nelson, Tyndale Publishing and Adams Media. As well she has co-authored a book with actress Candace Cameron Bure called, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness.
You can find her blogging at Time-Warp Wife where she empowers wives to joyfully serve.
Borrowing the words from author Sally Clarkson herself, I have to say that ministry of motherhood is like a “one-woman-retreat.”
Strapped into the passenger’s seat of our minivan, I opened the cover and within minutes I was a sponge drawing wisdom from one of the most gifted writers of our time.
Sally introduces the book by giving us a glimpse into the relationship she has with her daughter, describing it as being “intimate soul mates.” I’m intrigued—hungry for more.
Isn’t that what every loving parent desires? And why? Because, as Sally explains–this bond has anchored them during several turbulent years.
On page three, Sally points out the number one thing that growing children need. And to those who think it’s a new laptop, music lessons, or a good education, delve deeper. Children need an unwavering spiritual and moral compass to lead them through life–one that we provide through an exemplified life.
That’s what lies at the core of our calling—the essence of this ministry, simply known to the world as “motherhood.”
But while we are in the world, we are not of it. Knowing Christ changes the outlook, values, and the goals of those who seriously seek to know and follow him. (page 7) It is because of our desire to serve Him that we lead our children, or as Sally calls them, our “in-home disciples.”
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Where do we start, what do we do? We minister to them with effective spiritual, emotional, and social training that comes to those with intent and a plan. Sally and her husband refer to their plan as “Life Gifts,” because they know that passing on a spiritual heritage to our children is a gift to both the parents and children. Using the “GIFT” acronym, we have a glimpse into their plan:
G – Gift of Grace
I – Gift of inspiration
F – Gift of Faith
T – Gift of Training
S – Gift of Service
All beautiful gifts we can offer our children, aren’t they?
I look forward to delving into this book to learn more about each, as together we study “The Ministry of Motherhood,” and most importantly we study our God.
~Darlene, Time Warp Wife
Thank you Darlene for sharing with us!!
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