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{Week 2} Ministry of Motherhood Commentary

Congratulations! You have just finished week 2 of our Ministry of Motherhood book club! I hope and pray by now you are all getting to know the other women in your GMG groups and God is starting to knit your hearts together! Today I’m going to share with you a video Courtney and I made this week discussing a few of the questions listed at the end of the introduction to Ministry of Motherhood. You should find those questions on page 19 in your books. Today share your answers to the questions with your personal GMG group as well as comment below if you have time! Courtney and I always love to hear from you!

For those of you who don’t have a group yet, feel free to join Courtney and I on Facebook or Twitter each day- we will be your group for you.
Facebook: Good Morning Girls
Twitter: Courtney (@WomenLivingWell) Angela (@LoveGodGreatly)

Let me also take this time to encourage you if you struggled this week with your quiet times. Please remember this is a discipline that we are DEVELOPING. Just like a child who first learns to ride her bike, it’s going to take practice, you’re going to fall off a few times…….BUT GET BACK UP!  You only fail at something when you quit! YOU CAN DO THIS! Change takes time. Lean hard on Jesus and reach out to those in your GMG group. Please know I am personally praying for all of you each morning.

Before I go I wanted to share with you a few of Sally’s quotes from the introduction this week that spoke directly to my heart. (By the way…..isn’t she amazing??? Sally so inspires me to be a better mom!)

“They don’t need sweet platitudes of faith that will momentarily placate their emotions. They need the authentic strength that comes from the true foundation of a biblical world-view and a proper understanding of the real Christ who is worthy of their worship….They also need to see what real faith looks like when lived day in, day out, so they will have a pattern to follow.”- Sally Clarkson

I love what Sally says because it’s sooo true! I pray that ALL of us will demonstrate an AUTHENTIC faith to our children as we LIVE OUT our faith day in and day out!!! We aren’t going to be perfect moms……no one is, BUT let’s be moms who live out our faith to our children and daily point them to Jesus.

Another quote that I loved.

“Jesus wasn’t asking his disciples to go into the world and set up church buildings or youth groups or Wednesday night church suppers but to make disciples– to cultivate spiritual relationships with people, to draw them to Christ and then train them to reach out to other people who would also be trained and able to make other disciples. He was entrusting the messages and work of the kingdom of God into the hands of ordinary people who had come to know his love and forgiveness.” – Sally Clarkson

Did you catch that? God uses ORDINARY people, (that means you and me) to do EXTRAORDINARY things for his kingdom! How exciting is that! You don’t have to be perfect to be perfectly used by God! I’m personally convinced that God works most powerfully through those who have truly experienced his love and forgiveness!

Now that I’ve shared a few of my favorite quotes from Ministry of Motherhood I’d love to hear from you. What spoke to your heart the most this week? What is God whispering to you? Was it something that you read in Ministry of Motherhood or one of the scriptures from our quiet times this week?

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Until next time…

Love God Greatly!

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  1. Hi! I don’t have as much time as I’d like to write here, but just to speak of some of my priorities:
    DO:
    - intentionally speak with each child each day – that may sound odd, but there are four children here with me all day and three of them are in their teen years, and need more one-to-one communication than ever, I believe.
    - bring up God’s Word more and more in all circumstances throughout the day. I don’t want God’s Word to be thought of as something only for our morning time and evening time of worship – I want it to be spoken of when we’re baking, or doing schoolwork, or sitting ‘chilling’.
    DON’T:
    - speak rashly to them, or disinterestedly when they’re trying to talk to me (in other words – drop everything and give them my full attention)
    - be unintentional with my time. This is such a major issue with me, and when I get behind with all I have to do, or when I have a list of things still undone at the end of the day, it really gets me down, and I *know* they *could* have been done had I been more intentional with my time.
    Now….where’s that list of chores for today!

    Thanks for all you’re doing!
    Love Anne (in Scotland, with a mixed group – some from this side of the Pond, and some from your side!) x

  2. Hi! I don’t have as much time as I’d like to write here, but just to speak of some of my priorities:
    DO:
    - intentionally speak with each child each day – that may sound odd, but there are four children here with me all day and three of them are in their teen years, and need more one-to-one communication than ever, I believe.
    - bring up God’s Word more and more in all circumstances throughout the day. I don’t want God’s Word to be thought of as something only for our morning time and evening time of worship – I want it to be spoken of when we’re baking, or doing schoolwork, or sitting ‘chilling’.
    DON’T:
    - speak rashly to them, or disinterestedly when they’re trying to talk to me (in other words – drop everything and give them my full attention)
    - be unintentional with my time. This is such a major issue with me, and when I get behind with all I have to do, or when I have a list of things still undone at the end of the day, it really gets me down, and I *know* they *could* have been done had I been more intentional with my time.
    Now….where’s that list of chores for today!

    Thanks for all you’re doing!
    Love Anne (in Scotland, with a mixed group – some from this side of the Pond, and some from your side!) x

  3. I have really been meditating this week on the point that my calling at home and to my children is a holy calling.
    http://homekeepers.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/monday-motivation-a-holy-calling/
    All week long, that has been my focus:
    1. to bring the word of God and prayer into our daily lives, not just at our family worship/ Bible time.
    2. to encourage the strengths and personalities that the Lord has given to my children, to make sure my correction is moral and not influenced merely by what irritates me.
    3. to be conformed to God’s character of grace, joy, and peace (not just holy wrath)
    4. to make our home, and my relationship to each of my children, a haven–warm and secure, a place all of us can be ourselves and be free to grow in relationship to God

  4. Four specific ways I can build my house by ministering to my children and making disciples of them:

    1. Pray for each child daily, asking the Lord for specific ways that I can ties strings of fellowship with each one and for wisdom to correct character deficiencies and undesirable behavior in love.
    2. Encourage them to read their Bibles each day by using dinner time to allow each child to discuss what they read (or heard) that morning.
    3. Use meal preparation as a means to spend one-on-one time as we work alongside each other.
    4. Continue using Polished Cornerstones and Plants Grown Up consistently.

    Thank you for this wonderful study!

  5. Angela I’m right there with you on extending more grace towards my boys. I think I get bogged down in the stresses of being a single mom and I forget to be more graceful with my boys.

    And Courtney, I was screaming YES about wanting my children to know that I enjoy them. I struggle with this so much having way more on my plate that I can handle that I forget to just stop and enjoy my babies.

  6. I would have to agree with your quotes from the book, those spoke to me as well. I loved in the introduction that it just spoke to my heart. I have not found just one but multiple kindred spirits!!

  7. Hello ladies! I am enjoying this study tremendously! My four ways are:

    1. Pray together more often. I do a lot of praying on my own but I often don’t involve my children in it.

    2. Use my creativity to teach my children about the Lord. I do a lot of crafts and they take up a lot of my “free time”. I would like to involve them more in my free time and use my creativity to bring them closer to the Lord.

    3. Teach them to be good stewards of their time, money, talents, etc. We often donate items and they know that we give money to the church. I want to teach them the “why” behind the things we do.

    4. Be more intentional with my time. This is the main thing I have gleaned from this Bible Study so far. I need to be more “plugged in” to my boys. I think if I can accomplish goals 1-3, I will accomplish #4.

  8. Video was very good! For me I want to minister to my children 1) Christ must be first in our life (importance of us spending time with HIM daily 2)To obey His Word and learn to please Christ not man 3)My kids to trust Christ for everything Phil 4:6 4)Be thankful and realize God is in control no matter what situation comes our way in life, because God does whatever pleases HIM Psalm 135:5-6

    I am enjoying the book!

  9. “They don’t need sweet platitudes of faith that will momentarily placate their emotions. They need the authentic strength that comes from the true foundation of a biblical world-view and a proper understanding of the real Christ who is worthy of their worship….They also need to see what real faith looks like when lived day in, day out, so they will have a pattern to follow.”- Sally Clarkson

    This too jumped out at me. I want my son to know not only about Jesus but I want him to know him on a personal level. I want to know Jesus on a personal level. It is my job to raise him and instill the love of Christ in him.

  10. WOW! One week in and I am already so excited about this study. I have enjoyed this weeks study questions, my quiet time and just working through His word.
    When I first started to think about mothering as a ministry, it really changed how I wanted to do things. I have always been so convicted that my hubby, my daughter and my home are my first and most important ministry but I have certainly not always lived that way. I allow the chaos of life to interfere with what I know I should be doing.
    I am so thankful for this study and the timing of it, well, it is so clearly God’s timing for me.
    Thank you ladies SO much for doing this book study and the GMG…what a blessing it has been already.
    So, my four things I would like to do better to build up my house by ministering to my daughter are:
    1-bring my daughter up IN the Word. Not just when she has to study for AWANA or school or what have you…but all the time. This also means to me that my actions and words towards her have to be in alignment with scripture. I know I will mess up but then I can use that to teach.
    2-being intentional with my time. Like I said I can allow distractions to come in and take away my day and my time with my daughter. I want to have intentional time with her so she knows how important she is to me. I loved it when I think it was Courtney who said she wants her children to know she enjoys them. That spoke straight to my heart. I want my daughter to not only hear from me that she is the greatest thing in my life, but to feel that through all I do.
    3-I need to be more consistent, more kind and more loving in my words and actions. I need to show more grace and teach that.
    4-I want to create a home environment that is warm, loving and inviting. I want my children to always know home is safe for them. I desire to have children that when they grow up, they still want to come home for the holidays and it’s not a chore for them to do so. I want them to know always that this was a house filled with love and good memories. And that they were my first ministry….

  11. This book is perfect timing for me. I am a SAHM of a nearly 3 year old boy. During those . . . well, 3 year old times . . . I can get frustrated and irritated, even though I know that he’s three and it’s NORMAL behavior. Refocusing on what is most important these past two weeks has been a blessing to me and my family. When I keep my eyes on the Lord and on His plan of ministry for me in our home, those 3 year old moments aren’t as frustrating as they were. They still happen and I have to continue to grow, but I’ve been blessed greatly so far. Thanks for all you do!

  12. Ohh I’m so enjoying reading all your comments today!

    Anne- one of my goals that I’m working on is bringing up God’s Word more in everyday conversations with my children…not just in times of correction or devotions.:) And ooooh Scotland….one day I’ll make it across the pond to you!!! Have always wanted to visit! :)

    Tracy- loved what you said about encouraging the strengths and personalities of each child! So important!

    Cheryl- Using meal time as a way to continue to build our relationships with our children is so important.

    LaToya- praying for you sweet friend! Being a single parent is so hard but I know you are doing a beautiful job! Make sure and remember to give yourself grace too. :)

    Tammy- So glad to hear you’re enjoying the book and that you’ve found many friends! We need good girlfriends in our lives to help encourage us to keep pressing on!

    Alicia- I think so many of us are in agreement today that we ALL want to start being more intentional with our time. That’s been on my heart as well! Teaching our children the “Why” behind what we do is import too. Couldn’t agree more! :)

    Nicole- Ahhh thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! Teaching our children to obey His Word is such a foundational lesson for them to learn. Being thankful for what God has done in our lives is so important too.

    Rose- Yes, I pray over all my children that God will help them develop a personal independent faith of their own. I don’t want them to have my faith or just to believe because of what I say or teach them, I want them to believe and trust because of the relationship that they personally have with God. :)

    Dianna- So happy to hear you are enjoying the study too! :) I loved what Courtney said about making sure we show our children how much we enjoy them! One thing that I always try to do each morning is greet my children lovingly, giving them a hug and kiss, telling them that I missed them while they were sleeping and how happy I am to see them.

    Thanks again sweet friends for sharing with us this morning! I love hearing what God is speaking into your hearts!

    Love God Greatly!

    -Angela

  13. Julie young says:

    I have the kindle version of the book on juniper and cannot find the questions. Is there any way that you can post them on your site?

  14. Jenni- We all need to refocus at times, especially when our little ones are acting up. Keeping in mind our ministry, our true purpose is so important in helping us get through those trying days. So glad this book club is perfect timing for you. :)

    Julie- Let me check on your question and I’ll get back to you. :) I don’t have a kindle so I can’t troubleshoot this for you. Thanks for asking! :)

    Love God Greatly!
    -Angela

  15. Julie,
    I have the paperback and overlooked them at first. It is the very last page of the introduction. They don’t really stand out to me. You might double check.

  16. Hi Julie,

    Can you look on page 19 and see if the questions are listed there?

  17. Julie, the kindle version has the questions on pg 20. Enjoy :)

  18. I must have a defective copy! Mine goes straight from the last sentence in the intro to… Part One A Mothers Calling.

  19. 1. God created me to teach, influence and train my kids for His glory.

    2. Look up different versions of Psalm 127:3 – The Message was especially enlightening!!! (“children are God’s BEST gift… how blessed are you… your enemies don’t stand a chance against you…”)

    4. Building up Home – soft, loving spirit, diligent work, prayer, strength, peace, wisdom, JOY, planning and preparation – these I need to view as central to the Prov 31 woman and also impacts my family through meals, finances, planning special family times
    Tearing down Home – raising voice/yelling, non-age appropriate TV or music, choices, bitterness, discontentment, speaking poorly of husband or children

    5. Gift of Grace – warm generous relationships
    ~more snuggles, time to enjoy my kids
    Gift of Inspiration – God’s purpose and meaning for their lives
    ~speak words of belief and purpose
    Gift of Faith – teaching and modeling Scripture
    ~seeking the Word together
    Gift of Training – building godly character
    ~patience and perseverance
    Gift of Service – using our hearts and hands for ministry
    ~caring for others, neighbors

  20. Hi Becca,

    Loved reading your examples of how you are going to but Sally’s G.I.F.T.S. into action with your family! :)

    Love God Greatly!
    -Angela

  21. Hey Girlie Girls!

    My group met Friday morning and talked about how our past two weeks had gone reading The Ministry of Motherhood. I loved Sally’s call to joyfully embrace our ministry as mothers! What I hope to do over the next few weeks is to try and fully understand grace so that I can model and teach it to my little ones.

  22. How FUN Gina!

    I LOVE reading that! If you ever want to write something up about your group, what it has meant to have a group of friends to be in God’s Word together etc. Send it to me with a picture and I’ll post it on our site. :) So glad you all were able to make time out of your busy weeks to meet and fellowship in person! So important to do if you can! :) Praying for you all! :)

    Love God Greatly!
    -Angela
    (LoveGodGreatly@gmail.com)

  23. I have not yet gotten the book, but I want you to know that I have gotten SO much from the daily scriptures and applying the SOAP method of study. I am honestly excited to wake up each morning and see what that day’s verse is and dig into it!

    In just a short time, the daily verses, combined with Sally’s intro video and Friday’s GMG video commentary have richly blessed me. God has used each of those things to help me better understand my role as a mom and how important it is for His kingdom.

    Thank you so very much!
    Amy

  24. I am the only one in my GMG club that is doing this book. 3 of them are single and the 1 other mom doesn’t have internet (amazing!) So I may comment to you ladies on Twitter. Thanks!

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