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The Grace of Time Together – Ch.1&2

Angela and I had Skyping technical difficulties – so I apologize that you are stuck with JUST me today! :-(

I loved these first 2 chapters of Sally’s book.  And they reminded me so much of how my mom raised us girls.   I had many late night talks on the edge of my mom’s bed as a teen – as Sally mentioned with her children.  And so now the challenge for me, is to live this out in my own home with my own children.  To give the grace of time together to the next generation.

Here’s a 2 minute video with my further thoughts on these chapters:

So tell us – what part of your reading touched you most?    Feel free to share a quote, a reflection or a situation in your own life where God is teaching you.

Walk with the King!

Courtney, Women Living Well

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  1. These chapters were so amazing. I cried during parts of them as my heart was warmed by the loving words and scriptures that were expressed in the discussions of God’s grace. I am getting so much from this book club and I am so happy that I joined! Thank you so much for putting this together! You really are blessing me and my family!

  2. Wow. I needed to hear this. All too often I find myself getting inpatient with my talkative youngest child-thanks for the reminder of what a blessing it is and can be later.

  3. Missed you Angela, but its gr8 to be stuck with you Courtney! This same area that you talk about in the video is exactly what struck me. As I said in my post that I linked up with on Wednesday, I have not given my children enough of these wonderful moments of communication. I was always a busy, uptight mother rushing to get things done. The oldest two got more out of me than the youngest as life got much busier after the older ones attained school age. Thank God for his grace! I’m getting better at it. This book is certainly encouraging me.

    What also struck me was when Sally wrote that God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. I think all too often I have pressured myself to be perfect, especially to people looking on from the outside. Courtney, your video over at Time Warp Wife today, where you spoke about not wanting others to think you always ‘have it all together’ is so encouraging and I want to thank you for your transparency and for opening your home and your life to inspire others. Angela, thank you for all you are doing to encourage us. I hope you get enough rest and all is well with you and your little one.

    God bless you both and have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Listening to their hearts even at the end of the day when as a mom you are so tired is tough. I needed this reminder today!

    Thanks Courtney & Sally!

  5. I really loved both chapters. I was touched by a bit of sadness while reading about Sally’s conversation with her son. I don’t remember having those moments with either of my parents and I grew up and still feel like I’m not heard by my mom most of the time.

    My two boys are like your two Courtney always have so much to say at the end of the day. And being a single mom I have so much that I need to get to once they are in bed (including studying) and I fail to offer grace. I’m going to try to do better and maybe start bedtime a bit earlier so that I can listen to my 5 year olds stories of the day and questions about tomorrow. And have a few minutes to lay down with my 2 year old when he asks.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Melissa says:

    I loved these chapters. I loved on page 33 how she wrote about how our dreams are not necessarily what really motivate our children to be the best they can be. What matters is my loving presence. Being willing to serve them. To voluntarily giving up my rights and time to meet their felt needs. Just as Jesus was willing to give to his disciples. Sally Clarkson

    I realize that God has a lot of work to do on me to truly be like Jesus or even close! I am thankful for this godly encourGement and example.

    Joyfully,
    Melissa

  7. Jeannette says:

    Bedtime is a great time to talk with our children. I don’t talk with my son at bedtime as much as I used to so this is a great reminder. When we did talk and read consistently at bedtime, I always started 30 minutes earlier so that we could talk or read and he could still get to sleep on time. No prolonged bedtimes here. :)

  8. I just found your site, so I’m only now ordering the book. I found both The Ministry of Motherhood as well as Seasons of a Mother’s Heart. I’ll try to catch up!

  9. I was touched most by the section where she talked about her daughters difficulty regarding her spirituality. The past couple of years I have been dealing with the same difficulty. I found it comforting when Salley said that she wasn’t worried because her daughter was still seeking the Lord. I am still seeking the Lord and trying to learn more about him.

  10. I ended up marking so many passages with asterisks, it’s hard to choose just one! But this one really stuck out to me. After having been subjected through immediate family to a great deal of manipulative behavior, threats, guilt trips, and authority rather than servant leadership, I know how hard it is to be on the receiving end of these. And it makes me want to work all the harder to be sure I’m the most like Jesus and not like all of the undesirable and damaging traits above. Here is the passage that really struck me about this, it’s so true! Jesus is the best example; and not just in how I would act toward my children, but toward my husband and toward other family and people outside of our own home . . .

    “But instead of [Jesus] just telling them [His disciples] what to do, harshly commanding their allegiance with orders and threats or guilt and manipulative statements, he chose to tie the chords of his heart with theirs with the strong and unbreakable bond of a loving, serving relationship.” – pg. 34-35

  11. I ended up marking so many passages with asterisks, it’s hard to choose just one! But this one really stuck out to me. After having been subjected through immediate family to a great deal of manipulative behavior, threats, guilt trips, and authority rather than servant leadership, I know how hard it is to be on the receiving end of these. And it makes me want to work all the harder to be sure I’m the most like Jesus and not like all of the undesirable and damaging traits above. Here is the passage that really struck me about this, it’s so true! Jesus is the best example; and not just in how I would act toward my children, but toward my husband and toward other family and people outside of our own home . . .

    “But instead of [Jesus] just telling them [His disciples] what to do, harshly commanding their allegiance with orders and threats or guilt and manipulative statements, he chose to tie the chords of his heart with theirs with the strong and unbreakable bond of a loving, serving relationship.” – pg. 34-35

  12. I have SO experienced this truth! For years I have been putting my children to bed one at a time. I spend a few minutes with them reading or talking or asking them questions. My oldest is 14. Just the other day she asked me to come up to her room just to hang and spend time together. I could have said no. I am sure I had a million things on my to do list. But I knew in my heart that this was important to her. So I went in to her room. There was not any deep talk or conversation. I am not even sure what we talked about. But the Lord helped me to give her the gift of time. And what a gift that is!

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