I can’t believe we are starting week 4 today in our Ministry of Motherhood book club with Sally Clarkson! This session is going so fast! This week we will be reading about the gift of encouraging words and the gift of forgiveness in action! Two very important gifts to give to our children!
Below I share two of my favorite quotes, one from each chapter that we will be reading this week.
“How important it is, then, that we mothers, shepherds of our children’s lives and hearts, choose our words to them carefully. We must deliberately aim our words at their hearts in such a way as to give our children hope, faith, strength, and also to point them toward the redeeming love of Christ. We can become the affirming voice of God to our children, just as we become a picture of his redeeming reality in their everyday lives. In this way we extend the gift of grace.”- Sally Clarkson
I know for me personally, words are very powerful. They can make me feel like I’m soaring high in the sky or they can make me feel like I’m a complete failure. I would describe myself as a person who loves words of affirmation and encouragement. I have one daughter just like me and I have to be very careful when I discipline her to choose my words very carefully. She gets crushed very easily, just like her mama, by words that are spoken to harshly or to carelessly. But to be honest with you, I think we need to be careful with our words with everyone we speak too. I’m not a person who believes in “speaking her mind.” The bible tells us in James Chapter 3 that we need to learn to tame our tongues. People my say that they aren’t sensitive to harsh words that are spoken to them, but I believe those harsh words still damage the individual they are directed towards whether that individual will admit to it or not. Our words can be life giving or life taking. It all depends on how we use them. Words are very powerful…….God teaches us that important lesson at the very beginning of the bible. Sally reminds us of this truth at the beginning of chapter 3 when she says, “The whole universe came into being because God spoke the words.” She goes on to say that Jesus himself is even described as “The Word of God.” God teaches us by those two examples that words are very powerful. This week lets focus on choosing our words carefully and speaking words to our children that give hope, faith, strength and ultimately point them to God.
“Giving our children this gift of forgiving grace can transform their lives by helping them understand that a relationship with God is not something that can be earned by good behavior but a free gift to be accepted with gratitude and repentance.”- Sally Clarkson
Teaching our children from the beginning that God doesn’t expect them to be perfect is so important to their foundation of faith. Taking that pressure off of them helps our children to embrace God and see him as a loving Father figure. We are never going to be “good enough” to EARN God’s forgiveness. Forgiveness is a gift from God because He loves us. Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches us this important lesson: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. Each time our children disobey us, we are given an opportunity to teach them this important lesson. Are we to hold our children to a high behavior and moral standard? Of course, but we are also to help teach our children about grace and forgiveness…how to receive it and how to give it. Two important lessons that will help them when they become adults, get married and have children of their own.
Today we are going to watch part 2 of Sally’s video on the Gift of Grace.
This week read:
Chapters 3 & 4 of Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
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Until next time…
Love God Greatly!