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{Week 12} Ministry of Motherhood Chapters 19 & 20 Commentary

I can’t believe how fast this summer book club has went! Today we are finishing our reading of the Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson!!! I pray God has used this book mightily in your life this past summer as you strive to be the mother God is calling each of us to!

Today I’d like to share my two favorite quotes from this week’s reading…..I believe they sum up the whole book beautifully!

“In the end, the measure of my success as a mother will not be how well I have taught my kids or cared for them but whether I have been faithful in helping them respond to God’s call on their lives.”- Sally Clarkson, pg 208

“Jesus isn’t limited by the personalities of our children or by our own personalities or by our education or life skills or lack of the same. He is only limited by our trying to do his will our way, in our flesh.”- Sally Clarkson, pg 209

For those of you who are struggling with ways to teach your children the Gift of Service, allow me to introduce you to two books aimed at helping parents develop the Gift of Service in their children.

77 Ways Your Family Can Make a Difference by Penny A. Zeller is a wonderful resource which contains 77 suggestions and activities you can do with your family to help cultivate love and compassion for others as you strive to make the world a better place…one person at a time. This book contains:

  • Creative activities that are easy to adapt to your families needs
  • Ideas for a variety of budgets
  • Bible verses to help children connect God’s truth to their lives
  • Interactive discussion questions to help your family understand the importance of each activity and correlate it to God’s Word.

Families on Mission by Angie Quantrell is a wonderful resource to use for families of preschoolers. Think of it as a guide to help your family experience many different ways to serve others. Topics include praying sharing, giving, helping and loving to name just a few. Each topic includes verses to read, bible thoughts for preschoolers, discussion questions and an assortment of activities to reinforce that particular topic. Activitiy examples include:

  • Greeting Card Stockings
  • Flashlight Walk
  • Bible Thought Bucket
  • Feelings Cup

Thanks again for joining us this summer! Courtney and I have so enjoyed doing this summer book club with each of you! Make sure and stay tuned next week for a special video from Sally as well as our fall GMG announcement! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us this fall…besides me having a baby that is!

Until next time…

Love God Greatly!

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  1. Angela and Courtney.. I can’t believe our book study is over! Thank you both so much for all you’ve done to make this a fun learning experience.

    Angela.. you are just glowing! I wish you a happy and safe delivery and all God’s graces and blessings.

    As a mother of older children, I want to tell you that I think you will reap the benefits of what you sow now in your training. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t as intentional as I should have been with the older girls. They had chores, mostly to keep their rooms clean and take care of the dogs. As a SAHM I pretty much did the rest myself… I thought they had enough to get through school and extra-curricular activities. A big mistake!

    It was only when I got pregnant when they were 15, 13 and 9 and had complications that prevented me from doing my chores that they were suddenly thrown into things I hadn’t actually trained them to do.. laundry and more extensive cleaning etc.

    As I am learning now with my 14 year old, the attitudes and resistance is par for the course. I see the rushing through chores or leaving out part, or even not doing things I’ve asked her to do so that she can go on the computer or watch tv.

    Its hard not to get frustrated and angry, but I have learnt that the most effective way is to stay calm and just remind them of the consequences. I’ve also realized that there are some things that are still overwhelming to her and I have to work alongside her to get them done. HANG IN THERE!! At least you are starting with them at a young and impressionable age and YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Just my two cents worth ;-)

    Again, thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do! May God bless both of your families abundantly!

  2. Ladies, as the mom of 10 children (ages 2-27) I can tell you that all that hard work that you are investing into training your little ones now DEFINITELY pays off BIG time! Our oldest at home is 22 and she, as well as her 19 year old sister and even the 16 year old are capable of running our home in my absence. Last year, I had to be away quite a bit because my step mom was on hospice at home and I was her primary caregiver (with help from the older girls at night). My daughters carried this responsibility well, even keeping up with not only their schooling, but the younger ones’ as well! I was so proud of them! The next 3 daughters in line (ages 14, 12, and 6) are following in their big sisters’ footsteps by keeping up with the chores they have been assigned (their own laundry, and specific areas/rooms as well as their bedroom area). Keep up the good work and you shall rejoice in time to come! :)

  3. Well I will sure miss seeing your cheery, uplifting faces each week. Thank you both for doing this and being such an encouragement! And for bringing up great points that I really didn’t think of. I am struggling right now with my 6 yr old daughter (almost 7) with wanting to help out around the house. I have not been good at teaching her either. I think I get as lazy in teaching her the chores and making her stick with them as she is wanting to do them. I was not taught to do chores and I really struggle. I would love to hear advice from those with older children as well. And would love to know how you rewarded when they did their work. :)
    Best wishes with you and that precious bundle of joy!

  4. What a wonderful summer to get to know both of you ladies. Thank you for all the pains you have taken to welcome us in this study. Our Saint Joseph, Michigan group Loved it Greatly! Blessings on baby and beyond, Jenny

  5. Hi Lisa Maria- I love your honestly! Thank you for your constant words of wisdom and transparency! I have so enjoyed getting to know you through our summer book club! Your girls are so blessed to have you! And I don’t think it’s ever to late to start training them!!!:)

    Cheryl- Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement!


    Jennifer- make sure and join us for the fall session! I posted your question on our facebook page so make sure and take a look at it. We had lots of moms respond with various ideas and methods! :)

    Jenny- Thanks Jenny! So glad to have you and your group join us! :)


    Love God Greatly!

  6. OH Jenny – I’ve been to St. Joseph, Michigan to swim at your beach! It is BEAUTIFUL there!!

  7. Here is my last blog post. http://guidinglighths.com/?p=787500 I really enjoyed this study – THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  8. Angie Quantrell says:

    Love it! Thanks for including my book on your blog. :) It is never too early to start teaching your preschoolers about loving others (and there are so many ways to do that!). I’m teaching kindergarten right now, and the Bible times we share are awesome. The students are so in tune with what we are learning, and ask questions beyond what people would expect! My own babies are grown up, but I am starting on my grandbabies. Great web site.

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