I’ve been reading an incredible book called The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson. My e-mail accountability group is reading this together as part of the “Good Morning Girls” ministry. Tonight as I read Chapters 9 & 10, I was struck hard by a few paragraphs and wanted to share.
from pg. 105
“As I seek to teach my children all the biblical truths they will need to be equipped for life and also try to model for them a life of faith, eternal truth must always be the foundation of their understanding. If they can keep eternity before their eyes, they will be able to live in hope no matter what happens to them in this life.”
“And rest assured, something always happens! Happiness, after all, is elusive in this life. It is a sure thing that all the people our children love will die. All the material things they own will disintegrate. All the status they achieve will pass away.”
from pg. 113
“God has never taken all of my difficulties away. As a matter of fact, the more committed to him I have become, the more stress I seem to have. He has reminded me in Hebrews that “He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share in His holiness” (12:10). He is concerned that I, his daughter, should have a strong, shining character, and such character requires training and discipline. As I walk through my circumstances and learn to shed some of my selfish attitudes and to work harder and to wait more patiently, the end result will be that I will be more like God.”
My parents were excellent models of living out peace and hope in difficult circumstances. I think this is a quality that carries over well into teaching middle school students… many times I am told that I am able to keep extraordinarily calm when students are testing my patience. As a mom, it is SO hard though. Those moments of whining and neediness that compound into temper tantrums… I am really learning to rely on God’s help to get through days filled with training and correction. Thank goodness for this book!