The Mission of Motherhood Book Review

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Last year I had the privilege of briefly interacting with Sally Clarkson, the author of several parenting books, two of which are: The Mission of Motherhood and the Ministry of Motherhood. Upon meeting Sally, I immediately knew that she had much to offer as a Titus 2 woman- someone who both lives the example of a godly woman and offers her wisdom to the younger generation. I’m excited to present to you The Mission of Motherhood Book Review.

Before I begin the review, I wanted to give you just a little of my mothering journey so that you can capture how it relates to The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson.

When I became pregnant with my first daughter, I worked a full-time career. After having six weeks off work with my precious special needs girl, financially, I had no choice but to return to work. I hated it and I cried every day on the way to work and every day on the way home. It wasn’t that I hated the job- but I felt torn each time I left my baby, even though she was at home with her father during the day. I didn’t really understand my feelings completely and just tried to plow my way through the season. It never became any easier to leave her, especially through all the transitions that followed. (To understand more of our family’s story, you can read here.)

When I became pregnant with my next baby, my situation was completely different. My husband and I knew that I couldn’t continue to work full-time, even though we needed the money. We both felt that leaving our children in child care was not an option for our family. So we sacrificed our time together in order to save our family time. My husband continued to work nights and watch the children during the day. I had flexibility at my work at the time and was given the privilege of bringing the baby in to the office for a few months. This worked for about a year and then God gave us the blessing of another child.

When I became pregnant with my third baby, we transitioned a little more. I dropped my hours back for a few months, then took a second job in the evenings. For one month, I worked both jobs so that I could transition from working part-time during the day to working part-time a few evenings a week, teaching piano lessons at a local music studio.  This worked well for about a year.

When I became pregnant with my fourth baby, we transitioned again. I had a few piano students that I had been teaching from my home for several years and the music studio in which I had been teaching went through a business transition. This became the opportune time for me to stop teaching at the studio and only teach piano students from my home.

From Baby 1 to Baby 4, nine years had passed.

Transitioning from a full-time career outside the home to a work-at-home mom took me almost a decade, but it has been worth every single moment of strategy and sacrifice to arrive at that destination.

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I’ve enjoyed the last eight years of mothering as a work-at-home mom. Without my husband’s total support, this family solution wouldn’t be possible. It hasn’t always been ideal nor has it been easy by any stretch of the imagination. But I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Enter The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson, subtitled Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity.

This book is divided into 5 sections.   Each section of the book contains between 1-3 chapters and is full of rich teaching and packed with Biblical truth. Sally explains God’s design for motherhood and the empowerment and fulfillment that envelops a mother when they understand God’s purpose and design for motherhood.

Section 1: A Mother’s Calling- Essentially this section addresses how God’s design is completely different from the way our culture and society perceives the role of motherhood.

Section 2: A Mother’s Heart for Her God- In this section, the author covers the important priority of having a God-focused spirit.

Section 3: A Mother’s Heart for Her Children- This section centers on building loving relationships with our children and balancing our other daily responsibilities.

Section 4: A Mother’s Heart for Her Home- In this section, Sally beautifully encourages that our homes should be a wonderful haven away from the world.

Section 5: A Mother’s Heart for Eternity- The key to the book is contained in this one chapter. Mothering is so much more than an 18 year path to independence. Motherhood is a journey of a lifetime.

One of my favorite parts of this book was the practical tips section at the end of each chapter. Since I’m a “ok, awesome, now how can I really live out that principle” kind of gal, I appreciated these tips greatly.

I began this review with my own journey from working full-time, 40 plus hours a week in a secular career, to being a work-at-home mom. The purpose for that explanation is to say that I believe this book will assist any mom, no matter where you are in the process of motherhood. I will disclose that while I don’t agree with Sally on every single parenting view she presents, I truly believe in the Biblical principles she provides and completely appreciate the practical mothering solutions she suggests. Her beautiful outlook is refreshing and rejuvenating.

You can find Sally’s books right here:

The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity


The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children


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All of our motherhood journeys are unique; the question is: What is God’s design for motherhood? Once we recognize His plan, we can then make the determination what it will look like for our individual family to honor God’s design.

Did you find this book review helpful? Would you like to see more parenting articles on RachelWojo.com? Why or why not?

Have a marvelous Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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Parenting in A Digital World

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This week in our Faith Hub:Where God and Technology Connect Monday series, we are landing on the topic of parenting in a digital world. Several weeks ago when I had the opportunity to share with over 200 parents at the ch@t event supported by Blush.org, one particular subtopic in my talk hit home with the parents, as they shared with me after the event. Today I wanted to take a few moments to address the topic from a Biblical perspective.

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Should we encourage our children to use their Bibles on their digital devices?

Our children are using digital devices regularly; we need to be the example in teaching them to use them to grow and share their faith in Christ.

If we never use our Bibles on smartphones, computers, tablets, or any other digital devices, then we can be sure that our children will not consider Bible reading on digital devices to be a priority.

One of the ladies at the ch@t event approached me afterwards and relayed to me that her family had experienced something that very week in relation to this topic.  Her daughter’s ipod privilege had been removed  for a problem that had occurred. Later in the week, the youth director called to check on the daughter because she had not been doing her work for Bible class. The daughter’s response was that her ipod had been taken away and her Bible was on her ipod. Obviously, this Christian family had several Bibles around the house that could be used at any time. But the daughter was already in the habit of using her ipod for her Bible reading and work.

We could look at the above situation and have different responses. We could be upset that the girl didn’t even think to use a Bible because she was so accustomed to using her ipod as a Bible. I mean, it does seem like a logical conclusion to open a paper Bible in place of the ipod. Or we could embrace the fact that using her ipod as a Bible had become a wonderful routine that kept her in God’s Word daily.

Parenting in the digital world holds one requirement- being proactive about our decisions for technology usage.

My pastor said in his message this morning:

As parents our responsibility is to teach our children how to discern what is right according to God’s Word. – Ken Murphy

While Paul didn’t know anything about ipods or smartphones or tablets, he was secure in the knowledge of one unchanging factor throughout history, found in I Cor. 10:31:

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

This command does not change or waver according to the activity- digital or paper.

I love that God’s Word to us is never out of date and always applicable!

I’d love to hear what you think:

What do you as a parent think about encouraging children to use their digital devices to grow in their faith in God?

Bloggers- love to have you link up as usual on Mondays!  I do have a special announcement. Our link-up day is changing effective this week. Today we will link up on Monday as usual; however, our link-up day is moving to Wednesdays. We will begin this Wednesday, with two link-ups for this week only. Hope to see you back on Wednesday!

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AND- I’m privileged to write for The Better Mom today with a little encouragement for parenting during the tough toddler years- hope you’ll head over there and check it out!

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One of the Hardest Decisions I Had to Make for My Children…

It wasn’t a schooling decision…home or community.

Or how much money to save.

That hard decision for my children wasn’t healthy food choices or the best preschool method.

Which Bible to read or what time to have meals.

Simply:

it was giving up participating in the worship ministry at church.

I had to stop playing in the orchestra…singing with the choir.

Doesn’t that seem….weird?

The God who wired me to love music, gave me the education to teach music, and provided the ability to play…He impressed on my heart to stop being an active part of the weekly rehearsals and worship services in order to focus on my family.  It truly was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make.  My heart is in it, I love it…doesn’t it just make sense to do it?  But through His Word and spending time with Him, my ministry, my calling, became extremely clear to me.

My first ministry needs to be my family.

Prioritizing my family is a conscious, daily, even minute-by-minute, decision. It’s difficult at times, to say no to good activities; and the balancing act of motherhood seems to continually teeter in one direction or another.

Although it has been a year and a half since I’ve played in the orchestra, I’m still involved in church ministry. Multiple ones, actually. But the time allotted to them is not the same as the amount of time I was spending in worship rehearsals.  Practically speaking, my highest percentage of time of service goes to my family, and for me,right now, this is the right thing to do.

How about you? Has God ever asked you to re-align yourself with His highest calling for your life?

My friend, Ruth, over at the Better Mom, is talking about this on her fabulous blog for moms.   The @GraceFullMama is helping other moms process what God has for them; can you take a peek?