Yes, this makes two books I finished this week! I do enjoy reading, and this week I just made the time to get in some reading time.
I received this book as a gift from a friend. It had been on my Amazon wish list. I wasn't sure how profitable it would be for me. Sometimes I hate when I read a book to just feel that I wasted my time because it was all stuff I already knew, and I wasn't sure if this would happen with this book.
I am past the stage of having little ones running around, and honestly this past year I have been ok with that. So I am not at the point where I am desperate and exhausted with having lots of little ones, and I am not sure I ever was. I guess that is the bonus of only have two kids and them being 5 years apart.
Although that season of my life has past (if there was one), I found the book to be encouraging and full of wisdom. I have read "The Mission of Motherhood" by Sally Clarkson awhile back. But for some reason, this book really opened my mind to the wealth of wisdom she has, and thankfully shared.
Since we have arrived in Australia, it has dawned on my how quickly my children are growing and maturing. It has caused me to step back and really focus on being more intentional with my parenting. I have stopped saying 'no' and say yes far more often.
My deepest desire is that my children will always love the Lord and desire to serve Him. I want my children to grow up and look back at their childhood (and their parents) with fondness. I often remember bits and pieces of my childhood, and that helps keep me focused. (Not to say I had a bad childhood, but there were some rough patches.)
One of my favourite quotes from this book is from Sally:
"The call to train up a child is more than a one-time choice;
it is a day to day, long-term commitment to shape your children,
the greatest gift that God has given you stewardship over.
The attitudes and choices you practice now in your day-to-day walk
will determine your ability to endure the distance in your ideals."
The book was written by Sarah Mae (whose blog I've followed for a few years) and Sally Clarkson. In each chapter Sarah Mae writes the first part and Sally concludes it. I would recommend this book for mothers with young children, but like I said, I have a 10- and 5- year old and still learned from it. I plan to pass the book along to a friend with lots of little ones. :)