Sunday, February 17, 2008
The Mom Walk
I recently read The Mom Walk by Sally Clarkson and must highly recommend it! I think it is the most encouraging book on being a mother that I have read. The Mom Walk is a book meant to encourage women in their relationship with God and how that is walked out in the everyday demands of being a mother. She is honest about the aches and pains of life and how that will be part of each mother's journey, but she also focuses on the joys and delights of being a mother.
I thought I would give you a few excerpts from the book -- not really in any order, just some things I particularly liked and wrote down. It is hard to summarize the whole book in a few brief sentences -- you moms out there will have to find a copy (our library carries it) and read it for yourself!
"No one will have the same walk or journey. Our personality, skills, background, husband, financial status, theological underpinings, children, health, place of birth and residence, relationships, stresses, and so on will be different than any other mom's. We will have a unique, individual path to walk."
"We are not to follow a formula, but to live in intimate relationship with God as we learn to walk with Him as our guide and close companion."
"God wants us to enjoy Him, His creation, and His love. He wants us to lead our children into celebrating life with God and taking time to notice beauty. We bring God pleasure by responding to His love all around us, celebrating the joy of life. We are conductors of joy, happiness, and celebration."
"Ideals and the desire for beauty are simply the echoes of God's design in our hearts. We choose to bring light into the dark times -- to forgive, to hope in God -- all by obedience."
"We must teach our children that we are all servants of the King, that they are called to serve Him, teaching them to understand the part they play in history, and grasp a vision for serving God."
"There is freedom in a family where people are free to fail."
"We are the hands of Christ to our children."