As a mom journeying ahead of you but yet still in the game, I know the reality of discouragement right after the hubbub of the frantic holiday season. Life can begin to feel mundane especially after all of this recent dreary weather and world news. So plan to get away, get together, and be renewed with other moms. There are many possibilities, but I will share about one near and dear to my heart.
Galatians 6:9 encourages us to not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. What is good? Good is having the qualities required for a particular role, be it wife, mother, employee, etc. and doing that which is morally right. Isn’t this a great verse full of hope?
I realized early during my motherhood journey that sometimes the simple act of getting away to be renewed, inspired, and encouraged positively helped me to continue going when I wanted to give up. I jokingly dubbed the mom get away as my vitamin B12 shot as it was the jolt I needed to deal with my stinky thinking that had crept in. You know, those lies we believe. We live in an imperfect world with imperfect children, and we are imperfect, but thankfully there is hope, grace, and those women who have walked ahead of us willing to cheer us on. Sally Clarkson has been that impactful voice to so many women including myself.
I jokingly dubbed the mom get away as my vitamin B12 shot as it was the jolt I needed to deal with my stinky thinking that had crept in. We live in an imperfect world with imperfect children, and we are imperfect, but thankfully there is hope, grace, and those women who have walked ahead of us willing to cheer us on. Sally Clarkson has been that supportive voice to so many women including myself.
This year’s Renew My Heart Conference message, given alongside her son Nathan, will be especially impactful if you have a child or know of others families with kiddos who are somewhat different whether they are strong willed, fidgety, high-strung, or have learning disabilities. Sally has often referred to her Nathan as, “my OCD, ADHD, ODD, Oh my child.” Having known her for many years and been privileged to read an advance reader of Different I know this year’s message will be especially impactful. Together they will share various stories of their journey. Discover what it looks like to love and work with a child who has differences. Learn why and how to never give up on your outside-the-box child. A Mothers words, love, and nurturing matters. I’m sure Sally never imagined while parenting Nathan that one day they would be publicly sharing their journey. Sally never gave up, and I do believe she is reaping the harvest of what she faithfully planted into each of her children. That is the same hope we have to look forward to as mothers but in Gods timing 😉
God is so good to use those who have walked ahead of us to pour richly into our lives. If you are unsure if this is the right investment or season for you to attend may I encourage you to watch them on The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda on Tuesday, January 24, at 10:00 AM EST. Get a taste of what a weekend away with them could be.
Please let me know if you decide to attend the Dallas conference as I will be there serving and would love to grab a hug.
If you are interested in participating in a book study using the book, message me for details. We will begin the study after the Dallas conference allowing you time to read the book.
Happy New Years.
It’s hard to believe we are already three days into 2017. I enjoy new beginnings, the turn of the calendar from December to January offers a fresh start a newness of possibilities. It’s the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start over. I find myself reflecting on the previous year while considering ways I’ve grown or areas that need attention. I believe that we all have the desire to live a life that significantly matters. We want our lives to have a greater purpose and to impact others. Personally, I’m wired to grow by being a better wife, mother, and friend.
Every year I’d make New Year’s resolutions, only to forget about them by the end of February. Or maybe I got past the first couple of months but then, ugh! Life happens. The Unexpected.
I’ve done my fair share of goal-setting at the start of each New Year. My long list of resolutions rarely become a reality. I always had good intentions with my resolutions. While they sound like a good idea at the time, they frustrated me. Several years ago I was introduced to the idea of choosing only one word that would help navigate my days. It’s a one-word vision for the year that inspires me to live my best life and make the greatest impact.
So long to a long list of unattainable goals that often fell to the wayside by February.
Hello to intentionally living. My one word that would help me focus daily, all year long… One word that could sum up who I wanted to be and how I want to live for 2017. My one word that seems to appear everywhere from magazine covers to book titles.
My past words have included
These words shape not only my year but also my life. Each word became the compass that directed decisions and guided my steps.
Here are five easy steps to begin your journey with allowing ONE WORD to be your guide for 2017