Are You Weary?

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

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.  

Their book will be available on the 24th, but you can preorder it now for $10.14 on Amazon. Want a sneak peek?  You can download the first chapter for free or learn more by visiting Sally’s Blog.

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.  



How Will You Own Your Life?

Romans 12:10 says, “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”

I have delighted in honoring and supporting my friend and mentor Sally Clarkson, because my life and countless others have been greatly impacted by her life giving messages. Consistently for many years she has invested in the lives of women calling them to embrace their roles as mothers. Having raised four children, all of which are world changers, one is able to see the fruit of her labor.

Sally’s newest book, Own Your Life is a game changer for everyone. She shares what it looks like to passionately follow God, the value of living an intentional life, and how to bring order to your chaos.  I wholeheartedly concur with what Ann Voskamp said,  “I believe this is truly Sally’s magnum opus. If I could, I’d hand every woman I know a copy of Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith and Generous Love.  I encourage you to read What every family is longing for most over at A Holy Experience by Ann Voskamp.

As women, we all could use extra encouragement, guidance and wisdom from someone who has walked before us. In Titus 2, the older women are instructed to teach younger women and Sally Clarkson has done just that with gentleness and grace through her conferences and books for many years.

I devoured Own Your Life over the holidays as I received an early edition.  Whenever I need a dose of encouragement I can count on Sally Clarkson’s wise words, engaging stories, and godly advice to revive and redirect me.  If you desire to live a faith filled life that truly matters this is just the book for you. 

My greatest desire for 2015 is to have a deeper, intimate relationship with my Maker so that others see Jesus in me. This book is chalked full of ways to do just that as a wife, mom, and friend for generations to come.  Sally calls us to contemplate the legacy we desire to leave behind by beginning with the end in mind. She then takes you on a journey of mapping out the road you plan to travel by giving God control and partnering with Him in all areas.  Sally shares Biblical wisdom which can greatly benefit all women seeking to grow.  

If you live close to Austin, Texas consider this as your personal invite to Own your Life in 2015 with me! I will have an encouraging and insightful meeting in my home once a month for 5 months.  There will be single gals, young mommies, and seasoned women all gathering together for the common purpose of owning their life. 

Message me if you want to join us.

Part 1 = chapters 1-3 February 4 from [7:15 till the last one leaves ]
Part 2 = chapters 4-5 March 4 [7:15 till the last one leaves ]
Part 3 = chapters 6-7 April 1 [7:15 till the last one leaves ]
Part 4 = chapters 8-12 May 6 [7:15 till the last one leaves ]
Part 5 = chapters 13-17 June 3 [7:15 till the last one leaves ]

If you were unable to watch Sally Clarkson’s recent webcast with Sarah Mae, Angela Perritt, and Crystal Paine here is the link:http://vimeo.com/116212939

For those interested in attending an upcoming mother’s conference in Colorado, California or in Texas, you can find all the details here at http://conference.momheart.com/

Below are various posters I did to promote the book launch while incorporating ways I desired to own my life in 2015.  I am thrilled that the book is currently is #6 best seller of the week at Amazon.  Congratulations Sally Clarkson and team as this is a message I desire to go viral so others can be inspire and encourage!!!

 

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Never Stop Learning, As Life Never Stops Teaching

There is so much value and wisdom in learning from those older, wiser, and with life experience.

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Countless people have wrecked their lives by connecting with the wrong people. Thankfully, years ago (1998), God allowed my path to cross with Whole Heart Ministry, specifically the teachings of Clay and Sally Clarkson. Their grace filled messages appealed to my husband and I as we desired to leave a family legacy where we loved, accepted, and cared one another.

My relationship with the Clarkson family for many years was from afar; my life was impacted through their books, audio tapes, and yearly Mom Heart conferences. I have literally watched the Clarkson children grow up at the conferences and they are each authentic in their genuine love and passion for Christ.   Only in the last 7 years have I actually gotten to personally know Clay and Sally.  Luke 12:48 is says, ““From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” I’ve received so much from the teaching of WHM and desire for others to benefit from what they have to share.  

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I am thankful that I chose to surround myself with others who sought to leave behind a Godly legacy and with those who are worthy of emulation.  I trusted that the Godly characteristics I saw in the Clarkson’s lives would rub off on me and I would become better for it and I have.

Proverb 13:20 puts it this way, the one who associates with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

As I surround myself with the right people, I hear the right things, I receive the right influences, and I become the right person. In Proverbs Solomon said, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” (27:17).  If you want to remain sharp, you must surround yourself with sharp people. I am thankful for those who have sharpened me and for Sally. Today I can read the I Take Joy blog for a daily dose of encouragement. I can reread books or listen to old audio cassettes/CD’s.  I always anticipate the yearly Mom Heart Conference and know I will be inspired, encouraged, and wiser because of my investment into growing.

If you are seeking encouragement and a clear vision for how to raise competent children who love Jesus and each other, I highly suggest that you join me by signing up for Sally’s upcoming e-conference.

Truly there is nothing more important in your life than how you love and serve God through the way you raise your children. Our greatest legacy will be our children who grow up, leave home and become the new church body.  While my husband and I have launched two Godly, grounded, giving, and gracious daughters, we are still in the thick of parenting our thirteen year old daughter and occasionally have differences with our adult children 🙂

Recently we went on a FAMILY vacation together as years ago we casted the vision that our family would do things together, no matter how big or how old we may get. This is written down in our below mission statement:

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We truly love and adore one another relishing any time together especially now that our eldest daughters live in Detroit and San Diego.  When we gather together it is fun, memorable, and challenging.  Yes, I said it was challenging as we each have different personalities that can rub up against each other.  We have misunderstandings over what we will do, where we will eat, or who will clean up the messes. While I know the right thing to do, I often blow it. I still get angry and frustrated, stressed and impatient.  I say things I regret. Multiply that by 5 and there’s sure to be challenges as we are each so different and opinionated but at the end of the day we will each choose love as love is worth it and we are family.

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Relationships are difficult. Like most people, I want to have the best possible relationship with those that mean the most to me, my family; therefore I will continue to sharpen myself with wisdom and truth.  I will surround myself with those who have gone before me and have launched successful spiritual champions.

You’ve gotta love technology! If you can’t watch the conference on July 14th and 15th, once purchased it will be yours forever to watch whenever it’s convenient. Consider hosting a small group of friends to watch it together so you can be accountable to one another and encourage each other.

It is never to late to be who you might have been. – George Eliot

So remember it is never too late to learn and grow, no matter how old you get. You can always make a change for the better. So never stop learning, as life never stops teaching.