The Life Giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming

The Life Giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming is a book that has been in the making for 20+ years.  It is written by Sally Clarkson and her eldest child, Sarah Clarkson, offering a balanced perspective on how to have a life giving home.  I pre-ordered several copies to give as gifts as I knew I would not be disappointed once I received them.  Visiting Sally’s home numerous times has allowed me to experience first hand some of what she shares in the book and gleaned over the years. Below is a collage of photos from the September 2012 Mom Heart Intensive, where Sally fed, encouraged, and breathed life into over 30 women. Sally and Sarah have bona fide credentials to write a book about how to have a life giving home as that is truly what the Clarkson home is.  It is a welcoming respite.

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Mom Heart Intensive 2012 at Sally’s home.

Nearly 20 years ago, I was blessed to attend a conference where I heard a breakout session by Clay and Sally Clarkson on “Educating the Wholehearted Child.” Their talk and book redirected my path as a mom. They shared how to use real books and real life to make your home a vibrant place of living and learning. I greatly appreciated how they emphasized the importance of having a solid biblical foundation for nurturing your children’s hearts, minds, and souls. Throughout the book, “Educating the Wholehearted Child”, they share snippets titled “IN OUR HOME” offering a glimpse of their family life. As a young mom, I desperately desired to create a home firmly grounded in discipleship and a home of belonging. So I did what any desperate mom would do, I made Sally my mentor. Over the decades, I’ve read her books and attended numerous WHM conferences all because I sought to cultivate a close relationship with my children. Imitating another person whom you admire or treat as a role model is the fastest way to learn anything 😉  Through Sally’s vulnerable sharing via books, conferences, and blogs, she has inspired, equipped, and directed my path as a mother and homemaker.  

I’ve watched the Clarkson children grow into ambitious young adults making this book more credible given the closeness of their family and the implementation of values by the children.  Sally and Sarah share many of their families’ monthly rhythms, traditions, favorite books, recipes, and much more to inspire women how to consider creating their very own life giving homes.  

My daughters are now 27, 25 and 15 and because of the wisdom I’ve gleaned from my mentor and dear friend (Sally), my family too has created a place of belonging, growing, and flourishing. Our home is a place of peace – full of life and lots of love. More importantly, our home became a launching pad for our daughters as they went into a hurting world taking God’s light and love. Our home serves as a welcoming respite for my older daughters and husband when they return weary and in need of rest, restoration, and rejuvenation.  Below is one of my favorite quotes from the book as this is how we viewed our role as parents.

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Below is another favorite quote from the book that not only spoke to me but was also convicting. It’s my desire to view every arrival at my door as a divine appointment, however, I struggle at times with wanting everything to be perfect. I am challenged by a question Sally asked, “What if there was an army of light bearers spread all over the world at outposts where people could come to feel the touch of God, understand the truth of God, experience the beauty of God, witness the joy of God in the place called Home where the reality of God was celebrated every day?” That is exactly the place I desire our home to be.  It’s my prayer that those who enter my door would feel God’s peace, love and joy by us within the four walls of our home.  This picture of our home serves as a reminder of God’s love towards me.  Do you see the rainbow? It was truly breathtaking. Rainbows are such a beautiful part of creation. After a rainstorm, it’s wonderful to see the big, colorful arc appear in the sky.  

Divine appointments by CDW

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I am thrilled that Sally and Sarah have taken time in their busy schedules to write this book as it will truly bless others.  Throughout the book, they end each chapter with the section, “IN OUR HOME”, offering a glimpse into their home and family life for each month of the year. There are so many wonderful ideas and practical suggestions for building a life giving home of your own. Sally shares some of their memories, celebrations and rich traditions. 

I now have a lovely gift to share with the young moms I mentor, to inspire and guide them in creating their own place of belonging that is not lost to the busyness, distraction and brokenness of our culture.

The Vision of home

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Here is another collage from the 2015 Mom Heart Intensive hosted at Sally’s life giving home. I am always amazed at how graciously Sally cooks and feeds 30-50  women with simplicity. Tables are beautifully decorated with her china and candles throughout the house. Their home reflects the reality of the living God which is so inviting. Sally is a woman who practices what she teaches which is why I can whole heartily recommend this book.

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2015 Mom Heart Intensive. Hosted by the lifegiving Sally Clarkson.

For those living in the Austin, TX  I hope you can join me at my home for Sally’s web party on Tuesday night (2/9/16). Bring a friend and celebrate a sweet time of fellowship and be encouraged by my friend and mentor. I have a few giveaways of my own that are sure to please.  

Gifts, recipes, printable posters, The 24 Family Ways poster, lovely offerings and a grand prize will be given away during the evening of festivities. Register HERE  

Be sure to order your copy.

The Life Giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming by Sally Clarkson and Sarah

The Life Giving Home Experience: A 12-Month Guided Journey by Sally Clarkson and Joel.


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:

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

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!!!


Love like crazy

Legacyownyourliferoad lies before me

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Do what makes you happy

Pour out your life



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