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.


Remember When ….?

life_brings_tears,-87714 I thank my God for every fond memory of you– Philippians 1: 3

 One of my most valuable family possessions consists of the various memories we’ve created and share together as the Werner family. When we are together, I enjoy hearing the phrase “remember when …” as memories are about remembering when. We all desire for our children to grow up having wonderful memories to look back on and as mom’s we get to be the conductor of making beautiful memories.

To glean a few ideas on creating memories join me at Mom Heart

Hey Moms, did you know we have an wonderful opportunity to be the memory makers for our family? What are some the memories your children will recall?

The Werner girls would say, “our family meal times and “high point/low point” game,” are some of their fondest memories along with family vacations and holiday traditions.



Continue to SOAK in the 2013 Mom Heart Conference

2013 Mom Heart

The conference is over.  Now comes the real life!  How can you maintain the conference high without letting the mundane of life rob you of wisdom and insight you desire to apply to your life?

For the past 15 years I have fondly referred to MomHeart conferences as my yearly vitamin B12 shot, the wind in my sail that keeps me on course, and recalibrating my GPS (God Parenting Skills).

Sally’s wisdom answers many of the fears and questions I have about my children and my mothering.  Her encouragement is not a formula, but a refocused vision of motherhood with an eternal perspective.  Thus I always leave the conference inspired…not to do more but to be more however I have learned there are a few things I must do between conferences to grow and keep the conference high.

While in California, God gave me a new word picture of a big sponge.  Moms are like a sponge soaking in God’s messages to write on their children’s heart.  Friday and Saturday are packed with inspiring messages. When all is said and done, like a sponge, which can absorb only so much, we return home ready to apply what we learn.

Sponges will also dry out so I encourage you to SOAK.

S become a SUPPORTER   A supporter is one who promotes or is an advocate for a cause.  WHM/MomHeart is a non profit ministry that depends upon faithful friends.  Financial generosity enables them to encourage and equip Christian parents worldwide.  Pray for the Clarkson family and ministry needs. Subscribe to WHM newsletter for updates. As you encounter weary moms share ministry resources (books, online blog community, conferences, etc.)  Plan to attend next years conference with a group of friends.  For years the weekend after Valentines Day has been strategically set aside on our family calendar for me to attend Mom Heart. Who doesn’t enjoy having something to look forward to? Also be part of the movement by promoting the ministry via Facebook, Twitter, and on your personal blog.

O Be sure to visit the ONLINE community where you will find a wealth of accumulated insight at Sally’s personal blog I Take Joy and Mom Heart  Mom Heart is comprised of various moms, many who have been trained and equipped through the WHM Intensive and/or have life experiences to share. Mom Heart was created to inspire and engage your heart with great content that calls you to a high vision for your life as a mother, to create an online community of moms where you can network and interact with others who share your heart, to train you how to easily start and lead your own Mom Heart Group. You will find quality and original materials and resources that will fill your heart and mind with life-changing wisdom and truth.

A  Seek ACCOUNTABILITY.  If you don’t already have an accountability partner or mentor find one.  If you are not mentoring someone begin to do so because as you share with others you’ll find yourself growing exponentially in that area. An accountability partner will keep you on track and moving forward in all aspects of your life. The Bible teaches us to encourage, exhort, pray for and correct one another in love, and in Christ. Accountability partners/mentors can help you stay focused, encourage you when we need strength, and help get you right back on track when we start to stray. I have recently written about the value of mentors.

K   Grow in the given KNOWLEDGE. As you go back through your notes and reflect on what God impressed to you I encourage to write down areas of importance then share with them with your accountability partner, mentor, and/or husband.   Together choose a few areas that you will purpose to grow and being working on them. There is a wealth of information to be found but you must search for it via books, conferences, online, etc… Dennis Waitley  said the following, “The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, learn about them, or even seriously consider them as believable or achievable.“ 

It’s with gratitude that I reflect back on the 2013 conference season realizing the sweet friendships God has blessed me with through WHM. I have gone back through my notes and highlighted a few areas of personal growth plus I will be hosting a gathering for Austin area Mom Heart attendees the end of March.

How do you plan to SOAK?  Please let me know.

conference friends