Friday, November 25, 2011

Seasons of a Mothers Heart - Chapter 12 and Wrap Up

I am reading Seasons of a Mothers Heart by Sally Clarkson and linking up over at Home With The Boys. Remember you can also follow tweets about the book by using hashtag #momsheart.

I am behind again but I am so proud of myself for finishing a book. It has been a very, very, very long time since I have actually read a book from start to finish. I am so thankful Erin started the Seasons of a Mothers Heart online book club on her blog Home With The Boys. My next goal is to read How to Have a HEART for Your Kids with Amanda over at The Pelsers Blog.

This book was such a blessing and really spoke to me. It has helped with so many feelings and frustrations over the last several weeks.  It has helped me better understand my role as a mother and how to be a better homeschool mother. Sally Clarkson did a great job writing this book and is truly an inspiration to all mothers whether they homeschool or not.

If you want to see my other chapter posts click here. 

Chapter 12 - Enduring with Grace
To endure is to "remain under" or "bear up under." It is to bear up under a heavy load on your back. Over the last several months there have been many times I have had to endure. Quitting my job, homeschooling, job change for hubby, move, financial strians and other life circumstances have been rough for us all. We are remaining strong, leaning on each other and friends for support and praying continually. It was so nice to find out that I am not the only homeschool mother that has struggled with whether or not our family has made the right choice to homeschool. Even Sally has had those thoughts and she said it is a good sign. What really? Because she says that if doing Gods will were easy, we would have no need for fail and no need of God. Wow I honestly never though of it that way before, but do now!

Sally also talks about taking it a day at a time. To not worry what the future will bring. I know this is something that I struggle with (again because of my Type A, OCD personality). It is something I have been working on for awhile now and actually over the last few months because things have not been going as planned I have been learning to let go and realize once again that I am not in control. I am learning to accept the trials and have the endurance to keep going no matter what is thrown at us. I am learning to endure with my children through the tears, misbehavior, sibling fights, yelling and the but mom I can't do it comments. I will keep enduring because the plan is to homeschool through high school!!! 

My Life:
Personal application: Okay I wanna give this a go so who is coming over to hang out and discuss Hebrews 10:32-12:3, shared what has enabled us to keep going through difficult times and pray for each other????

Quotes and Scriptures that really hit my heart:
-Hebrews 10:35-36 - "Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised."  pg 223
-When you worry about tomorrow, you are, in effect, saying that today is not worth enjoying. pg 228
-Matthew 6:27, 34 - "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?...Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." pg 228
-James 1:2-4 - "Consider it all joy, my brethren when you encounter various trials, know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that youi may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."  pg 229

If you can get purchase this book or check it out from the library I highly encourage you to do so.

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