I can't believe what good stuff this book, "One Million Arrows" by Julie Ferwerda, has in it. I am being greatly challenged. Of course when I'm having a "moment" I want to share it with you! Hope you don't mind!
Here is the latest "Ah ha Moment" for me...
"Go for the 'greenhouse effect': A lot of parents, especially homeschooling parents, are criticized for being overprotective. But Greg and Sona Harris describe parenting in terms of a greenhouse.
'When you want to have a strong crop in the future, you often have to start plants in a green house, allowing them to get a good root system established. Ultimately, your goal is to transplant them to the field where they'll bear their fruit. But as they grow, that transition is a process. As they mature, you move them to a cold frame where they harden up and learn to handle the changing temperatures. They're no longer getting all the nurturing they were in the greenhouse, but neither are they exposed to the full force of the harsh winds and the elements.
Young people, especially young adults, have more energy than they know what to do with. They're no longer children, and yet they don't have the responsibilities of family, and so it's important at that point that your household have a sense of vision and adventure in doing hard things for the glory of God. You don't want to control what they're doing, but you do want to influence what they're doing. You keep the communication loop small and frequent so that they have someone to talk to about what they're dealing with, providing counsel and encouragement, and maybe warnings if something's coming up that looks like it could be hazardous."
I am now transitioning into this stage with my oldest, Josh. He has so much energy! He gets bored easily and I don't want to give him "mental junkfood" all of the time. I'm trying to harness that boredom by giving him opportunities to serve his family, neighbors and our Church. If I'm going to teach him to be a Kingdom Laborer" then I must give him the vision of what that looks like.
"Show me your way , oh Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." -Psalm 25:4-5 My Mission for this BLOG is to bring glory to God as I share what He is teaching me as I raise my children for Him. I want to encourage mothers all around the world to hang in there! Motherhood is tough, challenging and gritty. But through Christ's strength and the support of other moms who are in the trenches, I will keep pressing towards the goal to raise Godly children. Please feel free to leave comments. It blesses me so much! You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball