Posted by: Sally | February 9, 2008

Life and love and Kingdom work

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Well, we made it through our last couple of weeks and are coming up for air before leaving for our Texas conference next Wednesday. I so appreciate the many emails, comments and cards I have received. Our family made it more gracefully through this trying time because of many of you. It is so comforting to hear life-giving words from friends and we appreciate you all very much.

We also had a wonderful trip to California. Though pretty tired, we had angels who met us in Anaheim and held up our arms as we tried to minister to the sweet moms who attended. It was such a great time of fellowship and encouragement with so many of you and lots of smaller meetings as well. I love your noble and enthusiastic hearts–what great moms you all are! So many of you said that you felt you had a whole new perspective on life. I am so grateful to hear your great comments. The most common thing people said at this conference and at the last was, “I wish I have invited more friends to come–I didn’t know how much I needed this and am so thankful I made it. Just wish my other friends had come cause they needed encouragement, too.” I have seen so often in my own life that the busy-ness and demands and financial pressures and time pressures sometimes immobilize me and I stay home from more activities just because I am pooped!

But I did see, again, how many moms need to be in a room full of moms like themselves, called to their own ideals and to renew their minds. It is why we keep doing it year after year. For all of you who came, we appreciate you supporting our  ministry by attending, as it helps us to pay our staff and put more parenting books into print!

It always helps me to be with so many of you! Thanks for your encouraging words. (I do have to say that leaving Colorado for the airport in minus 10 degree weather in the midst of a snowstorm–and arriving in 65 degree California–with green grass and flowers all around–was also a boon to us! We thawed out and really enjoyed our “animal style” In and Out Burgers” (sauteed onions, mustard and melted cheese–gooey and good!) and our trip Saturday night to Downtown Disney–just to stroll amidst the lights and people and our once a year stroll on the beach in Laguna–(which is where my picture was taken for the top of my blog last year–a moment of fun at Laguna Beach, where we went when I was a little girl!)

Just a couple of thoughts. I have been speaking through the seasons of a mother’s heart at these conferences. Spring–time for rejoicing and saying, “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Learning to celebrate life and all the spring seasons takes a choice of the heart and a submission to the limitations of each season.

Summer is a time for cultivating and gardening of the souls and planting seeds and foundations. Summer is just for a season and once the season is over, there is no more time to cultivate or garden–The window of opportunity to train and instruct and inspire in eternal values and great thoughts suddenly closes–so how important it is to really take advantage of that season and know just what you want to sow and how you want to immulate the reality of God and His character during that planting season.

Fall, is when one season of life is closing (toddlerhood, elementary, preteens, teenage and college) Falls are a time of readjusting expectations, choosing to be flexible with the life God brings and choosing to accept the harvest for what it is, while planning to be faithful to plant well the next summer season. Learning to accept those ideals that were never grasped and planning for how to continue forging a godly heritage in new seasons.

Winter–the season when all appears to be dead and the times are dark and sometimes overwhelming. During this season, the soul is deepened like in no other season–as roots are pushing downward into God’s word and sap is restoring by learning to wait patiently for God’s answers–and straining towards Him. In winter, souls are made and godliness and faith is forged–no one becomes seasoned and mature in faith or compassionate or ministry oriented without winters–they reveal the true character of our souls and stretch our faith.

So many moms I know are presently in winter seasons. It seemed this conference talk opened many eyes to the reality of the many seasons and demands of a mom and many were encouraged to remain faithful and true as a result of our study of scripture together during this particular conference talk.

Clay and I committed to bringing God’s kingdom to bear in the lives of families all over the world to help equip them and to inspire them 27 years ago. We have seen, by God’s grace, much ground taken for His cause. Yet, because Satan literally hates for us to be about God’s business in helping families to restore their vision for loving and protecting their children, we have had many, many years of difficulty and spiritual warfare. Satan hates for people to be committed to the saving and building of children–just think of how he tried to destroy a whole generation of babies when Christ was born–to attempt to kill baby Jesus. What consequences would have been wrought in history if he could have stopped baby Jesus from becoming the savior of the world. He also hates for us to raise such babies for God’s kingdom and to build them into soldiers!

We have definitely had to weather much discouragement and many dark feelings, but I do believe that the longer we persevere, the more we see the consequences of the battle are great in our lifetime and at this time in history. May He give you grace, encouragement and strength to persevere in your own parenting journey–don’t give up! Don’t throw away your ideals–they are working in due time to prepare a strong, light-filled generation who will stand for Christ in the difficult days ahead and it is the most important work you will do for His kingdom.

Tell your friends who still have the opportunity to try to come to the Texas conference. (Put your curser on the sidebar about the Texas conference!) We are about building moms and undergirding them and loving them as they continue this great road of parenting for His kingdom. We so appreciate those who pray for us and covet your prayers for the trip to Texas, for all of our health (Joy, and all of her friends in history coop have strep!), for safety and for God’s spirit to work mightily through us and in the lives of all the precious moms who attend!

Finally, be sure to tell your sweet ones how much you love them. Take the time to celebrate your love as a family this Valentine’s day! We will have a Sunday morning breakfast with cinnamon rolls and cheese eggs, and verbally express what we love and appreciate about each dear person in our family and then close in thanksgiving prayers to our supreme lover for His faithful and everlasting love for us. May He fill your week with His love and grace. My favorite two family verses for this time are “Love covers a multitude of sin!”(mine and those of my children and husband!) and “Love is a perfect bond of unity.” Love gives grace and life each and every day to the home who rests in the unconditional love that Christ provides for us each and every day!

Blessings upon blessings!

Sally

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Responses

  1. Thank you so much for your faithfulness in your ministry to moms. I have been incredibly blessed by your books and conferences over the years, and it was a pleasure to hear you speak in Anaheim last weekend. Your book “Educating the Wholehearted Child” was what convinced me that homeschooling was the best option for our family, and your other books have given me insight and grace to continue. Grace, peace, and blessings to you and your family! (I love Laguna too! It is so beautiful and peaceful, and the tidepools are incredible)

  2. Hello Sally,

    I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you and how grateful I am for your ministry.

    I’m a mum to two precious ones, a 4 yo daughter and a nearly 3 yo son. I’ve just finished reading through your entire blog and I feel like I have a real vision now for my family. I’ve always been passionate about motherhood but now I feel like you’ve shown me the possibilities open to our family. Now I know the extent of my mission; now I know the exquisite beauty God had in mind when He designed the family. And for this I thank you. I’m looking at the road ahead with excitement and expectation!

    With love and blessings to you and your famiy,
    Jackie.

    P.S. I’m off now to your lovely daughter’s blog to pass on my thanks to her also!

  3. Dear Sweet Sally,

    I was in the bookstore yesterday with my good friend, and had the privelage of passing on encouragement to her by sharing with her your books that you wrote.
    I am so blessed by your ministry!

    Thank You
    Carrie.

  4. Thank you for that practical tip at the end about Valentines Day! Now I’m going to do something special for my family also and borrow some of your ideas!
    You and your family and ministry are in my prayers,
    Love, Helen

  5. Sally, It was only 4 short years ago that I endured my 4 children, longing mostly just for time for ‘me’. I sent my boys off to school with relief and couldn’t wait for nappy time for my daughter. God knew what I was missing and that there is so much more to being a mom than ‘putting up with”. Through the mentorship of a friend God put in my life and the gift of attending about 6 of your conferences and reading every book you have written God has changed me so much!! I am now a homeschool mom and loving it, my kids love it, and we can’t spend enough time together. Our family is thriving as we learn to love each other and appreciate each other as Christ intended. There are lots more moms who need your ministry Clay and Sally, I meet them every day! I pray that your ministry will continue to grow in leaps and bounds and touch the multitudes. The harvest is great but the workers are few. Thank you so much. Love, Anne

  6. Thank you for your encouragement…God has given you a way to express and teach HIS words, words that bring LIFE to those who read. Thank you for allowing God to use you.
    We have recently entered into a new season of life for our whole family, we had to take a stand on God’s Word, we REST in the goodness of God and the truth of HIS Word…so what you wrote in this post is exactly what my heart needed to hear. We are called to be obedient in our choices of raising our families…so thank you for encouraging to “fight the good fight” and stand on God’s Word!
    A sister in the Lord…

  7. Sally,
    I’m SO excited about the TX conference!
    It also just so happens that I’m keeping my little 6 month old nephew until the 14th for my sister & her hubby this week while they are in Cozumel. So I get to remember all those sweet baby times, round the clock , that I miss now because my two are so much older. (sigh) ;o)
    SO, I’ll REALLY be ready for it come Friday morning!
    I’m so thankful for your ministry, God has really used it to soften my heart & help me to realize just how precious my children are to me, & how He’s helping me to ready them for the Kingdom Business.
    Mom & I are counting down the days! (she is doing well by the way, the treatments are doing their work)
    See you in Dallas! :O)
    Amy A.

  8. I was disappointed to not be able to attend your conference in Anahem. But thanks for sharing this post about the seasons of mothering….so encouraging…I am praying for your trip to Texas. Thanks so much for your ministry!

  9. hi sally. i was at the mom’s group at high country today. i didn’t have time afterward to introduce myself as i had to get my kids, but i wanted you to know how blessed i was by what you spoke about today. those love verses are really sticking with me 🙂 i have enjoyed your books for many years and it was a pleasure to hear you speak today. you’ll be in my prayers for the texas conference.

  10. Thanks so much for your blog! It always brings so much inspiration and encouargement.
    I was wondering if, when you make your cinnamon rolls, you could take a photo of them and post it on your blog along with the recipe (if it is not a big family secret). I’m not exactly sure what cinnamon rolls are and after reading about them so many times in your books, I am simply dying to find out!! 🙂

    Blessings to you and your beautiful family!

  11. Hi,
    I found your blog today and then of course started exploring your blogroll. I’m really glad I “found” you! I have started a blog as well, so I really enjoyed looking at how you do things and so forth. God bless you and your family!
    Eric
    RightNowLife.com – Click on link to go to my blog.

  12. Hi Sally,
    I attended your conference in Texas this past weekend and came away so encouraged and refreshed. Thank you for being obedient to the Lord and His calling for you and Clay. Your children are amazing and I just pray that God would give me the tools to raise my child like your precious ones.
    I wanted to ask if you have ever thought about offering an adoptive mothers workshop at your conferences. I am not able to have children so it is difficult to hear that I was created to “bear” children and to “nurse” children. I just think it would be an encouragement to many other adoptive moms to provide a workshop on how to deal with those types of issues.
    Just a thought.
    Again, I am so thankful and blessed to have gone to your conference and look forward to attending more in the future.
    Blessings to you!
    Becca in Texas

  13. Thanks for the inspiration to all of us moms. I am a single mom so I definitely need to hear it! It’s so encouraging. I wish you’d come to Florida!!

  14. Sally,
    Years ago I took the SEASONS class with Lynn C in FV. Annually she celebrates her ministry with moms with a Feb love tea. ( I know she treasures your friendship and enjoyed Dallas.) Once again, I come away encouraged and ready to read it again as I am indeed in Winter, Winter, Fall, Summer,Summer with my 5 kids! Bless you!

  15. Your beautiful illustration of the four seasons deeply resonates what has been going on in my heart of late. Fall has me for a while now, as I sit on the brink of unknown adventure, yet Winter will soon be had, but oh how I long for spring!
    Thank you for following the Lord’s lead, ministering so humbly to myriads of eager listners, and bringing your readers to feel we’ve known you forever and that you are one of our dearest friends.
    May the Lord place you in a season of refreshment now, and may a quiet day soon come.
    Love,
    Jo

  16. Lately, at night, Bethany comes in to spend time with me. She reads me your blog and often Sarah’s. It ministers to me so much.We are learning how to deal with what God has given us and to learn how to find peace and contentment when life is turned upsidedown from our vantage point; however, we know that God sees things as they really are. May you continue to receive joy as you are faithful to Christ’s calling in your life.

  17. Thank you so much for leaving me a comment on my blog! I have to say it made my morning! I heard you speak for the first time this last fall at Saddleback church…women’s bible study. You inspired me so much in my walk as a mother and I am so grateful for your wisdom and encouragement in being a Godly mother in a world that makes it so hard to be one. I am even thinking and praying about home school for my girls after I said I never would. You are an inspirations to me and so many other mothers and I thank you for your ministry.
    God Bless you,
    Andrea


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