Posted by: Sally | March 31, 2008

Training my princess


Thursday morning was the first day, I think, in a whole year when I had Joy all to myself with everyone else out of the house for a whole day! (Sarah is in Kentucky with a dear friend of mine, Nathan in California, Joel and Clay at work!) We lit candles and sipped our own hot mug of brew in the quiet of my bedroom where no one could find us.

I then had the most wonderful time of reading to her and then teaching her about Abraham and Isaac. We spent almost an hour and half looking at different scripture about him–God calling him to leave his home to follow Him; the promise of a nation outnumbering the sand on the seashore coming from His line–becoming a Father of a nation; his waiting period for the promised son; the birth of Isaac; the sacrifice of Isaac; the passages in Hebrews of him and Sarah living by faith.

“Indeed, If they had been thinking of that country from which they went out (their home!), they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desired a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:15

We talked and talked about how we are here temporarily and will some day go to a heavenly country. We talked about Abraham giving up his treasure into God’s hands, knowing that He could trust God to hold and keep all that was important to Him–and how indeed God provided the lamb stuck in the bushes–he had already planned to provide for Abraham, but gave Abraham the chance to worship by yielding his treasure and showing God his heart of trust. We talked about how great a nation, throughout history, the Jews became–how God multiplies the work of faith and service we do to make it beyond what we can imagine–just like he did for Abraham. We ended on Romans 12:1-2–the need for us to yield ourselves as a living and holy sacrifice to God which is our spiritual service of worship–just like Abraham did and to be willing to go anywhere, do anything for the privilege of serving God and doing His work on the earth!

I could almost see her little heart swell to the greatness of His calling on her life–I wonder how God will use you? I wonder what it will look like for you to live by faith. Look at how God has blessed and led our family as we have served Him. She then said, “You know, Mom, I used to sometimes worry about the possibility of us moving somewhere for our ministry and wondering if I would be willing to give up my friends, but I gave that to Him last week, knowing that I would rather serve Him and watch Him do great things, than to hold on to my little world and fears.”

I realized again why I love homeschooling–I have the time to have access to my sweet princess’s brain and heart and time to discuss really important things and to love her and nurture her without the hurry and worry that the imposition of a regular schedule might bring. I cherish the times I can train her for the realm in which she will some day rule and bring His light. I love knowing that she and I are such close soul companions because of all the focused time spent without the competition of so many others that she would have if she was in the company of hundreds and hundreds of kids every day. I am preparing to send my children out, and probably away from me, but they will go with hearts and minds filled with stories of heroes who lived differently–boldly, bravely, intentionally for Christ’s purposes–to bring light and beauty and truth to their world.

Joy’s concluding thought was, “I hope I have 12 kids so I can really have a lot of leaders to send from my home. I can’t wait to have my own domain so I can make a place where greatness can live and be made every day as I teach my kids.”

It is all about loving God and passing on the baton of His love to our children. Enjoy your day of training your own royalty to rule over the kingdoms God will give to them. And be sure to enjoy the moment–it will pass more quickly than you know!

Grace and peace!




  1. Thank you for your words of wisdom as you share with us Mammas in the midst of raising our young ones to love and serve an amazing God. I just finished yet another one of your encouraging books, The Mission of Motherhood, after wiping away tears, as the last section, your “charge” to us Moms was exactly what my heart needed at that very moment, I THANK you for being obedient, taking the time to write what you have and living a life worthy to learn from…I praise God for you.
    A fellow Mamma to blessings from above,

  2. Thank you so much for the encouragement Sally!!

  3. Hi Sally 🙂 What a precious post – what precious time with your sweet girl!

    I, too, am over-awed by the gift of time with my sweeties. I am so thankful to live my days alongside them – loving, learning, working, training, laughing, growing, stretching…

    Sending hugs and much love, Q

  4. What a sweet, precious story! Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  5. Thank you again for another dose of inspiration to begin my day with! You are such a blessing.
    In Him, Jennifer

  6. Well, here I am returning to see if you had posted on your blog in my tired, dry (it seems) winter season as I often do when I feel this way. And ouch, you hit the point! That is a gracious ouch as the word of God does penetrate our hearts.

    I’ve been recently focusing my attention on trying to prepare my oldest son for his first state test (which I know does not matter) and have once again lost my focus on why I chose to homeschool. As I reflect, we have spend less time together studing God’s word and more time on academic things that don’t matter. It’s amazing how the enemy can quickly come in and destroy without us even knowing!

    We are so blessed to be able to homeschool our children and prepare their hearts for acts of service. I thank you for sharing your heart, as it once again has changed mine and I am sure has been an encouragement to all who read.

    Your crowns are many my friend. Thank you for being faithful in your calling as it is not done in vain.

  7. Thanks so much for your encouragement and reminder of my purpose and role as a Mom. Caught in the throws of daily doses of toddler tantrums in my house, I can sometimes get caught up and forget my goal and that this too is just a season and that God has so much.

    I am cuious:
    Is there one thing you say to your children every night that you find meaningful? Or something you said to them when they were young?

  8. Oh I’m terribly envious of your lovely time with your daughter, and find myself yearning for one of my own to share a quiet, candle lit moment in training her heart. Thank you for writing in such a warm, loving fashion. I feel as if I’m having my own cup of tea with you, learning from a woman who’s head over heels in love with her family and her God.
    All the best, my friend!
    – Jo

  9. If that just doesn’t bless your soul as a mom, what would! Your precious insights and peeks into your lives are what spur other moms on to being the moms God has called them to be!


  10. Dear Sweet Sally,

    Thank you for opening your life and heart to us! Yes, my soul is blessed indeed!

    Have a wonderful Sunday, with your family…

    Love, Carrie.

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