And just like that it is over. We have reached the end of "Desperate". I had planned to announce the next book but I am honestly so torn between two that we may need to have a vote. So on the sidebar there is a poll. Please go vote. I am totally guessing that people are reading this blog and the numbers aren't just from me checking for comments. And as always please let me know what you want more of or what I can change to make it better.
Well are you ready for this? Here we go.
Chapter 14- Desperate...Not Defeated
Oh how true that statement is. I totally feel that way. Yes I still have desperate moments but just knowing I am not alone is a big help. I am still waiting for that break from it all for some me time but that's okay it is coming soon enough. On page 168, Sarah Mae says, "The point is, no matter how desperate we feel in certain phases of our lives, we are not defeated. We may feel absolutely bone-weary, and hormonal, and depressed or a little nutty, but we'll get through it. We will." That one statement sums up the entire book for me. We will get through it. We won't be defeated.
There are the reminders that, "your first and main purpose is to deeply invest in the souls He's given you" (SM Pg 170). And that letting yourself "be fully and completely invested in the discipling of your children, the less defeated you will feel" while realizing that "everyone needs to have life-giving activities or time away, or they will eventually burn-out" is good (pg 171).
And how true it is when Sally Clarkson points out "that the forming of their souls [is] a hard, long-distance race". (pg 172). Or when on page 173 she says, "Our children must grow into adults who will carry the stewardship of the gospel into their own generation." And of course one more reminder that "it is essential to make time in our lives regularly to find rest, to refill our souls. It is impossible to give life and depth to our children if we have no reserve to draw from"(pg 175).
The scriptures for this chapter are:
2 Corinthians 12:9
And finally the conclusion-
I am just going to list quotes from Sally Clarkson because they speak so much for themselves.
-"Because God want us to better understand Him as a parent in our own lives, He created us to be stewards of our own children so that we could be involved in this great kingdom work of building real people into godly adults." (pg 180)
-"Jacob is the picture of what God wants us to do- to prevail, to keep holding on, to seek Him and expect Him to bless us." (pg 181)
-"To mount up over and endure until one conquers the battle at hand, by staying fast until victory is acheived. Hanging in there until the end- this is our story of integrity and faithfulness." (pg 182)
-"...a picture of what a mother is called to be: a warrior who will not give up or cease to keep fighting the battle for her children's souls." (pg 183)
-"I learned to like who I was and accept the fact that at times I would inevitable fail in my ideals. I learned to live in the reality of Romans 8:1-2: "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death." (pg 185)
-"You are exactly the mom your children need. He created you for these good works from before the foundation of the world, and as you walk this great call of motherhood with Him holding your hand, you will be amazed at how He weaves the beautiful thread of redemption through the pattern of your life. He brings light to the dark places through you, something you could only have accomplished by embracing His wonderful call and embracing these very precious children who were inextricably created as part of the design for your life." (pg 187)
Did you enjoy this book? We will be starting another book in a couple of weeks. I will announce the next book next week after you all vote (if no one votes I get to decide!) Remember look at the sidebar!