Friday, December 14, 2007


Four and a half years ago I traded my days of nurturing other's children in a classroom for the daily and daunting task of being a mom. It amazes me how much more I have been the pupil these past few years. Days now are constantly filled with teachable moments for us all and most importantly, I can speak freely to my precious pupils, my children.
In the public classroom, my discussions of Christmas was within a unit study of cultural customs and beliefs. I would just conveniently discuss Judeo-Christian beliefs the last few days before our break. In my mind, I was ending with the real meaning of Christmas in hopes that it would plant a seed in their hearts to inquire more. Some did and some didn't.
But now, as my pupils are my children, if is such a relief to know that Christ isn't just talked about this time of year, but that it is a daily, moment-by-moment opportunity to disciple my children. Do I always seize those moments? unfortunatley no, but the closer my walk is with my sweet Jesus, I know the more "moment-by-moment" it is.
As I dwell on the discipleship of my children, a dear friend directed my path to a new book I got for our family library.
The Ministry of Motherhood
While two of my children went to a game with Chad and one still slumbers, I decided to start reading my Christmas present early. :-)
Most of the people glancing at this page are in the same season with me or are directly related to my little warriors. Either way, I want to share what the first few pages have openned my eyes to . We all desire to impart values or goals or gifts to our children. In this book, Sally Clarkson, has shared the gifts she desires for her 4 children.
I share them with you to 1) enocurage you 2) challenge me to create my own gifts and 3) to remind you that being a mom is the best and most challenging task of training the next generation for God's glory.
G- represents the gift of GRACE
I- represents the gift of INSPIRATION
F- represents the gift of FAITH
T- represents the gift of TRAINING
S- represents the gift of SERVICE
This book walks you through a six week study of each of those values. I'm so excited to start this book and I'll try to share what I'm learning from it.
Blessings to you all!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Holiday Quote

I thought this was a timely quote on my calendar this month:

" To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of riches."

Now I must say that I don't agree that it is the "greatest," but contentment is not easily embraced in our culture. In my mind, it isn't just referring to material items, which IS in abundance here, but more importantly, the uniqueness in the way that our Heavenly Father created each of us. With our own gifts and talents, let us bring it to our tables of friendship without comparison; the joy stealer!