Years ago when attending on of Sally Clarkson’s seminars, I purchased a few of her books. One being The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity. I finally got around to reading this book. Although my children are 16 and almost 15 respectively, this book has spoken to me and blessed me. Thank you Sally for your transparent words. Having a love for our Messiah Yeshua, in this book Sally teaches us the importance building our relationships with our children, how to nurture them in our every day activities, how to show love to our children when discipline is needed, and most importantly having YHWH/God in the center of our lives.
This book is divided into four parts
Part One: A Mother’s Calling
Part Two: A Mother’s Heart for Her God
Part Three: A Mother’s Heart for Her Children
Part Four: A Mother’s Heart for Her Home
Part Five: A Mother’s Heart for Eternity
I skimmed through some of the chapters but when it came to Part Three, “A Mother’s Heart for Her Children”, I felt compelled to read it. In this part, Sally shares a letter she received from a mom who applied the principle of choosing to spend time with her child over focusing on his behavior. This letter cemented the importance of time needed for building a relationship with our children just as we are to take time to build our relationship with our Heavenly Father and our Messiah Yeshua/Jesus.
I’d like to share this letter with you.
Dear Sally,Want to find out more on this book, please visit Whole Heart. The Clarkson's online site.
I wanted to share with you how God has used you in my life. Our oldest son, aged sixteen was going through a hard in his life. He rebelled against us in many ways. At some point in the fall, I was reminded of your seminar and pulled out my notes. The words you spoke took root and grew and bore fruit this year by God’s grace. I heeded your advice and committed to spending personal time with him as he rebelled. I prayed for ideas, did things differently, and prayed for understanding of my dear son.
I was able to let go of the “academics” with my son and his need to do well in school and simply focus on my relationship with him. I wanted him to know that I loved him and accepted him, no matter what, and that God loved him. As a result we spent many happy hours together talking in the kitchen, going on ‘dates’ fishing and to the movies. By the end of the year , we hadn’t accomplished much academically, but we had a great relationship.
Two weeks ago, my precious son unexpectedly died in his sleep and went to be with Jesus. (He apparently had an undetected heart problem.) In the first hours after his death, I cried out in joy over the gift God had given to me n this year together. Despite the challenges, heartaches, frustrations, tears and endless prayers, he knew how much I loved him, and I knew how much he loved me. I had been given a very precious gift of time spent with my son (sixteen wonderful years!) and I could honestly say I had no regrets.
If you feel you could benefit from this book, kindly comment below. I am giving away my copy of the book The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson, which is in very good condition. I would love for this book to be passed on to anyone who would like to read it. Whomever reads this book will agree to mail it to the next person. So please leave a comment below.
Note: Although I may not agree with all of the author's belief's, Sally Clarkson has much to offer toward being a godly mother.
blessings ~ Carmen