I think this section of Seasons of Mother’s Heart is my favorite of all. Although in many ways it is also the most convicting and I fall very, very short of where I should be in regards to the issues Sally discusses in these chapters, knowing the real purpose behind what we’re doing as homeschooling mothers is encouraging. The months since Benny was born have been beautiful in many ways–it has been wonderful to see our family grow; however, they have also been the most exhausting and grueling I’ve ever faced. In fact, as I write this, I am facing the first day of our fifth year of homeschooling, and I feel very much inadequate to meet the needs of my children. Sally’s words here speak volumes to me. Oh, how I need to take this to heart:
. . . I have known too many moms who, out of discouragement, fear, or tiredness, decided simply to quit homeschooling their children, or worse, to quit their marriages or their faith. Winter seasons of motherhood can be difficult, so we need to be prepared to stand strong in faith. That is not to deny the reality of depressing seasons or to underestimate the difficulties of living in a fallen world. I have faced very real times of darkness and temptation to despair; yet with God’s help I determined in my heart not become a victim of my circumstances or to give in to bitterness, depression, and discouragement. Instead, I have learned to take joy, even in my winter seasons, and let God provide life and light to my heart.
The distance between despair and hope can be but a hair’s breadth, a slight turning of the heart away from one and toward the other. If I turn away from God to despair, I create a chasm that can swallow up everything good God has for me. But if I turn toward God by faith, he’ll begin to fill the empty places in my heart with hope and goodness. When I honestly face my own dark thoughts and choose God instead, that changes me and makes me a stronger, more loving woman with a greater love for God. (186)
I’m still working on sharing my thoughts on each individual chapter from the book, so I’ll come back and add my other links as I have time.
What did you glean from this section? Please link up your blog posts below or share your thoughts in the comments.
I am blogging through Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally Clarkson this summer for my second annual Homeschooling Mothers’ Bookclub. You can read more about it here. Won’t you consider joining us? Here’s the link-up schedule:
- Monday, July 8–Spring, chapters 1-3
- Monday, July 22–Summer, chapter 4-6
- Monday, August 5–Fall, chapters 7-9
- Monday, August 19–Winter, chapters 10-12
- Monday, August 26–final thoughts (Notice this is one week after the last post, not two.)
- chapter 1 scripture art journal entry
- chapter 1: “Celebrating Life”
- chapter 2: “Changing My Will”
- chapter 3: “Beside Still Waters”
- chapter 4: ”Building Your House”
- chapter 5: ”Planning to Live”
- chapters 4 and 5 scripture art journaling
- chapter 6: ”Surprised by Joy”
- chapter 7: ”A Touch of Sympathy”
- chapter 8: ”Freedom from Guilt”
- chapter 8 scripture art journaling
- chapter 9: “Living with Discipleship”