Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ministry of Motherhood Book Club ~ Week 2

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How did you first official week of Ministry of Motherhood Book Club go for you all? Did you keep up with the daily S.O.A.P.? Were you able to finish reading the introduction and sit down to answer the questions at the end?

This past week we focused on reading the introduction of Ministry of Motherhood and answering the questions at the end of the introduction. In case you missed it, Good Morning Girls has a great additional printable for you to use in putting together your own plan using the GIFTS acronym, so be sure to print that off.

My Thoughts This Week

First off, the GIFTS acronym really hit home with me. Rick and I have been talking about how we’re want to paint our house and were discussing a Scripture verse to put on the ‘ledge’ that runs between our kid’s rooms. We wanted something up there that would remind us to have GRACE with our kids, especially in the heat of the many moments that seem to occur.

A little later that day I sat down to read the introduction of Ministry of Motherhood where Sally shared the GIFTS acronym to help them remember their family ministry goals.

G ~ gift of grace

I ~ gift of inspiration

F ~ gift of faith

T ~ gift of training

S ~ gift of service

I knew right away what we were going to do and snapped a quick picture of the wall and did a little bit of editing in Photoshop to make sure it would work…

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Now I’m trying to get the vinyl letters ordered and ready to put up there. I’m especially loving the first word is Grace! :)

My favorite verse this week was Psalm 127:3.

“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.”

I don’t know about you, but when I see that section “they are a reward” I sometimes wonder WHAT in the world I did to deserve the reward {please tell me I’m not the only one???}.

This past week though, this particular verse fell on my birthday and I began thinking about the thought and time that a person spends picking out that ‘perfect’ gift to give someone for their special day. Sometimes hours are poured into creating a gift that is tailored just to that person.

God didn’t just make a last minute run down the aisles of Walmart before my party to grab something without thought or intention. He knew. He planned.

Each one of our children was given to us because He knew.

That thought alone gives me a bit more energy, motivation and grace with my kids.

A few links…

~ My Blog Frog forums ~ several threads are going where we’re talking about the daily S.O.A.P. and our thoughts on the part of the book we’re reading.

~ Good Morning Girls Ministry of Motherhood posts

~ If you haven’t already, please be sure to fill out this quick survey and answer a few questions for me. I’m trying to create an email list to keep better in touch with all of you ladies, and this will help me out a bunch!

With all that said ~ start linking up and sharing what God showed you this week!

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p.s. If you’d like to join in, there’s still time! We just finished the introduction of Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson and will be reading chapters 1 & 2 next week. You can find the reading schedule for the duration of the book club in this post.

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