Friday, June 17, 2011

The Gift of Inspiration ~ Week 5 Ministry of Motherhood

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“Each of our children has been given a specific personality and a particular set of circumstances that will give shape to God’s purpose for his or her life.”

~ Sally Clarkson, Ministry of Motherhood, p. 66

This past week we focused on reading chapters 5 and 6 of Ministry of Motherhood along with the daily Scripture readings {SOAP}.  The main focus of the chapters is talking about giving our children the gift of inspiration or helping them understand God’s purpose for their lives.

Although I don’t do it every evening, there are many nights that our prayers with the kids are thanking God for the purpose He has for their lives. These chapters were a great reminder and prompting for me to carry this over into our daily lives with the kids and encourage them in the little things that they do.

The problem for me frequently lies in the fact that I get so caught up in the little stuff, the day-to-day things of raising kids and running a household that I fail to see the ‘bigger purpose’ in my role as a mother. Yes, there are always going to be things that have to be done in our house and in educating our children, but it is so easy to get distracted!! I love this gentle reminder from Sally:

“Giving our children the gift of inspiration ~ helping them understand their spiritual purpose, which is to glorify God and to make Him known ~ is one of the most crucial tasks of Christian parenting."

p. 66, Ministry of Motherhood

Each one of our children has been given special gifts and talents that were placed in them to glorify God ~ not just for their own purposes! Our role as parents is to help them in their walk with God and direct them to see the potential that those gifts can have for the kingdom of God.

This week I’ve been trying to sit back and look at each of our kids and the gifts that we can already see blossoming in each of them:

Laurianna ~ artistic. encouraging. tender-hearted. focused.

McKenna ~ tender. passionate. fun-loving. dramatic.

Zachary ~ determined. passionate. inquisitive. friendly.

Kaleb ~ compassionate. tender. loving.

I can encourage my children daily in the things that they are doing and in the gifts that they possess in so many ways ~ and pray that I do that more consistently so they more deeply understand how they can use those gifts for God’s glory!

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

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

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