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Seasons of a Mother's Heart


Seasons of a Mother's Heart

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Publisher: Whole Heart Ministries

Author: Sally  Clarkson

List Price: $10.95

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Deborah Deggs Cariker

I cried, I repented, I highlighted my way through Sally Clarkson's book, Seasons of a Mother's Heart. Reading this 1998 volume is like spending time with Sally; she writes like she talks - nourishing, to the point, and encouraging.

Called a "pastor to homeschooling moms" by a Montgomery, Texas homeschooling mother of three, Clarkson's paperback sermon overflows with personal anecdotes that let you see how real she is, how she applies her own wisdom to her life, how she can walk-the-walk and not just talk-the-talk.

I entered each chapter almost reticent about what flaw of mine she might see through the page, but by chapter's end, I was encouraged. I can do better in those areas where I come up short, the Holy Spirit assures me. There were chapters where I was "wholeheartedly" encouraged to see my good choices and the healthiness of my family, our children, and our homeschool.

Clarkson helped me see - and she'll help you see - how moms cannot pour out of an empty spirit. We simply MUST spend time with the One Who fills us so we can continually pour out to thirsty children and husbands. He leads us to quiet waters so He can restore our soul. Are we resisting this drink? I (sorry to say) had an excellent demonstration of this very chapter as I was reading it. I was empty, had no time to spend with the Lord, hit the bottom of Debbie (which ain't good!), and lost my temper with my precious 9-year-old over nothing. Ok, something, but not that much of something. That night, the chapter I read was on this very subject. Next day, Mommy had a great illustration of her need to be with Jesus, reiterating Rebekah and Jacob's need to also spend time with the Savior. They got the picture; so did I.

Sally Clarkson is so giftedly creative in her ways of applying her ideas. My children loved our official Ice Cream Night! Try making a spiritual fruit tree and see if others can fill your branch as you bring them joy. How would you wash your children's feet in serving them this week? Build a house on popcorn and another on a firm foundation; talk about Jesus' parable.

And her Thoughts from the Living Word section after each chapter are a balm to my soul as well as devotional material at its best. Am I being careful in my life as a Christian? Am I making the most of every opportunity in my life? How am I doing the same in the lives of my children? OUCH!

Clarkson invites mothers to see, through every season - toddler mess to maturing hormones - the fragility and preciousness of each child. I often tell my children that we hold each other in our hands like a special, expensive piece of glass. To treat it carelessly might chip or crack or shatter the treasure. I want us to see each other as treasures. That, too, is at the heart of Clarkson's book.

Clarkson advises moms to prepare for the changing seasons by holding onto God's Word and the Lord Himself. Then, no matter what comes, you'll not only survive but you and your family will thrive.
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Deborah Deggs Cariker
A Houston-area veteran journalist, Deborah Deggs Cariker is a ninth-year homeschooling mother of two, and Assistant Editor of the EHO Product Reviews Department. Cariker and fireman husband, Bill, make their home near Montgomery, Texas.
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