Hi Friends! I am so excited you’ve decided to join me in reading through Seasons of a Mother’s Heart!
It is just the encouragement that I need to keep on keepin’ on in this crazy, chaotic homeschool life.
So let’s jump right in to Chapter 1!
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Rejoicing in the Springtime
In Sally’s 10 Years Later – Reflection on Spring section, she describes how she had a hard time being able to fully rejoice and live in the Spring season.
In addition to having too many activities to make us “busy”, she tackles the idea of rejoicing in each season as a choice.
This quote really resonated with me:
We have to see these times of transition as a gift of life, not a season to be endured or even just passively experienced. (Clarkson 27)
I am certainly in a season of Spring that I’m not all too tickled with. I’m in a new phase of parenting, a new phase of homeschooling.
A new phase of life. And I’m not sure I like it.
But it is completely my choice whether I rejoice in it as gift from the Lord, or sulk and be miserable.
This section prompted these questions:
♥ What do I need to discard in my life that is distracting me from what He offers?
♥ Is there anything that is making me too busy?
♥ What are three things I can rejoice over right this minute?
The meat of Chapter 1 in Seasons of a Mother’s Heart is celebrating the life that God has given us. But what does that really mean?
Choosing to be thankful and learning to be content.
Ouch. Those can both be really tough for me!
Don’t you love it when a core theme seems to pop up in everything you read and every Bible verse you lay your eyes on?
That has been the case with me lately in being content and thankful.
We’re reading through Exodus and Numbers in my Bible study, analyzing the many ways the Israelites grumbled and complained. Also, we’ve been looking at how God responded to their constant complaints.
It’s been eye opening, to say the least.
I don’t find it a coincidence that the first chapter of this book deals with those same two issues!
Choosing to be Thankful and Content
I’ll be honest: I struggle with being content.
Whether I’m discontent over my lack of time alone (oh I can really get bent out of shape over this one) or our money being tight or a personal, private desire that I’m never going to receive, it is my choice to be discontent over those things.
I have come to understand, after much struggle, that I will spend the better part of my life adjusting my expectations to life’s limitations rather than having my expectations fulfilled.
Yet this is the first step on the road to finding true contentedness – learning to accept those limitations as a normal part of life. (Clarkson 36)
Sally hit the nail on the head for me: I react poorly to having to adjust my expectations.
I want what I want.
But that’s not what God has called me to do. He’s called me to pour myself into my home, my husband, and my children. And that requires me dying to myself each day (and hour!) and trusting in His plan for me.
Even if that means I can’t think with the constant “interruption” of ‘Mama! Mama!’
Instead, I should be very grateful for that sweet voice that is “interrupting” my thoughts. I should adjust my expectations.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20, ESV
Journaling and Prayer
During this Seasons of a Mother’s Heart study with all of you, I’m journaling and praying as I read through each chapter.
As I read through the ‘Thoughts on the Living Word’ section (page 41), I recorded a few of those questions/tasks in my journal.
♥ I made a list of those circumstances that God is using to help me be content.
♥ I wrote an enormous list of those people and things I am most thankful for. I’ve read over it several times this week, when those feelings of discontent cropped up.
♥ I prayed for the Lord to change the selfishness in my heart, which is ultimately the crux of my own inability to be content.
♥ I prayed for God to continue to grow these beautiful, special relationships I have with my children. I want my heart and actions to reflect His love in me when I interact with my children.
What About You?
So tell me: How did the Lord speak to you this week as you read through Chapter 1 of Seasons of a Mother’s Heart?
What Bible verses did you ponder over this week?
What themes did the Lord bring to your mind over and over again?
Please leave your comments below. I would love to hear your thoughts on Chapter 1!
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I’m so glad you’re reading along with me!