Hi friends! I am so excited about the project I’m going to share with you today! This has been on my heart for over a year, but the timing wasn’t right.
But now it is!
Twice each year, June and December, my dear husband takes our children for 2-3 days and lets me have uninterrupted time to plan school for our next semester.
For this introverted soul that occasionally needs to be alone, oh be still my heart, it is a time I look forward to.
The opportunity to reflect on our previous homeschool semester, pray and dream about the next semester, and establish goals for myself and my children is a much needed time. Life with children at home is just a busy, loud life.
These few days of quiet are like salve to my soul, I kid you not.
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It took me several semester planning sessions to figure it out, but if I can start my planning session with the Lord, it goes tremendously better. Otherwise I’m just flailing around, jumping from topic to topic.
It’s so unproductive.
During the first night of my planning time, it has become a habit to read Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally Clarkson. And I read almost the whole book that first planning night!
Maybe it’s just me, but I occasionally need a shot in the arm to keep on keepin’ on with this crazy homeschool life.
I need a seasoned homeschool mother to tell me that there is fruit – and lots of it – if I can just keep focused and be faithful in this calling to homeschool my children.
Probably like many of you, I don’t have that model in my life. I don’t have a mentor to give me that encouragement when I’m feeling overwhelmed in the day-to-day life of homeschooling.
And that’s where Seasons of a Mother’s Heart enters the picture.
Seasons of a Mother’s Heart Book Club
If you’ve been in the homeschooling game long at all, you’re probably familiar with Sally Clarkson. She has written book after book for mothers – not just homeschooling mothers, but several books for all mothers who want to live an intentional life with their children and point them to Christ.
However, Seasons of a Mother’s Heart does speak directly to the challenges of the homeschool mama. She addresses the myriad of heart issues that are particular to this life of schooling children at home.
For almost a year now, I’ve wanted to lead a Seasons Book Club in my home. However, I attend Bible study one night a week, and I didn’t feel comfortable with giving up another night of the week to be gone from my family.
Then God placed this idea in my heart: to have a Seasons Book Club on my blog.
What a grand idea!
And I would love for you to join me!
Regardless of how long you’ve been a homeschooling mom, you are sure to find much needed encouragement and wisdom from this study.
I can’t wait to get started with you!
Details and Reading Schedule for Seasons Book Club
This book study will run for 13 weeks. For the most part, we’re covering one chapter each week.
You are absolutely welcome to read and follow along (please do!), but you will need to buy the book to get the most out of the study. You can purchase it at your local Christian book store, LifeWay, or Amazon.
Each Wednesday, I will post my thoughts and what spoke to me the most from the chapter.
In the comments, I would love for you to do the same! If you have a blog and want to write a post about how God has spoken to you, please leave the link to that post in the comments. There will not be an official link-up for bloggers, but please feel free to leave your ideas and encouragement for others to read in the comment section here at Mama’s.
Here’s the reading and discussion schedule:
→ March 4, 2015: Let’s get started! Buy your book if you don’t already own it. Read the introduction, 10 Years Later Reflections on Spring, and Chapter 1: Celebrating Life. (This will be the largest section of reading during the study.)
→ March 11, 2015: Share thoughts about Chapter 1. Over the next week, read Chapter 2: Changing My Will.
→ March 18, 2015: Share thoughts about Chapter 2. Over the next week, read Chapter 3: Beside Still Waters.
→ March 25, 2015: Share thoughts about Chapter 3 and Spring. This next week, the season changes to summer. Read 10 Years Later Reflections on Summer and Chapter 4: Building Your House.
→ April 1, 2015: Share your thoughts on Chapter 4. Over the next week, read Chapter 5: Planning to Live.
→ April 8, 2015: Share your thoughts on Chapter 5. Over the next week, read Chapter 6: Surprised by Joy.
→ April 15, 2015: Share your thoughts on Chapter 6 and Summer. The season will change to Fall. Read 10 Years Later Reflections on Fall and Chapter 7: A Touch of Sympathy.
→ April 22, 2015: Share your thoughts on Chapter 7. Over the next week, read Chapter 8: Freedom from Guilt.
→ April 29, 2015: Share your thoughts on Chapter 8. Over the next week, read Chapter 9: Living with Discipleship
→ May 6, 2015: Share your thoughts on Chapter 9 and Fall. The season will change to Winter this week. Read 10 Years Later Reflections on Winter and Chapter 10: Prayers from Home.
→ May 13, 2015: Share your thoughts on Chapter 10. Over the next week, read Chapter 11: Light in the Darkness.
→ May 20, 2015: Share your thoughts on Chapter 11. Read our last chapter – Chapter 12: Enduring with Grace.
→ May 27, 2015: Share your thoughts on Chapter 12 and any other encouragement, wisdom, and grace you’ve received from the study. This will be our last, wrap-up day!
FAQ for Seasons of a Mother’s Heart Book Club
How much time does it take to go through one chapter?
I think that depends on several variables, but for me, it takes about 2 hours to really read and absorb and ponder as I want. You can probably read through the chapter in about 20-30 minutes, but to read the Scripture at the end, journal, and think on the ideas that Sally has presented, and pray over these things, I would set aside 2 hours.
No, it doesn’t have to be all at one time. You can certainly split it up into different days.
Do I have to be a homeschooling mom to read along with you?
Of course not! While this book is written for the homeschool mother, it certainly is applicable to any mother that wants to honor Christ in her mothering. I guarantee mothers of all different schooling situations will glean much wisdom from this study!
Do I have to be a Christian to participate in this book club?
No, you don’t. However, Seasons of a Mother’s Heart is written for the Christian mom, so please be aware of that.
This book is meant to grow us in our relationship with Christ. While the topic of the book is homeschooling, it consistently points to Jesus and how I can strengthen my faith in Him.
If you have questions about Jesus as your Savior, please feel free to contact me. I’d love to talk with you: mama (at) mamaslearningcorner (dot) com
Please join me!
So won’t you please join me next week as we go over Chapter 1? Please leave a comment and let me know you’ll be reading along with me!
I’d love to know more about you: Have you read the book before? Have you ever done an online book study? How can I pray for you? Leave all of those details (and more!) in your comment.
I can’t wait for next week as we dive in!