Two years ago while ill with flu, I stayed in bed and followed the Momheart conference on Twitter (via @SomeGirlTweets). Here I listed all the wonderfully inspirational tweets.
Last year I headed to the doctor's office instead of the conference hotel, thinking I was going into labor. Fortunately it was a false alarm & I was able to attend Momheart after all (contracting every couple of minutes the whole time). But the 5 mommy tips I gained at last year's conference I'm STILL using.
This year I sat & enjoyed the inspiration and wisdom of Sally & others without physical discomfort. It was glorious! It would be stingy of me to keep all this hope & encouragement to myself. Here are my "takeaways" from the weekend:
1. "Hope is the energy that inspires you to pursue your ideals."-Sally Clarkson
This quote sums up the feeling I gained from Momheart. Seeing Sally's grown children pursuing God in various ways, gave me hope to keep pursuing my ideals. Knowing that the daily training & tangible love is worth the effort. Continuing to seek God early in the morning, so I may be filled with patience, joy, kindness, gentleness, self-control which can only come from His Spirit.
2. "If you only live by works, you will live by works the rest of your life. But if you live by faith you will depend on God for the rest of your life." -Sally Clarkson
Seeing how it wasn't Sally's works which produced awesome grown children...it was her faithfulness to pursue her God. It is not my efforts or my works which matters, but my heart thirsting after the One who holds my children's souls.Praying for wisdom only He can give in helping shape the ones only He can draw to Himself.
"If I want to be an expert in the hopes & dreams & faith & fears of my children I want to go to the one who breathed life into them & created them. " -Kat Lee
3. "Your children are complete according to heaven. View them as fellow beautiful ones." Sarah Mae
Sarah shared her personal story of brokenness & how she did not believe God could ever love her because of her faults. She discovered freedom (Gal 5:1) and learned God already saw her as perfect because of Christ's perfect sacrifice on the cross:
"For by a single offering he has perfected (completed) for all time those who are (being) sanctified." Hebrews 10:14
In the eyes of all-mighty God you are already perfect...believe it!!
4. "You are doing a good job because you are there & you try." Kat Lee
Oh I'm just going to record this & put it on repeat. Good stuff. She is also known for saying, "You're a mom. You're kind of a big deal."
Despite doing a good job & being a big deal, if there was anything I felt I wanted to work on...being more patient, more organized, less reactive. Kat's advice was to:
"Make a list of the things you want to work on…put them in order most important…focus on one thing a month." (Kat Lee)
5. "Law created in love provides protection. Law without love is legalism." Sally Clarkson
Sally reminded me the importance of not getting my boys to behave because "I say so". But maintaining a loving, trusting relationship with my children so they desire to listen to instruction. Creating an atmosphere of love. Treating them as I would like to be treated. Be respectful to be respected.
6. "Bring life to your puzzle."-Deb Weakly
Deb Weakly is a dear friend of Sally's. Deb encouraged us the best gift to give our children is a strong marriage. Having come from a home with divorced parents, she spoke with encouragement instead of condemnation.
Since life will always be a hard, bring life & joy to your puzzle (your children, your husband, your circumstances). Whatever challenges are present in your home...embrace them. Remember who you are, do the things you love. Remember why you love your husband...tell him why (she said if you don't remember why you love your husband...ask God & He will remind you...then write it down!).
"Instead of being negative…lean into your marriage. Think positive thoughts. 'I’m in this. No matter what.' Commit your plans to the Lord. He will establish your thoughts. 'I love Him. This is a bump in the road.'"-Deb Weakly
My prayer is these words will inspire you to keep up the good work in your home. When the days are long & you are weary, remember God sees your faithfulness...it matters.