For a few of my posts on this homemaking blog, I’d like to share what I’m learning and what I’m challenged by in my reading. As I embark on this journey, I’d like to hear from you! At the end of each post I’ll share some of the questions Mrs. Clarkson places at the end of her chapters. Please comment below and share some of your answers or other things about the ministry of motherhood that challenge you. This way, I can gear future posts towards aiding in a more beneficial way.
This book was written to elaborate on the ministry model developed by Mr. and Mrs. Clarkson called the “Life Gifts” model; named for the goal of developing a spiritual heritage to be passed on through their children. It looks like this:
G-race – both extending to our children and expecting they extend to others God’s grace; undeserved grace.
I-nspiration – The parent’s motivation and purpose as Christians, modeled daily. The motivation the Clarkson’s speak of here is the desire and ability to view all of life in light of God’s sovereignty and infallible will. The purpose is living in a manner that pleases the Lord.
F-aith – Content and Attitude; knowing God’s Word, and modeling it! (That goes for parents as well as children, of course!)
T-raining – Repeating lessons and disciplines with patience and perseverance, so that your child(ren)’s habits and character gradually move in a godly direction.
S-ervice – Instilling a desire and ability to minister God’s grace and truth to others.
My next post will be focusing on the gift of Grace, as described in the Clarkson’s ministry model. For now, please consider the gifts and their brief descriptions I’ve listed here.
-How you could manifest them for your child(ren)?
-Consider these passages and what they imply about your ministry as a mother. (Psalm 127:3, Prov. 31:10-31, Prov. 14:1)
-Is there a gift you have never considered as a part of your ministry as a mother?
Please comment and share! We want to hear from you to better serve you!