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Interview with Sally Clarkson

Today I bring you a little interview with my mentor and friend, Sally Clarkson. She is an inspiration to me to hold onto biblical ideals and to pursue integrity. She encourages me, admonishes me, and loves me. I am grateful for her wisdom. I know you will be, too. Enjoy.

Sarah Mae: In your book, The Mission of Motherhood, you say this: “To have significant energy for the task, we must make the choice to embrace motherhood wholeheartedly.” What does it mean to embrace motherhood wholeheartedly?

Sally: I think that if you are a mature Christian who has committed in your life to glorify God, and if you believe you’ll be held accountable for the souls, minds, and hearts of your children, you have to make the decision to obey Him in being present with your children – giving them the best and the first of your time, your life, and your heart. It’s an issue of obedience to God, not just a philosophical choice. “I must obey God before the voices of the world.

Sarah Mae: When it comes to the souls of our children, what responsibility do we have, and where do we just let go and trust God with them?

Sally: There are two sides to the coin. You must fill your soul and heart with biblical wisdom. God commands us to read the Word. If you’re not feeding on truth, than you’re not going to be making wise decisions. You must constantly be disciplining yourself to be as wise as you can be. The other part is we say, “Lord, you have access to my heart and my brain, please instruct and lead my children to you.” I have no power to lead my child’s heart to Christ because only God can do that. But I have the responsibly of reflecting Christ to my child, and I do this by feeding my mind on His wisdom.

In the absence of biblical conviction, we go the way of the culture. If we’re not building on biblical faith, than we’ll be susceptible to following the voices of our peers, or bloggers, or our culture.

To build a relationship with a child, a deep, loving, trusting, affirming, life-giving relationship, requires lots of time and focused attention. Moms are trying to find formulas to make it easier so they don’t have to take the time to develop the relationship, but without the relationship with child, they will not embrace your message about God.

People are trying to replace time with formulas: “Just give me the rules, the formula.” It’s not easy to build a deep relationship, it takes time, but that’s the way you’ll influence your children.

Sarah Mae: What is an issue you see facing moms today? Can you give us some encouragement when it comes to facing these issues?

Sally: Moms and social media. It’s addicting to be in media; it’s as addictive as pornography. I fight it myself. If I get up and I feel like I want to go to my computer instead of to the Lord, than I’ve made the internet the idol. He will not bless somebody who is following idols, anymore than you can say to your husband, “I really love you, I just have one boyfriend.” Either you take me or you don’t take anyone.

But even beyond media, I think moms are isolated, and feel alone and unsupported in their tasks and often they lack vision and have nothing in their background that would help them know how to have a healthy relationship with their children. This is a discouraging combination and so many moms feel inadequate but don’t know what to do about it. I wrote Mission of Motherhood to help moms know how to find interest, challenge, fun and inspiration in their mission as a mom so that they can find deep fulfillment as the design of God unfolds in their hearts. it’s sort of like getting a new pair of glasses in which to see the world and suddenly you begin to see things that you have never seen before.

Moms should also find another mom or two to read the book together so they can develop ideals with another friend who will give accountability, encouragement and grow their families together. My friends who have the same vision provide so much fun and encouragement to me and to my children and it has kept me from being lonely and it has given me hope along this journey.

 

For more about Sally, check out her blog, I Take Joy, and her newest project, Mom Heart.

Where do you need the most encouragement as a mama?

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  • http://ihaveitchyfingers.blogspot.com/ Jessica Jensen

    I need encouragement to just keep going. I think I have all the “how to’s” now.  But working those out day, after day, after day… that’s the hard part.  It gets lonely.  It’s so easy to feel alone when we are home with our children.  And let’s not forget what hard work it is! 

    • Scmom4Jesus

      I need help with heart changes.  I also shared it on facebook.  Great interview!

  • Karhostetter

    I need encouragement to just stick with it each and every day.  I sometimes find myself struggling to just keep going when it gets hard. 

  • Sabrina

    I believe He says that we need Him to carry us through the good and challenging times. It’s not in our own strength but in His strength that we will get through any circumstance.

  • http://www.sonyamacdesigns.com/ sonyamacdesigns

    the IDOL truth … in plain sight! Thanks

  • http://www.sonyamacdesigns.com/ sonyamacdesigns

    AN AFTER THOUGHT : and the media NOW includes the ever present cell phone …

  • http://www.cherishthecall.com/ Jennifer

    I need the encouragement to just be with my kids and not let “things” babysit them. I want to spend more time actually “with” them!

  • MomLaurM

    I definitely need encouragement to find fun ways to engage my kids – even if they are doing well playing by themselves! I know it is important to have quantity and quality time with them, I just struggle with it a lot. Thanks for this great giveaway Sarah!

  • MomLaurM

    I shared on facebook! Lauren Servingfromhome

  • MomLaurM
  • Kelli

    Encouragement and advice on prioritizing.

  • Elizabeth Deans

    I need more than anything a mentor mom. My mom and my mom-in-law are both gone and have moved to a new area so am very isolated from godly women. This study will serve as that mentorship.

  • Elizabeth Deans

    I have shared this on Facebook and hope that others will be encouraged.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathy-Neely-Dale/1683455749 Kathy Neely Dale

    There are many directions for wives and fathers, not so many for moms.  I’ll be looking to see what others share.

  • Michele

    Lord, help me be a good wife and mother, and still get all the day to day task done.

  • Darcey Zahaykevich

    There is so much stress in our house right now.  This morning I was reminded that a “Soft answer turns away wrath”.  I need to remember to speak softly and love my kids.  They are growing so fast.  Also, need to be a good wife to my busy husband. 

  • Darcey Zahaykevich

    Also shared on Facebook.

  • Tyra

    I need encouragement in letting go of the to dos and doing what Sally said builds a life-giving relationship with my precious girls. It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily tasks and put off the important thing of relationship building and just enjoying my girls!!

  • Sharon

    Not sure if we’re supposed to answer the question at the end of this post or Sally’s post.  Right now I need encouragement in making spending time with my daughter a priority.   I get caught up in so many things that really are not important.  God says we are to teach our children as we go about our day.  

  • lauren42282

    Where do I need the most encouragement as a mama?  Ummm, life in general?  {weak smile}  Especially convicting on MH was Ann Voskamp’s post on being a Little Red Hen mama.  I needed that, in the ouch-amen sort of way.  

  • Jen Hasseld

    I need encouragement in disciplining my children the right way-going for a heart change instead of an outward behavior change. I’m pretty good at the hands-on-hips lectures, not so good about bringing them back to the Bible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=666555285 Elisa Pulliam

    Great interview!  I’m inspired to make the most of my motherhood time.

    What does God have to say about motherhood?  It is a high and noble calling, in which we have the opportunity to shape the next generation to testify about His faithfulness.  In my opinion, there is no other job more influential nor any other relationship in which such incredible impact is possible.

  • Lara

    I feel like such a failure as a parent when our kids do something wrong (at these young ages). But I need to just learn from it and go on. Thanks for a great article! I also shared it on my FB pg.

  • Adoption Mama

    Shared to Facebook

  • AshlieWrites

    I need encouragement too just pick up and move on when I (inevitably) fail. sometimes it’s SO hard not to let the guilt overtake and just feel weighed down. The energy is often hard to find. Thanks for this!! Love Sally’s work 🙂

  • Adoption Mama

    God indeed says much about motherhood. Above all we are His ambassadors to our children to bring the Gospel to them. With Grace.

  • Memoriesmama

    I need encouragement in regards to how I am turning my children’s hearts toward God.

  • Memoriesmama

    I shared on FB!

  • MrsPlais

    God has a lot to say abut motherhood, but it all must first begin with Momma passionately pursuing God herself.  We can not teach or inspire in others that which we are not learning and modeling ourselves.

  • Aatkinson

    Right now I need encouragment in just getting everything “done”! At 38 weeks pregnant I’m feeling overwhelmed with balancing it all-staying in God’s Word, spending time with the daughter I already have, and preparing for the one that will be here soon! Trying to prioritize, prioritize, prioritize-and remember what’s really important! This book study is something i’ve been wanting to do for awhile and would love to win!

  • MrsPlais

    I shared it on Facebook 🙂

  • Aatkinson

    I shared on FB!

  • Jennifer D.

    I need encouragement to make the harder choices…dying to self. Ugh!!!

  • Jennifer

    I tweeted this. 🙂

  • http://www.spelloutloud.com Maureen

     I feel like I”m going in 3 different directions each day trying to get things done. I would love encouragement w/ support— not people telling me I should just send them to school like that would be the quick fix.

  • Danielle I.

    I loved this  interview!!  I felt spoken to through it about my own insecurities as a mother.  I need the most encouragement as a mother to know when to just stop everything and have a great time with my kids.  I feel like I’m trying to keep everything in order and not spending the quality time I need with my kids.  I need to find a balance and be happy with it.  

  • Abby

    Comparing and looking to others for my identity instead of Christ. I need to stop it. Working on this…

  • Danielle I.

    I tweeted!!  Thank you for the opportunity.  

  • http://lifewithdandh.blogspot.com Heather

    I need encouragement for being a more consistent mom.

  • http://www.ramblingsofamommy-sahm.blogspot.com/ Jessica

    I feel very isolated right now. We’re decently new to our town and church, and most of the moms I’ve met work full time. I have four children under the age of four, and sometimes I feel lost as to what I’m suppose to be doing with them all day!  I already have the Mission of Motherhood, but would love to win “Educating the Whole hearted Child.” Thanks for the chance!

  • Dominique

    I’m so thankful for this study. I fill like i need thisreminder over and overagain! I’m so thankful for momheart.org. I love Sally Clarkson and would love more of her books!

  • Shelley R.

    Encouragement for the long haul of discipling our children in grace.  Oftentimes, I think we’re behind in sowing seeds for eternity when our kids are ten years away from moving away from home.  I know!  I know!  Why dwell on tomorrow?  But I need balance for both today and eternity–believing that our choices and priorities now reflect the treasure of our hearts.  I can’t only focus on today’s shopping list and errand path through town–but also set aside the time to help wiggle seeds of Living Words into our memory and hearts to bloom when needed.  See??  Sometimes I feel like I’m on a see-saw….

  • Kristen Orr

    I need the most encouragement to not be selfish.  So often I do not make the chose to die to myself daily. We homeschool and when my children see mommy making the selfish choice it is training my kids to make the same choices. I want to break the cycle first in myself and then break it for them so that we can have life and life to the full! 
    I am honestly so excited about this opportunity! I just read Sally’s book Seasons of a Mother’s Heart but it is the only one my library has. I would love to get my hands on more of her books. Her blog has been so encouraging to me since I found it these past couple months. 

  • Kristen Orr

    I shared this via my Facebook! I am so excited about an opportunity to read this book along with many other women!

  • S Club Mama

    I need most encouragement to know that I’m not going to screw them up. And educating. I’m going to send my kids to public school but I want to teach them things at home, but I don’t even know where to begin.

  • Dominique

    I need encouragement and reassurrance that I’mdoing this mama thing right! I was not raised in a Christian home and i don’t have any older mentors that have been down this road. That’s why I am so thankful for these types of blogs.

  • Dominique

    I also shared this post on fb!

  • Havhope90

    I shared this on facebook!  Good stuff!

  • Lane Family

    Balancing housework and homeschooling

  • Carrie

    I’m actually trying to win this for my mom! She is a home school mom and she is homeschooling  four of her five children as well as being a pastors wife 🙂 
    I posted this on twitter!

  • Maria

    To look past the hear and now and wisdom and creativity with punishment.

  • Elisha

    Need encouragement that I am doing a good job. Need encouragement with disciplining my 2 year old son. Also to not feel guilt when I go out without my kiddos( which doesn’t happen that much ) .

    http://Www.gratefulwithtwo.com

  • Carrie

    Oh and she has trouble balancing all her responsibilities as a mom and pastors wife. She gets overwhelmed with all she has to do so she needs encouragement in that area.

  • Brandi

    I need the most encouragement as a mother is being positive in everyday interactions with my daughter.  Whether its her getting into the pantry and making a mess or leaving the living room a disaster with all of her toys, I want to be able to turn those situations into learning lessons for her!

  • Elisha

    Share on Facebook!

  • http://dwellintheland.com/ Erika Crowl

    In the deadly arena of comparison.  How easy it is to fall into comparing ourselves with other   moms!

  • Elisha

    Tweeted!

  • http://dwellintheland.com/ Erika Crowl

    I tweeted about this!

  • Lauren Scott

    I need encouragement to stop and smell the roses with my children–to not view them as interruptions but to learn to enjoy our days together as we marvel at what God has done.

  • Lauren Scott

    I shared this on Facebook.  I have been eying Sally’s books, and the Mission of Motherhood in particular, for some time now!

  • ~Lynn

    As always, I get nuggets of wisdom from Sally. 
    I have older children, nearly grown, and not toddler age.   I feel the challenge daily of wanting to make sure they follow the Lord and realize the world view is not God’s view.  Since Sally has raised children that are doing well and serving Him, it would be nice to hear from her about handling, with wisdom, older children.   
    God Bless and thank you for your insights. 

  • Anjelica Maxwell

    I need to find a way to walk along side other moms. So that we can walk this out together and I feel lonely in this journey

  • Meredithadkisson

    I need encouragement for those rough days when the kids are cranky and tired, and I’m irritable. I don’t want to give into my flesh and lose my temper, but it’s so hard!

  • Jessica

    I need encouragement to put my children first and manage my time better, and to see the importance of the busy work i have to do.

  • Anjelica Maxwell

    I shared this on Facebook 🙂 I think I will get that ” Educating the Wholehearted Child” book either way!

  • Jessica

    i shared via facebook

  • Tara H

    I need encouragement in every day “battles” such as homeschooling and keeping up with cleaning with 5 boys underfoot, and to make sure that I don’t only view them as “in my way” but embrace my role.
    I really enjoyed the interview…it was already an encouragement to me!

  • Meredithadkisson

    I shared this on Facebook, too.

  • Sarah Booras

    It’s hard to narrow it down to just one thing, but I would say that I most need encouragement when it comes to contentment and loneliness as I often feel isolated with 3 very young children.

  • Lauren Reeves

    I shared on Twitter! @lauren_reeves

  • Nikki Brungard

    To persevere through the mundane.

  • Tonja

    That I am enough and right were good wants me to be.

  • Lauren Reeves

    One of my greatest needs of encouragement comes when I have no clue what my next step with a hurting child is. I am a house mom to 7 boys, all from crisis situations, at a Christian children’s home, Wears Valley Ranch (www.wvr.org). I daily have to lean into God for strength and guidance. I’m learning a lot about what Biblical mothering looks like for when the day comes that we have biological children of our own, and I’m getting to [do my best to] guide these boys into being the godly men that God has planned for them to be.

  • TracyDK

    To slow down and enjoy the here and now and the moment that my son is in, rather of constantly looking at tomorrow. 

  • Bleuroze

    I need encouragement in staying energized and focused on being a mother.  I find myself wandering and wishing I could be doing all these other tasks at the same time.

  • http://www.CleverColleen.com/ Clever Colleen

    My trouble in motherhood is my trouble in most every area in my life.  It is losing my focus.  It is self-discipline.  This looks like a great book and study!  I’m going to suggest it as the next book we go through in the mom’s group I’m in.  🙂  Thanks.

  • http://mkjorgenson.blogspot.com/ MK Jorgenson

    I need encouragement in spending time with my daughter!  That sounds so horrible…but it’s kind of true.  Sometimes I feel like I give her all the things she needs (food, baths, clean clothes, stories, Bible time, etc.) but that I don’t get down eye-to-eye as much as I should.  Maybe it’s just the toddler years…I’m not sure.

  • http://www.CleverColleen.com/ Clever Colleen

    Shared on Facebook

  • http://www.CleverColleen.com/ Clever Colleen

    Shared on Twitter

  • Heather

     Powerful words.  God had met me, right here, through them.  I have the privilege of writing the words – yes, I did see a Biblical motherhood modeled.  My mother is extremely patient and nurturing.  Perfect, no, but she comes by selflessness naturally.  Therein lies my struggle.  In comparison to her, I have a sense of failure.  I know, comparison being the key word, and I know what the Lord has to say about that.  I am not my mother, and in some ways, I am thankful for that.  Lately, I’ve been so short and army-like, barking out orders and demanding first-time obedience.  With an intent to get to the hear of the matter, I’ve asked the Lord to show me where this attitude is coming from.  Can’t say I know fully yet, but I believe it’s a combination of feeling unappreciated, routine, and feeling a bit empty myself.  I know the Lord will show me.  I truly DO want to be the best mother I can be, right now I’m a bit disheartened.  Most don’t see this, only my husband, therein more failure.  I thank you for “listening” and for following God’s call to uplift those he’s called to the amazing role of motherhood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anne-Rowen-Downs/579576043 Anne Rowen Downs

    I probably need the most encouragement in being content to have my ministry be mainly in the home.  I seem to always get caught up in the thought that I am not doing enough if I am spending most of my time working at ministering to my children.

  • Jamie Lane

    Shared on Facebook

  • EFY

    I need encouragement in the area of keeping a Biblical balance and in keeping my heart encouraged in the Lord when there isn’t a “crowd” with which to fellowship.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anne-Rowen-Downs/579576043 Anne Rowen Downs

    I shared the giveaway on Facebook (although I didn’t use your share button to do it…sorry!).

  • Maria

    It seems lately that I need encouragement in the area of housekeeping.

  • Larisa

    Manage my time better & be more consistent.

  • Rachel S.

    Manage everyone’s time better, figure out how to exercise & read my Bible and study it while homeschooling and raising 5 kids, and being consistent…

  • Rachel S.

    Shared on FB 🙂

  • Krista

    I need encouragement on staying Christ focused all day, not just at meals and bed time.

  • http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com/ Traci Little

    To remind myself that this IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I’m doing!  More important than ladies bible study, and online relationships… my little ones… oh yes.  Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com  

  • http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com/ Traci Little

    shared on fb. Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

  • Brooke

    I shared on FB 🙂

  • Brooke

    Right now, I’m in my second year of homeschooling…I still struggle with feeling like I’m not doing enough.  Our homeschool co-op always helps though!  It’s so nice to spend time with other moms who are doing this right alongside me.

  • bkasm5

    I am going to homeschool my oldest next year and i’m scared out of my mind!

  • http://twitter.com/agodlyhomemaker Tami Lewis

    i am too selfish! i need to learn to be a servant.

  • http://twitter.com/agodlyhomemaker Tami Lewis
  • Teish

    I need to know that what I do really does matter. I worry that I’m not “doing anything” with my life because I’m “just” a mom. I know that part of it is my pride, but I desperately want to believe that I’m somehow making a difference.

  • Karen

    I need encouragement in the late afternoon, early evening hours. Homework, dinner, showers, bedtime – it all makes me a bit crazy.  I’m enjoying all of the posts over at the Mom Heart Blog.

  • Saravdt

    shared on twitter @princessbee2002:disqus 

  • Saravdt

    I worry to about weather i ma doing anything to make a difference or importance, along with knowing am i doing enough with for my kids and spending time with them espically the one who is constantly aksing of things and bugging even if love and hugs always asking for me and strong willed as well always giving and doing things as i have no help or support or that someone that i could get together with so i easily get distraacted and not always getting things done or spending time in the word as i am so tired and hurt  and run down and always giving

  • Mollyjaneblog

    JUST POSTED TO MY BLOG http://www.encouragedwoman.blogspot.com and Facebooked AND TWEETED !!! tHANK YOU
    mOLLY j

  • Hillary

    I need encouragement in child rearing… is it actually making a difference?!  Seems like it takes so much work, but I worry I’m not doing enough to get through to their little hearts that Jesus is life.

  • Hillary

    I also shared you on my FB…I know lots of moms who could use motherly wisdom from a experience Godly woman =)

  • Darnetta

    I just realized that I am an introvert and having 4 kids ( 4 and under) all the chaos is sometimes too much.  I need some stress management.

  • Shaylin Morgan

    I need encouragement to keep focused on parenting, not on the house, chores, schedules and other distractions.

  • Afaithfullheart

    I would need encouragement in time management and self control. I feel I waste a lot of time that should be spent with my children. I also feel selfish wanting/having me time throughout the day.

  • Afaithfullheart

    I shared this post via Facebook.

  • Kendall

    I could always use encouragement in all areas! Raised by an amazing single dad, who did the best he could, but I am still learning so many things on my own about being married and raising three children together. I wonder the same thing as many others have said… Is any of it making a difference?

  • http://twitter.com/SeekingGrace316 Missy

    I think where I need the most encouragement is how to raise up my children in a Christian home. I did not grow up in a Christian home myself, in fact, I grew up in a dysfunctional home. So I feel like I have no clue how to bring up my children to love the Lord and to teach them biblical values. 

  • SophiaGrace

    Sometimes I take on way too much, and let other people’s expectations drive how I evaluate my own performance. This is discouraging. I need encouragement to make God’s priorities first, and to evaluate my own performance based on HIS criteria. 

  • Beth

    I need encouragement in the area of being FULLY wherever I am at the moment.  Some of these struggles have to do with time management issues, but a lot of it is about where my mind and heart are focused.

  • mbcw

    I need encouragement in managing priorities of my relationship with my kids and husband, the house, homeschooling, and taking care of myself!  And also encouragement that what I am doing here in the home, raising these kids matters!  But that I’m not alone and can’t do it alone.  I can nurture their hearts, but God alone can reveal himself to them.

  • Alison

    i think that I need the most encouragement in being fully present and enjoying the now with my children, to stop wasting precious life on the internet, and to realize that I have been given all I need to do it–if God wants me to be a mother I must be able to do it…I just need to believe that sometimes!

  • http://twitter.com/floatingcottage Tracy Guillorn

    I shared on twitter!

  • http://www.facebook.com/JulesRothacher Julie Hendrix Rothacher

    I need encouragement that I AM choosing the right thing {in being fully present and my plate on a “diet”} when the disappointment comes from others as well as the guilt of not doing more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JulesRothacher Julie Hendrix Rothacher

    Tweeted!

  • http://twitter.com/floatingcottage Tracy Guillorn

    I need the most encouragement on being consistent. I will study, pray, learn and sart off onto a new great path. Then I get distracted and before I know it I am back to the same ole thing. Ughh! So very excited to join this study wit such a great book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JulesRothacher Julie Hendrix Rothacher

    Facebooked!

  • Deanna

    Being patient and consistent. Learning to live with no solid nights of sleep. . . I’m so thankful when my daughter has a good sleep night. Some days it feels like I live in a fog. I remind myself that it will pass someday.

  • Melinda Thao

    Tough question! I think I need the most encouragement in the area of discipline, for both me as a parent and for my girls. 

  • Melinda Thao

    I shared on fb and tweeted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=587134494 Sheryl Fort

    There are no simple answers to where I need the most encouragement as a mom.  Several years ago I gave up on being the proper mom to my kids.  I allowed circumstances to turn me into a very bitter person, and I directed most of that bitterness towards my preteen daughter, who is now 18 and in a residential treatment facility.  Even though the apologies were made, she still suffers the effects of that time period, along with other things that were inherited from her biological mom.  She has walked away from God, but we see Him working on her behalf and know that someday she will see it too.  Hopefully sooner rather than later.  Being a mom before the bitterness came easier than it does now.  Knowing that you want to do things right is a great step, but knowing all the jobs you have to take care of can still be really overwhelming and things don’t come as naturally as they used to.  I have an older adopted son in college and a younger adopted son at home.  I’d love to be encouraged that I can still be a good mom and that I can still make a difference.  Through Christ all things truly are possible!

  • Kristy B.

    Patience is my biggest problem. It’s so difficult to “act” in a situation rather that to “react.” I really need help with juggling it all and balance…. feel like there are just not enough hours in the day….

  • Jaci

    I need the most encouragement in being consistent and being patient. The only thing I feel like I do consistently is fail at being consistent! 

  • Kristy B.

    shared on FB!

  • http://twitter.com/cmh512 cmh512

    I love the whole idea behind Moms By Heart!  When our sons were younger,
    our church had a Friday morning, “Mom’s Group!”  It comforted me and encouraged
    me just by the various topics that we discussed…I knew I wasn’t along in the
    Mom arena.  Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  • Jeraallen

    I need encouragement to give my failures as a mother over to the Lord.  He is so strong and powerful and I turn away from his outstretched, loving arms. I know that I cannot be all my son needs or wants, only the Lord can. Yet, I still try to carry the hurts, anger, and mistakes of my motherhood experience in my heart, every day.  I am prayerful that I will be strong enough to look for forgiveness for my failures and that the Lord would be gracious enough to answer my prayer.

  • Need A Nap2

    Most encouragement – that my kids are turning out ok with the level of discipline they’re getting (but you might need God’s eyes or be psychic to give that encouragement).  🙂

  • Need A Nap2

    I shared on Facebook, (not that you asked) I would probably choose Read for the Heart – I’ve had it on my Amazon wish list for a while.

  • http://twitter.com/LindseyMBell LindseyBell

    Most encouragement-that what I’m doing matters. Even on days when I feel like a failure.

  • http://twitter.com/LindseyMBell LindseyBell

    I shared about it on Twitter:)

  • Monica Hartman

    I need assurance from God that what I am doing is important work, even if the house is trashed and we’re all exhausted. I also need grace and encouragement when I mess up (or perceive that I’ve failed)…guilt can be so debilitating. I love Sally’s books and would love the chance to win two!

  • Ettinsmuir

    I need encouragement to stay consistent in every area – discipline, discipling, dishes, etc! – and how much what I do every day matters!

  • Monica Hartman

    I shared via fb.

  • Jchebel

    I shared this on fb and absolutely love sally, I’ve just discovered her and went to the mom heart conf in Dallas. My life is changed for sure!!

  • KristyBartlett

    I think I need the most encouragement in remembering that this moment is important, that the exhaustion and frustration  of saying the same thing 6 times are totally worth it. That correction is important.  I need encouragement in doing the hard stuff so I have the energy to do the fun stuff.

  • Jchebel

    I need the most encouragement in being fully present and not just surviving until bedtime!!

  • Schaeferclan

    in having a soft tone when I speak with them

    Thanks!
    Nancy
    schaeferclan(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  • Happyrowefamily

    in connecting with other mamas. life is so rushed and busy and time to talk….really talk is rare.

    happyrowefamily (at) gmail.com

  • Happyrowefamily

    shared on FB!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XFQRQOBN3ESJ7GFG4ZCNTRE2BE Mal

    I need encouragement in the fact that its okay to stop, scale the “to-do” list down, and focus on the kiddos and the Hubs.  I came from a pre-kids career world consisting of “go go go – onto the next assignment – juggle multiple things at once – sleep is overrated – make the most money and work the hardest and life will be great”.  I wish it was more accepted to sit back, let your kids be kids, and enjoy the time with your family rather than being surrounded by influences that make it seem that slowing down and doing things intentionally is lazy and/or time wasters. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XFQRQOBN3ESJ7GFG4ZCNTRE2BE Mal

    Shared on FB!

  • Sue

    Finding the energy to be present all of the time

  • http://twitter.com/SeekingGrace316 Missy
  • Kali

    I think right now what I need encouragement in is learning how to be more intentional, and not let the everyday busyness take over to the point of “never getting to” the truly important things – like relationship building.

  • Kali

    By the way – I love that picture at the end!!  Makes me laugh every time I see it.  You two must have such fun together.  Thanks for all that you both do to encourage other moms out there.  I’m very excited about the book study!

  • RuteCS

    I need the most encouragement in in trying to change myself. As a mom I realize how imperfect I am: I lack patience for my kids, I stress out too often and just want to get moving to the next task of the day… And then time goes by and I didn’t spend as much time with them as I wanted to.

  • RuteCS

    I shared it on Facebook. 🙂

  • Beitagrubb

    I need encouragement on raising my boys and just not being able to keep up with even simple household and family stuff and I just go out twice a week only for 2 hours each time but even with just that I am falling apart.

  • http://impressyourkids.org lmilla

    I love Sally!  I need encouragement to stick to my guns – when I know that I’m where God wants me to be, I need to put my head in the game and not be distracted by what I see around me.  Other choices may be good, but they may not be for me, and when I see other mamas doing good things, I get so distracted and upset…. I want to be able to be secure where the Lord has me.

  • http://ajewelinthemaking.com/ Clarinda Olenslager

    That I am truly teaching them to the best of my ability and what I am doing is right (or wrong).

  • http://ajewelinthemaking.com/ Clarinda O.

    I shared on my FB wall and 2 of my groups. I also tweeted.

  • Natasha d

    Being a Christ-like model for them — I keep working on it but I have such a long way to go!

  • Setrome

    I need encouragement to let the tasks of running the house come second to the joy of spending time with my kiddos. I grew up in a house where at any given time there were never dishes in the sink, dust bunnies anywhere or baskets full of laundry. I struggle with my desire to have the house “up to standards” and with letting it go for this season and just getting on the floor with my babies and not feeling embarrassed if a an unannounced friend comes by and the house isnt “perfect”.

  • http://www.MomKaboodle.com Stephanie (MomKaboodle)

    Do I have to pick just one area?  Definitely in staying present, but also in leading my kiddos to choose what’s right over what their flesh wants to do (keeping in mind that they are 6 & 3!).  When the bad attitudes assault you from all directions, it can be really hard to keep it together and be calm and rational.  I need to work on being less selfish of MY time and MY needs, and remember that this is a season of serving and instructing them.
    I could go on and on…
    Thank you so much for this post – the interview itself was very encouraging.  I could just hug you two wonderful ladies!  God bless!

    • Rochelle

      Yes! Stephanie, you said this way better than I did. My kids are almost 5, almost 3, and 7 months. The bad attitudes are a killer for me. I want to run away and retreat and have ME time. I am becoming more and more convicted that this is an act of service and is where God wants me to be. I need to treat it like I would have treated my full-time career. I spend more time worrying that I’m not doing it right, or that I don’t have what it takes, and end up doing nothing at all. I agree that the interview alone was very encouraging.

  • http://www.MomKaboodle.com Stephanie (MomKaboodle)

    Posted via facebook/momkaboodle & twitter as @momkaboodle.  Thanks!

  • MomsBandB

    Just to not grow weary in doing good.

  • Rochelle

    that what I am doing is meaningful, impactful. i need to see the big picture, have a vision, and I need to be overflowing with His Spirit in order for my kids to buy into the fact that what I’m saying is indeed worth listening to and acting upon. most of the time i feel like i am not doing that and it grieves me.

  • Rochelle

    I just shared via Facebook. Thanks for the fun opportunity! I am going to recommend this book as the next subject in my study group of other moms!

  • Jacquie Olsen

    I need to be able to feel free to slow down and enjoy my children without feeling overwhelmed and guilty that I can’t seem to get anything else together. I used to be super organized and felt in control of my life. Nowadays my schedule is not my own and I walk around all day long in a brain fog feeling it impossible to accomplish anything. Of course I consider it my privilege to care for and love my kiddos.

  • http://joyceandnorm.wordpress.com Joyce and Norm

    I need encouragement in being more disciplined in my time management so that I can enjoy those moments with my kids without worrying about my to-do list. And not to be so anxious about every little detail of every little thing.

  • Betsy Bradley

    I  always need encouragement to be patient and trust in God’s leading.  I want to see results right away even knowing that this is a marathon not a sprint.

  • SweetsLady

    To be consistent and be more engaged

  • SweetsLady

    Posted on Facebook.

  • Erin

    I think I need the most encouragement with not dwelling on little things and letting other stresses in life overwhelme me.  I don’t want those things to affect how I speak and engage with my children. 

  • phoward336

    Wow, looks great!  Probably staying in the present is number one for me.

  • Mary Kate

    That sounds like an amazing book. I need encouragement and reminders that what I do for my kids “counts”. I spent so much time thinking that to be radically in love with the Lord I had to move overseas and do something elaborate. I’m realizing that God has me exactly where I am… on purpose… and that everything I do for my kids IS unto the Lord!

  • Arabahjoy

    I love Sally and the fact that she has been down this road and can show us the way.

    The area I need the most help and encouragement is in parenting my adopted daughter. It is not like parenting a biological child in many ways. There are deep hurts and attachment issues that prevent and limit the use of traditional parenting tools. It requires much more time, thought, and divine insight to parent an emotionally “special needs” child. I know reading Sally’s book would give much wisdom and grace and so appreciate the chance to win it.

  • Laura

    I need encouragement now that my children are teenagers.  They think they are adults, but forget they are still young and my children.  We have discussions about church/religion too.  I pray daily that I have raised them to make right decisions, but since this is all so new, I can only hope that I am discipling them correctly.  Motherhood is not easy.

  • Lisa Rae

    I need the most encouragement when it comes to my fear of “not being good enough.” I am talking to the Lord about this and asking for His amazing grace to cover over me with whatever He sees fit in His provision. I imagine this may include healing, peace, wisdom and self-worth ~ that I can only find in Him. { Psalm 139 }
    Thank you for continuing to offer exposure to truths that moms need to hear!

  • Jen

    Patience…. never ending patience, spending time intentionally with them and doing what they want instead of always just following along what I “need to get done” 

  • HarlemLoveBirds

    I need the most encouragement in being appreciated in knowing that taking care of my daughter is just as important as working outside of the home for pay. 

  • Danielle

    I’d say doing for them and not being with them.  I haven’t read any of Sally’s books yet… hope to win!

  • Cathy S.

    In showing grace. That should be easy since God has shown and continues to show the greatest grace ever known, but I still fail at it miserably.

  • Angela

    I need encouragement to be diligent in consistently and calmly training our children. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

  • Jennifer E

    I think that one of the questions asked at the end of the study was an interesting one. “Are you confused about what being a godly mom looks like?” At first my answer was no, because I felt like I understood it I just wasn’t carrying it out. But then, I realized how much confusion there is about being a mother in the Christian and secular community and I think that is something that has carried over to me. We have so many choices now that I get so confused trying to pick the best choice for my family. I feel like I am constantly bombarded with choices to make and picking the best choice is not always easy. 

  • Jennifer E.

    I posted the giveaway on twitter! 

  • Heather

    I need encouragement to believe my son will turn out okay, to believe that he is just a late bloomer, to enjoy his boyhood and trust that he will be a fine man some day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/julie.titussanders Julie Titus Sanders

    I need to be reminded that I am treasured. Working hard isn’t my hang up, but resisting the urge to find my value in my productivity is. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/julie.titussanders Julie Titus Sanders

    Shared on FB

  • http://www.facebook.com/julie.titussanders Julie Titus Sanders

    And Tweeted 😉

  • Anna

    Perseverance. And freedom from “mommy guilt.” I second many of the answers below. If we could view motherhood with the same importance the first century church viewed missions, maybe that would change everything.

  • RRW

    I need so much encouragement to keep on keeping on.  It’s  easy to give up. To give in. To  listen to the lies from satan.  But as I renew my mind, and keep my thoughts upward, I find the strength to press on. 

  • RRW

    I shared this on Facebook!

  • Cookiedunker

    Probably taking a more active part in my kid’s world.  Getting down to their level and really engaging in what they find interesting

  • Sarah

    I need more encouragement in having patience with my children, sometimes I want them to listen right away and I forget how little they are and just aren’t capable of immediate obedience.

  • jcmichigan

    Definitely with finding joy and keeping my vision in the daily-ness of life. When things become routine, I seem to lose my perspective on the importance of my job as a mom to four blessings. During a crisis I do well–with two special needs children we’ve had our share of surgeries, hospitalizations, up and downs….but it’s in the everyday that I tend to get lost.

  • Brenda H

    Engouragement to be doing the right things the right way. . . being a Christ-like example, showing this His love, making sure to guide them properly.

  • G Weaver

    I need to know that I am not alone!  It is so hard to have patience with a 3 yr old and brand new 2 year old (today)!  I know it will pass, but I want to know I am doing a good job and that they love me.

  • Casie

    Encouragement in self discipline and patience.  I am often a lazy mother and an impatient mother.  Two things I hate to see in any mother, I often see in my own life.  I need constant encouragement and reminders to make the right choices, to use this time wisely and with intention, and to have peaceful, grace filled words and actions.  

  • Lisa Wilson

    I sometimes feel as if I don’t know as I did enough to help him be Godly, even though he is right now.i want tlo help my Grandchildren be Godly too.

  • Kristen Celebrate Every Day Wi

    I need encouragement to not get lazy in disciplining with consistency.  

  • http://twitter.com/MelissaBeaver Melissa

    i struggle with guilt and for no good reason. i just kind of beat myself up on the shortfalls that maybe only i see. it’s nice to have the “you too?” moments with other mothers!

  • Leigh

    My biggest challenge as a mother…just one?…would be to show Jesus’ grace and mercy when I’m really very annoyed with my girls.  My emotions take over, and they see the worst of me, not the best of HIM. 

  • Michele

    Struggling with just being present and not worrying about the to do list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Speer-Scales/1362278288 Sarah Speer Scales

    I know that God says motherhood is a worthy calling… but I do need some encouragement and sage advice from other moms! 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Speer-Scales/1362278288 Sarah Speer Scales

    I also shared on Facebook.

  • Kate

    I always need encouragement to keep in keeping on! Not to give up in what the works sees as “little things”: playing with the kids, doing chores WITH them so that they learn, slowing down and listening when they want to talk (or sing!)

  • Samantha Allen

    I need encouragement when it comes to those days when I forget to be gentle or patient. It’s a constant reminder of how much I need Jesus in my parenting. So thankful for grace. 🙂

  • http://www.mymommyworld.com/2012/03/audio-book-review-the-money-saving-moms-budget/ Erin @ My Mommy World

    I would say that I need encouragement in helping my kids become close to God.  I grew up in a divorced household where we didn’t go to church, so I’m just learning myself how to be a Christian, how to pray, etc. and I want to be able to teach this to my kids while they are young.

  • Jessica D.

    I need some good Christian friends and mentors.  I was raised in a “Christian” family, but never learned the truths of the faith at home.  I struggle now as I seek to instill truth and values in my own children, not knowing exactly how to do it.

  • Jessica D.

    I also shared on Facebook.

  • http://www.facebook.com/workoutangel Joy Baldwin Rickner

    I need the encouragement of other moms coming alongside of me (and me along with them) as a community and sharing triumphs, tribulations, strengths and struggles as we grow in the Lord as mothers to our precious children. I really appreciate Sally willing to share her mom heart with us….  As a foster parent I need the compassion of women surrounding me when I have to let a child go…. I know it’s God’s calling on my life, but it tears this mamma’s heart out….

  • Jess White05

    In being intentional. So often I feel like we’re just surviving the day.
    http://www.lifeinthewhitehouse.com

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