This weekend I attended Sally Clarkson’s MomHeart Conference. I’ve attended for the past 3 years and leave inspired every time. Here are a few nuggets I brought home this time…
1. Never, never underestimate the power of books as mentors.
I first heard of Sally Clarkson through her book The Mission of Motherhood. It inspired me and challenged me and changed the way I see motherhood. Though we may wish for a flesh and blood mentor, we must be willing to grasp at wisdom in any and every form.
What books are you pouring over for this season of your life?
2. Pursue relationships.
Every time I’m around Sally and her friends, I’m so challenged to boldly pursue friendships in my life. Sally has some of the most incredible and faithful friends. Sandra (middle right) and Cherie (right) travel with Sally and are just beautiful angels. Despite all the busyness of putting on a conference, they spent the weekend loving on and investing in Sarah Mae and I.
I’m inspired to not only pursue mentors, but to always have someone in my life that I am investing in. I forget the biblical characters Sarah Clarkson referenced (maybe Paul, Barnabas and Timothy? #BiblicalScholarFail), but the idea was to always have someone you’re learning from, walking alongside and investing in.
It is not going to be easy or simple. Sometimes ironing sharpening iron will hurt, but we need that friction to ignite our hearts.
3. Apparently, I have a reputation for making people cry. 🙂
Everyone has a story. Do you know yours? Have you written it out? Take the time to remember and recognize the miracles God has done in your life. It is the greatest gift you can give to others, especially your children.
4. Pursue Stillness
Sarah Clarkson talked about the importance of stillness. There is such power in quieting our lives and souls long enough to hear the still small voice of our Almighty God. I want to create more margin in my life and be more intentional about carving out times for quiet.
5. There is no place like home.
I’ve traveled quite a bit (for me) these past 12 months. It has been fun and exciting, but the more I travel, the more I realize that there is no place so rich, so beautiful, so majestic as home. For me, life away from home is merely a mirage; enticing but never satisfying.
The night I got home we all laid on my son’s bed as I read a story. Five people snuggled on one full size bed.
I was smothered. I could barely breathe. I couldn’t have been happier.
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