It has been a full and eventful weekend with the launching of our updated blog design on Friday night, a quick day trip up to Seattle on Saturday to visit relatives and a celebration of the engagement of Aaron’s brother, Nate, on Sunday, so I am just now sitting down again and sharing with you all.
I am so blessed to see another month pass by and reflect on God’s goodness once again to our family! We spent a weekend at the beach this month enjoying a time of rest and lots of reading (our favorite activity!). Aaron and I have been prayerfully working on developing our family mission statement, which we were able to make significant headway on thanks to the inspiration of Stephen Covey in 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. Thanks in part to Kat’s inspiration, I have also been working on my own personal mission statement, which has been so refreshing and edifying. What a difference it makes when you define your mission and develop purposeful plans to accomplish that mission. We also did some thorough decluttering around the house this month in preparation for a garage sale this week. I am blessed!
You may have wondered with the new update that I changed the byline of my blog slightly to: Loving simple, natural, and intentional living. Why the change? What is the significance? By “intentional” I wanted to encapsulate more fully my goal to live a purposeful, God-centered, mission-minded lifestyle. My hope is to continue to use this blog to inspire women to be intentional in every action in their homes – to cultivate strong relationships with our family and others, inspire our children to love and serve the Lord, pursue joyful homemaking, being good stewards of the earth, and opening our homes to minister to the lost and needy around us. I like to call it “missional” living or missional homemaking. When I shared what the Lord was opening my eyes to see in What is the Purpose of the Home?, I was aiming to pass on the challenge to maintain a high and holly calling to be purposeful in all things that we are called to. My goal is to encourage us all to ask ourselves in everything we do, from natural living to simple living, to making a home, to making decisions, what has this to do with the goal of glorifying our Lord and furthering His kingdom? That is what I mean by living intentionally. It reminds me afresh of the poem: Only one life, twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last. Let’s labor together to live without reserves or regrets.
7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey – fascinating and insightful, this book delves into dissenting the popular 7 Habits in their application for the family. Stephen talks about the value of developing family mission statements, being proactive in relationships, and being quick to listen and understand and slow to offer exhortation or advice in the lives of our children. These are just three of the habits discussed in this book. I was very challenged to be more intentional in developing together with my husband what we want to be our family mission and how we will aim to accomplish it. A big book but an excellent read!
Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children by Sally Clarkson – another excellent classic for mothers by Sally Clarkson. I loved her challenge of seeing our children as our disciples and following the way Jesus carefully nurtured, patiently loved, and guided His own disciples before sending them out to accomplish His mission. She shares the value of imparting the gift of grace, inspiration, faith, training, and service and how adopting these five truths can impact our children’s lives. I love how she describes motherhood as not just a job, but a calling. Each chapter is short with discussion question so it is an excellent Bible study companion or for a group study. Another favorite to add to my annual reading list!
God bless you all this month! My little girl, Karis, turns 3 on Tuesday! Wow! Time flies…