In Support and Celebration of Motherhood! And My Dream

 One Mom Heart to Another

A few weeks ago, after church one day at lunch, I was talking to Clay and said, “Someone needs to put visual messages together in support of motherhood. Something that will create life, buzz, encouragement and inspiration.”

It seems there is support for everything else, but a mother’s role is so very important to the shaping of the next generation, and yet the significance of the role, and how to be a godly mom,  is not taught in most churches. Moms are alone and unsupported and children are victims of every kind of abuse. Someone needs to begin putting together beautiful video messages about motherhood that gives life and validation to this Biblical design.

You see, I believe that God created mothers with the capacity to inspire greatness, build godly moral leaders who will take God’s kingdom to bear in every area of life–government, medicine, the arts, literature, the military–that it is the shaping of souls that determines greatness of a people and cultivates virtuous faith. 

It is not wonder Satan would allure women away from this important task in every possible way–and want to end marriages and devalue the home.

Motherhood is not just about meeting basic needs. God crafted motherhood to give women the opportunity to be warriors of righteousness in the battle of life. Women are intelligent and spiritual creatures who are capable of transforming history through building godly generations. 

And yet, most of the young moms I know feel alone, untrained, weary and inadequate in this role because they have little or no support from their church, from older women, from their own mothers, and from the messages that have assaulted  their hearts and minds.

And so, I called a friend of ours who produces wonderful professional videos, Allan Spiers, (slingstone productions) and asked him if he would help. I called a sweet friend with 4 children, and wrote a script with Clay and we filmed 2 days later. We asked Joel to compose the music.

The above is the result.

God is using Mothers to plant the seeds of the next generation through their homes and God’s heart is with mothers and He wants to do great things.

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These are the ones God called me to inspire and disciple,

Joy 17, Sarah, 28, Nathan, 23, Joel, 26

WOMEN WERE CREATED TO BE WISDOM TO EACH GENERATION!

 Does not wisdom call out, and understanding lift up her voice?

Proverbs 8:1

I think that women are especially designed and equipped by God to dig down deep and bring beauty, faith, peace and hope to nations. A woman is at her best when she is creating life from the richness of her soul. I think that moms are the true heroes who will be the bearers of light when shadows threaten to overtake. They weave peace and love in homes where burdens are weighing on the shoulders of husbands. They sing songs of faith in the midst of life’s calamities.

They can model a child-like faith and rest in God when they live in the Sabbath rest of His provision even when physical provision is scant. I believe that moms can be the determining factor in our country during difficult times, to bring courage to bear as we wait on God and follow His ways.         

   In our days of faith-challenging changes of moral foundations and volatile uncertainties,in an era of confusion when biblical motherhood is often disdained or dismissed as irrelevant or unimportant in a post-modern culture, we are ripe for a movement of the Holy Spirit.

There is need for an intentional movement of godly women to hold forth the ideals, to inspire confidence, strength, faith and good works and in the midst, to develop deep friendships–as I believe that God created women to be the wisdom bringers, gate-keepers and civilizers of culture through relationship.

Will you please join me in sending this message and this video to moms all over so that they join in a movement, voice their needs, pray together for strength and wisdom to be the women, and mothers that God created us to be?

This is my heart for this year, 2013,  and for our world, for moms to make a difference in bringing a revival in faith in God, in civilizing nations and in raising heroes who will take His messages to a lost world who longs for his love.

I believe with all of my heart that mothers are designed by God, with His intentional wisdom to be so significant in the passing on of the gospel through our homes and then into the world. 

Please tell me your ideas, your thoughts, and please help me spread our messages to the world to let our voices be heard and to let our culture know God is on the move, and where there is a movement of God, there is always hope!

May God bless you in your role as a mother, bringing His light to your children, today!

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Sally. oh my momma heart. Your sweet words in the video brought tears to my eyes tonight as I soaked them in. I am so thankful for your encouragement. Blessings.

  2. says

    Sally, that was so beautiful. Thank you for your heart for moms. This is one momma that has been encouraged by you since around 1996. My oldest just turned 27 on Christmas day and is married with 2 babies of his own. My daughter is married with one baby and we still have four (adopted) children at home! All of my kids have had the advantage of “Our 24 Family Ways,” “Educating the Whole Hearted Child” (in fact, I wore out my first copy and bought another one – I was looking for an excuse to buy the newest edition!), and just about every other book you and Clay have written and published. I wouldn’t have made it through their younger years without “Seasons of a Mother’s Heart!”
    Thank you so much… for your unfailing commitment to moms, to families, and most of all, to Christ. I consider you a long-time friend.
    Blessings, Becky

  3. Judy says

    Thank you for the encouragement Sally – I find it can be easy to be overwhelmed by the achievements and accolades given to woman who seem to pull off so much more, but what calls my heart, when its safely held in God’s hand, is motherhood. Thats where we garden, planting for seeds for eternal fruit.

  4. says

    Oh Sally, thank you thank you for this today. God met me right here in my need this morning with the beauty and message of this video ~ lovely and timely. Thank you!

  5. Terri S says

    Thank you Sally for your heart and your love. The video is beautiful and encouraging as are your words. May you be blessed by how it takes root and grows in the hearts of the mothers it reaches.

  6. says

    I am in tears…my throat and my heart is full. Sally my children are 7 and 5 and this year will mark the 3 year anniversary of when I left the corporate world of making six figures to nurture the hearts of my children. I didn’t know what I was doing since I was not raised by a momma…I only knew that I was following my Savior Jesus Christ where He was taking me. I was armed with His Word and a woman of His Word, my spiritual mentor Anna Thornton…a woman who exhorted me daily in His Word reminding who I am in Christ. This woman was their nanny…I call her the Christian Mary Poppins…the woman who prayed herself out of a job. Never did she make me feel condemned for working outside the home but always loved me where I was at and prayed without ceasing for our family and allowed the Holy Spirit to do His work in me. Then one day I had the courage to walk out the faith I said I had and I have never regretted it. Yes, it is the hardest assignment I have ever had (and I was in the military for 10 years and in worked in Pentagon and overseas)…but today i am a solider for Christ training and raising up other soldiers for His kingdom and glory!

    Sally, you remind me of my Anna–you are mentoring us mommas and calling other women to mentor and disciple younger women as you did in this note. Oh, for you to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit and do this video is a huge investment in God’s kingdom as you lift the weary arms of us mommas. I see God has provided: the video, the friends, the script (your heart), and the music from Joel’s heart. You are casting the bread upon the waters…it will return to you. I am in prayer for you and the ministry He has entrusted you.

    I love you!

  7. says

    This video is lovely, yet it adds to the burden of those if us who are doing our best, yet still fail to measure up. Added to the burden of books, articles, webinars and seminars on how to be a fantastic mother, this is just too much. Do this, do that, read them this, feed them that, sing like this….. yes, we know.

    • Sally says

      Sweet Heather,
      Please do not be hard on yourself. Motherhood is the most challenging journey and call I have ever imagined. It is not natural to my nature or personality. It is ironic that God would call me to encourage moms since I have failed so many times. But, it is because I had so little support in the journey that I try to invest in moms. I am so sorry for the burden of your motherhood and wish I could personally help you and just give you rest, which is what I so often needed–a break from it all. But, in light of what I see happening today, and when I have seen so many children growing into adults and turning away from their faith and to destructive lifestyles, I just want to be of encouragement. I am praying that God will provide you with a special sense of His love for you and give you refreshment in your life today. Thanks for taking the time to comment. You represent so many sweet, tired mamas.

    • sonja says

      I am in partial agreement with Heather. The video was beautiful and encouraging…But depending on where one might be any particular day, it can be discouraging as well. I started my homeschooling journey with a vision of peace and tranquility….children who were raised with intentionality would be kinder, nicer, more polite, better behaved, etc.

      8 years later i wonder why so many of my days are filled with yelling and chaos…what am i doing wrong???

      And this video serves to remind me of what my days Should look like.

      But most of the time i have to get ahold of myself and recognize truths. My kids Are amazing. They are teenagers, but not like the world’s teens. They are polite and kind (if not Always to their siblings). They have servant’s hearts. They are respectful of adults. And most importantly, they love the Lord and are walking out their own journey with him day by day.

      My days don’t look like the video much, but i did that first part…i planted seeds at home.

      And Sally,i don’t want you to be discouraged. This video is wonderful and beautiful…and for most,a great encouragement! But i just wanted to say that i think i get where Heather was coming from… “Yes i know i should take more time to sit and color with my kids, but how are the dishes going to get done? We need milk. I have to get the clothes from the washer before i have to run it Again! And perhaps sometime today i should exercise? Put on lipstick before my husband gets home? Did i DO my devotional today? I can’t Remember…”

  8. Jessica says

    Sally, this is beautiful…I have passed it on to all my momma friends! Thank you for taking the time to make something like this…your words of grace and encouragement are a balm to this tired momma’s heart!!!

  9. Michelle says

    Dear Sally,
    I just had to comment and say thank you so very much! These last few months have been hard (teething baby and potty-training girl as well as homeschooling my older kids) and I do feel so alone. I was so encouraged by your message. It was the virtual hug and encouragement I so badly needed. I pray that down the road, when my kids are older, I can pass the hugs and encouragement along just like you. Thank you, thank you for your kindness.

  10. Suyai says

    This brought tears to my eyes! You do such an amazing job and God has really called you to encourage all of us mums… thank you so much! Although I don’t have the privilege of homeschooling due to many family circumstances, I try my best to give my child all of what you have opened up my eyes to. I have your books always handy and can’t wait for Clay’s Heartfelt Discipline and also Desperate! My dream is to someday be able to fly to the US for one of your conferences… Keep up your excellent work that blesses so many! Thank you once again! xx

  11. Lela says

    I have just found you and you have given me hope. I have been a mother for 22 years with 4 children, 21, 18, 10, 8. I have always loved being a mom , but lately, it has been hard. Raising older children has been challenging for my husband and I. I often tell my husband that that is why women go to work because this job of mothering is sometimes so hard with no vacations or support or appreciation. I am still learnimg and I thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  12. The Wannabe Mummy says

    This is my first time here and your video brought me to tears. Thank you so so much. Please pray for me as my hearts desire is to be a stay at home mum but due to circumstances, that is not possible. But I believe in miracles.

    God bless you

  13. Debbie T says

    oh wow. Sally, thank you. Thank you for putting a voice to the words we need to hear so that the other voice, that accusing voice, can be shut out by truth. I’m so excited about reading Desperate and promoting it to everyone I can think of. Thank you for sharing your experience and wisdom and mom’s heart with us – for mentoring Sarah Mae and putting your heart into your ministry for God. I so needed this today.

  14. says

    Hi, Sall. I’m new here . . . I just discovered you by way of a fellow blogger posting the link to this post on her facebook status. Thank you for the encouragement. My boys are 11 and 13 (and a “prodigal” stepson who is 22). I was really blessed by what you shared. Thank you!

  15. Patti D. says

    God is so amazing! After an especially trying day yesterday my (almost) two year old was up in the middle of the night. Lying on the couch with her, in the dark, all my inadequicies were running through my head. I was so discouraged. I read your blog when I woke up this morning and then watched your video. God spoke to my heart and encouraged me through both. Thank you for your faithfulness to what God puts on your heart. And thank you for allowing Him to use you to encourage me!

  16. Dawn says

    Beautiful! I wept thru the whole clip. Thank you so much! You offer soooo much life! Thank you for following & listening to Jesus so beautifully! Hugs! Dawn

  17. Marissa says

    You never know how much you need something until you get that first taste. Yes I knew my job was hard, but just kept plugging forward praying I wasn’t ruining everything. Then I came across this message and my heart was filled to the brim with encouragement that the little minutes I spend reading and coloring and working puzzles are exactly what I’m supposed to do. Your words were balm to a heart I didn’t even realize was so in need of extra care. Thank you so very much from the bottom of heart for these amazing words.

    Marissa
    http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com

  18. Lisa says

    Thank you for this! I spent most of yesterday smile-less and semi-depressed–just wanting to sleep. Like Lela above, I am not a new mother–I’ve been a mother 20 years (oldest of 9 is 20, youngest is 3) and I’m just feeling tired and burned out. Parenting older children and teens is emotionally draining, and I’m still in the throes of toddler and preschool mothering. Although I am that “older mother”that should be mentoring others (and I try to!), I still feel the need for encouragement and mentoring, just to complete the course. With joy! So, thank you for your sweet letter–it did encourage me and I think I will have a better day today!

  19. Nely says

    Beautiful video Sally. Thank you. I wish I’d had this type of encourgement years ago. So great that you are around to do this for women who’s own mothers are not involved or around ( for whatever reason ) as we raise our own children. It’s nice to know that someone cares.

    Thank you

  20. camille says

    Thank you Sally! I was blessed, and needed the reminder.
    Mothering is the hardest thing I have ever done by far.
    It is a daily battle of faith to stand firm in God and His word.
    To moms struggling with seeing the video as encouraging…
    I like a few mentioned before spent so many years in self condemnation of failing over and over. So in all the articles, blogs, books, that was all I could see, was my failure.
    By reaching the bottom a few times, being stripped down, crying out to God over and over He is bringing me out of the pit of it all… I have had to fight the fight of faith in believing WHO I AM IN CHRIST. Not as my sin, but as in what God has done for me. I don’t believe He looks at us in disappointment when we fail. That is exactly why He sent His Son , to set us free.
    A scripture He gave me a few years ago in the middle of so much struggle and anguish in my role of a homeschooling mom of 4 ( along with many other challenges :-9 ) is
    2 Corinthians 3:17-19
    17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
    We are being transformed- amen!
    He is working in us all and LOVES us.
    I pray for all who this this will be encouraged and rebuke the enemy for his lies that we are not enough, and for planting seeds of doubt in who God made us to be, and by His power only can overcome!
    God bless you Sally for being obedient to His call on your work.

    • Amber says

      Oh thank you Camille, for sharing that!
      I am going to memorize that wonderful Scripture,
      2 Corinth 3:17-19…..it really ministered to my heart!
      It’s nice to hear from someone who is on their way up, out of that pit that the enemy tries to keep us in….that we are a failure as moms. We get so focused on the failure that we are…..it’s all we see. Even in something that’s meant to encourage us! And then it’s just a downward spiral from there…….our sights are set on our failure instead of fixed on the Author and Perfecter of our faith! It must be that we become more like what we focus on! I want to focus on Him! On beauty!! On joy!!! Lord, let me become all those things! That Scripture you shared sums it up so well. And so thankful to Sally for mentoring ALL of us!

  21. melissa says

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. I am a tired, weary mama. Your words meaningful to me, but I do also understand Heather’s comments. I know that I do not do things as well as I can, but God gives me grace to get through the day. Now my boys are in bed for the night (believe me, they’re not asleep!), and I’m making the choice to go to bed earlier to be ready for tomorrow!

  22. Melanie says

    So beautiful! This spoke to my hear this morning. I have two active boys – 2 1/2 and 10 months who are precious to me. But the nights of little sleep wear me out and some days I just want to run away. Thank you for your heart for us and for the encouragement and support we moms so desperately need to hear. Can’t wait to read your new book!

  23. Nicole Auld says

    Sally–sweet Sally! Thank you so much for these beautiful encouraging words. You keep shining for HIM! Hugs to you from England!

  24. Jill says

    Just simply beautiful. Thank you for your devotion to inspiring moms to become all that He has called us to be. I appreciate every tidbit of encouragement, “mentoring”, and advice that you take the time to carefully share in a way that inspires. Reading your blog is a treat to a momma’s soul. Thank you.

  25. Liz says

    Thank you. The Lord has used you to minister to me today. I so needed to hear that message of encouragement, and you spoke right to my heart. Thank you.

  26. says

    Thank you so much for this. The letter was so touching…now to make myself believe it…That is the hard part. Why do we as mothers automatically feel like failures? So many of us are making a go of it all alone, without even our own mothers to help us. Thank you for filling the gap.

  27. GemmaH says

    I love it, what a gentle reminder of what motherhood can be like amidst the daily pressures. It has helped to remind me of my vision. Thank you Sally, for showing a different way to “do” life with our children.

  28. says

    This….
    “And yet, most of the young moms I know feel alone, untrained, weary and inadequate in this role because they have little or no support from their church, from older women, from their own mothers, and from the messages that have assaulted their hearts and minds.”

    Yes. Just….yes.

    And that video? Real tears rolling down my tired, makeup-less face.

    So very many thanks,
    Kate

  29. says

    Thank you so much for blessing me. I’m fairly new to your ministry. I have 6 children. A 10 yr old, 8 yr old and 4 yr old quadruplets. The Lord has blessed me with 2 Godly homeschool moms recently (after praying 2 years for new friends….moving from AZ to TX) and we are so excited to read your new book together. We have bonded, our 13 children (total) click so well and it’s just such a blessing. We encourage one another daily through FB messages!
    I struggle hourly- this life is soooo hard and all the challenges we’ve overcome, grown spiritually from, and continue to face are all such teachable moments for us to share with our kids.
    We faced a huge battle of OCD this past year with my 8 yr old son. We didn’t know what was going on, but through that journey (I blogged daily about it) God used it to help others. We still struggle, but overall- it’s under control.
    I feel like we are just surviving most days and I have so much guilt for all I feel I’m not doing for my kids. Darn comparison that steals our joy!!!
    God is still working on me, growing me and molding me. I’m so thankful for your ministry to reach out to moms like me….And for when I am weak, He is strong!! xoxo

  30. says

    Sally, I watched the video and the words “wonderful mother” hit me hard in the face. In the beginning of December, someone from my church introduced me to her friend saying “this is Tereza. She is a wonderful mother.” I was quick to reply apologetically “No, I am not.”

    this has bugged me since then – that I was so quick to dismiss her compliment. That I was so harsh and unaccepting of her kind words. I have thought of talking to her and apologizing for not receiving her kind words. I don’t feel like a wonderful mother most of the time, but I realize now that I need to receive those words by faith and tell myself that “I am a wonderful mother” because I am nurturing my children in the fertile soil of home life. And most of all, because the Lord has made me a mother.

    thank you for this video.

  31. Jennifer says

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for bringing this weary mommy a much-needed dose of encouragement. I have 3 1/2 year old twins and a 2 year old. I taught in public school for 13 years before kids and was so ready to be home with my kids. We have lived in our new community for 3 years now but still have no support system or friends. We like our church, but don’t feel at home there yet. I have so many blessings and every reason to have joy, but I feel very little joy. I am determined to “take joy” in 2013! I’m so glad I found you!

  32. Audrey says

    Sally, Images are so powerful. In this world we see few images that reflect God’s good design. So many of the visual images we are bombarded with about home life and womanhood and motherhood are not positive. It’s no wonder we have such a difficult time believing we are “good” mothers . Almost every mother I know thinks she is a bad mother, or, at least has a hard time believing she is a good one. This video is powerful and I will share it. It was so encouraging to me . This type of visual message is so needed. Thank you. I hope this will not be your last. Great job.

  33. maddalena70 says

    Thank you Sally. Through your books and blog I learned how it is important sometimes to put aside the laundry or the kitchen and share instead more time with my girls… how in this season of my life is not so important “me” but ”their” aka my family and that now it is my servant mood that matters … in order to be a better mom, wife and woman
    So thank you so much… it is not always easy but we have to keep on trying to be in God and with God.
    Cheers
    Maddalena

  34. Candace says

    I asked God to please get me through today and to please guide me as a mother to a 13 year old boy who has really been testing me in the way of wondering, “Am I good enough? Can I do this?”. I found this link through a friend’s Facebook and as I watched it, I literally sat and wept. Thank you, Sally and thank you to our awesome God for leading me here today, just when I needed it most!

  35. says

    I wish I had seen this video 20+ years ago when I was a young mom. I wish I had a closer relationship with Christ 20+ years ago when I was a young mom. Oh if only we could turn back the hands of time! Thankfully since then I have grown in my walk with Christ and am trying to be a better role model for my grown children. I am unable to go back in time and change things from when my children were young, but I AM able to move forward each day and be a more godly Grandparent to my dear sweet granddaughter who is in my care most of the time. Thank you for this beautiful video!

  36. Nancy Mosley says

    Thank you Sally. I needed this today! After a few busy, stressful months — I feel lost in what to do next. I’m in my mid-40′s and have that brain fog and can’t seem to get ready to gear back up to homeschool next week. Thank you for this inspirational video. It has sparked my heart!!!

    Nancy

  37. Ellie says

    Sally,
    This made me cry. Thank you do much, it was like you knew exactly what I needed to hear. I am a stay at home, home schooling mom to four ,ages 7 and unde. I Live in Israel…. wish you could make it here some time for a conference.

    Thank you. You are such an amazing example to me, I hope to get one of your books for my birthday but it still a bit a way.

    For now I will just soak up your blog.

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  38. says

    BEAUTIFUL!! Thank for so much for this! Thank you for all your work and effort on behalf of us moms :) You are one of the very few out there that I’ve found to inspire and support women who give of themselves daily in the very REAL job of motherhood.
    I will pass this on to all my friends!

  39. says

    This video has lifted my spirits and makes me even more want to be EXACTLY the kind of mom God wants me to be. You’re so right when you say the support for young mothers is lacking in churches. I’m so grateful for you opening yourself up to all of us to glean wisdom and encouragement. You are a blessing to me.

  40. says

    As an eduactional and parenting consultant i spend a great deal of time encouraging parents in their parenting. This movie brought me to tears and my knees as i was reminded that it is not only my parenting that counts but rather my Being Mommy – the hugs, time, moments of beauty shared. Thank you.

  41. Leah says

    Thank you so much for trying to encourage mothers. I’ve been so overwhelmed today I’ve about been in tears (except I’m a mamma, I don’t have time to think little on cry). Thank you for saying that this isn’t easy, because it’s not. It’s after 1 am, there is sticky candy in the carpet, I don’t have my chores anywhere near done, I’m exausted, there is so much I want to get done and can’t. It’s one of those days I really need a help and I don’t.

    Thanks again for being an encouragement! I need to hear your words! Alone, Untrained, weiry and inadiquide are exactly the words I would use to describe me. You got that one right on the dot.

    I really hope that you will continue to be an inspiration to mothers everywhere.

  42. says

    This is what i have been sensing. THANK YOU for the video! i was asking GOD for something as specific as this!
    So many women think they CANNOT mother. i jsut began writing some articles i plan to offer the press called Dare to be Mom – in view of mother’s day coming up. Pray for me too please. Thank you!

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