Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Sacrifice of Time

(Does anyone else feel like they get the breath knocked out of them a little when they look at baby pictures of their children?  This baby is going to be FOUR in one month!!!)


A reader sent me this beautiful Sally Clarkson article and I thought I would share it.

Here's a little excerpt from her article titled "Serving Without Resentment":

"Until I submitted my life and my heart to the demands of my little ones, I was never at ease or released to be at peace to enjoy my role as a mom, to live with grace through my years in my role as a mother.
I had years of time as a single woman when I was ruler over most of my minutes. I decided when I would eat, sleep, vacation, work, or meet someone for lunch. I decided these issues according to my needs and desires.
But once I had children, as any mother will understand, my time was never my own again! Children simply don’t fit into neat little time packages to be parceled out in advance! Even now, the demands of my adult children take my time. But I am thankful they come to me for counsel, for love, for friendship. Now, it is one of my best gifts to have them as a best friend. But relationship is built on a foundation of love given, time invested without resentment."

9 comments :

  1. You seem to have this talent to post things like this on days that I really need them. Thank you!

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  2. Thank you for posting this article. It's a boost of truth that I needed this week.

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  3. I love Sally Clarkson. She is a very wise woman.

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  4. Sarah,
    thanks for sharing these beautiful words!

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  5. Sarah,
    Thank you for sharing this article! It's the reminder and encouragement I needed today.

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  6. She is so right. We are so privileged to be mothers. I was never close in this way to my mother and I was too young when I had my kids. But I feel we are very close. My son is 37 now and is school in Rome, Italy and every few months we talk for 3-4 hours. My daughter and I see each other as often as possible. I am so very grateful I was able to see what a delightful treasure being a mother is even though I had no one to model this for me. Thank you for your beautiful blog and good influence.

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  7. Yes. thank you Sarah. Great insight, and just like Nancy my mom and I weren't as close in my younger years as we are now. Bittersweet, but my relationships with my children are amazing, and love the close bond I share with my oldest who is 21. I have a draft similar to this that I will post next week. It seems with time flying so fast that it helps us to appreciate our children no matter how old they get, and to always give them equal time. After all...sacrifice is part of being a mother.

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  8. Thank you so for sharing this article - very timely for me.

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  9. Thank you for this-- I am heading into a season heavy on mothering, and I definitely need to submit myself to this.

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