I still feel so new to this parenting journey. Realising that I am a little person’s mum is an exciting but also quite sobering thought. I mean, the influence of parents is so far reaching- we have the power to give our children a good start in life or send them clattering off the rails! Like most mums, I really want to do the best I can and whenever I want to learn about how to do something better I turn to my oldest, most faithful friends- books. I believe God speaks to each of us in personal ways, whether through music or art or films or, in my case, the written word. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a line in a book that feels like it was written specifically for me in a certain situation and is exactly what I needed to hear.
Recently I read The Mission of Motherhood and The Ministry of Motherhood, both by Sally Clarkson, who is a mother of four. I found both books so helpful and inspiring as I look after my little boy. She makes no bones about the fact that motherhood, when done well, is really hard and requires a lot of sacrifice and persistence, but she also enthuses about the real joy of throwing yourself into motherhood wholeheartedly and seeing that role as an important and high calling. I find that I do better on this mothering journey when I try to bring a little inspiration into my every day life and these books were perfect for that, so I thought I’d share. I also like to listen to an encouraging YouTube video by a fellow stay at home mum whilst Jacob has his daytime nap – it really motivates me to work hard and know that I’m not alone. What do you find helpful to inspire you as a mum?