- In Chapter seven, Lindsay talks about "patience as a necessary virtue" and how ineffective it can be to use the word "soon" with a toddler who can't yet grasp the concept of time. As mothers, a sound plan for the next minute, hour, and week is as essential to our sanity as that first cup of coffee in the morning. How might your life be different if you actually planned time in your day to take a three-minute break, a few deep breaths, and asked God for help in truly being present in the moment?
- My favorite line in chapter eight, "On living counterculturally," is found on page 63. Lindsay writes, "Every family is different, but God put you in this family, with these parents, and with these rules for a reason. We have to trust him." This was so eye-opening to me and helps to secure the importance of my unique (although flawed!) mothering in my children's lives. Looking back on your own upbringing, in what ways do you see that the family you were placed in prepared you for the family you have created today?
- I'm not on Facebook or Instagram and I wouldn't know how to tweet if my life depended on it. I'm not at all claiming that any of these things are inherently bad. For me, however, and my personality type, they just don't serve me well. On the rare occasion I do check out my husband's Facebook account, I always end up either feeling poorly about myself in one way or another or harshly judgmental against someone else (usually someone I don't even know). In chapter ten, Lindsay talks about the importance of "fraternal/sororal correction." This chapter really made me stand back and think about whose standards I choose to judge myself by. Do I put God's intentions for my life first or am I caught in the fear of not living up to society's idea of what I should be?
Copyright 2018 Nicole Johnson
About the Author
Nicole and her husband have been blessed with three children. Nicole markets the mission of a non-profit that provides early therapies for children diagnosed with developmental delays. She and her husband serve on the board for the New England chapter of Bethany Christian Services, a national adoption agency. Nicole's family advocates for life, adoption, and embracing children with special needs. Visit her blog at Joy in the Journey.