Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Links and Book Review: Ministry for Moms

I am in the middle of a great book right now. I wasn't intending on using it as a book review, but a quote from the book made me realize it would be a great resource on this week's topic. The Duggars: 20 and Counting! by Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar has been so helpful and entertaining. If nothing else, it gives me hope that if they can do all they do with 18 children, surely I can handle my little house and 3 children. They have given their lives to the ministry of, as the subtitle reads, "raising one of America's largest families". This is the quote that I found particularly relevant to our discussion:

"We love being together as a couple, and we love being with our family. We believe teaching our children to develop a ministry mindset begins in the heart of the family, with children learning to serve one another so they later will know how to reach out to others outside our home.

"With this goal in mind, we have designed our lifestyle around our family, and our family is focused on God. When others ask us why we live this way, we share a principle we've found to be totally true: You will never regret spending too much time together as a family."

Now for a few really great articles by others on this topic:

Uniquely Yours by Andrea on the Exemplify blog
Mothering and Ministry by Joy at Stay at Home Missionary
A quote posted by June at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
An important reminder from Michelle: "Are You Engaged?"

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