Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mom Heart Conference

This past weekend I had the privilege of going to the Sally Clarkson Mom Heart Conference in Durham. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to go. It was such an encouraging time for me. I am so thankful that Rich was able to take care of things at home for me so that I could go and soak in so many wonderful truths and be encouraged by other homeschooling mom's who have been doing it a lot longer than me. It was great to laugh and share the joy of being a mom with other women.
I was humbled. I was convicted. I was thankful. I was reminded. I was inspired. Being a mom is the best thing I've ever done. I don't want to waste a single minute of it. We have such a short time to be the main influence in the lives of our children.
Since last August, I have been wanting to start a mom's group in my home. It's no secret that mom's need special encouragement in their lives. My soul was revived this weekend and I want to give encouragement to other mom's who are striving to raise their children to love the Lord.
We may have different ways of accomplishing our goals, we may have different methods of raising our children ... but our mission is the thread that binds us together. I don't have the logistics worked out yet, but I think I am ready to stop thinking about it and start taking action.
My plan is to read through Seasons of a Mother's Heart by Sally Clarkson. She gives special encouragement to homeschooling moms. However, I want to emphasize that you do NOT have to be a homeschooling mom to go through this book with me! Figuring out how to speak truth into the lives of your children ... and how to affect your children's heart for eternity is not something that is unique to homeschooling moms. It is a goal that anyone who loves Jesus has for their children!
If you are interested in joining with me in a Mom Heart group here at my home, send me a message on FB, or leave me a comment here. My plan is to start with Seasons of a Mother's Heart. I want to make it as easy as possible since we all have very busy lives. My plan is to not require any homework whatsoever. We are actually going to read it together out loud and discuss as we read it.
The main issue that I am trying to work out is getting a babysitter to take care of all the children while we meet.(Yes - plan on bringing your children!) I am praying about it and trying to figure out exactly what to do. I am not able to meet at night because the evenings are my time with Rich. My plan for now is to meet on Tuesday or Thursday mornings.(every other week) If this is something that you think that would be encouraging to your mom heart, if you need other women to speak truth into your life in a loving an non-threatening way, and if you just long for fellowship with other mom's who are in the trenches and understand exactly where you are ... please let me know. I long to encourage your heart the way my heart has been encouraged.
If you aren't able to meet on a regular basis, but just need encouragement, let me know that as well - and I would love to pray for you.


  1. Oh Larissa, I'm so glad that you got to go to the conference! I went two years ago and left feeling much the same way that you did: encouraged, convicted, inspired and refreshed! So happy that you got to go.

    And I'd love to join your group. Thursday mornings would be best for me, and if you are willing, I think many from the church would be interested in this too. So excited about this possibility! I've read many of Sally's books but never Seasons, so I'm excited about reading it!

  2. Oh I wish I lived closer so that I could join you. This sounds like something I would love to do. I've been searching for a local group. We do not have one in our town, but there are two in the cities close to us.

    Thanks for the book reference as well. I'll see if I can find it at the library :) Praying for this to be a blessing not only to you and your children, but all the families involved :)