September 30, 2013 By Sally Clarkson
“One of the marks of a godly woman is that she takes responsibility for her soul’s need for joy and delight. A woman is a conductor, who leads the orchestra of her surroundings in the songs and music of her life.”
Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe
This morning, I am sitting in my living room, celebrating a normal day with flowers, candlelight and a cup of tea that is so traditional in my life. The rains have struck our hamlet and the fire is burning to keep the 52 degree chill at bay! And I have been reflecting on all that has transpired in my life the past years.
A theme that I hope will mark my life is that of dancing to the music of God’s leading in my life. I named this blog Itakejoy at its inception because I believe that God has a desire to bless us, be our strength, give us hope and to celebrate each moment of our lives with us, as dearly as I love to celebrate the life of my own children. So, I hope that the messages you find here will fill your life with His life, light and joy for many years to come!
As I turned into a new decade of my life, I have been evaluating the past years and how God has worked. Pondering the story God has written through our family is one of the most deeply satisfying chapters of my 60 years. And now, of course, I have been pondering the future years–the ones I have left in which to glorify God, love my children and Clay even better, encourage women to know Him and to see His light and love, and to live celebrating each day of life because I know Him and I have His joy as my strength available every day.
Simplifying in many areas, in order to become more focussed, is something the Lord keeps impressing on me. I have been writing at this blog for over 6 years, often daily. My hope is to bring hope and the practice of bringing joy to each woman who comes here. I also started a network for moms on MomHeart.com that have similar hearts and the same perspective on walking with God in grace, becoming a life-giving mother, growing in a walk with God and living a joy-filled life.
Today, we are celebrating a marriage of the two blogs so that I can focus on just one place. I am hoping to write lots more books and ebooks, and so I need time to invest in these new messages. I also think it has been wonderful to invite such gifted moms to be a part of Mom Heart and I am so happy that they will be partnering with me to make Itakejoy an even richer site. We have so many fun plans ahead for this new blog. I will still write here 2 or 3 times each week and there will also be other wonderful articles by such talented and insightful writers, who are kindred spirits.