Mr. T. I don’t post a lot of stories here about him and his antics, but there are many and most are hysterical, at least later on. He is so smart and resourceful and such an awesome climber. He has such a strong will and a very determined mind of his own. And all this was very evident by the time he was 18 months old. I was struggling, he was struggling and so I took the advice of lots of boy moms and got a copy of The Strong-Willed Child. Great book, awesome advice, but it wasn’t sitting right. Then my sweet friend Hope told me about HEART. She even offered me her copy to borrow, but I’m an underliner, highlighter and dog earer of pages so I got my own copy.
This book has been a game changer for me. It was almost a year later when we received a diagnosis of Apraxia for Mr. T as well as gluten sensitivity, hyper permeable intestines and sensory/coordination issues. I am so glad I listened to that tiny voice urging me to go a different direction. Thank You, Lord, for your Holy Spirit and gentle nudgings! I would hate to think what our home would have looked like had I held firm to The Strong-Willed Child practices. That was not what I needed and it was definitely not what Mr. T needed.
Rachael is a homeschool mom to 7 blessings and blogs at His Sunflower. She also heads up Apologia alongside her husband Davis. I was very blessed and excited to get the opportunity to attend the Real Refreshment Retreat in Atlanta where I got to meet Rachael and hear from her and lots of other great speakers while worshiping with many other homeschool moms. It was amazing! Rachael has a wonderful capacity for encouraging moms to focus their heart on God and bring glory to Him through serving and raising their families. She also likes to share chocolate 🙂 Her favorite are M&M’s as a reminder to memorize and meditate on God’s holy word!
HEART is an acronym for:
H – Have a Heart for the Things of God
E – Enrich Your Marriage
A – Accept Your Kids (this was a big one for me during our personality clashing)
R – Release Them to God
T – Teach Them the Truth
The HEART workshop was full of wonderful heartfelt extras that really brought home several points from the book, and Rachael is a lot of fun to listen to even when you feel convicted by some things. Some of my favorite notes in my TTD journal from her workshop are these:
* Be excited about God!
* Teach your children what you are learning during your study of the Word
* TRUST God
* Bless your future sons/daughters in-law with the marriage you have today.
* Live a marriage worth defending
* You child has been sent on time, on purpose, to be a blessing.
* Tell your children “God needs you to be exactly how you are so He can use you for what He has planned.”
* Pray now for the strength to release your children to go and do what God has called them to do.
* Intentionally choose mentors for your children
* Teach them that God is the priority, not “God plus _____”
If you haven’t already read it, I recommend reading HEART. I think it’s a wonderful encouragement for moms in every stage of life! What is a book that was a game changer for you? I’m always looking for new and encouraging things to read!