I started reading Windows to Our World Sarah’s Journal : Growing up, crossing oceans, finding love, and giving life to 10 children by Sarah Janisse Brown on our trip to Suwon. I haven’t made the time to read over the summer. But I am glad I decided to load this book to my Kindle for this trip.
I enjoyed Sarah’s writing style. I feel like if we had grown up together in youth group, we would be great friends.
The book is written chronologically as her autobiography. But the chapters are short, more like journal entries. I loved reading about growing up and finding her calling, meeting her husband, missionary adventures, and mom life.
As I read her story, God really spoke to me about mine and gave me some great things to think about.
Some of my favorite thoughts from the book :
God will call me to do things that I don’t think I can do. I need to do them anyway.
I need to ask Clarissa what jobs SHE thinks she can do around the house. The answer will probably surprise me and she will do chores more willingly if she chooses them herself.
If I feel tired and stressed out all the time, I need to reevaluate my priorities.
I need to be content with what we have, but also where we live.
One of my favorite things was this prayer in chapter 57
“I dedicate myself to teaching my children to follow after you. I want to give them the tools they need to grow in many skills. Help me not to waste time on things that have no value. Please give me your wisdom to know how to spend their time; childhood is precious and fleeting. As I teach them help me to give each child a unique education that prepares them for Your calling on each of their lives. ”
This book also reminded me that I am on facebook way too much so I need to delete it from my phone.
It also reaffirmed my desire to homeschool Clarissa and also see the world.