When Mothering Seems Hard {A Giveaway}

2013-10-07 08.28.00

“I was a teacher. I loved kids. In fact, people told me over and over again what a great mom I would be. But, nothing could have prepared me for this. Being a mom is truly the hardest job I’ve ever had.”

There were silent nods of agreement all around the room. One young mom had said the words but it was clear that they were all feeling it. With a hefty side of guilt to accompany it, no doubt. I knew each of them and knew that they all loved their kiddos. Genuinely, from the deep places of their hearts. No question. And, yet, they were coming to terms with the reality that intentional mothering is hard work.

What’s a mom to do? I have two thoughts:

  1. Don’t be alone. Talk with other moms for encouragement, advice,  and camaraderie. Bear one another’s burdens – over tea and scones at the park, of course!
  2. Find mentors. Look to other, older moms who can share their wisdom and perspective from the other side of the equation. Sometimes that is in person with a mom you know from afar, sometimes it is through a book or blog.

In the interest of the second option, I want to offer a giveaway from an author I greatly respect. I first encountered Sally Clarkson through her writing and through my interactions as a contributor at The Better Mom. Then, I was blessed to meet her and hear her speak at a conference in 2012. I found out we had common roots – as former staff with CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ). Listening to her made me feel like I had found a kindred spirit. She’s the kind of woman you’d like to sit with and just soak in the wisdom. She is the mother of four and has had her hands in ministry to moms for years. She also just launched a new website that you should go check out (after you enter the giveaway, of course!).

Here’s a bit about each book:

The Mission of Motherhood: A Fresh Vision for Motherhood

  • Do you long for your home to be life-giving and peaceful?
  • Is it your desire to pass on a legacy of righteousness to your children?
  • Do you struggle to balance the duties of motherhood with a loving relationship with your children?
  • Would you like creative ideas for keeping your child’s heart open to you and to the Lord?

No calling is greater, nobler, or more fulfilling than that motherhood. Every day, as we nurture our children, mothers influence eternal destiny as no one else can. Tragically, today’s culture minimizes the vital importance of a mother’s role. By catching a vision of God’s original design and allowing it to shape your life, you can rediscover the joy and fulfillment to be found in the strategic role to which God in all his wisdom has called you, for a purpose far greater than you can ever imagine.

Discover how understanding God’s purpose and design can empower you to be the mother you long to be.

The Ministry of Motherhood

A mother’s day is packed with a multitude of tasks that require energy and time: preparing meals, washing clothes, straightening and cleaning the house, and caring for children. These jobs all are necessary and crucially important. But in the dailyness of providing for a child’ s physical, emotional, and social needs, vital opportunities for spiritual nurture and training can be overlooked.

This doesn’t have to be the case. You can focus your energy on what matters most. Learn how you can:

  • Make Life’s Mundane and Nitty-Gritty Moments Work for You and Not Against You.
  • Discover Ways to Make Character-Building a Natural Part of Live.
  • Teach Your Child in the Same Way Jesus Taught the Disciples.
  • Pass on Crucial Gifts that Will Serve Your Family for a Lifetime.

Using biblical wisdom and practical teachings, Sally shows how you can make a lasting difference in your child’s life by following the pattern Christ set with his own disciples–a model that will inspire and equip you to intentionally embrace the rewarding, desperately needed, and immeasurably valuable Ministry of Motherhood.


Don’t those just sound great? Well, what are you waiting for? Go enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter app below! For your entry to count, you HAVE to leave a comment below. Leave a comment on this blog post about your stage of mothering and tell me what your biggest challenge is right now – that gets you in the giveaway initially. Once you comment, go to the rafflecopter and click “I Commented” to get your entry confirmed. Then, you can then get additional entries by following me on Twitter or liking the In A Mirror Dimly Facebook page.

“May the odds be ever in your favor.” {wink}

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope they minister to your heart and spur you on as you love on your kiddos,

Shannon McKee





*Update: the book giveaway is now closed. Michelle and Debbie were our winners. Thanks for entering! 

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  • SArah

    Ill be a mommy in December!

  • http://www.inamirrordimly.net Shannon McKee

    ?!?!?! What a way to tell a girl! How fun is THAT? You and Kendall will have kiddos sort of close in age ;)

  • http://www.inamirrordimly.net Shannon McKee

    Be sure get these books then – perspective ahead of time! You’ll have to go back up to the contest block and let it know that you commented.

  • Molly Williams

    I have an almost 7 month old. My biggest challenge is figuring out a balance of caring for my home and family, but still impacting other ministry endeavors. How does one do this successfully without sacrificing the ministry to husbands and kiddos? Excited for the possibility of winning these books!

  • Jenn M

    I have a 1 & 3 year old and I’m finding a challenge right now to be developing a positive relationship between them. My youngest adores her older brother, however he gets very possessive every time she comes around. I know they will fight as all siblings do, but this can easily get me irritated and cause stress in all the relationships in our family. I can easily relate to the surprise difficulties associated with the job of mothering (actually I think I nodded in agreement) ;).

  • Krista Taylor

    I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 15 month old and am pregnant with #3! I think the most stretching thing right now is potty training, and finding the energy to keep up with the littles in this 3rd trimester. So thankful that it’s only a stage… and that our kids really are such a joy – and even in the midst of tired days make us and many others smile!

  • Sarah

    Yes! :) We are very excited and blessed. They will both be boys too so they can keep each other entertained! :)

  • Debbie H.

    Wow – after reading all the posts I feel like a really old mom! (but I was a college friend of Shannon’s, so I can’t be that old, right?) My kids are 18, 16, 14, 10, 7, and 5 (all boys except the 7yr old). I LOVE having 3 “bigs” and 3 “littles” at the same time – there are so many blessings that come through that dynamic. But is it also one of my biggest challenges (besides trying to keep enough food in the house for 3 teenage boys). It is a challenge spending fun time with the older boys doing things they like. The best time to spend time with them is at night – 10pm-12am, but by that time I am completely exhausted. One of my goals is to get better at this and spend more “fun” time with them.

  • Esther Pacheco

    As my kids enter the school aged years and I am feeling more lead to do more with work, I am struggling with not forgetting that my boys need me just as much as they did when they were babies. I would love to read these books to get a great reminder that my ministry with my boys is as important as my work!!

  • Karen

    Phew! Being a mom is hard work and a high calling, but also an incredible joy and privilege. For me, the biggest challenge currently is finding the balance of grace and discipline and what is just 3 year old behavior! :)

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