Family Ministry and Being Dignified

Sally and Clay Clarkson with their 4 children

Yesterday I mentioned that I am headed to speak at Sally Clarkson’s Mom Heart Conference this Thursday.  Here’s more from my archives of what I learned at last year’s conference…

Family Ministry:

Watching Sally’s husband and children come up on the stage one by one and sing, play their compositions they had written on the piano and share their hearts was moving. Sally said that when God called her to ministry this meant that God had also called her children and husband. I have never viewed Women Living Well as a “family ministry” but in that very moment I realized that indeed – not only is Women Living Well a calling on my life, but also on my husband and children’s lives.

I came home and immediately shared this thought with my husband and he agreed. He has shared me with my on-line friends and the entire family not only prays daily out loud for my blog but also cooperates with letting me take pictures of them and splatter them all over Women Living Well! (I must say that my extended family and closest friends are quite patient with me also – when I pull the camera out – someone always asks “is this going on Women Living Well?” lol! Bless your hearts!)


Sally said “If you only live by what you can accomplish by yourself, you will be condemned to works for the rest of your life. Step out in faith.”
I have saturated my thoughts with this challenge…and am wondering…what is it that God wants me to step out in faith and do? Fear has been a hurdle for me in blogland – what if I say the wrong thing? What if I get a bunch of nasty emails for something silly I say lol!?  What if people don’t approve of my school choices? What if my children go wayward? What if what if what if…
I must choose faith over fear – clinging to God’s great goodness and beauty. It is the only way to live thoroughly alive!


One of the most convicting moments of the conference for me personally, was Sally’s talk on Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed with strength and dignity.”

I’m really not a very dignified person. I pretty much am an open book and I lay it all out there. I thought this was a strength for what I do in blogland BUT Sally opened my eyes to the fact that if I’m not careful…I could be a “blabber mouth” – OUCH!

Sally talked about how many women today in our media saturated world lack dignity. A dignified woman chooses to be dignified just as she chooses her clothing for the day. She does not live in fear, complain or have a critical attitude. She cultivates contentment, overlooks another’s sin and is known by her love.

OH I have so far to go!!!  The Mom Heart Conference has both challenged and comforted me and I look forward to sharing with you next week what new truths Sally speaks into my life this weekend!!  I’ll be sure to post pictures!
Walk with the King!

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  1. That sounds like an interesting conference. It’s clearly had an impact on your life 😉 🙂 I’m looking forward to what you learn at this year’s conference 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  2. Isn’t that true?!? I recently started serving in music ministry at church — my whole family becomes a part, because they are there when I’m practicing piano at home, the kiddos and husband have to flex around the practice times and we all become ministers together. Great point. 🙂

  3. Oh, I love Sally Clarkson! Her ministry is awesome! I was able to attend the conference last week. It was so good. I am refreshed and ready to serve my family.

  4. That sounds like me….I share too much of my self.. A blabber mouth, if you will. It’s come back to bite me several times. I’m learning to be less ‘open’ like you and also have a long way to go! Enjoy the conference!

  5. Sally Clarkson is such a wise lady! I wish I could go to the conference, so I’m looking forward to reading what she shared.

    Your ministry is such a blessing. Keep up the good work!

  6. After all we ARE daughters of the King, so of course we must be clothed in dignity and graciousness. Thank you for this post- it’s a good reminder. My husband fully supports me in my blogging, but I doubt he thinks he’s part of it!

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