Friday, 23 August 2013

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A Mom's Learning from Sarah Edwards (Part 1)



As I read the story of Sarah Edwards, the wife of Jonathan Edwards... I began to understand this verse from the Bible:

"Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop - a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." - Matthew 13:8

Sarah Edwards is an amazing woman who placed integrity and Christ above everything else in her life. As a mom, she has raised her children well, so well, that her legacy can be traced throughout many generations of descendents after her in USA:

1 Vice-President of the US
1 controller of the US treasury
3 US senators
3 state governors
3 mayors of large cities
11 college presidents
30 judges
65 professors
66 doctors
80 holders of public office
100 lawyers
many authors and editors


No, not that I have the ambition to raise the next Prime Minister of Denmark or Singapore (but I would like to raise a child who has the ideal qualities of being a Prime Minister). My ultimate aim is not that J has to "出人头地" (a Chinese expression best translated into English as to make one's mark or to  stand out among fellow human beings), but to raise an emotionally whole and healthy child, one who has a heart after God's heart and has empathy for others.

However, I am inspired by Sarah Edwards and the seriousness she placed on the high calling of motherhood. I want to learn from her. One can clearly see the benefits that came out from raising emotionally healthy children who have empathy for others from Sarah Edwards' life and example, and the descendents that came after her, although that should not be THE goal on its own.

Whatever God's calling is for J, raising an emotionally whole and healthy child will help J to have the right heart to step into God's calling for his life.

The Bible says:

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (Matthew 6:33)

Now that I have taken the step to scale down on career and up on motherhood, I am looking forward to read these books and get more insights on what I can learn from Sarah Edwards as a mom:

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