In her latest book Help, I’m Drowning: Weathering the Storms of Life with Grace and Hope, Sally Clarkson shares foundational truths that helped her gain wisdom and find strength during challenging times.
“We all need a fellow struggler who has gone before us through the storms of life.”
Clarkson writes from seven decades of experience to help prepare us for the inevitable storms that will come our way. She addresses the specific storms of self-condemnation, a sense of failure, marriage stress, difficult children, demands and exhaustion in parenting, and the inconsistencies of people in our lives.
Each chapter ends with an anchoring prayer, an anchoring scripture, and an anchoring action to take.
One of the take-aways this book provided for me was understanding that storms will inevitably come, and we can prepare our hearts with God’s truth to anchor us when they do. Jesus allows storms in our lives and also helps us handle them.
I remember when my four children were younger feeling like I was drowning trying to keep up with all my responsibilites. Her book assures women that they aren’t alone.
“We often find ourselves in caretaking roles, where we feel pressure to be the ideal wife, mother, friend, and co-worker. If you’re a mom you know the task of “ideal” mothering is simply a truly tiring calling, one that may require the use of all our resources 24 twenty-four hours a dayfor many, many years.”
Clarkson encourages women to escape the exhaustion trap by returning to their first love and draw close to God. God understands our limitations.
I appreciated Clarkson’s honesty in sharing how cultivating frienships and dealing with hurt from other Christians has been one of the challenging storms in her life.
Some of the worst hurts in my life would come from other women who called themselves Christians. If I listened to every critical comment that was made to me, I would have given up my ministry and my ideals long ago,
Despite the challenges, she encourages others to face the storms of life and pursue fellowship with friends.
“When I till the soil and plant the seeds of love, encouragement, thoughtfulness, and reaching out, the flowers of friendship just naturally grow.”
“Where is the victory over our storms, past, present, and future? It lies deep inside the potential of what each life can become. We bring the storms of our lives down to size because we know with full assurance that righteousness and redemption of each precious moment prevails, because He will prevail.”
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.