Hello there, friends!
Welcome to chapter three of our Book Club, featuring Girls’ Club, by Sally Clarkson.
I’m weeks behind getting this post up on the blog.
I hope you’ve read ahead without me! Or maybe your weeks have been whirling by in a blur, too?
This season of my life often leaves me with two options at the end of very full days: sleep or write.
I’ve learned- the hard way- that sleep is, indeed, a very productive habit.
So the blog has sit idly these past few weeks.
Picking up where we left off in this post, we are exploring chapter three of Girls’ Club today.
If you’ve already read the chapter (as I have), then you know that we’re in for a treat!
If you haven’t opened the covers of Girls’ Club yet, why not grab a cup of tea and join me for an afternoon- or evening– of inspiring repose?
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Chapter Three: Learning to Embrace the Capaciousness of Womanhood
If you know me well, then you likely already know my favorite aspect of this chapter:
It draws us into a story unfolding on Prince Edward Island!
I adored Joy’s narrative of her escapade en route to the grand White Sands Hotel, along with her mother (Sally) and sister (Sarah).
Being an avid fan of Anne of Green Gables, it didn’t require much imagination for me to picture the exquisite scenes described in the first few pages of this chapter.
Before I share with you my favorite quote from chapter three, let’s define that sprawling word, “capaciousness.”
Admittedly, I wasn’t terribly familiar with this word at first glance.
Webster’s dictionary defines “capacious” as “capable of holding much; spacious or roomy.”
And, because I’m a word nerd, here are a few synonyms for your enjoyment:
My own word of choice to add to the mix would be “capacity.”
In this delightful chapter, Joy unpacks the notion of a woman’s ability to lean into hard times, do hard things, and grow in her God-given capacity.
I like that!
My Favorite Quote From Chapter Three:
I was quite taken with Joy’s expressive and fun writing-style, introduced to us in this chapter. (She writes later chapters, as well.)
Much of this chapter is quotable, but my favorite quote is from page sixty. It is Sally’s voice, speaking to her road-weary young daughter, Joy:
I wish I could change this, but I can’t. But you know what? I think you have it in you to be brave.”
This chapter spoke to me, both as a woman living in an often challenging adult world, and as a mother raising children facing their own hard things.
Sally’s admonition, “You have it in you to be brave” reminds me that I can do hard things.
I can persevere.
No matter how stretched I may feel, there is more capacity.
More room inside me to grow and to be filled with goodness, character, and beauty.
Sally’s example gently reminds me to empathize and speak life into my children’s hearts.
After a long, tiring walk- wasn’t it twelve miles?- Sally could have easily snapped at her weary little daughter.
Instead, she empathized with her daughter’s limitations and encouraged her to be strong.
Isn’t that what our Heavenly Father does for us?
Whether you’re reading chapter three for the first time, or revisiting this chapter, here are a few questions for you to ponder:
- What hard things are you facing right now? Do you feel a bit road weary on this journey of life?
- How can you lean into your own innate “capaciousness” and keep going another day, and then another? Do you believe that you can do hard things? Why or why not?
- If you’re a mom, how can you internalize Sally’s example and speak life into your children’s hearts when they are weary? Have there been times when you know you could have encouraged your kids, but your own weariness made you sharp instead of gentle?
- Seek now to live into your capacity to empathize with and encourage your children. Show them what it means to live with grace and determination, even in the face of hard things.
Thank you for journeying with me- ever so slowly- through Girls’ Club!
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Next time- which may or may not be next week!-we’ll explore chapter four: “Loving Each Other’s Woundedness.”
I’ll try to stay on track; but if you don’t hear from me every week, please don’t give up!
Even if this blog grows quiet, rest assured that I’m still here, still reading.
Eventually, I’ll be back at my computer-book and a cup of tea in hand. That’s a promise!
Here’s to living & loving well-