Consider: Spiritual Mothering

The idea of mentoring can be scary and intimidating, but those of us who have experienced it walk away knowing the great benefit! Below is an encouragement from Spiritual Mothering by Susan Hunt:

The eighteenth century poet and historian, Matthew Arnold, said: “If ever the world sees a time when women shall come together purely and simply for the benefit and good of mankind, it will be a power such as the world has never seen.” I agree. But the problem is that women will never come together purely and simply for the benefit and good of others because of the self-centeredness of our sin nature. The what’s-in-it-for-me mentality forbids such selflessness. However, Christian women, because of the power of grace, can overcome their self-centeredness. Christian women can manifest the other-centered virtues that characterize spiritual mothering. In fact, I would restate Matthew Arnold in this way: If ever the world sees a time when Christian women shall come together purely and simply to encourage and equip other women to live for God’s glory, it will be a power such as the world has never seen.

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Consider: How Can I Feel Productive as a Mom?

Is that an appealing title for mothers or what? You also may be interested to know that it’s only 35 pages long. To help if you are wondering whether it is the best choice for you to read, here is an excerpt from How Can I Feel Productive as a Mom? by Esther Engelsma:

When your children seem to be getting in the way of your work, remind yourself that God’s call to you is not to get things done but to use time well, and then do whatever is the best use of your time in that moment.

When your tasks seem mundane, remind yourself that God’s will for you is not to get things done but to grow in sanctification, and then focus on how each task done for God is making you more like Christ.

When your goals and dreams seem to be on hold, remind yourself that God’s purpose for you is not to get things done but to glorify Him, and then empty yourself willingly, grasping His promise that His burden is easy, resting content in knowing that one day you will see with your own eyes how He has worked everything together for your good and His glory.

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Mind is Like an Attic

Any Sherlock Holmes fans out there?

He was a bit of an oddball, yes, but some of the quirks have things worth thinking about.

“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.” (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet)

The basic principle of being careful about with what we fill up our minds is valid. Do you know the ins and outs of the latest popular TV series, but have trouble remembering the story of Ruth? Have you tried out every hobby known to woman, but Scripture memorization would just be too much time and effort?

Our brains are limited (more some days than others, am I right?), and that makes every thing we learn or remember valuable. The key is whether the value of the mind-space matches the value of what we stocked in it.

Consider: The Excellent Wife

As a bridal shower gift, I received a copy of The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace. I thoroughly appreciated that gift! The book covers a lot of ground and gave me a lot to think about as I became a wife.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and love your family almost as much. Be patient and kind and do not be selfish. Create such an atmosphere in your home that your husband as well as other family members will look forward to coming home. They will want to be around you instead of avoid you…

A wife who has a gentle and meek spirit from the Lord provides a calming, soothing, and reassuring atmosphere in her home. She trusts God deeply and does not panic at difficult circumstances. She has a quiet confidence that God will “work all things for good to those who love God…” (Romans 8:28). Her confidence and faith in God grows daily as she studies the Scriptures because she is “growing in the grace and knowledge of (her) Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18, adaptation added).

 

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FYI: Simplifying

Following is a collection of links that may be of interest to you related to our current topic. Note, listing does not imply endorsement. Please evaluate for your own situation.

Simply Does It — using resources wisely sometimes means not using them up

Pruning — there comes a time when this would benefit every one of us

How to say “No” — it can be difficult, but there are alternatives

Simplifying your calendar — helpful tips and templates

History — some background on the concept of a simple life