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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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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Consider: Refresh

Recently a new book came out, Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands by Shona & David Murray, that is an excellent resource for women feeling overwhelmed by responsibility and constant demands on their time and energy. The book discusses a visit to “Refresh Gym” for those facing or in the midst of burnout.

…there is a pace of running that will obtain the prize and a pace that won’t. A sprint pace will not win a long-distance race, although that’s what many of us try (and fail at). We try to run as fast as we can and even try to run everyone else’s race for them too. What miserable bondage! Now, having passed through Refresh Gym, many of us have learned that we must follow God’s race plan, a much more deliberate, grace-paced race, if we want to finish well.

There will be times when we have to run faster and push ourselves harder, but these times will be less frequent as we remind ourselves of the distance we have yet to run. These bursts of busyness and stress will be more frequently interspersed with refreshing recovery strategies, so that we will be much less likely to crash and burn as before. The occasional, sudden, immediate demands of our energy will not deplete us as before, because we have left margin in our lives.

If you feel the need for more intention and balance in your life, or are simply desperate to get your head above water, the book offers many practical insights across multiple areas of life. It’s also designed to walk through the gym one chapter (station) at a time, so you can take it at your own pace.

If you have read or do read this book, we’d love to hear your comments below.

Consider: Radical Womanhood

See words on household management below from Radical Womanhood by Carolyn McCulley:

Homemaking is simply the collection of tasks that keep a home running. These tasks are no more the ultimate definition of “looking well to the ways of a household” than cleaning out electronic files, deleting email, answering the phone, and booking travel reservations are to the actual definition of office work. Every sphere has its repetitive tasks that contribute to the larger goal of productivity.

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Though the marketplace does not value the home beyond what goods can be purchased for it, the ministry to be found there is of immense worth to the Lord. The stability of family relationships, the care of elderly or disabled family members, the discipling and training of children, the warm reception of guests, the making of a lifetime of memories, the daily modeling of biblical instruction, the fresh nourishment in an age of processed foods that contribute to our general ill health, the joy of a Christ-centered marriage — all of these things have long-lasting, if not eternal, effects… If we are wise, we will recognize this fact and consider whether the choices we are making are either actively building up or tearing down our homes (Proverbs 14:1 NIV)…

 

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