My biggest discouragement as a mother is my own lack of self-control and the constant reminder in my attitude of my sinfulness.
What I desire? To parent with all gentleness and grace, facing each challenge with a gospel-lesson. Reality? Not always that.
But if we ask, then listen, the Lord speaks. And He says to me, as He says to you…
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My mother has had over three dozen children. She gave birth to two, but giving birth isn’t really what makes one a mother, is it? It’s the hard stuff. The stuff my mother has done over half her life, with little accolades and with no earthly payment. The mother-stuff. And the most important of her jobs? BEING THERE. Being available….the heart of what it means to … Continue reading My Mother: Reflections on Mother’s Day
On this day when we celebrate moms, it’s amazing there are women in the world who think motherhood is denigrating and without real worth: Simone De Beauvoir famously said that being a full-time mother should be illegal because too many women would enjoy it. Badinter does not advocate criminalizing motherhood. She just wants to keep it heavily stigmatized. Motherhood, when it is trumpeted as something fulfilling and … Continue reading A French Revolutionary Scolds Mothers
Yet another reason babies need their mothers and the intimate bonding that comes through close, constant contact: Okay, here’s something positive about brain research. In fact, this piecefrom the New York Times Opinionator blog waxes lyrical on the subject, with good reason since it describes the brain’s response to love (and the withdrawal of it) throughout our lives. The information comes from the science of … Continue reading How love goes to one’s head
From Mercatornet: A new report on daycare and child wellbeing in New Zealand has had a predictably stand-offish reception from the media and professional groups so far, although parents posting their opinions online are dividedabout its claims. The report, Who Cares, published by lobby group Family First and written by British psychologist and author Aric Sigman, draws on research indicating that attending daycare for an … Continue reading Daycare must focus on child, not adult needs, says new report
Memories of traditions are part of who we are as people. When a time of day comes around, a season or a holiday we have expectations for good things to happen. We want to relive a time in life. A deep part of us remembers something that fills us with love and hope. As mothers we have the power to create experiences that impact our … Continue reading How to Create Family Traditions
Christian wives everywhere have a burning desire to live for our Lord. Many though, are overwhelmed and discouraged. Knowing that this is not what the Lord has for His children, they search for encouragement in their highest calling, that of being a wife and mother. More often than not their search is in vain. The word of God has much to say about believers encouraging … Continue reading Morning Motivation! Daily Encouragement for the Christian Wife
“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest … Continue reading When Thou Liest Down…
A must read. This beautful and powerful post from Rachel Jankovic reminds us that in dying, we truly live: But a Christian should have a different paradigm. We should run to to the cross. To death. So lay down your hopes. Lay down your future. Lay down your petty annoyances. Lay down your desire to be recognized. Lay down your fussiness at your children. Lay … Continue reading Motherhood Is a Calling (And Where Your Children Rank)
From Kathy Brodock of Teaching Good Things: Before we had kids I was an expert on children! Yep…it’s true! THEN God gave me some and I repent and confess I know very little! I think part of my ignorance was because I had two siblings growing up and I was at a baby sitter or at school for the majority of my childhood. Both my … Continue reading Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty of Life!