Monday, October 22, 2012

Fearlessly Feminine Motherhood

Motherhood is costly.  And it is only natural to try to resist the pain and still reap the benefits.  But it is this very difficulty, surmounted and conquered, that brings the richest rewards.  Anything of worth is costly:  devotion to Christ, a strong marriage, financial responsibility, a life of integrity, and of course, fearlessly feminine mothering.

To be fearlessly feminine means mothering well.  It means being willing to put someone else's needs ahead of your own.  The fearlessly feminine woman stops running from her children.  She develops a deep sense of the value of her hourly sacrifices as a mother. There is no "National Mothers' Union"  she can petition for higher pay or better work conditions.  Yet as she surrenders to the call of motherhood, she fleshes out her answer to the question, "What is truly important in my life; what is of eternal significance?"

Are you struggling with your role as a mother-servant in your home?  Are you resenting your kids?  Are you fearful that life might slip through your fingers?  Recognize your feelings for what they are:  self-centered and unfaithful toward the God who called you to mother.  These emotions are the opposite of what is good and true and pure and kind.  God's purpose for us as his daughters is not freedom from the difficulties in life. His goal is to make us like Christ and, through us, to mark our children with His beauty.  ~Jani Orland

And whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave to all.  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. ~Mark 10:43-44

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