Mothers have a big job. We direct and influence the habits, beliefs, and behavior of our children. We coordinate, clean, cook, and control chaos. We are constantly adjusting and fine-tuning our little “greenhouses” to create the optimal flourishing environment. But for all that we do, I think we are also the first to notice everything we fail to do.
You might not declare it aloud, not even to your spouse, but how acutely do you feel your insufficiency day by day? I know I do. But we have not been left to our own strength or devices.
The job you have as a mother is a big deal, but you have also been given big tools to do it well and grow— even in your failures.
I’m going to share a verse with you (2 Timothy 3:16-17), but I want to share it with you in reverse order because I think it will help you hear it in a new way. Read verse 17 first. This is the result (what is produced) from verse 16:
“so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Whatever Paul is talking about before this verse exists so that mothers (who are definitely included in “servants of God”!) may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (which definitely includes the inexhaustible list of good works done as mothers).
Are you ready to find out what’s in verse 16 that can equip us so incredibly for our calling? Here it is:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”
Does this blow your mind or frustrate you? It almost seems too simple doesn’t it? Scripture?! Really?
This is our challenge as mothers, isn’t it?
We are so good at powering through in our own strength that before we know it we’ve cycloned through an entire week pathetically equipped for the monumental task we have been appointed for.
God’s Word offers us tools for rightly
- Teaching our children
- Rebuking our children
- Correcting our children
- Training our children in righteousness
When we pass on spending the time to get equipped each day, it’s like forgetting the diaper bag when you leave the house with your first newborn! You are completely unequipped to deal rightly with the good gift entrusted to you. You would never try to survive the day without it, you would turn around and go back for it! It is essential.
The inadequacy and failure we feel as mothers is actually a gift.
It is a reminder that even on our best days, when we start the job with determination and got-it-togetherness we are starting with an empty tool belt.
We need thorough equipping that only comes from the divine Word.
So What’s a Mom to Do?
It doesn’t have to be complicated. When we walk in obedience to God and feast at the table of His presence, He is faithful to deepen our hunger for true spiritual food. Start small if this is new for you, or if it’s just been a while.
A friend of mine always says the amazing thing about God’s Word is that it’s like a dynamic explosion. When we dig in (even a little), the Holy Spirit ignites sparks of truth that have a chain reaction! If we are faithful to follow these truths, to continue studying them, picking up where we left off the day before, little by little, we will see the grand story of God’s redemption all over the pages of Scripture. Each day we spend in the Bible we are metaphorically twisting together fuses. In God’s timing, He reveals Himself on the pages of your Bible in ways you’ve never seen before and those fuses ignite, setting off an incredible display of fireworks in your soul.
That may sound cheesy—but it feels incredible. God wants us to know Him and love Him with our mind and soul. They work together. We cannot feel deeper feelings about God if we do not do the work of thinking more deeply about the truth He has made known to us about Himself.
I was recently given a new book called Grace Looks Amazing on You: 100 Days of Reflecting on God’s Love. (You could win a free copy too, I’ll tell you how at the end of this post). My first thought was, wow, this is so perfect for new mothers. The book itself is tiny (5 1/2″ x 7″) so it’s something you can tote just about anywhere. Each daily devotion is only 2 pages, so even if you feel like you only have time to pee, you can literally finish this in that time.
Amy Seiffert (the author) is transparent and real about her own sin and imperfections, which helps me let my guard down and honestly evaluate my own. Each day includes a personal story, a verse, and a way to turn truth into application. The focus in each devotion is how God’s grace transforms the way we live. My favorite day was 44, which was a reminder that grace in the life of Esther looked like trust instead of self-reliance (even though she was Queen!).
The theology in this devotional is solid, and it would be a great morning “stretch” before you jump into the Word on your own. Sometimes I need a way to wake my brain up and get it ready to engage in some quality thinking and studying.
If you or someone you know is in a tough season where more than a few minutes of reading isn’t possible for you, then this would be a fantastic gift to yourself or another mother. Perhaps you could grab a Psalms journal to accompany it, for further time in the Word when the season changes.
Got more than 5 minutes a day?
Check out these posts where I share tips and resources on digging into the Word to look for those explosions!
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“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.”Proverbs 31:26