Why do some moms make it look like baking brownies from a box?
Have you ever felt like you don’t have what it takes?
Sometimes I’m tempted to think of motherhood as one more item to check off my list by the end of the night (or through the night).
It’s easy to lose the sacredness of shaping a soul when the dishes are crusty and the floors are gritty.
When he shouts, “No!” for the hundredth time today and begs constantly for Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Our culture values condoms over pacifiers, freedom over responsibility, independence over self-sacrifice. The sweet looks my son gets at the grocery store make me almost forget the cultural values we are going up against when we seek to raise our children in the light of the gospel.
If only that were our only problem.
Ephesians 6:12 says, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Souls are at stake in this war.
I need constant reminders of my calling as a mom. Otherwise, the distracting voices shouting at me to be “supermom” start to sound logical. I lose focus.
Mom Enough: The Fearless Mother’s Heart and Hope is a collection of articles by women who are in the trenches, seeking to raise their families in the truth of the gospel. I’ve been reading one article each morning as part of my devotions, and God has used it to renew my mind (Romans 12:2) in this wearying season of motherhood. You can download it for free here.
Rachel Jankovic, mother of six, brought tears to my eyes as her article reminded me that “motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling.” She wrote the first article in the book, but you can also read it here.
Do you have what it takes to be a mom?
Rachel Pieh Jones, shared that “God is, always has been, and always will be, God enough. The battle is over whether or not I will believe it, whether or not I will delight in God’s enough-ness.
“And somehow, in God’s mathematics of grace:
“Mom (never enough) + God (infinitely enough) = Mom enough.
“Mom enough to believe and to be called Chosen, Daughter, Righteous, Honored, Heir, Forgiven, Redeemed.”
Jesus is the only source of true satisfaction in motherhood and in every other part of life. Let’s be the little reminders in each others’ lives as we look to the One who is infinitely enough.