For this week's blogspotting, I'm going to pull something a little bit older, at least in the blog world. Over the summer, Rachel Jankovic wrote a series on motherhood in the Desiring God blog, focusing on being a mother to little ones. Now I can't really fathom how she has time to write a book while raising five childen under the age of 5, but somehow she does.
I pull out these articles every once in a while, just to remind myself of the importance of my "job" right now and not to slack off or be complacent. In a world where "mothering" is not seen as important as pulling in a five or six figure yearly salary, we as women especially need to remind ourselves daily the weighty task we have everyday to raise our children unto the Lord.
Some notable quotes from the blog posts:
"You represent everything that our culture hates, because you represent laying down your life for another—and laying down your life for another represents the gospel."
"Live the gospel in the things that no one sees. Sacrifice for your children in places that only they will know about. Put their value ahead of yours. ... If you tell them the gospel, but live to yourself, they will never believe it. Give your life for theirs every day, joyfully. Lay down pettiness. Lay down fussiness. Lay down resentment about the dishes, about the laundry, about how no one knows how hard you work."
"Stop clinging to yourself and cling to the cross. There is more joy and more life and more laughter on the other side of death than you can possibly carry alone."
"The gospel is not just something to talk about Sunday morning while you are in clean clothes and the kids are looking orderly. It is not limited to quiet times and reflective moods. It is something to apply while you are in a difficult position in the back of the car trying to buckle a child up who is playing the kazoo and needs their nose wiped."
"God is not above these moments. He is teaching us, and leading us, and refining us, in them. He wants to see our faith in action. He wants to see us feeding our children with the grace that he has given to us."
"When you are a mother at home with your children, the church is not clamoring for monthly ministry updates. When you talk to other believers, there is not any kind of awe about what you are sacrificing for the gospel. People are not pressing you for needs you might have, how they can pray for you. It does not feel intriguing, or glamorous. Your work is normal, because it is as close to home as you can possibly be. You have actually gone so far as to become home."
"At the very heart of the gospel is sacrifice, and there is perhaps no occupation in the world so intrinsically sacrificial as motherhood. Motherhood is a wonderful opportunity to live the gospel. Jim Elliot famously said, “He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Motherhood provides you with an opportunity to lay down the things that you cannot keep on behalf of the people that you cannot lose. They are eternal souls, they are your children, they are your mission field."
The author has also recently published a book titled "Loving the Little Years". I have read it and it is excellent -- very similar in style to the blog posts. Each chapter is very short, which is good for me because many times I only have 5-10 minutes here and there to take a break during the day. It is also available in our Calvary Book Nook, so check it out!