A Bit of Encouragement from MY Mom

My mom called the other day because she had something special she wanted to share with me: she read me this passage from a book she is reading because she thought it might be encouraging to me as a mother and a Christian. I had her type it up and send it to me so I could share it with the rest of you.

From “The Life You’ve Always Wanted” By John Ortberg

“Wise training will take into account our season of life. There is more good news that our season of life is not a barrier to spiritual growth. A mother in our small group suggested that it was easier for her to ”work on her spiritual life” before she became a mom. As we talked it became clear what she meant. To her, reading the Bible and praying were the only two activities that counted spiritually. As a mother she felt that ”time alone” was an oxymoron. In this the church had failed her. She had never been taught to see that caring for two young boys, offered daily with expressions of gratitude and prayers for help, and patient acceptance of trials, might become a kind of school for transformation into powerful servanthood beyond anything she had ever known. Somehow having a ”quiet time” COUNTED toward spiritual devotion, and caring for two young boys did not. It took creative effort for this young mother to carve out time for solitude and stillness, and even then she could not free up the amount of time she had in college. But as a mother she had new opportunities for growth she did not have back then. OUR SEASON OF LIFE —- WHATEVER IT IS—– IS NO BARRIER TO HAVING CHRIST FORMED IN US. NOT IN THE LEAST ! ”

I was really encouraged by this. I have never thought of my time spent being a mother as spiritual training grounds for the future, let alone counting toward my spiritual growth. I am constantly beating myself up because I didn’t have the time to sit down and read my Bible, thinking I was falling that much more behind in my spiritual growth. I feel a renewed sense of freedom with this bit of knowledge that has been passed on to me. I will certainly keep trying to make time for reading my Bible, because that is always important, but I’m not going to feel guilty for missing. I know God is using my everyday experiences to teach me. I will look at motherhood with a bit of a different spiritual perspective, and each time I encounter a fussy child or an intensely smelly poopy diaper, I will know that somehow, through this, God is making me a better, more equipped person, so that when I am finished with the job of raising my kids, I will be fully trained and ready for the next calling God has on my life.


6 thoughts on “A Bit of Encouragement from MY Mom

  1. I agree! God can use anything to teach you, including motherhood!

    As for reading your bible, I think a lot of people get hung up on what that actually means. I think if you make a commitment (even a tiny one) God will honor that. Commit to read 5 verses a day. It will take at the most 2 minutes tops. I know that isn’t a lot but it’s more than not reading.

  2. We watched Fidler on the Roof again Friday night. Several minutes into the movie D burst out, “Yes, now that’s what praying is all about!” Tevye spends nearly the whole movie talking to God as he goes about his daily business.

    Another thought. Wonder what Mary the mother of Jesus thought as she changed poopy diapers? Bet she understood very well that changing diapers and providing meals was devotion to our Lord!

  3. repeat to self ad infinitum-“stinky diapers make me a better person stinky diapers make me a better person stinky diapers make me a better person …”

  4. Heather-thanks for the encouragement…I’m gonna do that!

    Cherry-One of the things that has struck me about being a mother, and I think I actually wrote about it once on here, is that Mary was a mother and she had the most important job in the world…to raise Jesus. Then I feel honored that God chose me to be a mother and perform one of the most important jobs in the world…poopy diapers and all.


    Jennybee and Becky-will certainly pass it on, if she doesn’t see it on here first!

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