Intentional. That’s a word that continually comes to mind when I think about my role as a mother and how I can reach my maximum potential. I want to be a mom on purpose – with intentions of training, coaching, teaching, disciplining, and nurturing.
In the Christian faith, motherhood is a sacred role, and I desperately want to avoid the “default” mode of my human nature, which risks the sacrifice of my children to the gods of laziness, busyness, selfish ambitions, materialism, time-drainers like Facebook and Pinterest, or even the self-glorifying pursuit of becoming a “supermom.” I want to be present. Intentional. Purposeful. Christ-focused. I need grace to do it.
And I know I’m not the only one.
At the beginning of 2013, I had “two under two.” My desire to become a better mom, and the practical and emotional challenges I faced with having another infant and a budding toddler had me hitting the books. I read over a dozen books on motherhood (usually while nursing my baby) and I was feeling so inspired, encouraged, and guided to become the mother that God created me to be.
As I read so many wonderful books and articles, I kept thinking, “this is such great stuff! I HAVE to share this with my friends!” So after a while, that little seed took root and I stepped out there and asked a bunch of ladies if they’d join me in a group setting to talk about “Intentional Christian Motherhood,” based on some of the readings I’d been doing and would like to share with them. And to my great joy, a bunch of them said “yes!” Despite my insecurities in starting a group like this, I feel a strong inner drive to move forward and give it my best.
So here I am. I’m doing it, even though it’s a little scary for me. I’m committing to share 12 weekly articles full of discussion topics and good mom-encouraging links with hopes that y’all, and my pals here at home, might glean something that will sharpen, inspire, breathe-hope-into, and challenge you to be more of the mom that God has designed you to be for His glory.
The first post launches February 5th, and I’ll soon announce a Facebook Group that you can join so that we can all be a part of the discussions to spur one another on!
Subscribe (top-right) by e-mail to read along each week into the different topics we’ll cover, including: how to bear spiritual fruit in motherhood, comparing ourselves, productivity, creating peaceful homes, being a counter-cultural mom, what distracts you from your family, finding contentment, and many others! Will you join me?