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A Welcome to our book study from Misty Krasawski
Hello, ladies! My name is Misty Krasawski. I’m married to Rob, and am also the always-busy mama of eight children, who range in age from two to nineteen. I’m so thrilled to be starting out on this new journey here at the MomHeart blog with all of you. Sally Clarkson has been a tremendous influence in my life since I began reading her books and attending MomHeart conferences many, many years ago. I’ve been incredibly blessed as I’ve gotten to know Sally personally, attending both of the MomHeart Leadership Intensives hosted by her fabulous team of mamas in Colorado, and working on projects together over the past few years. Sally has shaped and encouraged my ideals about mothering more than any other woman, and I know we’re going to learn a lot together as we study this book!
Every Thursday here at the MomHeart blog, we’ll have something new for you. We will include quotes from the book along with some of my own reflections, vlogs from Sally, questions for you to think through as you read, and of course a place for you to discuss your own questions or reactions to the book in the comment section! We are looking forward to a lot of interaction here—be sure to scroll down so you can read and respond to others’ ideas! We plan to cover one chapter every month.
If you really want to take it up a notch, get brave and use these notes and comments as jumping-off points for your own groups—just check out the post on “So You Want to Start a MomHeart Group,” then gather your own group of ladies together for fun and fellowship.
And Here We Go!
“The Mission of Motherhood.” It sounds noble, right? Most of us would agree (perhaps tentatively) that yes, motherhood is indeed a mission–a great purpose, a vision, a task we’ve been given. We might have some vague ideas about what a good Christian mom should look like, and also a long list of things we probably should be doing. We know we’re supposed to be something like the lady in Proverbs 31 with a little Titus 2 thrown in. Other moms seem to be juggling multiple balls gracefully, and we assume we should do the same. Many of us acknowledge that God created moms and families for a purpose, and that our homes should be places of grace and love.
Fewer of us, though, have thought through what the idea of the “mission of motherhood” exactly means to us as women on the front lines of diapers, laundry, character issues, and educational needs. What is the mission of motherhood, exactly? What does it mean? What does it look like as it’s played out behind the doors of our own homes? What does God have to say about motherhood, anyway?
Before my children were born, I had some pretty grand ideas. I wanted to go to the mission field—as in, out of my own country. I wanted to do something grand for God. I knew I wanted to have children and to build a wonderful family, but basically thought those two things were done sortof side by side. You know—have a great family, and then do something (else) for the Lord. I remember coming home from church meetings where people were encouraged to go into full time ministry here or to reach out to the people they worked with or to offer themselves overseas and I would think, “Half the time I can barely get us all to church, let alone evangelize my neighborhood!”
Reading Assignment: Introduction to the Mission of Motherhood
As Sally states in the introduction to the book:
“ For quite a few years now, my husband and I have been privileged to travel all over the United States and to other parts of the world, conducting seminars on the biblical vision of the family. Wherever we travel, I meet mothers from so many stations of life—from stay-at-home moms and homeschoolers to professional career women, from sweet young moms pregnant with their first babies to older mothers trying to reach the hearts of their teenagers. Though the choices and circumstances of these women may be very different, their hearts and desires are basically the same—to do the best job they can at loving and nurturing their children and to bring meaning and continuity to the life and relationships in their families. They all want to be the very best parents they can. They want to do motherhood right.
And yet, increasingly, I find that these women are unsure of what it means to be a good mother. They are confused by a culture that sends them drastically mixed messages about the importance of a mother’s influence and what her priorities should be. As a result, so many mothers I meet are baffled and frustrated. They don’t know how to reconcile these conflicting messages with the calling of God on their hearts and lives.
What’s the cure for this confusion? I believe it lies with a rediscovery of the traditional mission of motherhood, a rediscovery of what God had in mind when he first designed families. That fundamental design is still valid, although its specific shape in a given home may vary widely. And the fundamental mission of motherhood now is the same as it always was; to nurture, protect and instruct children, to create a home environment that enables them to learn and grow, to help them develop a heart for God and His purposes, and to send them out into the world prepared to live both fully and meaningfully. It’s up to us to embrace that mission as our own, trusting God to walk us through the details and to use our willing mothers’ hands as instruments of His blessings. ”
how about it, mom?
Where are you in this picture? Are
you confused about what being a godly mom looks like? Did
you grow up in a home where you saw Biblical motherhood modeled? How
would you answer the question, “What does God have to say about motherhood,
hope you’ll join us every week to look deeper into God’s heart for mothers
through this book—and lets chat, shall we?
Leave your responses and questions below in the comments! We can’t wait to hear from you!