The Mission of Motherhood Chapter Seven

Jun
12
- by Misty Krasawski - Leave a Comment
The Mission of Motherhood Chapter Seven
The Mission of Motherhood Chapter Seven

A Strong Friend {Part One}

Jesus said something exceptionally beautiful one day to His disciples:

“Greater love has no one than this; that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:13-15

And so here again, we have Jesus leading the way for us as we seek to mother our children well. While some want to debate and claim “Your children don’t need you to be their friend; they need you to be their parent,” I think Jesus teaches otherwise. The truth is, it’s possible to do both—even necessary to  do both, and certainly desirable to do both if we intend to follow His example.

As Sally says here in chapter seven:

Because people will last through eternity, relationships have eternal significance. The relationships we make and cultivate and nurture will also sustain us throughout all of life’s seasons. The quality of our relationships help determine the level of friendship we can enjoy, the depth of intimacy we can share, the success of our marriages, our ability to work with and influence other people, and even our ability to relate to God. Often our most basic sense of well-being stems from our connectedness and sense of being unconditionally loved by the significant people in our lives. When that sense of love and connection are missing, depression and insecurity result, and the search begins to find someone to fill in the lonely times.
— Sally Clarkson, Mission of Motherhood

Something to read and ponder:

Ephesians 4:2-3 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

– Which adjectives here describe the type of love we’re supposed to extend to other believers—and obviously, by extension, to our families? What might that look like, practically, in your home today?

Something to do:

Make a list of specific, extra-special things you could do that would particularly bless each of your children. Make a commitment to choose and do one or more of them in the next few weeks!

To discuss in the comments:

Let’s brainstorm! If you’re anything like me, you feel like you come at this parenting thing sometimes in the dark. I’m just flat not good at coming up with creative ideas. So … Help a girl out! Share the things that come to mind as you ponder this challenge here, so we can all expand our relationship-building toolboxes!