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Does motherhood ever seem … unimpressive? We watch other women rise through the ranks, climb the ladder, and reach for the stars while we’re over here knee-deep in diapers, cleaning up spilled Cheerios and picking up toys for the hundred millionth time. It’s easy to start believing that we’re missing out. Wasting our potential. Doing nothing of significance.
I think every mom at some point in the daily grind of motherhood asks herself, “What is the point?”
In a society that places great value on success and achievement and very little on motherhood, it is easy to chase after self-worth and purpose in things outside our home. Careers, accomplishments, material possessions. Worldly pursuits.
And there’s nothing wrong with any of those things! In fact, I believe those things can be just as much a part of our God-given destiny as motherhood, which I’ll talk more about later.
But in our pursuits, we can sometimes start to relegate motherhood to the status of a side job. We forget to view it in light of God’s purpose and fail to see its full value.
But motherhood isn’t a consolation prize. It isn’t what you do when you can’t do anything else. It isn’t a second-rate pursuit. It is a noble and sacred calling, one that deserves ultimate respect and demands an eternal perspective. And to do it well according to God’s Word, we must become heavenly-minded moms.
And if that’s something you need more of in your mothering — if you want to see more of God’s purpose and beauty in the midst of the mundane and ordinary tasks of motherhood — then read on. Because I have just the book for you!
Heavenly Minded Mom is a 90 day devotional for moms who want to embrace what matters most in life. Written by Katie Bennett, the heart and brains behind the Embracing a Simpler Life blog, this devotional uses the wisdom of Ecclesiastes to paint an eternal perspective on the responsibilities of motherhood.
This book encourages moms to view our lives through the lens of God’s Word and our spiritual legacy. It inspires us to look beyond the ordinary and mundane to the bigger plan and purpose of motherhood. It also urges us to release our grip on the superficial things in life that we often chase and instead pursue those things that have real eternal impact.
This book was powerful. It was a wonderful reminder of what is lasting and what is fleeting in our lives. I was inspired to see beyond the surface level work of motherhood to the eternal impact that it leaves. It was a beautiful look at the value of motherhood in light of God’s design and work on the earth. If you have ever doubted your worth in your role as a mother, this is the perfect antidote.
It was also, at times, deeply convicting. Admittedly, there were places where I thought she was a bit too extreme, but overall, her message was true — so much of what we strive for in life is fleeting and will not matter on the other side of eternity. And it benefits us all to be reminded of that from time to time.
The only issue I had with the book, and it’s one I’ve been wrestling with for quite some time with other writers, as well, is how she delineates what constitutes “eternal.” Honestly, I found the book a bit depressing at times, which, given that her Scriptural basis was coming from Ecclesiastes, I guess I could have expected. But I found her dichotomy between heavenly and worldly a bit too harsh.
This is a topic I could talk quite a bit about, and maybe one day I will in a separate post, but basically, I don’t believe that it’s as mutually exclusive as we sometimes make it out to be. God can and does use all kinds of things to bring about His will and purpose on the earth, and I think sometimes we sell Him short in our human understanding of what is eternal/lasting versus what is worldly/fleeting. Some things that may not seem eternal on the surface very well can be when they prepare us for Kingdom work, place us in the position to do it, and bring about opportunities to carry it out.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
Though I didn’t agree with everything she wrote, I did still very much like the book and would recommend it. I absolutely loved her heart and her passion, and I agree with the overall message. I think all moms need to be reminded that what they do matters and will last long after they’re gone. I just maybe wouldn’t go as far as she did in how I define what is lasting or worthwhile to pursue.
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