As you can see by the side bar on my blog, I have a lot of books that I'd like to read before the year ends. I don't think I'll be making it through the list! I have been reading several other books as well that weren't even on my list, and they were oh so good. (The Maker's of the Home Series) However, I am now reading one of the books that IS on my list. It's called: The Shaping of a Christian Family" by Elisabeth Elliot.
Let me tell you, it is phenomenal. I am gaining and gleaning so much from it. I believe I read it through once before I was married, but it certainly has a whole new meaning now that I have a family of my own.
I've read so many wonderful and enlightening things on ordering a household. But today, while lying in bed sick, I read something that really struck a chord in my soul and I thought I'd share it with you. (Sometimes we mom's get tired doing the so called "menial" chores of motherhood. This gives a whole new perspective.
Martin Luther says:
Our natural reason looks at marriage and turns up its nose and says, "Alas! Must I rock my baby? Wash its diapers? make its bed? smell its stench? stay at nights with it? take care of it when it cries? heal its rashes and sores? and on top of that care for my spouse, provide labor at my trade, take care of this and take care of that? do this and do that? and endure this and endure that? Why should I make such a prisoner of myself?"
What then does Christian faith say to this? It opens its eyes, looks upon all these insignificant, distasteful and despised duties in the spirit and is aware that they are all adorned with divine approval as with the costliest gold and jewels. It says, "O God, I confess I am not worthy to rock that little babe or wash its diapers, or be entrusted with the care of a child and its mother. How is it that I without any merit have come to this distinction of being certain that I am serving thy creature and thy most precious will? Oh, how gladly will I do so. Though the duty should be even more insignificant and despised, neither frost nor heat, neither drudgery nor labor will distress me for I am certain that it is thus pleasing in thy sight."
When we look at these "menial" tasks as doing them unto the Lord and we look at our children as loans from God our whole outlook on Motherhood changes.
One more passage, this one from the Bible: "Set an example... in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.... Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4: 12, 15-16)
As we mom's set an example in our daily lives in how to worship the Lord and how to live an upright life, our children will follow in our examples. I pray that I can be diligent.