The Highest Aim of Womanhood is Not Motherhood

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"The highest aim of womanhood is not motherhood. The highest aim of womanhood is being conformed to the image of Christ." -Gloria Furman, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full

Being a mom is a high and noble calling. There is no doubt about that and those who ache to be moms know this more than most.

But being a mom is not the most significant thing we should be reaching for. In fact, doing so will bring nothing but disappointment, guilt, and unfulfillment on various levels.

Motherhood was never meant to wholly satisfy us.

When we focus too much on motherhood and how well (or poorly) we are doing it, we've allowed it to become our master. We put it over husbands, our needs, and even God when we fail to meet with Him because we have mothering tasks to tend to.

But, when we see motherhood as a gift from God and something that weaves the image of Christ into our lives, our very purpose takes a shift. It is no longer about us. It is no longer about our perfect performance or the constant worrying we moms tend to do.

When God is given first place in our lives, motherhood becomes about Him and His refining us, maturing us, and conforming us to Himself.

It's also about seeing God in our children. Children are treasures from our King and they are meant to be cherished, not merely trained into successful adults.

When we make mistakes as a mom and allow that to dictate our worth, our value, and our confidence it becomes a disease of self-sustaining works. We begin to place our whole purpose in life in how well we mother or whether we mother children at all.

On the other hand, we can pour so much of ourselves into our role as a mom, we have nothing left for anyone else and we've lost sight of the Giver of the gift of motherhood.

"Motherhood is about the adoration and enjoyment of our great God." ~Gloria Furman

You see, despite the curse of the Fall, motherhood is a celebration of life! The mundane tasks are not meant the fulfillment of your life. But seeing Christ in them is where joy is found! It's not something you'll need to drum up and force yourself to do. It's something you'll recognize as you seek Him first and allow Him to fulfill you. This will flow down into every part of your life.

Our highest aim should be Christ and to become a woman conformed to His image. This, this is the place where fulfillment in Him is found and joy as a mom is sustained.

For His Glory,

Christin Slade

Christin

Christin is wife of 16 years to her high school sweetheart and mother to seven children. She looks for beauty in the simple and appreciates a good cup of coffee. She is learning to live everyday with joy, find gratitude in the mundane, and speak words of grace. You can find Christin writing through her days on her blog, christinslade.com.

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Make 2017 The Year for Family Devotions {Kingdom Family Devotional Review}

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Family devotions are a powerful way to include everyone in growing toward godliness. They give each member a chance to be heard. They are reinforcement for individual Bible time, strengthening and maturing what each person is learning on their own. However, Family devotions are not easy.

If your house is anything like mine, we have constantly changing schedules. Sometimes my husband is home for dinner. Sometimes he isn't. Sometimes we are home in the evening as a family, sometimes we are at piano lessons. No amount of busyness is ever an excuse to neglect family devotion time. For this reason, my husband and I are still shifting things around in our day, even if it's last minute, so that this precious time can happen together. 

We are still striving toward consistency, how about you?

This year, a new resource has been developed for families! 

Kingdom Family Devotional: 52 Weeks of Growing Together by Tony Evans and his son, Jonathan Evans is a book that will take you through the whole year. This book contains 52 separate topics; one topic for each week, and 5 devotions within that topic for each week. You can do Monday - Friday devotions for a whole year!

The devotions are short, to the point, and relatable. Each day starts with a scripture reading and is only one page long in content. These one page devotions are written to appeal to all ages and I believe the authors do an exceptional job at this. Many of the questions or statements posed within the devotions were enough to make me pause. Numerous ideas and analogies were completely new to me. 

Each devotion also contains practical application. One of my favorite spots in the book is on week 42, day 4, there you will find this: 

Devotions can change the course and direction of your family, but can often be confusing. Are you ready to learn how to worship and engage God's word together? We are so excited to share this resource to help you know how!

This is the activity at the bottom of that day's teaching. I enjoy how practical this is, but let's be honest, the real reason this is one of my favorite parts of the book is because I could not think of a more delightful application of wisdom than to show love to your momma by helping her with grocery bags! I don't know, am I the only one whose kids run for the hills as soon as I pull in the driveway with groceries? 

Another portion that stood out to me was within the Week 2 which focused on Respect. There, you will find this gem of a quote:

As we learn more about respect this week, look for ways to let the people in your life know you respect them. It’s okay to say, “Yes, ma’am” and “Yes, sir.” It’s also good to look people in the eyes when they’re talking to you and to use complete sentences when respond- ing to them. Try not to answer with “Huh?” or a grunt that can’t be understood.

The people who wrote this book know what they are talking about. It also seems as though the people who wrote this book were in my house this evening. Hmm. This is another item we need to work on (respectful responses), but I am thankful they decided to include traditional concepts and manners that are now, often forgotten. 

Here are a few more items to note about this book:

  • Some days include a lot of verses to look up, other days have a more engaging activity- they switch it up.
  • The activities are simple and use items that you probably already have on hand.
  • This book is written in a conversational style. There isn't an elaborate layout listing materials and objectives. If you need supplies, the writer just tells you in parenthesis. 
  • The devotions consistently start off with attention grabbing statements or questions.
  • The only negative thing is that the book didn't have much color.

Here is an example of what one devotion for one day looks like:

Devotions can change the course and direction of your family, but can often be confusing. Are you ready to learn how to worship and engage God's word together? We are so excited to share this resource to help you know how!

The topics this book addresses are relevant and needed. All the topics are top notch, but here is a short list of weekly topics that I thought were exceptional choices:

  • Purity
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Purpose
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Manhood
  • Womanhood
  • Witnessing
  • Priorities 
  • Courteous Speech
  • Greatness
  • Kingdom
  • Discipline

These are things we sometimes overlook in our discussions. Let's make 2017 the year we talk about these topics. Even more than that, let's go to God's Word and find answers to questions we have on these subjects and let's do it as a family!

Purchase Kingdom Family Devotional this year and see how your family grows together in HIM! I'm eager to see what God will do in our family and yours! 

Lindsey Feldpausch :)

Disclosure: This is a sponsored review in collaboration with Tyndale. All opinions are my own.

Lindsey Feldpausch

Lindsey Feldpausch is a sinner saved by grace who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her worship leader/youth pastor husband and four delightful kiddos fill life with unbelievably amusing quotes and sweet snuggles. She enjoys Christian rap music, mangoes, and Tim Hawkins. She celebrates not burning dinner. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice.

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Helping Children Understand the Names of God {Free Download}

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Knowing the many names of God reveals His character and experiencing Him in these names will strengthen our children's relationship with him.  It’s one thing for us to tell them.  It’s another thing for them to experience Him.  Let’s teach our children to dig deeper and to ask questions that lead them straight to the heart of who God is!

Whenever I tell someone that my name is Wynter, they normally want to know one thing. They want to know if I was born in the winter! I don’t blame them. It is a rare name choice and hearing it definitely begs for the whole story. However, those who only ask this question end up missing the information they are seeking.

Let me explain. 

Yes, I was born in January in the Northeast. I don't know what the exact temperature was on the day of my birth, but I would guess it was somewhere between freezing and frozen. So in that sense, my name does make sense. However, there is much more to my name than what appears to be the obvious. The temperature on the day of my birth has little if anything to do with my mother's decision. Those who only inquire about my birthdate  learn a little more about me but they actually miss the true motive behind my mother’s decision.

The story told by my mother is this- "There was a soap opera when I was a little girl and one of my favorite characters’ names was Wynter. I loved her and I loved watching the show. I always said that if I had a daughter when I grew up I would name her Wynter." And so she did.

So, that’s it. That’s how I got my name. I have to say, I have always loved my name, though there is no deep meaning or significance in its origin.

You see, even that story does not satisfy a true understanding of who I am. The truth is, if someone truly wants to know anything substantial about me then we are going to need to have a much deeper conversation than a few questions about the weather or even a black and white television drama! 

Names are tricky like that. Knowing what to call a person can give a false sense of relationship and if you aren’t intentional then you may never find out who the person truly is. Unless you spend time getting to know the character of a person, you will really never get to know them at all.

This is the same truth I want my children to know about God. I don't simply want them to learn God's name and summarize His character based on a few albeit very significant stories. When it comes to knowing God, I pray their relationship is an ongoing journey of digging deeper, asking questions and experiencing His person that ultimately reveal the character of their Creator.

I want them to know Jehovah: The “I Am who I Am.” God is a person. I want them remember that we serve a very real and very personal God.

I want them to know Jehovah Jireh: “The Lord our Provider.”

I pray that they rest in His presence because they trust that God has all the power and ability to provide them everything they need.

I want them to know Jehovah Tsaba: “The Lord our Warrior.”

I want them to not fear any circumstance or person because he protects them, fights for them, and will always come to their rescue!

I pray they know Jehovah Shalom: “The Lord is Peace.” Knowing Him will remind them to keep their focus on Him and to stay calm even in the midst of scary situations.

I want to them know Jehovah Rohi: “The Lord my Shepherd.” I pray they know they can always depend on Him to lead and guide them and that they give Him complete control!

Oh this is just the beginning! There is so much more to know about Who God is! Knowing the many name’s of God reveals His character and experiencing Him in these names will strengthen their relationship with him.

It’s one thing for us to tell them.  It’s another thing for them to experience Him.

Let’s teach our children to dig deeper and to ask questions that lead them straight to the heart of who God is. 

Here is a start. Download these few names of God and when reading the Bible or in conversation encourage your children to connect the character of God with the scenarios they encounter.

Taken in part from You're God's Girl Devotional for Tweens. 

Journeying with you,

Wynter, For Girls Like You

Wynter Pitts

Wynter Pitts is a wife, mother of 4, founder of For Girls Like You Magazine and the author of For Girls Like You: A Devotional for Tweens. Her mission is to empower and equip girls to walk boldly into becoming who God has created them to be and to provide parents with the resources and support needed to raise strong Christ followers. Wynter, her husband Jonathan, and four daughters (ages 6-11), reside in Dallas, Texas. One fun fact, Wynter’s oldest daughter, Alena, starred in the hit movie War Room! You can connect with Wynter on her site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram @forgirlslikeyou!

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Finding Joy in the Journey of Motherhood {introducing the From Grouchy to Great devotional}

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Finding Joy in the Journey of Motherhood {introducing the From Grouchy to Great devotional}

As moms, we can all struggle to keep it together sometimes. In a moment, anger or frustration can spill out. From Grouchy to Great is a devotional filled with real life stories that will help you:   Be encouraged that the battle can be won by God's grace and wisdom, Discover practical ways to overcome anger,  Strengthen your resolve as you face day-to-day struggles,  Walk in the freedom that God offers,  And more!  The good news, my friend, is that we don't have to face this battle alone. Joy can be yours in the journey of motherhood!

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