Her children rise up and call her blessed. Proverbs 31:28
Do you have a hard time picturing this ever happening to you?
Oh sure, your kids “rise up”—all the time! Your baby may “rise up” and
call (very loudly) at 1:00 am and 2:30 am and 5:00 am. Your toddler
might “rise up” with temper tantrums or endless calls to meet his
needs. Your school-age child might “rise up” and call you to take her
to this activity and help her with that book report. Your teenager may
“rise up” in anger at your decisions and call you “strict” or “unfair.”
It may be very hard to imagine your children ever rising up to obey
you, rising up to ask for your advice, rising up to thank you, rising
up to follow your example, rising up to serve you, rising up to call
In fact, you’d settle for just fifteen minutes of not rising up
so you could get a nap! You’re plumb tired. Weary. Worn out. Frankly,
your idea of a happy Mother’s Day would be to sleep right through and
wake up on the other side.
Motherhood can be exhausting; doubly so if we don’t think we’re making
any progress. But we must remember the simple yet strength-infusing
truth that faithful mothering requires faithful sowing.
Ours isn’t a work that yields instant gratification. It requires a lot of sowing (and not a lot of reaping) for a lot of years.
But the rewards will come. Scripture exhorts the weary mom to “not grow
weary of doing good.” And Scripture promises the weary mom that “in due
season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9)
Read those words again: WE WILL REAP. It’s a promise we can bank on.
It might still be a Weary Mother’s Day. The “rising up” of sin and of needs won’t stop for the day. But it can be a Happy Weary Mother’s Day as your soul finds rest in the truth of God’s promises.
My six-year-old Jack and I just returned from our local library. Jack loves our weekly library date, especially when it is followed by a vanilla-milk at Starbucks. But he doesn’t understand why we can’t bring two-year-old Tori with us (she stays at home with my mother-in-law). I try to explain that there is a quiet rule at the library, and that Tori, who loves nothing better than the sound of her own high-pitched squeals, would get us thrown out in a hurry.
I am looking forward to taking Tori to the library—some day. But even when we’ve passed the screaming stage, I’ll still have the colossal challenge of finding books for her to read that promote a godly picture of womanhood.
Thanks to the good folks at the CBMW blog I know where to start. In her four-part series “Girls of Character: Teaching Biblical Femininity to the Next Generation through Literature,” Gretchen Neisler offers suggestions for books that girls will enjoy and which illustrate and reinforce the values of a biblical womanhood. She also provides some questions to help parents evaluate the attitudes and actions of a story’s heroine in: “Reading is for Girls: Choosing the Right Book.”
These are posts I’m going to save for future use. But first I have to teach Tori to act like a lady in the library.
I know, I promised we were finished shopping for time—but indulge me for one more day; because while we’ve been talking about time, Dad has been posting on productivity over at the Cheap Seats blog. We didn’t plan this, honestly!
You can now download a PDF of his helpful series (37 pages long!), and we suggest you take along on your next “Seasons” planning retreat.
Tomorrow we’ll try to post something un-related to time. I promise.
It is the first Monday in May, and most New Years resolutions have been long forgotten. But here at girl talk we’ve been talking about making the best use of our time since the middle of January. Definitely our longest series yet!
And it’s time to move on.
Before we do, we thought a recap would be helpful. I know—we weren’t able to cover everyone’s season and we’re sorry about that! But we hope these posts encouraged all of you to “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Eph 5:15-16).
Shopping for Time - Introduction
Life’s Best Bargains
Good or Best?
God of Our Seasons
Best Deals of the Season
Shopping for Time In Every Season
Best Deals for Teens
Best Deals for Singles
Best Deals for Moms of Young Kids
Best Deals for Moms of Teenagers
and Moms of Wayward Teens (pt. one, two, three, four, five)
Best Deals for Older Women
My mom’s friend Irene sent this one to her. We may have posted it before, but I thought it went well with my visit to the bank today. I gave my Caly-girl a scare when I had a little run-in with the curb. Probably the banks fault.
Janelle for the girltalkers
A new sign in the Bank Lobby reads:
‘Please note that this Bank is installing new Drive-through ATM machines enabling customers to withdraw cash without leaving their vehicles.
Customers using this new facility are requested to use the procedures outlined below when accessing their accounts.
After months of careful research, MALE & FEMALE Procedures have been developed Please follow the Appropriate steps for your gender.’
1. Drive up to the cash machine.
2. Put down your car window.
3. Insert card into machine and enter PIN.
4. Enter amount of cash required and Withdraw
5. Retrieve card, cash and receipt.
6. Put window up.
7. Drive off.
What is really funny is that most of this part is the Truth.!!!!
1. Drive up to cash machine.
2. Reverse and back up the required amount to align car window with the machine.
3. Set parking brake, put the window down.
4 Find handbag, remove all contents on to passenger seat to locate card.
5. Tell person on cell phone you will call them back and hang up.
6. Attempt to insert card into machine.
7. Open car door to allow easier access to machine due to its excessive distance from the car.
8. Insert card.
9 Re-insert card the right way.
10. Dig through handbag to find diary with your PIN written on the inside back page.
11. Enter PIN.
12. Press cancel and re-enter correct PIN.
13. Enter amount of cash required.
14. Check makeup in rear view mirror.
15. Retrieve cash and receipt.
16. Empty handbag again to locate wallet and place cash inside.
17. Write debit amount in check register and place receipt in back of checkbook.
18. Re-check makeup.
19. Drive forward 2 feet.
20. Reverse back to cash machine.
21. Retrieve card.
22. Re-empty hand bag, locate card holder, and place card into the slot provided!
23. Give dirty look to irate male driver waiting behind you.
24. Restart stalled engine and pull off.
25. Redial person on cell phone.
26. Drive for 2 to 3 miles.
27. Release Parking Brake.
This week Mom suggested some “Best Deals for the Older Woman” and they include:
Prayer and Study of God’s Word
Prizing Your Husband, Serving Your Children, Loving Your Grandchildren
Training Younger Women in The Church in Biblical Womanhood (pt. one and two)
We want to conclude this mini-series with a story. It’s another snippet from the recent Pastors Conference, from Mom’s message for pastors’ wives. In closing, she shared a story from Susan Hunt’s book, Spiritual Mothering, about one woman named Miss Elizabeth who truly made the best use of her time.
Listen as Mom reads her story.