Monday, July 16, 2012

Did she have to say that?!

It's right there on page 14 of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential, "As wives and mothers, our first mission field should be our homes."  Ugh.  Can I still get my nails done?!  Please?

Zan's right though.  But what does that look like for my family?  For your family?

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In the introduction, Jan wrote that she "had never considered the topic of biblical womanhood" when she was graduating from college.  I hadn't either.  Or, maybe I had, but the ideas I had were, um, in reality, not entirely biblical.

Jan wrote this book for people like me.  "My goal for this book is to give you encouragement and direction as you work hard to cultivate a rich harvest for God's glory in the lives of your children."  

Thanks Zan.

Some of my favorite lines from the book's introduction:
  • "Being a wife and a mother is a noble vocation."  That hit me in my red-white-and-blue, retired military officer gut.  I love 'noble'.  I'm in.
  • "I have encountered the Glory of God while carrying out the often mundane tasks of being a wife and mother."  Me too.  I mean, how you deliver a baby (or six) and NOT see God?!  Or relish in the absolute cuteness of a toddler, if even for a split second,  without seeing a Creator?
  • And, the reason I kept reading..."The goal of this book is simply that of Titus 2:4:  to encourage you to love your husband and your children, and to put some flesh on what that means."  Since I'm kinda literal...I need to see the flesh to understand some things.  Show me the flesh!

What are your ideas about biblical womanhood?  What does that look like for you?  Where did you get  those ideas?


  1. I was the same as Zan when I graduated collete--"biblical womanhood"? huh? It's amazing how God continues to help us grow and mature in our walk with Him.

  2. Care to share any of what you learned? I found that there is a wide variety of what people believe it is.

    1. Biblical womanhood, I believe, may involve true discipleship as we take God's Word in its entirety and apply the Love of Christ to our responsibilities in our vocations to be good parents. It involves meeting the needs of those that are put in our care as mothers. This means to put our children first before our own selfish desires and foster and strengthen our children's relationships with the Lord.

    2. My biggest challenge is the "wife" part and what looks like.

  3. Looking forward to reading along with you. I liked your line, "I love 'noble'. I'm in." -agreed.

    Amy @ Missional Mama

    1. Hi Amy, I'm glad we connected on that. I've always been attracted to "noble." I'm looking forward to getting to know you better too.

  4. we discuss this, and pray for our vocation as wives in prayer group..took me a long time to be ok with all of this...but now, I am more than just ok with all of it....I wish it for my daughters.

  5. We have a small group. We haven't broken off and prayed together as women except on a prayer walk that we did recently. I like what you said about praying for our vocation as wives and that it took you awhile to be okay with all of this.

    Thanks Annmarie