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Motherhood as Mission

Motherhood as Mission

By on Feb 26, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

My church is beginning 2014 by focusing on evangelism, and my question is this: where do mothers fit in? I sometimes feel frustrated that my life is ordered around my kids – ferrying them to and from school, helping with homework, making packed lunches, taking them to clubs and birthday parties – always putting their needs first. There is little time left to think about how I can be involved in outreach. What is my mission for this year? I began to look at how motherhood is perceived in society today. When asked what you do, many mothers will say I’m just a mum. Even at church, I wonder if we underestimate the value of motherhood. Is more emphasis put on going rather than staying? “I wanted to change the world, but I couldn’t find a babysitter”[1] As a Christian mother it is so easy to think that the work you are doing does not matter much and that if you were really doing something for Christ you would be out there somewhere else doing it. But is there a mission field at home? I work on an adolescent unit catering for those with both medical and psychological needs. I’ve been on that ward for nearly 15 years now. Overdoses and self-harm used to be a rare occurrence, now most shifts I see children struggling to cope with life. Often these kids have poor role models in their parents, if they have either or both parents. I think there is an urgency to claw back what it means to be a mother, to reteach and regain the value of motherhood for the sake of the next generation. I have three kids and this is my mission for this season, to teach my children to love as God has loved them, so they can speak out for truth and justice and live Godly lives. Whilst this vision is vital, living it out in the day to day can be hard. I need to lose the resentment that can come with motherhood. This is my sacrifice: to give wholeheartedly of myself. It can be easy to get caught up in the details of mothering, making sure there is food in the...

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