---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      
 FACEBOOK BUTTON    INSTAGRAM BUTTON    BLOGLOVIN BUTTON     PINTEREST BUTTON
    YOUTUBE BUTTON    TWITTER BUTTON       
----------------------

Motherhood Monday // Motherhood as an Idol




I pretended to be a momma from a very young age.
I had looked forward to being a momma since I was 3 or 4.
I talked about being a momma with my friends and husband.
I waited, impatiently, to be a momma as a married, twenty-something chick.

I built motherhood up to be this perfect,
Gerber-baby-like experience.
It was going to quench my thirst and satisfy me.
I held motherhood so high on the "desire" scale that, pretty much,
nothing could compare.

Motherhood is good.
It is a gift from our Creator.
It is a self-sacrificing role that is important.
But, it can become an idol.

Motherhood is my mission work and my job.
It is what I do day in and day out.
It can very easily become all consuming.
But, it should not be my primary focus.
My primary focus should be to show them Christ and glorify Him.
Everything I do, think, feel should always roll back to Him.

If I choose motherhood to exalt myself and satisfy only my desires,
it is no longer a beautiful design, but rather sin in my life.
We can't go into motherhood searching for complete satisfaction.
True, it is an amazing experience that does produce some satisfaction,
but if we expect it to "complete us" then we will be left very empty and disappointed.

When we look outside of the cross to fill our hearts,
we will never be content or satisfied.
We cannot find it in our husbands, our kids, our job, our church-
it must be in Christ alone.

If you find yourself in the midst of motherhood and feeling dry, weary, and broken,
refocus and be sure you are looking to Jesus for your hope and security,
not your kiddos.

4 comments:

  1. Well said Liz... it is so easy to allow such a good part of life become an idol... I'd love for you to share this with my little community on our link up if you're interested

    http://raysofgraceandjoy.blogspot.com/2014/11/salt-light-45.html

    I hope to see more from you now that I've found you

    Marissa

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Marissa! I love motherhood dearly, but must keep my priorities in check! ;)

      Delete
  2. Yes, we have such an even greater name than wife and mother, we are God's children, made in His image! That gets lost so easily in our busyness and responsibility. Matthew 10:37-39 says, “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it." That is a scripture that I wrestle with. Do I love God more than my own children? And if so, how do I show it?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is SOOOO hard! That verse is a tough to stomach. The good thing to remember is loving Him is, in fact, loving our family. I reflect on my days and try to determine if my mothering was from a worldly or godly perspective. Did I breath the Word of God into their little ears, or did I replace it with worldly ideas? Thanks for commenting and leaving that verse. So, so good!!!

      Delete