by Gloria Furman
This week I enjoyed reading these two articles on the subject of motherhood:
- Stephen Altrogge at The Blazing Center penned this note to moms who are struggling with legalism: Dear Moms, Jesus Wants You to Chill Out.
- And then Jen Wilkin on The Gospel Coalition blog contributed this letter to motivate moms to holiness: Dear Moms, Jesus Wants You to Run.
When his article hit 6,000 shares on Facebook, Stephen tweeted about how it must have hit a nerve. I agree– I think our tendency toward legalism is a nerve that ought to be hit on often. And Jen’s article on running the race of enduring faith was an excellent follow-up to the conversation that Stephen started about chilling out. I recommend you read both articles in that order.
In the spirit of letter writing and in the wake of an off-start to what I’m calling “not-exactly-my-favoritest-week-of-my-motherhood ever,” I wrote this note:
Dear Father, I Need Jesus
Gracious Father, I read this morning in Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians that according to the riches of your glory you can strengthen me with power through your Spirit in my inner being. I really need that power today. I got up on time this morning, congratulated myself, and concluded that because of this feat of self-discipline that I was going to have a good day.
Lord, I made it to the kitchen to make some coffee before the kids woke up but on the way I stumbled over my own pride. I know that nothing good dwells in my flesh (Rom. 7:18). It is you who opened my eyes when my alarm clock went off and it is you who sustained my life as I slept unconscious and limp in my bed. I know your goodness is not co-dependent on the time I wake up because your steadfast love is great and your faithfulness endures forever (Ps. 117:2). I need Jesus to renew a right spirit within me (Ps. 51:10) that is dependent on the power you give me in my inner being. You deserve all the glory today, Lord. I don’t need to sacrifice myself on the altar of pride today and try to mother my children in “my own strength.” My children really don’t need another one of those days, either.
Let my sacrifices instead be a broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart (Ps. 51:17). I need you to wake me up to the fact that Christ dwells in my heart through faith! Root me and ground me in your love. I need you to give me strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge. I want to know this love, but Father, sometimes I don’t care to know this love in the context of community “with all the saints” because I’m too absorbed in my little kingdom of one. In your wisdom you designed me to need other Christian women in my life to help me to grasp how wide, how long, how high, and how deep is the love of Jesus. Would Jesus give me love for my fellow sisters in Christ as I seek out Christ-centered fellowship with them today.
My nervous heart can hardly dare to believe that you are my portion (Lam. 3:24). Thank you for Jesus and for what he did on the cross to give me to you and give you to me. Fill me with your fullness today, O God. You can do far more than anything I can ask or even think of, so give me a big vision for my family today. Stamp eternity on my eyeballs as I go about the good work you’ve given me of raising my children.
Would your Spirit be powerfully at work in this mother with the very same power that raised Jesus from the dead. AMEN
ABOUT THE WRITER
Gloria (@gloriafurman) is mostly from Texas. In 2008 she moved to the Middle East with her husband Dave to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai. They have three fun kiddos and Gloria enjoys serving the ladies in her community as a doula. Gloria is the author of Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home (Crossway 2013).