Motherhood is a gift from God. We never want to forget that. But while we’re down here in the trenches, we can’t ignore real annoyances—like who left this sock behind and why are there crumbs everywhere? In this episode, Emily and Laura discuss why moms get annoyed and how the gospel shapes our responses. They even discuss some practical tips. Every mom is going to face annoying things, so we can sigh and roll our eyes or turn back in dependence to God who supplies for our every need. Christ came to save us—annoyances and all—so we could learn to love others even when we’re annoyed.
Historians won’t record that we prayed with ours kids before school, dropped off meals to neighbors, or hosted Bible study. But God’s greater story uses the everyday work of women to spread the gospel around the world. In this episode, Emily and Laura interview Dr. Michael Kruger about women in the second century church. Michael is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte) and professor of New Testament and Early Christianity; and an author, husband, and father. Church history teaches us that God is faithful to his Church through his people. From the second century to now, God uses ordinary women serving in sacrificial ways to change the world with the gospel of Christ.
Going to Bible study in the early years of motherhood can feel like an Olympic feat. In our minds, getting everyone ready requires some gymnastics, enough snacks to feed a sumo wrestler, and the ability to marathon your way across a parking lot. In this episode, Emily and Laura discuss common struggles that keep moms from being involved in women’s ministry and reasons to get yourself out the door. While podcasts, websites, and books are great gifts of encouragement, God specifically gives the local church to train, equip, and nourish his children. Getting there will be worth it.
Sometimes it feels like we can’t finish a thought before a child needs us to grab more water, tie a shoe, or change a diaper. When mom’s brain power is consistently going to urgent things, adding scripture memory into the routine can seem too hard. Who really has time for flashcards? In this episode, Emily and Laura show how memorizing scripture gives us the wisdom we’re craving for the everyday. God’s word renews our minds and transform our lives, which helps us in the carpool line, the kitchen, and every moment of motherhood. God gave us his word as a gift; let’s enjoy it.
Related R|M resources:
Around the web:
An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture, Dr. Andrew Davis
(Here’s a free PDF from Dr. Davis with similar content.)
Songs for Saplings (can also be streamed online for free)
Hidden in My Heart (can also be streamed online for free)
Scripture memory can be hard for moms, so let’s take a personal inventory on Bible memory and the challenges in our lives. Do you currently memorize scripture? Have you ever had a rhythm for scripture memory? What are 2-3 reasons why you don’t memorize scripture (ie. uninterested, too tired, overwhelmed—and seriously no need to get stuck in guilt here. This is just a starting point!)?
We believe the Bible is in the infallible Word of God, and it holds the power to judge the intentions of our hearts and renew our minds. Why is it important for Christians to know what the Bible says?
Look up Psalm 119. List some of the benefits of knowing God’s word. Do you think you can experience these gifts apart from knowing God’s word and how he desires for us to live?
We mentioned a lot of helpful tips and resources to start Bible memory in your home. Choose one or two that sound like a good fit for your learning style and family rhythm. How can you incorporate them into your week? How can you include your kids in the fun?
Remember, we don’t earn our right standing before God by reciting Bible verses. He doesn’t love, bless, or help us more because we’ve proven ourselves worthy. Instead, he gifts us his word so we can better know him and how to live in a way that leads to joy. Consider an area in your life where you struggle to remember God’s love for you. What verses can you memorize to help you trust in God’s faithfulness to you?
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