What If I Had Stayed In The Workforce?, by Luma Simms

Ok, so I have posted many things recently on the value and goodness of motherhood.  Simms, in one sense, cuts against me in that she goes the next step, a balancing one, and refocuses our attention on ultimate value.  There is value in biblical motherhood, but biblical motherhood is not the place that the mother ought to be finding her value.  I get it!  So on the one hand, I do not rescind the articles that I have posted that have been written by others concerned with the devaluing of motherhood.  I think what they have said is good to read and apply.  But almost everything nowadays is written as a counter-response or balance or improvement upon what has been previously written or, in some cases, disregarded.  This is where I think Simms’ article is important.  She does not by any stretch of the imagination devalue what has been written, what has been a hot-topic in our evangelical culture, namely, the value of women, the role of mother, and the various beauties of that role in the Bible.  What she does is give balance, and help us to understand that if one’s value is located in the degree to which one mothers biblically, value is still located in the self and will rise and fall with the self.  She helpfully reminds us, and particularly women, that their value is not ultimately in how good they mother, but in the union with Jesus Christ.

Go here for her helpful article.

Sinners In A Fishbowl, by Barnabas Piper

Being a pastor’s kid (PK) is the only life I know. I was born one, and though I am no longer a child, I am still a PK. The greatest advantages and blessings in my life are products or bi-products of being aPK. Those blessings are not what I am setting out to describe, however. I am out to set forth the unique struggles PKs face.

Go here for the rest of this article on the trials, temptations, and remedies of being and having and knowing pastor’s kids.

Motherhood is Victory, by Rachel Jankovic

Jewish women waited for a messiah. They hungered to be the mother of the Savior. They bore children in the hope of a messiah. They raised, nourished, taught, and sheltered their children in anticipation. Anticipation of salvation. Hope for a victory. Faith in God’s promises.

And so many years later — here we are, doing many of the same small tasks. Aching bodies growing new life. Nursing babies waking us through the nights. Small children with small needs. Mouths to feed, over and over. Floors to clean, clothing to tend to, physical needs to meet.

But we are in a different place in this story. We are not mothering in hope anymore. We are mothering in victory. We are not bearing children to clear a field for planting, we are bearing children to work the harvest.

Go here for the rest of this brief post.

Motherhood is a Calling (And Where Your Children Rank), by Rachel Jankovic

A few years ago, when I just had four children and when the oldest was still three, I loaded them all up to go on a walk. After the final sippy cup had found a place and we were ready to go, my two-year-old turned to me and said, “Wow! You have your hands full!”

She could have just as well said, “Don’t you know what causes that?” or “Are they all yours?!”

Everywhere you go, people want to talk about your children. Why you shouldn’t have had them, how you could have prevented them, and why they would never do what you have done. They want to make sure you know that you won’t be smiling anymore when they are teenagers. All this at the grocery store, in line, while your children listen.

This is one of the best posts that I’ve read on motherhood.  Go here for the rest.

The Moral Life of Babies (And the Ideological Life of Adults) by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

An interesting post, shedding light upon the age old question of the inherent morality of human beings from infancy – a question which any parent, truth be told, knows that answer to within a few months or so as they observe direct disobedience to authoritative commands.  Mohler correctly points to these laboratory findings as that which the Bible has spoken to from the days of its divine inspiration.  Human beings are created in the image of God, and therefore, we should not be shocked to find that human beings, yes, even babies, display that moral reality (perhaps not cognitively but emotionally – and this is the state that most human beings remain in as adults).  I read a post by Patrick Schreiner last night where he quotes Augustine concerning this same sort of idea – the moral life of babies.  I think Augustine’s conclusion is right on: it is not that infants lack the will to do harm, for example, but the strength.  This is why it was imperative, even biblically commanded, that Israel, and now, the church as the people of God, should take “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” and set these words on our hearts today to this end: “you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:4-8).  God willing, our babies shall not only become those with some sort of moral sense, whether cognitively or emotionally or both, but godly offspring – those who love God completely.  May he grant us grace for this task.