How to Grow in Humility Through Motherhood
For those of you who know me, or have followed along on the blog for a while, you'll know that after my people, pages are next in my line of loves. I'm grateful to be a part of a few blog review programs that feed my delight of learning and reading, as new books are published. I know you don't have time or energy to sift through them all, and because you're my people :) I want to share with you what I find, so that when you're looking for something, on a topic the Lord has been prodding you, I can hopefully share with you a resource for further growth.
And, if you're a mom, reading likely isn't your to-do list...more like on your wishlist for someday. Plus, books on mothering and parenting abound, so it becomes hard to choose.
This new one, by Kristen Wetherell is titled, Humble Moms: How the Work of Christ Sustains the Work of Motherhood. It's a book written to draw you to Jesus; to lead your heart to a greater understanding of his own humility and how he serves his people.
She walks us through the highlights of the gospel of John to teach us about Jesus' humility in his incarnation, through the service of his ministry, through his surrender to death and his active involvement as he's seated at his throne in heaven.
This model of Christ's humility really challenged me - likely because I know how pride besets me. She writes "each day presents us with opportunities to lower ourselves as Christ lowered himself" and, "he has not asked us to do something he has not already done. Jesus has gone before us in humility and service."
It really gets you thinking, doesn't it?
Whether it's the stage of littles, teenagers or adults, mothering our children will always require humility on our part, because it's the call of Christ on our lives, whether we are parents or not. For, "though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of me. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross" (Phil 2:6-8).
So why is it important to consider Jesus' humble heart?
She answers in this way, because "our hearts motivate our hands, and it is a heart-posture of humility before Jesus that makes a mom truly great."
As we go through out day today considering the service of the Lord Jesus for us in the gospel, may our hearts be humbled before him and those around us, that he would be glorified in all we say and do.
You'll also find discussion questions at the end of the book for deeper study and conversation to enjoy with a moms group or friends! No extra work required.
# of pages: 183 Level of difficulty: Easy
My Rating: 4 stars!
* A big thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review!