Learning to Abide

10 November 2011

How often do we, as women, find our identity in the works of our hands? How often do we scheme and plan instead of pray? The Lord cares for us,our children, and our families more than we ever could. Yet, we find it hard to rest and enjoy the blessings of being a woman.

A blog I really enjoy, Confessions of a Homeschooler, made a list of "Super Mom" vs. "Abiding Mom." Over the last year this list has continually checked my motivations, the sources of my frustration, and where I am placing my hope. I pray that we all would learn to abide, and experience the joy of the calling of motherhood.

Super Mom

Abiding Mom


Tries to impress others

Pleases the Lord (Eph. 5:10,Proverbs 29:25)

Is controlled by an agenda(curriculum, schedule, etc)

Is controlled by the Holy Spirit: (Gal. 5:22-26) (Uses curriculum & schedules as tools for orderliness so she's more free to follow the spirit)

Her self worth is found in her accomplishments (clean house, perfect kids, the perfect bulletin boards, etc.)

Her self worth is found in an accurate view of who she is in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:10)

Her peace is found in the “perfect” environment

Her peace is found in Jesus in the midst of any storm (Is 26:3)

She is discouraged by failure

Failure reminds her that God's strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9-10)

She expects perfection from herself and others

She practices grace with herself and others (Eph 4:32)

She teaches her kids to be good

She teaches her kids to be Godly (Proverbs 22:6)

She is frustrated with her lack of spiritual fruit

She abides in Christ and bears much fruit (John 15:5)

She does things with her children

She builds a relationship with her children (Deut 6:6-7)

Her perspective is based on what is seen

Her perspective is based on what is unseen (Col 3:2)

She chooses quantity of activities

She chooses the most excellent Way (I Cor 13)


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