Walking With God in the Season of Motherhood
by Melissa Kruger
If anything reveals the deepest roots of selfishness or impatience in us, it’s being a mom. And yet, it’s so often during this season of mothering that we grab time with Jesus whenever we can. We’re rushed. Our schedule is not our own. We need to be in His Word and we need it to connect with our lives, but we’re often tired and overwhelmed. In her new Bible study, Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood, Melissa Kruger writes about how God has used motherhood to do a deep spiritual work in her life. She says, “Before having children, I considered myself to be fairly patient, self-controlled, and kind. I thought motherhood would only amplify these virtues as I poured out love on my children. In reality, motherhood has exposed just how much I need Jesus.” Melissa Kruger’s book gives moms a Bible study that is applicable and practical in their lives.
There are plenty of parenting books out there that focus on the how-to’s and why’s and should’s and must’s of parenting itself. There are plenty of Bible studies out there. This book is a way of combining the two, providing a study on the way God refines us through motherhood. Over eleven weeks, Melissa Kruger takes moms through understanding our purpose, ordering our home, entrusting our child to the Lord, while focusing on virtues such as wisdom, peace, joy, patience, kindness, self-control, etc. She keeps the lessons accessible. There are five days of lessons each week with the Scriptures written out right there in the workbook. The lessons are more encouraging than they are intense or deep Bible study and the fifth day is actually a devotional thought to wrap up the lessons of the week.
In the back, she includes a few helpful resources for moms and moms-groups. For those studying together, there are group discussion questions. She also offers Mom’s Verses to Memorize (one for each month) and character traits and verses you could learn together with your kids. Although it’s probably most powerful for women with young kids at home, it’s not just a study for Mothers of Preschoolers. Melissa tries to extend the lessons out for moms at a variety of stages.
One of the benefits of the book is the way it causes you to see the beauty in the season. When you’re knee-deep in laundry, haven’t had a good night’s sleep in a few years, live in your minivan and clean up bodily fluids all day long, it can be so hard to open your eyes to the glory of God at work around you. But God doesn’t meet with us before motherhood and then again when our kids are grown. He’s right there with us, using our kids and our homes to draw us close to Him and make us more like Jesus.
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