Sunday, November 28, 2010

Virtual Book Club

I just started reading a book called A Mother's Heart by Jean Fleming. The first chapter is called A Call to Mothers and I love what Fleming says about motherhood:

"If you are a mother, you have a call from God. God entrusts into your care a life, a future, a piece of what the world will become."

The problem with that statement is that it's A LOT of pressure! In a perfect world, we're providing a secure and loving framework in which to nourish our kids - emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually.

In order to be better moms, we need to seek the support of others who have gone before us, or who are currently treading in the same water. I think that groups for moms like playdates or MOPS are extremely valuable, but I think that doing a little self-reflecting is important too. The chapters end with questions for reflection and discussion, and I would love it if the readers of this blog would participate in a virtual book club of sorts.

So here's the first question:
What one decision might you make to be more of the mother you want to be?

Oh gosh, my list could go on and on, but I'll list the two that came to mind first. I want to be more active in playing with my kids, not just directing them to the next activity. They love it when I play cars or built train tracks with them, but I'm too often content to let them play alone. Ialso want to pray specifically for their character traits more often - for confidence and boldness, for gentleness and compassion for others, for integrity and courage and discernment.

Will you participate in my virtual book club? I'd love it if you did!


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great book! I am going to be adding it to my list of ones to read! That is a tough question... I too could write a list of things that I could do. I think mine would have to be present. Not in the physical sense but in the active sense. Playing more, talking more, interacting more. That type of thing!

Jennifer said...

I feel the same way! I am always quick to send the kids off to play alone when I could take more time to interact with them. I feel like I concentrate on the house sometimes more than play! We do play, read stories, cuddle etc. but I could stand to put the small things on hold as they are growing every day and someday they will not want to "play" with Mom anymore!