Did God give us a formula for motherhood?
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“Constant pressure to live up to unrealistic ideals can lead women to serious problems like depression,” says Carla Barnhill in her interview with Jane Johnson Struck for CHRISTIAN PARENTING TODAY. Barnhill believes the role of motherhood has been undervalued and over romanticized by our culture and our church, leading mothers to feel overwhelmed by expectations, unsure of their parenting skills, and burdened by a sense of failure.
Why is it essential to differentiate between God’s leading in parenting and our desire to please others by fulfilling idealistic expectations? How can we gain contentment in our role as mothers? Why should recognizing the truth that God has created us all uniquely and has a different function for every individual and family free us from social norms?
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 22:1–18; 1 Samuel 2:29; 3:12–13; 4:12–18; 1 Kings 3:5–12; Romans 12:1–8; 15:1–7; 1 Timothy 6:6
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: Loving and obeying God is our top priority rather than our family.
Teaching point two: Seek God for wisdom instead of relying on cultural expectations for motherhood.
Teaching point three: Our creative God has a unique plan for each person and family.
Teaching point four: Mothers need to encourage each other to be the unique moms God intended them to be.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIAN PARENTING TODAY
Carla’s Quest, by Jane Johnson Struck (Spring 2005, 6 printed pages)
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