Mothering & Ministry

Monday, June 15, 2009

Last Sunday was my first time leading worship at the English Service after childbirth. It went well but I don't think I'm ready to be on regular schedule. The reason: Max still needs us. Depends on his mood and who is teaching or assisting on the nursery sometimes he's fine when we leave him there but other time especially when he's sleepy, he only wants us. Since Chris is also serving in the church, we have to make sure either one of us is available whenever he needs us.

I miss to be able to serve whenever I can or want, but I learned as a wife and mother, my family is my main and most important ministry. This writing by a missionary wife about Mothering and Ministry has been such a blessing for me:

As a missionary, many people ask me what I see as my role in ministry. I'd like to share from Scripture and my experience concerning what I believe a married wife and mother’s place in ministry should be. First and foremost, I believe that, as wives, our primary role is one of support. As a wife, it is my primary focus to make sure that my home is an oasis for my hardworking husband, making sure he has good meals, clean clothes, and lots of encouragement. There is much more I'd like to say about this, but for this post I want to focus on the role of mothering.

As a mother, my role is to train my children in "the way they should go". The home should be a "training ground" in which I impart wisdom to my little ones by teaching them about God, His Word, and life. "She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue." Proverbs 31:26.

Where did we get the idea that to be a godly woman we must participate in all church activities, as well as lead as many of them as we possibly can? There is this idea that doing "ministry" can only take place outside the home, and that only "real" ministry can be done when the husband and kids are out of the way. Mothering these days is looked at as something to get through, or get away from so that we can do "real ministry". Well, we didn't get this idea from Scripture, because Scripture is clear. Dear ladies, what are our children doing while we are out "doing" ministry, and who is watching them?

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Teach me your ways so that I may know You…” Exodus 33:13