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Even though I am not a mother, I have often wondered how would children affect what the Lord has put on my heart to do. Sadly, our society has tried to exclude mothers from serving the Lord and downplayed their influence in this matter.
Shontell Brewer, the author of Missionary Mom: Embracing the Mission Field Right Under Your Roof, has a lot to say about this topic. Like many of women, she struggled with guilt and feeling like she’s not ‘doing enough.’
“When you see Christians who are called to be missionaries changing the world soul by soul, staying at home doing day-to-day parenting can feel like you’re stuck in an uninspiring life. Mom, don’t despair: you have your own sacred calling to a mission field of vital importance—your children. Moms and mission workers have more in common than you may think: A missionary may need to learn a foreign language and new customs to understand and communicate with those around her. A missionary has to follow the path God puts before her, sacrificing sleep, comfort, time, and toilets. Sound like any moms you know?”
So, what did I think about this book? I laughed … and cried. I was encouraged and inspired. It made me realise that we are where we are because God wants us here. His plan is always perfect and we can (and have to) serve Him no matter what mission field He has given us.
Like Shontell, I’ve often want the Lord to tell me exactly what His plan for my life is. The book, however, reminded me that I don’t need to know — He does. I just need to trust that He will guide me.
Where can I get it?
If you think you’d like to read this book, you can get it on Amazon or your favourite book retailer. You should also check out the author’s website!
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