Motherhood is Kingdom Work

He will tend his flock like a shepherd;

he will gather the lambs in his arms;

he will carry them in his bosom,

and gently lead those that are with young.

Isaiah 40:11

I saw this phrase, “Motherhood is Kingdomwork,” while scrolling online one Saturday morning. I was drinking coffee and waiting on Eleanor to wake up.

It stopped me in my tracks.

Jesus had whispered this into my heart, which had been echoing it for months, but I couldn’t find the words to articulate it.

Kingdomwork. I’ve personally decided this word is wrapped up in two meanings: teaching and taking.

It can be so exhausting. I don’t even mean church itself, no. Before that… just simply the process of getting there. Speaking as a mom of one, I commend you mamas of multiples that make it to church and respect you to the highest degree. Okay, you’re there. You made it- hopefully with everyone fully dressed. Then what? Once you’re there, you may have the blessing of a well behaved, always sleeping child, and a dozen family member’s arms ready to help... or you may be like the majority of moms.

You may be the mama in the back with an active toddler, not listening as you beg them to be quiet when your pastor is preaching. You may have a colicky baby, and spend the majority of time in the lobby, trying your best to soothe the screams. You may be a nursing mama, with a baby seeming to want to cluster feed exactly when service is each week. You may not see the point. You may think it’ll be better to just try later... to try again once they are older.

If that’s you, read the above verse... then read it again. That last part; it’s for you. Scripture says, “He will gently lead those that are with young.” He has a specific plan to be gentle with us and to lovingly stay by our side. Be encouraged in this, as I was. Because mamas of littles, you are working for His kingdom. You are doing the greatest Kingdom work, and He has not forgotten you.

The following is an open letter to church mamas, and to Eleanor:

(Get your Bibles ready for this one.)

Eleanor, you are my greatest ministry. Mothering you as He would have me to is the greatest work for the Kingdom I will ever do. To do this well, I make you two promises. I will teach you, and I will take you.

I promise to always make church the happiest, safest, and most consistent place for you. I will be real and honest, explaining to you that some days are difficult and it’s not always perfect- but I will show you that even in my weakness, flaws, and human spirit that sometimes gets tired and worn down… He’s still worth it.

In church, everything we teach you at home will be magnified and made even more real to you.

I will teach you that repentance, baptism, and the infilling of His Spirit are essential. But at church, you will see lived out it with your own eyes. (Acts 2:38, 1 John 1:8-9, Mark 16:16, John 3:5, Acts 22:16, Acts 2:4, Acts 10:45-46)

I will teach you that the Lord our God is one, and at church you will hear it again and again. (Deut. 6:4, Psalm 86:10, John 5:43)

I will teach you that loving and serving others is vital, and at church your tiny hands will put that to practice. It will become apart of your soul. (Matt. 25:40, I Peter 4:8, Eph. 5:2)

I will teach you that being faithful in a faithless world is so vital, and at church you will reap the benefits of being surrounded by faithful people serving a perfectly faithful God. (Prov. 3:3, Lam. 3:23, 2 Tim. 2:13)

I will teach you the importance of praising Jesus for what He’s done and will do AND worshipping Him for Who is is, and at church you will have an army showing you how. (Psalm 100:4-5, Jer. 20:13, Psalm 150:1-6)

I will teach you that Holiness is beautiful and still matters very much, and at church you will be surrounded by a community that will help instill this in your heart. (Rom. 12:1-2, 1 Peter 2:9-11, 2 Corinth. 6:14-18, Deut. 7:6)

I will teach you that He is worth every sacrifice we could ever make, and nothing we give up in this life will compare to Him giving His life on the cross. You will be surrounded by a community who lives to sacrifice for the one who sacrificed it all. (Rom. 12:1-2, Rom. 5:8

I will teach you that God is a God of grace and mercy, and at church you will see this as He continues to restore and renew those around you over and over again. (2. Peter 3:9, Acts 3:19, Gal. 6:1)

I will teach you, and I will take you, because mothering you is the greatest ministry I will ever know, and it while many say it takes a village, I think it takes an army. (Matt. 26:53, Eph. 6:13)

Mamas, His gentle hand is with you. Take your babies to church. ♥️