When Your Hands Are Full:
Gospel Meditations For Busy Moms
by Gloria Furman
Over the last 10 years I have read quite a few parenting books. As a mom of 4 kids, I can get a bit overwhelmed sometimes (understatement!). More recently, overwhelmed has started turning into anxiety as well. I really should have seen that one coming since I’m a bit of a control freak. I can definitely lose my temper with the kids and my husband and I feel guilty every time, even after/if I apologize. I had a habit of thinking “this is only a season”, hoping that my attitude will be more manageable when my kids are not so little and the stress is alleviated, as if the stress of life ever goes away. But the truth is that my circumstances don’t create my sin problems, they reveal them.
“The daily lives of mothers around the world are different, but our hope is the same. All of us need to experience the concrete reality of a hope that is for every season and will never pass.” – Gloria Furman
I have never read anything as helpful to my mothering as this book has been. Not only that, but it has been immensely helpful to me as a Christian woman trying to become more like Christ. Gloria Furman has a profound gift for tying the gospel into every part of your life, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. We know that the gospel is of great importance and I think that’s what makes it hard to imagine that the thousand little things we do as mothers can have that same gospel significance. But she lovingly, through scripture, shows how the gospel truly touches and matters in EVERY part of our lives. And more, how much the gospel is needed in every part of our lives.
This book is both convicting and incredibly encouraging. The Gospel can be nothing less. She is very honest and real and obviously gets what it’s like to be a mom of young kids, being one herself. She lifts our eyes from our day to day to-do lists and exhausting minute to minute tasks and asks us to keep “eternity as our compass”. She points to a much greater joy than being the elusive “perfect” mom. A joy that is only found in looking to Christ and his perfect work on the cross for us. She does not heap guilt on the reader but grace for the reader that probably already feels guilt. She points to a forgiving Savior who covers us in his grace and makes his power perfect in our weakness.
“We mothers, like everyone else who struggles under the weight of sin, tend to forget the gospel, and our ignorance of the hope we have in Christ spawns rotten fruit such as identity crises and discontent. We need to remember that God is no less good to us when we find ourselves in a battle of wills with a preschooler in the checkout line at the grocery store than he was as his Son dragged a cross up a hill that Friday two thousand years ago.” – Gloria Furman
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