While I was pregnant, I loved reading books on motherhood and would spend many a morning or evening curled up on the couch with a book (hot tea, and on occasion popcorn! ha!). A sweet woman at my church gave me a copy of an older book called “A Mother’s Touch” by Elise Arndt. It was such a sweet book full of wisdom and I cherished every chapter, as though it was food for my motherhood soul. The cover had a mama bird perched on her nest, as little baby birds looked up at her. It was a precious picture of how dependent our children are on us in the beginning, and how our care matters greatly.
One of the biggest take-aways from the book was the idea that as a mother, we are given the beautiful opportunity to make a home a dwelling place of our tender Lord. Elise writes…
“A mother who loves Jesus, and longs to be like Him in every respect, as the ability to transform any ordinary home into the very dwelling place of God. Her home becomes a place where Jesus lives and loves. In such an environment, His presence can be felt at every turn”
“I came to the conclusion that mom is one of the most important elements within any home. She is the one who sets the tone and creates the atmosphere. Home can be the very dwelling place of God, where the loves of Jesus is experienced at every turn. Home can be a refuge for a weary husband and uptight children who seek retreat from a world which is really Satan’s domain. What a beautiful experience for any child to have a home filled with love, kindness, and joy. When a mother is content in her calling of motherhood and at peace with God, she reflects these attitudes to her family”
What a beautiful picture, that while hard to live out, is so necessary! It’s the reminder I need to continually sit in His presence, so that I can allow HIM to fill me…as I can’t do it on my own. I can’t force joy and I can’t force kindness, genuine joy and kindness and love pour out from the source of it all…God himself.
How have you ladies that are mamas chosen to create an atmosphere of Christ in your home?