I have read this book before but I decided to pick it up again as part of my morning devotionals. It’s amazing how much you can forget is in a book. I knew I loved this wonderful encouragement that Gloria Furman wrote, but I forgot just how deeply these truths she shares hit my life!
I recently created a “control binder” as per Fly Lady’s instruction to help manage house work. At first it was just chores and a meal planning section but then I decided to add a “Faith” section.
Enter many YouTube videos and blog post researches later and this lovely binder became a catch all. I also do my planning it it- until the 2019 calendar year starts and I’ll use my Simplified Planner by Emily Ley.
The sections I have are:
- Praise Him
- And other
I haven’t completed this project as I count working on it as part of doing devotional time. What is seen above are the chapters in Jen Wilkin’s book None Like Him. I have been wanting to meditate on God’s character so that when I feel overwhelmed by my shortcomings I can instead turn to how great God is.
I have some bible verses and quotes here as well.
In confessions I have some prayers printed out. “Biblical Prayers for Inperfect Moms” by Maggie (I don’t have any more info than that but it’s from Pinterest)
And then I have intercede- which is prayer. I have a group for every day of the week and one of those days includes the 2 Plus Prayer card my church is working on- praying intentionally for an unbelieving friend in our life.
I also included a Valmarie printable- she has lots of awesome free printables on her blog. She makes prayer journals as well.
I don’t do all of these things every day. I try to of course but these are mostly used as prompts. And since they sit on my kitchen counter I see them all day long.
I flip to my calendar and to do list and chore charts and meal plan- and then remember to flip to prayer too. I really like having it all together. It reminds me that as a wife and mom I cannot neglect my great salvation- that prayer and studying God’s character is work I must attend to and need to prioritize.
The grow section is kind of whatever I have time for it to be. I intend to practice meditating on the Word by writing it out and also by using this Risen Motherhood printable to inductively study the Bible when morning or nap time allow for it.
As a mom with littles I can’t get caught up in the world of “always and only” ways of studying and devotion. I need to be flexible but always show up. And this has been a great encouraging tool for that.
I love what Gloria wrote when she shares:
“The Gospel stands above and beyond all the most practical, family friendly, and cost-effective philosophies of motherhood. The good news of Jesus Christ is superior to our to-do list and metaphorical mother of the year trophies. This is because the greatest problem a mother has is not a lack of creativity, accomplishment, or skill, but her inability to love God and others as Jesus loves her.”
Page 20, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, Gloria Furman
This was a timely thing for me to read as I have been battling understanding my role as mother mixed with my personality. Comparison to others only discouraged and condemned me, and yet turning only to my own strength and desires distracted me. But the truth is that I am neither bad or good.
Never good enough and never bad enough.
I cannot even walk the simplicity of only loving my children. I struggle with it and sometimes I even knowingly choose not to. Sinner, through and through.
And that is where the truth of the Gospel swoops in to save the day.
“Jesus saves, and the fruit of the Spirit is far sweeter than the fruitless flowers of mere moral living. God transforms us from the inside out.”
I am looking forward to working more on this Faith Project. One of my plans is to go through my previously completed bible study by Priscilla Shirer on the armour of God.
I intend to start with the book and then add in my notes from the Bible study to create a specific plan for praying over my personal spiritual development. Things like my mindset and not turning to idols for comfort and having emotional stability in God.
I hope this encourages you in your walk with God- to either press on in the grace of the Gospel or to go back to the drawing board and use creativity to inspire remembrance of your great salvation.