One of my daughters came to me one day and said, "You know that moms are suppose to sing all the time. You should sing at breakfast, lunch and while your are making dinner." While this was during the time she was totally enthralled with musicals, I couldn't help but feel that I was not being joyful enough and it bothered me for quite some time. Silly, I know.
It doesn't take much for us to start believing myths about motherhood.
Being a mother can be daunting and the last thing we need is to be entangle in lies that drag us down and cause us to focus on all the wrong things. These lies hinder the very purpose God has for us as moms, namely to raise children in the knowledge and love of God.
Myths regarding motherhood can be fed to us by our friends, family, entertainment and even wrong theology.
In the new book Hoodwinked: Ten Myths Mom’s Believe and Why We All Need To Knock It Off, authors Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk help dispel 10 of these destructive myths with the hope of replacing them with the truth of God’s word.
They look at myths like
- Motherhood is all-fulfilling
- Everything depends on Me
- I am “just a mom”
- Mothering is natural, easy and instinctive
Dear Mom don’t believe the lie that motherhood is a lowly and inferior calling. It is quite the opposite. Instead it is a high and noble privilege. Is it glamourous? No! It is earthy and hard work that is sometimes mixed with tear. But you have been given the ability to affect eternity with the way you raise, train, guide and shape the little lives living in your home.
Myths of motherhood distract us from our real purpose, so let this book be a great encouragement to you as you try to follow God’s call in your parenting adventure.