Here is more on the book by Mark Chanski called, "Womanly Dominion:More than a Gentle and Quiet Spirit". It has challenged me as a mother, and I hope it speaks to you as well.
"A woman of dominion will strive to maintain an orderly household. An overgrown yard, ransacked rooms, and a sink stacked high with dirty dishes do not glorify the God who loves things being “done properly and in an orderly manner” (1 Corinthians 14:40; also numerous Proverbs).
Oh, I suppose a mother could keep things “neat as a pin” if her goal was to have just one or two “low maintenance” children of the “sheltered” variety to whom she selfishly communicated, “Just go to your room and don’t bother. “ But if a mother is bent on raising up mighty children, capable children, bold, brave, daring, adventuresome, God-fearing, dominion-minded children, then she needs to “kiss goodbye” any aspiration of immaculate tranquility. Oxen who go out and turn the soil over, and children who go out and turn the world upside down, make messes. But the woman of dominion is willing to pay the price of domestic upheaval for the prospects of kingdom profit.
There will be more corner cobwebs than you’d like, because instead of obsessively cleaning, you’ll be nursing, teaching to read and ride bikes, and telling bedtime stories. Your front lawn may be blemished with dandelions because your husband assigned your thirteen-year old son (who needs to learn responsibility) to spray weed killer on the grass instead of Dad doing it perfectly himself. Because you let the children finger paint and do Play-Doh today, your kitchen won’t pass the white glove test. Your Lord’s Day mornings aren’t as tranquil as you’d like, because it takes time before it takes time before Sunday School to find a matching sock, help polish the memory verses, and get the munchkins all into the car on time. And now that we’ve mentioned the car, it’s not as new as you’d like, due to the dollars and time poured into feeding, education, nurturing, and rounding out the kids.
Yes, you do want well-rounded kids. You’re not content to have them aimlessly kicking up dust in the back yard, sitting around playing computer games, or sequestered away in their bedrooms, That’s why your calendar may be cluttered with soccer, basketball, or baseball games, 4-H, and or music lessons.
A selfless mother of dominion will be willing to endure decades of “upheaval.” God willing, she will be able to watch from the grandstands the “increase” of her thoroughbred training. Look how her high-spirited and accomplished horses run the race in such a way as to win the prize! The breathtaking sight brings to her a fullness of soul that causes all the years of “upheaval” to evaporate into a fleeting vapor. She is able to feast all winter long on the “fruit of her hands” (Proverbs 31:31)."
"Show me your way , oh Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." -Psalm 25:4-5 My Mission for this BLOG is to bring glory to God as I share what He is teaching me as I raise my children for Him. I want to encourage mothers all around the world to hang in there! Motherhood is tough, challenging and gritty. But through Christ's strength and the support of other moms who are in the trenches, I will keep pressing towards the goal to raise Godly children. Please feel free to leave comments. It blesses me so much! You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball