I’m so excited to be a part of Brooke McGlothlin’s Gospel Centered Mom book tour! This post was inspired by the book Gospel Centered Mom.
“You don’t need to be enough because Jesus was and is, and will always be enough. You can just be you, and let Jesus be the rest.” -Brooke McGlothlin
For the past eight years, I have struggled with feelings of not being enough for my children. The feelings intensified six years ago after becoming a mother of two and then a year later a mother of three children. It always seems that there is not enough of me to go around. My children need me to be present, attentive, and loving, and most days I feel like I am woefully unequipped for the task of motherhood. Through the book Gospel Centered Mom, I have realized that I can lay down the burden of being enough. Jesus is enough. His grace is enough for me, and His grace is enough for my children. This truth brings about so much freedom, when I chose to embrace it, and live it out. I am not, and was never supposed to be enough for my children. As John 3:30 states, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
In Gospel Centered Mom, Brooke reminds her readers that by taking God at his word, every day can be an opportunity to grow deeper in love with Him. I need this truth so much. Every day is not about getting homeschool done, or laundry finished, or making it to bed time. It is about growing deeper in love with my Savior. When I am focused on my circumstances, I wonder if God is with me on my messy, hard days. I need to remember that God can use my hard, messy days to glorify Him, if I fix my eyes on Him. In the last chapter, Brooke reminds us that we need to, “Be diligent. Pray hard. Study God’s word, and let it bring you life.” I wonder how many times, do I look for an easier way to walk this motherhood journey. There is no easy way to be a Gospel Centered Mom. Brooke states, “The best way we can be the mom our kids really need is to focus our attention on following hard after Jesus.”
I would recommend Gospel Centered Mom to any mom who needs to be reminded of her purpose. According to the Westminster Catechism, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” As a mom, I want that to be my goal also, and in Gospel Centered Mom, Brooke shares scripture and encouragement that reminds moms to keep their focus on God, even on the hardest days of motherhood. I am so thankful that I do have to be enough for my children, and that God’s grace is enough for my children and me. It is so amazing to realize that He can use my flaws and failures to bring Him glory as I live my life surrendered to Him.