Motherhood Without All the Rules with Maggie Combs
Today I was thinking how much easier parenting has become as I’ve aged. It’s not that the kids have gotten any easier. The kids I’m actively parenting now are much more challenging than the kids I was actively parenting twenty years ago. The difference comes down to this: GRACE.
After twenty years, I understand God’s grace has more to do with who HE is than what I do or don’t do.
I have more grace for myself. I know I will mess up because I’m a human.
I’ve learned NOT to compare my weaknesses to the strengths of other moms. I’ve found freedom in having a messy house and not getting everything done. Maybe because after all these years it’s impossible to achieve the perfection that I used to strive for.
Parenting has become easier as I look to Jesus and draw close to Him when I feel overwhelmed and defeated. It also helps that I have adult kids and I can see that they CAN grow to love God even though I wasn’t a perfect mom. As today’s guest says in this episode, “God is the perfect parent to US and our kids.” He can do good work even in the midst of our mistakes and our kids’ mistakes.
Friend, if you feel as if parenting is sucking you dry and everything depends on you, this podcast is going to be a GIFT. We’re going to nix stressful stands and share gospel truth, giving you a beautiful vision of what life can look like without all the worry and stress. Enjoy!
Who is Maggie Combs?
Maggie Combs is the author of Motherhood Without All the Rules: Trading Stressful Standards for Gospel Truths. When motherhood overwhelmed her, God drew her closer to Himself through the writing of her first book, Unsupermommy. She loves playing games with her husband and three sons, herding goats on their family farm, and reading young adult literature and mysteries in her free time. It is her joy to disciple women in her local church, through her writing, and as content director for Well-Watered Women.
You may have read or heard Maggie before on The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, Revive Our Hearts, The Journeywomen Podcast, and more.
You can order Motherhood Without All the Rules HERE.
About the Book:
Ditch Pressure for Freedom in Christ
Any mom who has tried to create a godly home for her family knows it doesn’t happen automatically. Through books, blogs, and Instagram accounts, culture asserts that good moms must follow certain standards and abide by certain rules if she wants what’s best for her children. She must do everything she can—and she must do it all just right.
Following the suggested steps and recommended rules may seem best, but what if we’re missing the point? This is something Maggie Combs came to realize while seeking to be a good mom to her three sons. Though the world around us may have critical expectations and rules for mothering, Christ instead calls moms to an intimate, abiding relationship with a triune God. In Motherhood Without All the Rules, Maggie identifies the main “rules” moms today often feel pressured to follow and counters them with gospel truth. You’ll discover how the character of each member of the trinity practically impacts your role as a mom. Join Maggie in forgetting the rules, so that instead of being a good mom, you grow to become a holy mom.
Walk It Out Scripture
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1
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Resources, books, and links mentioned in this episode:
- Motherhood Without All the Rules | Maggie Combs
- Unsupermommy | Maggie Combs
- John 15
- Proverbs 22:6
- Luke 16:19-31
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