Poured-Out Motherhood

“If I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.”  ~Philippians 2:17

“I am among you as the One who serves.”  ~Luke 22:27 

As Jesus poured out His life for us, so we as mothers are called to pour out our lives for our families.  Motherhood is a serving role, requiring that we set aside our own desires and life, and live for Him.  Jesus said that we would find our life as we lose it in serving others.

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”  ~Mark 8:35

Mountains of laundry, late nights with sick little ones, cleaning up messes over and over, teaching and training…all of it can seem like a burden and weariness, but this is where we find our life.  We find it as we are faithful to the calling of loving and serving others.

As we pour out our life as an offering we will find joy.  

“Are you willing to give and be poured out until you are used up and exhausted–not seeking to be ministered to, but to minister?”  ~Oswald Chambers  

Our time with our children is so short.  As I look back on my mothering, I want to know that I did all I could to love, serve, care for, and show Jesus to my children.  
I want to know that I was used by the Lord in their lives, to glorify Him and show forth His faithfulness and goodness.  Yes, it will be work.  It will be exhausting.  But we look forward to an eternal treasure and a heavenly reward.  Our work and faithfulness here will bless not only our children, but it will extend to future generations and even into other families as our children grow up and follow the same pattern of ministry and serving others.
But we must remember that we don’t have forever to make an impression on our children.  We must take advantage of the time that we do have and make the most of every moment.

“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”   ~John 9:4

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”  ~Ephesians 5:15-17


  1. Dank je/ thank you Joy!These are good, biblical thoughts. Although I sometimes overwhelmed by the difficulties, I think and pray for a serving attitude.

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