Last week I posted “An Encouraging Word for Mothers of Young Children.”
It generated some friendly push-back in the comments as well as on some other blogs (e.g., Jim Hamilton’s wife, Jill, responds here).
I agree with Jill.
But I wonder if some who read those quotes by Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Don Carson may be missing the main (encouraging!) point: mothers with young children generally have less time for the type of Bible reading and study than they would have without young children. And that’s OK because God’s calling of wife and motherhood is high. That’s an encouraging thought, especially to mothers who are frustrated and/or bear a weight of unnecessary guilt. Those are the types of mothers of young children that this should encourage.
Perhaps the rub here is that the quotation I shared does not nuance the encouragement in a way that warns mothers of being lazy and giving themselves a complete pass from reading the Bible at all. But that’s a different (but not unimportant or unrelated) issue.