I’ve seen motherhood up close and personal now for over 20 years. I’m utterly moved to see the way my wife cares for, teaches, models (she could be one, but I’m talking example-ship here), and loves our 6 children unconditionally. This week alone she spent countless hours holding and nursing our ill 11 month-old back to health.
Motherhood is not for wimps it has been said. And when done well, that is so true.
This task of raising the next generation is fraught with danger (especially when raising boys), exhaustion, and disappointments. But along with it comes knowing that you can shape a life for God (or 6 of them in our case) and see His blessings unfold through the years. I know my wife wouldn’t trade these years for anything, well, except maybe for a couple of hours of sleep.
This weekend I will gladly play bachelor and allow my wife a little time away with other moms to be encouraged in their pursuit of doing motherhood in a God-honoring way. She will be attending the sold-out Raising Generations Today Conference in Corning, NY with hundreds of other moms. Here are some brief bio’s of the key note speakers and the worship leader (there are nine more great speakers as well) from the conference website:
Lisa-Jo Baker is the social media manager for DaySpring, and the community manager for its website, incourage.me, an online home for millions of women the world over. She shares her everyday life lived in between kids and chaos at LisaJoBaker.com, is a contributor to Huffington Post Parents, and her writings on motherhood are syndicated from New Zealand to New York.
Born and raised in South Africa, Lisa-Jo currently lives outside Washington, DC with her husband and their three very loud kids. Her first book, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom releases in April 2014.
September lives a life of perpetual motion, loving the man that has protected her heart for 23 years, and raising 10 children to be more like their personal Savior.
September has a heart for encouraging women in motherhood, and has been able to share this with discipleships, speaking, and writing. While homeschooling and keeping her home, she has written an e-book to the heart of women, titled Hula Hoop Girl. Her journey through loss has taught her to be sensitive to the pain in other’s lives.
Shaun Groves is a communicator who’s known by a lot of titles: Singer. Songwriter. Speaker. Blogger. Husband. Daddy. Friend. He feels and thinks deeply and laughs easily. He’s helping Christians discover what they were saved for, and he’s being a voice for children around the world, desperate to be saved from poverty.
When Shaun lovingly talks about his kids, he could just as easily be referring to his young son and daughters as he could the million-plus children sponsored through Compassion. More than 8,000 of them have received the spiritual and physical help they need as a result of his shows, speaking engagements, and trips he leads to developing countries with fellow bloggers to show them Compassion’s work in action.
A sampling of Shaun Groves music: