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You guys. I just finished reading Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman and it is just so very, very good! The subtitle is "Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms" and it really fits the bill. I found it encouraging, challenging, humbling, and empowering in my role that God has given me. Mrs. Furman is also one of those authors I have turned to like Corrie ten Boom when I find myself getting discontent and self-focused and need some real perspective. While I find perspective from Corrie when she learns to trust and glorify God and be thankful for fleas while living and dying in a concentration camp, I enjoy the perspective of Mrs. Furman as a pastor's wife in Dubai with several little children and a disabled husband/pastor. Obviously these two situations are worlds apart but they teach me to be content and faithful where I am and remember eternity in the midst of day-to-day hardships. :)
In the introduction, Mrs. Furman says she keeps on note on her computer that she kept in mind while writing this book, “Resist the urge to reduce God’s Word to nice tips for nice living: give them the gospel.” She goes on to say, “Bible -based tips never rescues anyone’s soul from destruction or carried along the whispers of eternal life into their mundane. Jesus saves, and the fruit of the Spirit is far sweeter than the fruitless flowers of mere mortal living.” I felt like she did an amazing job of giving the gospel in deep, real-life, beautiful reminders I could ponder throughout my day.
Treasuring Christ kicked my butt…but always in a good way! I want to share just a few of the gems in this book:
“Yes, mother, your hands are full, literally. And your hands are filled to overflowing with grace by the One Who stretched His hands out for you on the cross.”
“Christian women are sisters on the deepest level of community, bonded in Christ together for all eternity. To borrow from the knitting motif one more time, Jesus is not just a mere “common thread” that we share as sisters in Christ-He is the tapestry. Jesus is the very head we are growing up into in every way as we build ourselves up in His love (Eph. 4:15-16). It’s true that other mothers can give you great advice on childcare and support your parenting decisions, but Christian sisters can give each other so much more. Jesus gives us Himself, and He gives us sisters to strengthen each other as we learn more about His love that surpasses knowledge. God designed us to need each other.”
“If we want to give grace to our children, then we must be willing to receive it first from God…In Him we find mercy in our time of need-which is always.”
“Consider how the triune God is working to ensure that you behold His glory throughout your days and nights.”
“Don’t you love how Scripture makes your heart stagger under a weight of glory while holding you steady at the same time? Imagine-the Lord is your portion. Not convinced? Just look at what the Father did to His only Son (Who willingly gave Himself on your behalf) in order that Jesus could make you His treasure and you could make Him yours.”
“Beyond the wisdom that we lack because of our inexperience, we have a deeper problem. Our sin induces us to labor for independence from God. We don’t desire His wisdom. Paul says in Romans 7:8, ‘For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.’ Even when we know we need to seek God’s wisdom, we have to fight against our flesh, which rails against the goodness of God. We’re organic sinners; apart from Christ we’re holiness intolerant.”
“My biggest problem is that I live under the illusion that I can do anything I put my mind to while I give lip service to needing God’s wisdom.”
“I love what Ed Welch said about hoping in God’s future grace: ‘Your future involves manna. It will come. There is no sense devising future scenarios now because God will do more than you anticipate. When you understand God’s plan to give you future grace, you have access to what is arguably God’s most potent salve against worry and fear.'”
“Pride shows up in our interactions with our children, too. For example, in frustration-filled moments we demean our children for mere childishness, insinuating that at that moment there is no grace available for them. Instead of marveling together with them at the grace we all need, we dole out guilt for their young consciences to carry. Our proud heart is reticent to surrender to the grace of God that is given for us and for our children.”
See? Butt-kicking goodness. And yeah, that was more than a few gems….but every page is literally dripping with grace and truth that sanctifies.
“Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full is not a to-do list on how to be a good mother. It’s about our good God and what He has done. God’s irresistible grace binds our wandering heart to Himself and frees us to love Him back and overflow in love to our neighbors. We have been ransomed from sin and death and given eternal life by the precious blood of Christ (I Peter 1:18-19). And because of Christ’s work on the cross, we can live God’s way of love in our homes and in the world even as our hands are full (Gal. 5:16-26; Eph. 4:17-6:18).”
I am now reading through this book again (that is how good it is!) and just realized there is a free study guide you can download Here that I want to go through and use as part of my journaling. It could also be great in a group study setting.
As a busy mom, I appreciate that you can hit some great points in the book that can leave you meditating on it all day in only a couple of paragraphs or if you are able, easily read a whole chapter and be given so much more to think about! I am all about freedom in my Bible Study and time with the Lord. As much as I love to spend hours in God’s Word and study words, history and context, if I can hit a good point that leaves me in prayer and humility and loving Jesus and my family more in just a few minutes, that is a blessing and there is nothing wrong with that. This is a book that is full of rich content if you read for a few minutes or for hours.
It is also a smaller book, it could easily fit in a baby bag or purse for when you find yourself sitting in the car waiting or at the Dr’s waiting or….
This book is a bit heavy, not as far as it’s literal weight but the language and assumption that you know basic theology like sanctification, repentence, etc. It isn’t an easy-breezy read, it takes careful thought and consideration.
Ok, so Captain Awesome just pointed out that this wasn’t a review as much as sharing a ton of quotes from the book.
Yeah, okay, guilty. Whatever. 😉
Okay on to the GIVEAWAY!!! As much as I would love to, I can’t buy this book for every Momma I know, but I can give one away to one of you fabulous readers!! I thought this would be a fun way to bring some attention to my new blog here and bless one of you amazing readers!
***This giveaway starts Monday, May 23th and ends Monday 30th. The winner is random and I am using Rafflecopter to host the giveaway and choose a winner. This prize book will be shipped directly from me to you and is a prize donated by myself. 😉 You can expect to receive your prize 14 days following when I receive your address. The winner will be notified by email and will be given three days to respond before the gift goes to another random winner. ***
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What was your favorite quote I shared? Are you interested in this book?Gina
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