Last year at this time, my mom mailed me a book entitled “Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full.” I was about to have my fourth baby, and there just didn’t seem to be a better title to my life at that point. Just ask all the strangers at the grocery store- you know, the kind-eyed white-haired folks who take one look at me and my energetic (noisy) crew and exclaim, “Your hands are full!”
I loved Gloria Furman’s “Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full” so much so that I immediately researched her and ordered the other book she had written, called “Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home.” I love them both, and wish I could get the mailing address of any mother with full hands (in other words, every mother) and send them the books. They are encouraging reads that were such a blessing to me at a busy time.
Recently, I noticed that Gloria Furman’s publisher, Crossway, is about to release a third book. This new publication is called “A Pastor’s Wife” and I can’t wait to delve into it. I emailed her to ask her about it, and also shoot her a couple questions about her first two writings that I enjoyed so much.
1. Since your third book is directed to pastor’s wives, I have a question for those of us who are not pastor’s wives. How is the best way for women in this busy season of motherhood to encourage the pastor’s wives in our lives?
One main way that moms encourage me is their presence. Be present. I know how hard it is to get out of the house when you have little kids (I have four kids 8 and under), and I have tasted what it’s like to try and pull off that magic act of getting someplace when you’re the lone adult, outnumbered by the short and diapered people. But your presence in corporate worship, member meetings, service opportunities, and fellowship times is encouraging to others because it reminds them that (A) there are helpless people among us who need us (the little ones), (B) Jesus is wise in designing us to need one another in community and you believe that is true with all your heart so you are willing to be someplace where you can experience community. Even during toddler tantrums and trying times.
2. How did God grant you TIME to write about grace in the midst of this busy “mothering young children” season of life [Gloria is mom to four little ones] to write a book (two books!) about it?
Before I got my smartphone I wrote on scraps of paper I kept in my back pocket along with a golf pencil. Then when I got my phone I wrote with my thumbs in the Notes app. At night when the kids were in bed I would type out the thoughts into full sentences. They just came out fast, I suppose, because they had been brewing all day long. I need to write in order to process what I am thinking, so I considered the writing as useful for my own edification. Otherwise, I find that my thoughts get backed up. Like a drain with shampoo and hair in it.
3. What is a piece of encouragement you would offer women in a similar season of motherhood?
I would encourage her with the fact that the Lord cares for her in her particular needs. A passage that has become dear to me is Isaiah 40:11, “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.”