Strange, Rich Blessings

February 23, 2011 2 Comments
In The Missional Mom by Helen Lee, Helen writes about ordinary women who make a difference in the world by answering God’s call to live missionally wherever they are. Here is a Franciscan Benediction, as quoted in The Missional Mom, to inspire us step out of our comfort zone and engage the world for Christ.

May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.

May God bless you with foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.

Why do you think God is intent on teaching us through difficulties and discomfort? How has He done so in your life?

About the Book: We all must seek to be missional in our life journey. But the reality is that today’s Christian moms come from a full range of personal and professional context, whether they are homemakers, full-time in the marketplace, or somewhere in between.  Numerous Christian mothers today are living missional lives, using their gifts and abilities to further God’s kingdom by engaging the world around them.  They artfully, passionately, sometimes messily, juggle multiple callings and demonstrate in their modern day contexts how they are emulating the woman of noble character in Proverbs 31. The Missional Mom will affirm Christian mothers who desire to not only to build their homes in a Christ-like way, but engage the world with their skills, abilities, and interests.  It won’t minimize the importance of a woman’s role in her home but it will encourage her to not ignore the stirrings God has planted within her to extend her influence.
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2 Responses to Strange, Rich Blessings

  1. Pam says:

    I’ve read The Missional Mom and found it well worth reading. Helen has a lot of practical ideas to back up her contention that anyone–including busy, stay-at-home moms–can make an impact, all the way from the neighborhood to the other side of the world.

  2. I am very interested in this book as I minister to military wives and the struggle of feeling “purposeful” in every place we go. Jocelyn Green’s book, “Faith Deployed” mentions a great thought that perhaps God sends our family to a new assignment not necessarily for the military member’s career, but because he has ministry that needs to be done by the wife. I’m guessing that Helen Lee’s book would expand on this idea.

    I’ll be looking for this book!

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