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Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood: An Eleven-Week Devotional Bible Study Paperback – March 17, 2015
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“What a personal, practical meditation on God’s Word! I love this careful, in-depth study of the fruit of the Spirit applied to motherhood. This book would be great to study alone or, better yet, with other women in varying stages of motherhood.”
—Kristie Anyabwile, wife of a church-planting pastor, mom of three, and a discipler of women
“Timely biblical wisdom and rich devotional theology from an author, colleague, friend (and mom!) I trust. Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood will be a real encouragement to believers in the midst (or on the cusp) of the demanding season of motherhood. And frankly, dads should read and learn from it too.”
—Ligon Duncan, chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary
“In this interactive study Melissa Kruger takes moms, with all our insecurities and inconsistencies and uncertainties, to Scripture, where we find wisdom, encouragement, instruction, correction, and, best of all, grace.”
—Nancy Guthrie, author of One Year of Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion Starters
“During the busy days of motherhood, getting into the Bible can be difficult. Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood is a perfect Bible study tool that equips and instructs us from the Word of God with encouragement specifically geared to a mother’s heart. Reading Melissa Kruger’s words will leave you deeply encouraged and challenged without being overwhelmed.”
—Trillia Newbell, author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity
“I speak with the authority of a mom who has investigated paths that led nowhere. Moms don’t need good advice for choosing the best path based on collaborative best practices. What moms need most is to know and be known by the One who said that He is ‘the way and the truth and the life.’ This Bible study is Christ centered and thoroughly encouraging; make the most of it by diving into Scripture with some of your friends.”
—Gloria Furman, author of Glimpses of Grace and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full
“This book is like sitting down for an extended mentoring session with an experienced mother who warmly shares her world and her love for the Lord Jesus. Melissa Kruger shows how she has grounded her mothering in Scripture—and encourages others to do the same. Through a series of topics both practical and theological, she keeps her promise to ‘walk alongside you as you walk with God in the season of motherhood.’”
—Kathleen B. Nielson, director of women’s initiatives for the Gospel Coalition and author of Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word
“This book will be a lifeline for first-time mothers who are feeling their way in their new calling. But it is equally important for the rest of us mothers and even for grandmothers. Each day’s study uses substantive scriptures and soul-searching questions to reorient busy mothers toward walking with God in the mundane moments. With a singular focus on the riches of God’s Word, Melissa Kruger gently helps mothers in all circumstances to step beyond the feeding-schooling-vaccinating-diapering wars into something so much bigger: a life defined by—and dependent on—the glorious call of Christ.”
—Megan Hill, writer for Her.meneutics and the Gospel Coalition and an editorial board member for Christianity Today
“Titus 2 calls older women to train younger women to love their children. In this Bible study Melissa Kruger obeys the Titus mandate. But she does more. She gives the church a practical, gospel-focused resource for older women to disciple younger women in the high calling of motherhood.”
—Susan Hunt, wife of a retired pastor, mother, grandmother, and author of several books for women and children
“Melissa Kruger is a rare find as a friend and mentor to moms! In her devotional Bible study, she walks moms through eleven weeks of daily reflections that will shape a busy mom’s heart to trust in God. Along the way she shares wisdom and tips from her own experience. Key memory verses, certain to transform hearts, are given for both moms and their children. I warmly recommend this devotional study for a mom’s personal reading and for older women wanting to guide younger moms.”
—Margaret Köstenberger, ThD, adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and coauthor of God’s Design for Man and Woman: A Biblical-Theological Survey
About the Author
Melissa Kruger teaches women at Uptown Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at conferences around the country. She regularly writes articles for the Gospel Coalition and Christianity.com, and she is the author of The Envy of Eve. Melissa’s most cherished roles include being a wife to Mike, president of Reformed Theological Seminary–Charlotte, and a mother to her three children, Emma, John, and Kate.
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Publication Date March 17, 2015
I cannot recommend this Bible Study strongly enough for all women, not just those in the season of motherhood. I found it so encouraging and helpful to me even though I am in my late 60’s and a grandmother to grandchildren many miles away. Even as Melissa Kruger uses this study to fulfill the Titus 2 mandate, it is a wonderful tool for all Titus 2 women to give to or to work through with the younger women in their lives also. Even if you have never had children of your own, you will find this study beneficial as all women can be helpful with other people’s children as we fellowship in the Body of Christ, even if the only way that we help with the children is to be an example to them as we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. This study can be a useful tool for this purpose. It would also be instructive for younger women who are yet unmarried or newly married, but currently with no children.
This is not a “how to” book. This Bible study is Christ centered and points out that the most important thing that mothers need is to know and be known by Christ, the Way and the Truth and the Life. It is through this relationship with Christ and abiding in Him and through a thorough grounding in His Word that is the foundation for and out of which naturally flows a Biblically based practical and theologically sound mothering. This tone is set in the first chapter and may we all begin each and every day with the prayer, “Lord help me to honor and glorify You and bring glory to You in everything I think, say and do, including in my mothering.”
Melissa Kruger’s book is set up as an 11 week Bible study with 5 portions (“days”) to each week, but you can actually do it at your own pace. I kept tally of the time spent on each “week” and found I spent anywhere from just under 2 hours to just under 3 hours for each “week’s” section. I finished the study in a little over 13 actual weeks.
These are the topics for each week:
Week 1: Understanding Your Purpose-Walking by Faith
Week 2: Knowing God’s Word-Walking by Wisdom
Week 3: Entrusting Your Child to the Lord-Walking in Prayer
Week 4: Ordering Your Home-Walking in Carefulness
Week 5: Reflecting the Heart of God-Walking in Love
Week 6: Encouraging a Thankful Spirit-Walking in Joy
Week 7: Fighting Against Anxiety and Worry-Walking in Peace
Week 8: Letting Go of Harshness and Anger-Walking in Patience and Kindness
Week 9: Training Hearts Through Discipline-Walking in Goodness and Faithfulness
Week 10: Guiding in Godliness by Example-Walking in Gentleness and Self-Control
Week 11: Recovering from Perfect Mom Syndrome (PMS)-Walking in Grace
At the end of the book are 12 Mom’s verses to memorize, one for each of the twelve months of the year. Following that are twelve topical verses for children. The twelve topics are faith, truthfulness, trust, compassion, joyfulness, obedience, honor, encouraging works, forgiveness, diligence, thankfulness and contentment. Under each topic, is the definition, the opposite of the topic (example is the opposite of faith is doubt, mistrust, unbelief), the Memory verse and Biblical examples (such as the Hall of Faith Hebrews 11 cites Biblical examples of faith.
This study is available in both book form and e-book edition. I did this study on my Kindle and I was able to answer the questions on my Kindle using the “Notes” feature, as well as highlight where it was appropriate to underline. All the verses are included in the book along with space to answer the questions so everything can be done in the book or in a notebook. The one and only complaint I had with this study was that the Scripture verses were mainly NIV with an occasional verse from the ESV. I did all my answers to the questions using the much more Biblically trustworthy KJV. This necessitated my looking up each and every verse, but I felt this was worth it. I also took the time to write out all of the verses for memorization on index cards, and again, used the KJV.
In chapter 5, the author narrates to us how at the age of thirteen her parents gave her a one year Bible that apportioned the Scriptures so that they could be entirely read through in the course of a year. From that day on she has diligently read and studied God’s Word. She gives good insights into ways to help our children establish a good devotional life.
I strongly recommend this devotional to ALL women. In closing, let me include several (though not all) of my favorite quotes from her book.
From page 10, “Delighting in our relationship with God is the first step toward embracing and enjoying our role as mothers.”
From pages 12-13 and a good overview of the content of the book, “Yesterday we examined our ultimate purpose in life: to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. The reality is that we are incapable of either one until we believe in Jesus by faith. And faith is a gift only God can bestow. We ask Him for it. Then it is by faith we can walk with God and can live by His Spirit. By faith we are transformed daily to look more and more like Jesus. I know that this purpose is often difficult to remember in the daily stresses of life and various tasks of mothering. In the midst of floors to mop and dinner to prepare, you may be asking, ‘How do I glorify God and enjoy Him?’ The answer forms our outline or study in the weeks to come. We grow in our enjoyment of God by abiding in the Word (Week 2) and prayer (Week 3). Finding daily time for these two key elements requires us to plan and order our priorities well (week 4). As we abide in Jesus, He changes us from the inside out. The next six chapters deal with the fruit of His Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) at work in our hearts and how the overflow of these virtues impacts our children. The final chapter explores our struggle with perfectionism and our continual need for God’s grace.”
From page 18 regarding abiding in Christ, “Only as we abide in Jesus will we bear the fruit of His Spirit. We need a source of strength outside ourselves in order to become the mothers we long to be.”
From page 85, “All of Scripture points to one ultimate conclusion, our Father treasures us and loves us dearly-all the way to the cross and back. Being rooted firmly in His love allows us to overflow with love for our children.”
From page 125, “Trusting in Christ anchors our souls to peace in the midst of life’s turbulent storms. While our anxious thoughts leave us exhausted and weary, daily dependence on God leads to refreshment and renewed strength.” Psalm 29:11
From page 213, “The lesson that I learned that day is that I cannot protect my children from my weaknesses. As hard as I may try, at some point my sin will affect their lives. However, the way I deal with my failure can provide an example for them to follow. I am a sinner raising sinners…By teaching our children about confession and repentance as well as grace and forgiveness, we bless their lives for years to come.”
And finally, on page 22, “…motherhood has exposed just how much I need Jesus.”
As a final word of encouragement to those who do not think they have the 2 to 3 hour block of time to spend each week in this study. I would strongly advise that you not let this hold you back from benefiting in the use of this book. Although it is arranged as a weekly study, it can be done at any pace. Especially if you are doing this study while doing your regular Bible Study, you might want to do just a small portion each day and not worry about how long it takes to finish it. It is better to do it that way and truly meditate on and pray about the portion of the Word of God that you are dealing with for that day so that it can become truly transformative. Melissa gives several portions of Scripture for each of the 5 days of each “week” and which specifically deal with that week’s topic and they are followed by several questions. You may only want to deal with one of those portions of Scripture each day so as to better benefit even though it greatly lengthens the time that you will spend in this study. May the Lord give you much wisdom in this and may we all continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ as we endeavor to be the women that God wants us to be.
A few of the things that I think you may want to know is that this devotional study includes the scripture verses written in the book and each day's Study usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes at the most to complete. It's an 11 weeks study with five days for each week to go through. Four of the days have thought-provoking questions and the last day of the week is a devotional reading. There are other wonderful tools located in the back of the book as well. I bought this as a paperback but a friend of mine who did it with me got hers on an e-reader. She said that it was harder for her as far as doing the notes and the questions, and looking things back up for discussion purposes. If you're just doing this on your own the e-reader may work, but if you're doing this with a group, or even just for yourself and you like to write things down you may want to buy the paperback.
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