Risen Motherhood Episode 3: Postpartum Body Image


In this episode: Emily and Laura discuss the hard realities of postpartum body image, including reflections from their own experiences.  Grab your coffee and listen in to this real life conversation of two moms trying to sort through the lies and struggles that come with expanding hips and waistlines.  Stick with it to the end for nuggets of truth to speak to yourself as you cling to your true identity in Christ!




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Next week’s podcast: We discuss the topic of Gospel instruction with young children

Risen Motherhood Episode 2: Motherhood & Self-Care


In this episode: Emily and Laura discuss a mother’s need to care for herself in order to serve and love her family well.  Particularly, they talk about strategies for self-care, ideas for discovering what gets you energized and how staying connected to Christ is the most important thing.




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    • Tell others. We truly hope this podcast fosters conversations and deeper discussions between mothers to seek the gospel in their daily activities - we'd be honored if you shared and encouraged others to listen in.
Next week’s podcast: We discuss the topic of Postpartum Body Image

Risen Motherhood Episode 1: Motherhood & The Gospel


In this episode: Emily and Laura discuss how the gospel impacts motherhood, because it's difficult to stay focused on what matters eternally in a culture prone to promoting mommy guilt.  In addition, you'll hear a bit about these blogging sister-in-laws, and how the idea of "Risen Motherhood" became a reality.




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    • Tell others. We truly hope this podcast fosters conversations and deeper discussions between mothers to seek the gospel in their daily activities - we'd be honored if you shared and encouraged others to listen in.
Next week’s podcast: We discuss the topic of Motherhood and Self-Care

Introducing: The Risen Motherhood Podcast


"Maybe we should start a podcast!" I said with a laugh, only with a small seed of hope in my heart that Laura would agree.
For some time, we'd been discussing the ins and outs of motherhood in light of the gospel.  It was both invigorating and extremely helpful to work out the hard (but common) questions we face in daily life.  Sometimes motherhood can feel so lonely and confusing, but when you realize there are other women in your community trying to understand these things alongside you, suddenly, you gain courage.  The accountability was helpful, and I saw my heart making small changes as I thought more critically about my mothering in light of God's word.

Laura wasn't the only person I was talking to about motherhood and the gospel.  Many of the moms around me, in my church especially, were discussing hard things like mom guilt and discipline.  We were going back and forth about how we can talk to our sons about superheros in light of Christ and not finding our identity in the behavior of our children.
It was evident that moms needed other moms to just talk.  To share wisdom, insight, experiences - but mostly, to point one another to Christ.
We started with research, counting the cost of a new venture, because the challenges were many.  First of all, Laura and I lived 5 hours apart.  We had children at our feet most of day, with nap times not always syncing.  Neither one of us owned fancy microphones or recording equipment.  We had little experience in public speaking, especially in conversations about faith.

The first time we sat down to record, it was quite embarrassing.
Laura's voice was almost completely gone from a having a cold.  I was fumbling, with a newborn baby who wasn't on a schedule yet, and could wake up at any moment during our recording needing to eat.  Our sister-in-law, Becca was also present, being so kind to support our first awkward attempts at speaking.  When we finally hit record - we sounded so inexperienced.  And my baby tooted in the background while we were talking.  We laughed hysterically.  We got no REAL content.

For months it seemed we were getting nowhere.  Recording a podcast was more complex and challenging than we ever expected, and we were both humbled to find out we weren't as "good" at it as we expected.
But the good news is, this put us both in a place of real dependence on God, with a realization that on our own, we weren't going to offer much to our listeners.  Instead, it would have to be God using our imperfect words to point other moms to himself, despite our flaws and shortcomings.
Somehow, in the midst of fall schedules, babies waking up all night and travel - we got everything recorded.  (Mostly, this meant brewing coffee in the 5a.m. hour and sneaking to quiet parts of the house.)

Tomorrow, we'll release our first episode of The Risen Motherhood Podcast, and my heart is brimming with thanksgiving.  In motherhood, there are so many things you put effort into and then don't get to see the results or fruit for years or decades.  It's refreshing to start something and actually see it come to completion!  And honestly, even if very few people listen or if it's just not that helpful, I'm still incredibly grateful we did it.  I see God's good plans all over it, and I'm sure the depths of his purposes are unknown to us.  Because in the process we learned a ton about the gospel, we grew in our own mothering, we had to lay down idols and confront ungodly fears.

So, dear readers, I hope that you'll take 15 minutes and listen.  Even in our fumbling over words and saying things that aren't quite right yet, I hope you will be aware of your own need for Jesus.  I hope as you listen to us, your heart will be drawn to Jesus with a greater desire to talk with your own community about the gospel and motherhood.  I hope that our lack of perfect answers will encourage you to keep praying and seeking joy in God above all.

Read Laura's introduction here, and check back tomorrow for the link to the very first episode of Risen Motherhood!

When the Mess Never Goes Away

The bothersome cycle of mess
Over a recent weekend, my husband and I tried to wash every single load of laundry in our home.  It had been building up for a while, so over a two day period, we did load after load, hoping for the world-conquering feeling of seeing every basket empty.  On Sunday evening, it seemed our task was finished.  All I needed to do was put the clean laundry into drawers, and we had achieved our goal.  So you can imagine my husband's surprise when Monday night after the kids had gone to bed, I brought three more laundry baskets out for us to fold.
"Where did this come from?!"  He exclaimed with a look of disbelief on his face.
"Well, this is what we wore this weekend while we were washing the other laundry." I said matter-of-factly.
The reality hit us:  we could never actually have ALL of our laundry done.
It was a never-ending cycle.
So we folded the clothes and went to bed.

Many moms have felt this feeling.
The work is never done.  The messes, the dishes, the clutter, it's always there and it's always threatening to overtake us.  Even if you get part of the house clean, it's a momentary joy when you realize your children messed something else up while you were working diligently.
And I think at the core - for many women - this is bothersome.
Why is that?

Mankind's relationship with mess
To understand our relationship with messes, we have to go back to creation, where God gave Adam a task to do.  In a world of beautiful order, God left a job for man; to categorize and name the animals.  He couldn't really do this job completely on his own, so God graciously gave Adam a helper and a wife named, Eve.  Together, they would subdue the earth, reign over creation and image God with lovely organization.  But we know the story doesn't end there...

Before they finished their work, sin entered the picture leaving Adam and Eve broken and separated from God.
Instead of order, chaos now abounded in the new world.  Instead of categorizing animals in a setting of peace, they would be toiling and working against a system that was constantly falling apart.  Sin wrecked any hope of cleanliness, inside and out.
And this is where our lives are at today.
Defined by wreckage, falling apart, chaos, brokenness, separation, mess and death.  And in this environment, the part of our hearts that was created in God's image, with the original purpose written on our hearts is extremely frustrated by this.  Why can't we just hold things together?  Why can't we just subdue our own little kingdoms and get everything to work together as planned?  Why is order so impossible to achieve?

In our sin, we often try a couple of strategies.
Some of us accept the mess and disorder of our world, and have ceased fighting against it.  We bury that desire for godly order deep down and throw our hands up at the piles of stuff.  If we can't beat 'em - join 'em!  If you can't keep it clean - let it get messy!  We assume that since we can't give our stuff order, there's no point in even trying.

But others of us take a different approach.  The mess brews frustration in our hearts, because we know it's just not right.  We continually strive to pick up, organize, scrub, and strategize for ways to achieve a harmonious space.  Anyone and anything who gets in our way is an obstacle to be mowed down, because we will not have people messing up that which is on it's way to cleanliness.  But even on our best days, we still can't get to the corner of that junk drawer or reach the dust under the furniture.  Deep down we feel the futility.

Jesus redeems the mess
Both approaches deny the reality of the gospel - God's answer to sin, brokenness, and the wreckage left after the garden.  Jesus brings peace, restoration and another way to live in this meantime (knowing that ultimately, God will restore final order to all things).

In the meantime, we don't have to let messes consume us.  We don't have to give into them.  We don't have to throw up our hands and say, "God's ways are too hard, so who cares?!"  But we also don't have to strive to the point of weary, burdensome souls.
  • In Christ, we can acknowledge that we can't ever obtain perfect order, and to try it on our own would be foolish.
  • In Christ, we can see that there is an opportunity to image God in our work, making love our goal instead of tasks.
  • In Christ, we can live in the midst of chaos with the assurance that chaos will not have the last word.
  • In Christ, we can work hard, modeling the importance of subduing our little corner of the kingdom without making ourselves God.
So next time your children find that kleenex box and spew its contents all over one room while you were cleaning another, you can breathe easy.  Not because messes are okay, or because they are God's original design, but because Jesus overcame every type of disorder at the cross.  Next time you are tempted to ignore the battle of laundry, you can say, "Thank you God for the ability to image you in small ways, restoring order little by little in love until your son returns."

And for those of you who think this is a little 'overly-spiritual' for something so worldly, I challenge you to see all things in light of the gospel.  Because our every task and activity has purpose and joy and meaning in light of who God is and who he has made us in Christ.  Only as we rest there will we bring him maximum glory and experience great joy.

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