Join me as I interview Courtney Reissig as we address the issues of identity in motherhood and the value of their work in the home. Learn how to serve God with your natural gifts in this stage of motherhood. Find your extraordinary value in ordinary motherhood.
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About the Author
Courtney Reissig is a wife to Daniel, mom to four sons, writer, and bible teacher. She is the author of The Accidental Feminist, Glory in the Ordinary, and a forthcoming book on the psalms. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and The Washington Post. She has a BA in English from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN and did some graduate level study at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. They are members of Midtown Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR, where her husband serves as an elder and she leads the women’s ministry. If she has a spare moment, she enjoys running, reading, and watching TV with her husband.“Work is more than what we do, it’s how we love and worship God.” Click To Tweet
As a mother of four boys, Courtney has a good grasp on what it takes to care for a home full of people. The little men in her life help her to see the practical purpose of her presence in their lives.
But as a mom who also happens to be a writer, it became awkward to express who she was out in public. After years of seminary training, teaching Bible studies and aspiring I full time ministry, her main role became caring for her babies.
Will I have something to say about what I do when people ask? The struggle is real when we struggle with the fear of man.
Bearing the Image of Our Good Father
As we discuss in this podcast episode, the work of the home can feel mundane and a bit boring compared to the intellectual stimulation and recognition we can receive in the workplace.
But as Courtney reminds us, we work because we are image-bearers, and everything we do affects someone around us. God loves those people, and so your work is never in vain.
3 Ways We Bring the Image of our Creator into our home:
1. Being fruitful and multiplying
2. Meeting the Needs of People (hands and feet)
3. Order Out of Chaos
“Part of loving others in your work is meeting their needs.”
Parenting Expectations in America
Expectations of parenting in America. Historically, women have never done everything…. and this is why we need community.
-Your husband is a contributor to the work of the home… it’s actually the whole family’s work.
-Raising a family was a community effort
This book was written for women 30 and younger, as sort of a layperson’s guide to help this new generation to understand the feminist movement.
Courtney wants us to understand that we have distinct roles in His kingdom that matter, that all of our lives tell a story about God. How we see ourselves influences our understanding of work, home, children…and God.
Instead of having it all, or doing it all… we can accept that our seasons of life will bring different opportunities to use our unique gifts. Here’s to raising world changers and culture-makers!
Lord, give us the wisdom to only choose the best things for the current season.
Connect with Courtney
Mentioned in this Episode
Click the image to order Glory in the Ordinary!
When the work of the home fills our days, it is easy to get disillusioned and miss God’s grand purpose for our work. As image bearers of the Creator who made us to work, we contribute to society, bringing order out of chaos and loving God through loving others—meaning there’s glory in every moment. In this encouraging book, Courtney Reissig combats the common misconceptions about the value of at-home work—helping us see how Christ infuses purpose into every facet of the ordinary.
Click the image to order Accidental Feminist!
In this book, Courtney Reissig—a wife, mom, and successful writer—recounts her journey out of “accidental feminism,” offering wise counsel for Christian women related to relationships, body image, and more—drawing from the Bible rather than culture. Whether you’re a committed feminist, a staunch traditionalist, or somewhere in between, this book will help you answer the question, “What does it mean to be a Christian woman?” You’ll discover the joy, purpose and importance that are found in God’s good design.