11 Ways Mothers Change the World

11 Ways Mothers Change the World // jessconnell.com

If you are one who:

  • loves Christ,
  • desires to see people come to worship and know Him,
  • and longs to find her purpose in the world,

Let me commend to you the role of mother.

If you are a young woman who:

  • has been told all the horrors and sob stories of colic and tantrums
  • and have somehow missed hearing about the joy of raising up interesting, unique individual men and women who will know and serve God,

Let me commend to you the role of mother.

If you are a gal of the post-feminist era, who:

  • was told you could “be anything you wanted to be”
  • but never had it be hinted that that “anything” might include being “everything” to some little people,

Let me commend to you the role of mother.

If you are a lady who:

  • wants to change the world and make it a better place,
  • desires to deeply  impact people,
  • wants to help others to overcome difficulties and find their strengths and God-given abilities, so that they might in turn serve God
  • desires to contribute to this glorious world in a weighty and eternal manner

Let me commend to you the role of mother.


  1. by impacting lives, day-in, day out-for 18+ years, more time than any professor or doctor or preacher or counselor will ever be able to have in the lives of the people they seek to impact.
  2. by studying and knowing their children so that they can train, counsel, and encourage them as they grow towards adulthood
  3. by connecting deeply with their children in ways that are virtually impossible with the world at large.
  4. by loving and being loved in a way that is entirely distinct from any other sort of relationship.
  5. through giftedness, careers, and talents that they themselves do not possess, as they spur on and encourage their children to find their God-given place of service.
  6. by teaching, training, sharpening, shaping, and guiding their children in ways that will forever alter human history.
  7. by praying with intimate understanding for the hearts and lives of people from the very beginning of their existence.
  8.  by accepting this purposeful career designed by God Himself, with His assistance and leadership guaranteed throughout.
  9. by watching, helping, and encouraging the man they love grow into a man who loves in ways that were unseen and unknown before he became a father.
  10. by submitting to a God-given life with sanctification built-in by the requirements of hard work, selflessness, disappointment, perseverance, patience, grace, self-control, and a continual seeking of wisdom from above.
  11. by working hand-in-hand with God Almighty and the husband He has given to mold future adults.

I am not saying this is the only way– but I am absolutely saying that it is an awesome and God-designed way, for women to yield to their Maker by welcoming with joy and with great sober responsibility the blessing and gracious gift of children into their hearts, lives, and wombs.

Nearly thirteen years in, God continues to do big things in my heart and life and draw me closer to Himself through this role of mother, and I would be a foolish woman indeed if I did not speak highly to you of this beautiful means of sanctification that God has given to women: the disciple-making, world-changing, heart-molding role of mother.

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Jess Connell

Jesus-follower, Happy wife, Mom of 8 neat people. Former world-traveler, now settled in Washington. Host of Mom On Purpose podcast (momonpurpose.com). I write and wrangle kids.

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