Finding God’s Good Gifts in Motherhood
October 2021 • Paperback • 978-0-8024-2419-8
Is motherhood only about self-sacrifice? Or will it bless your life, too?
You know that motherhood makes high demands. Yet you know it’s worth the cost because it benefits your child. On some grand level, it’s also good for civilization. And of course, it’s a calling from God. So is that what you’re doing here—pouring out your life for God and others while getting little in return except the consolation that you’ve done the right thing?
Laura Booz wants you to expect something more out of motherhood—something truly beautiful. You might be asking: Will I lose myself in motherhood? Compromise my career? Squander my potential? What’s the point of all that unseen (and uncelebrated) serving, cleaning, caring, snuggling, discipling, and praying? Laura wants to help you see that behind all the giving that mothers do is the receiving of something special—a profound growth in God that is cultivated through motherhood’s everyday ups and downs.
Let this book give you a renewed vision of motherhood: to see God’s good purpose for you as a mother, a woman, and a follower of Christ.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura Booz is a writer and teacher who encourages women to love God, think biblically, and live vibrantly. She’ll cheer you on, share practical ideas, and point out the beautiful ways God is working in your life. Laura contributes to her local church and a variety of Christian ministries including Revive Our Hearts, True Girl, enCourage and Covenant Eyes. She and her husband, Ryan, and their six children make their home in Pennsylvania. She’s delighted to be writing her first book with Moody! Meet her at LauraBooz.com.
From beginning to end, our expectations about motherhood matter. They shape what we look for, what we fight for, and what we cherish along the way. Some expectations must be held lightly, for they can be overturned in a moment. Other expectations must be held tightly, for they are as good as done. We want to make sure we know the difference.
You may ask, “What did you expect of motherhood?” Maybe I expected love. Or happiness. If I dig a little deeper, maybe I expected the joy of introducing a child to Jesus, or raising a good citizen or a top student. To be honest, for all my daydreaming, I don’t know what I expected. Motherhood has been one big surprise for me. For starters, I’ve been completely blindsided by the love that invades a mother’s heart and the way she will do anything for her child’s well-being. I’ve been stunned by the female body and how it sustains life – sometimes seamlessly, other times with significant effort. I’ve been shocked by the amount of laundry, noise, band-aids, giggles, hugs, and awe a child brings into a woman’s life. Most of all, I have been astonished by the way God pursues a woman through motherhood and makes her more like Jesus.
(Spoiler alert!) My husband, Ryan, and I do have six children, ranging in age from two to sixteen. They are great kids who love to laugh, explore, and create. They’re also normal kids who struggle with arguing, disobedience, and the works. But they forgive easily and are easy to forgive. We live on a beautiful little farm in central Pennsylvania where we raise chickens, honeybees, and midsummer tomatoes. We toast mountain pies on the campfire and read books under the maple trees. Sometimes it feels like a dream. We have so much to be grateful for. But life is not all roses. Life – for everyone – is replete with thorns. Any amount of growth comes from a mixture of joy and sorrow. Thanks bet o God for His presence in all things.
In those early days of first dates and big dreams, I certainly didn’t expect that I would feel overworked and overlooked as a mom, but I have sometimes. This has been an unwelcome surprise. I’ve wrestled with the cost of motherhood. I’ve wondered, Am I losing myself? Am I compromising my career and squandering my potential? Do my unseen sacrifices amount to anything? Have you ever wondered these things? I think all moms do. We know that motherhood is good for children and even good for civilization, but at the heart of our glorious calling, most of us ask, “Is motherhood good for me?”
Over the past sixteen years, God has assured me that, yes, motherhood is indeed good for me – and for every mom. He has formed treasures in me through the desert land of infertility and the lush pastures of raising children; in the valley of stillbirth and the mountaintop of healthy full-term deliveries; and in the everyday work and play. Motherhood has never been easy, but God has been faithful to His promises and has answered impossible prayers.
I have seem His hand at work in other moms too. The story is always the same: as a woman walks with God through motherhood, He transforms her into a person who clings to Him and sees people the way He does. To see this at work is the most beautiful thing in the world. It’s a story worth telling.
Laura blends a delightful gift for storytelling and a dose of levity with sound biblical wisdom. Expect Something Beautiful will encourage new and seasoned mamas alike to embrace and enjoy the gifts of motherhood and to experience the enabling grace of Christ for this challenging calling.
– Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
Author, Revive Our Hearts founder, and Bible teacher
With raw honesty, wit, and biblical truth, Laura directs a mother’s heart to lean upon God’s sustaining power and love in motherhood—in everyday challenges from cleaning up a shattered bowl of whipped cream or facing a fresh day after a sleepless night, to the larger pain of navigating unexpected loss. Prepare to worship the Lord in both the difficult and delightful moments as a mom as you read Expect Something Beautiful. You’ll treasure this book!
– Heather Holleman
Author of Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison
Motherhood is filled with expectations, both for ourselves and our children. But what can we expect from God? In Expect Something Beautiful, Laura Booz paints a beautiful picture of the work God is doing in and through us as we mother our children. We can expect beautiful things—whether we are cleaning up the latest spills, solving sibling spats, or instructing hearts in the Word of God. This gospel-saturated book provides encouragement for every mother’s heart.
– Christina Fox
Author of Idols of a Mother’s Heart and Sufficient Hope: Gospel Meditations and Prayers for Moms