Redeemed Mothering

by ArabahJoy on April 10, 2012 in Faithfulness, Grace, Place to grieve and heal

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For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. I Peter 1:18-19


Five kids, one dirty dog, one messy house, and one demanding husband into life, she lost it.

I remember sitting in the van as a child while we drove her and her daughter to the ER. After seeing the doctor, she up and walked out of that ER loony.

She went missing and even after they found her and her frightened daughter on a dark street in Tampa, it took a while for us to really “find” her.

It was just like her mom before her…my grandmother…and her mom before her. Just like generations of moms past as far back as I can trace. I come from a long line of women who’ve up and gone crazy, lost their minds, gone stark mad.

It can be terrifying to realize that we, after all our tea parties and ironed dresses and Sunday smiles, we are still children of Eve. We are our mother’s daughters. The blood of ancestors pulses through us, with all its genetic disorder. We are daughters of Alcoholic mothers. Abusive mothers. Unstable mothers. Unavailable mothers.

And sometimes, despite our best attempts at being good moms, when we get quiet we hear the fallen human blood pumping through the veins, reminding us of who we are, threatening to destroy us.

We need the hope of redemption.

“{For you know} that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors.”

Someone today needs the hope of redemption. Someone is following in the steps of her mother and someone today needs to preach the gospel to herself. As wonderful as books, blogs, personal effort, friends, and the like are, there is only one Name given under heaven by which we can be saved. Redemption is found only in Him.

The antedote to being a daughter of Eve is the all-sufficient, perfect blood of Christ.

Apply it liberally… when you reach for that substance…when you’re tempted to engage in self-gratification instead of being present for your kids…when you feel the anger rising…when you drive yourself with condemnation or more performance…today, replace it with the gospel.

“I’ve been redeemed. I can live differently because I’ve been rescued from the worthless ways of my ancestors. The blood I’ve been redeemed with is perfect, without blemish or defect. It is sufficient!”

Today, mother as one redeemed.

Because even when the darkness is within your own soul, pumping through your own veins, under your own skin, He says He’ll give you the kingdom and the kingdom is within you.


*If you have never experienced salvation in Jesus Christ, we would be honored and thrilled to talk with you about the redemption offered in Christ. Contact us via email or the comment section below.

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Arabah Joy and her family have served as missionaries to East Asia for the past ten years. She has been married to Jackson for the past eighteen years and they have four children, both adopted and biological. She has also authored a guide on how to increase energy and has recently released an eBook on living Complete in Christ. Mostly though, she is a broken woman redeemed. She writes about God's sufficiency to transform at Arabah .

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Kris April 10, 2012

Beautiful, powerful, stirring words. Thank you for this bold reminder that Christ overcomes, and the power of salvation overruns genetics and fallen human histories.

Arabah Joy April 10, 2012

Amen Kris! Praising His Mighty Name…

Leisl April 10, 2012

What encouragement to ignore the lies of our Enemy! He is the Largest of Liars…and you have given such Tremendous Truth, it just has to be capitalized! Thank you.

ArabahJoy April 10, 2012

Leisl, you are so right, it is about truth and lies. Praying we live in light of the truth today.

MamaHen April 10, 2012

Amen and again I say Amen.

ArabahJoy April 10, 2012

Thank you, MamaHen 🙂

Courtney April 10, 2012

Thank you so much for this post. This is EXACTLY what I needed to read today. It has really been a struggle so far, but the Holy Spirit has refreshed me with the gospel message. Thank you!

Arabah Joy April 11, 2012

Praying for you today, Courtney! Praise the Lord for truth and sisters coming alongside one another.

Lisa April 11, 2012

Just beautiful. We, too, can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens us! Many blessings to you! Lisa

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