Blog Posts by Gloria Furman
Soul Food for Mom
Is it normal to wander into the kitchen and open the refrigerator multiple times while you are standing there? (I’m asking for a friend.)
It’s a mindless, yet hopeful habit. Who knows? Maybe something new to eat will appear when that little light comes on again.
In a similar manner, I tend to treat the Bible like a fridge. Sometimes I stare at the words, and I can’t see that…Continue Reading
The clarion call to repent and believe the gospel message reverberates all over the world. Evangelism is happening in remote jungles where missionary planes land on runways of grass, in coffee shops set in the shadows of medieval architecture, in high-end boutiques in shopping malls, and in rickety taxis inching forward on congested roads in overcrowded cities.
We hear “missionary hero” stories and our hearts soar with thankfulness for the…Continue Reading
Our Holy, Stubborn Song
There’s something stubborn about singing praise to God.
We live in a fallen world. Things are not as they ought to be. How can our mouths be filled with praise in the midst of so much darkness?
Yet we sing.
We sing because we once followed the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2), but now the King has died for us and delivered us from the present…Continue Reading
Kissing the Wave
“How long, O Lord?” is a familiar cry to those who experience suffering and despair. In my own experience this question can be asked in both steadfast faith-filled hope and in faithless unbelief. I’ve asked it in both ways in the same hour or minute.
Trials teach hard lessons, as Charles Spurgeon said: “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”
And sometimes…Continue Reading
Jesus Is with Me to the End of the Age (and the Week’s Ironing)
There is no shortage of sympathizing authenticity available to help moms absorb the impact of life in the trenches. Strangers, friends, blogs, and books freely offer their candid encouragements. I remember one occasion years ago when I was buying a package of preschooler underpants. The store clerk smiled and said, “When you start their toilet training you’re going to feel like there’s urine everywhere. But don’t worry, you’re not alone.”…Continue Reading
Gospel Stability for a Life in Spin Cycle
Around the time our first child was born it felt like the physics of my well-ordered life had been tossed into a salad spinner. The centrifugal force of my circumstances made me feel out of control in my day-to-day work, and my heart quickly followed suit.
In the midst of finishing grad school, getting ready for a move overseas, and learning to take care of a newborn, I found ready…Continue Reading
What to Do When You Can’t See Straight
Some mornings when I wake up I can’t see straight. This doesn’t have anything to do with my glasses or contact lens.
I yawn, stretch, and shuffle into the kitchen for some coffee. By the time my bare feet hit the cold tiles I am fully awake and I can’t see straight.
Alas! Today is… Today. How am I going to make it through Today?
A flood of thoughts stir…Continue Reading
Future Grace, Baby!
When I was pregnant with our first child it seemed like all of my related worries were shrouded in the mystery of the unknown. And now with our fourth child on the way, even in the midst of exuberant joy and thankfulness for this new life, worries creep into my imagination like looming, stone statues.
I can recall the physical challenge of carrying a baby while caring for my young…Continue Reading
A Wife’s Submission in the Cosmic Plan of Christ
“I believe wives should be submissive to their husbands. And so do you. See? We’re the same.”
My neighbor was mistaken.
Her argument is quite common. Living overseas, we often hear people drawing the same conclusion when they compare the traditionally conservative values of world religions. “See? We’re the same.”
Early on in our time here in Dubai, I was confronted with this question: How can I help my neighbor…Continue Reading
What Every Husband Should Know About Stay-at-Home Moms
A leadership guru aired his podcast online on how to increase productivity in your work.
He said that one of the keys to productivity is to know when to stop working. He said that if you’re working more than 55 hours per week then you’re probably losing effectiveness. After this point of working past maximum effectiveness, your work will start to unravel. The demands of a long workweek can even…Continue Reading
Kids, We Eat Food, Not Crayons, Not Boogers
One of my kids picks her nose. I don’t want to write her name here because I don’t want this information to live on the Internet forever and ruin her chances of getting into a good university.
I have another child who eats crayons. “No, little buddy,” I remind him. “We eat food, not crayons.” He spits out the colorful chunks of wax and cries.
One morning while I was…Continue Reading
A Pregnant Woman’s Defense Against the Schemes of the Devil
If you are a pregnant mom, perhaps with your first baby, you may be reading these articles about Mommy Wars and shaking your head. As if you didn’t have enough on your mind already!
In the chaos of battles over things like bottle feeding, co-sleeping, and baby wearing, Carolyn has pointed out how the real Mommy Wars are primarily spiritual battles. The real battles are not against other moms…Continue Reading
Mommy Wars in the Local Church: A Parable
This parable* was told to some mothers who engaged in Mommy Wars and trusted in themselves that they figured it all out, and treated others with contempt:
Two mothers woke up and opened their Bibles to pray, one a perfect mother and the other a not-so-perfect mother.
The perfect mother prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am Mom enough, not like other mothers who have no clue what…
A Celebration of Biblical Masculinity
I live in a culture that admires a man’s earning power, and his fertility, and his ability to rule his domain with an iron fist.
While Scripture certainly calls for a Christ-like masculinity that provides for and protects his family, the Bible takes a wrecking ball to the culture-based ideals of masculinity that are celebrated around the world.
By God’s grace, I enjoy the fruits of living with a man…Continue Reading
God Made the Maternal Instinct to Magnify Himself
“She’s eating her baby!” my 5-year-old shrieked as we were watching an episode on Animal Planet. The narrator coolly explained that when threatened, the mothers in this species of the animal kingdom eat their young.
I comforted my daughter. “Don’t worry, Sweet Pea. I would never eat you. If I felt threatened then I would turn to Jesus instead of chewing on you. Even though your little toes look…Continue Reading
“Kids, You Know Better!”
“You know better.”
Sometimes I say this when my kids do something totally bizarre. “What are you doing coloring your earlobes with a marker? You know better.”
Sometimes I say this when I rebuke them. “We don’t snatch toys from each other. You know better.”
This phrase is instructive; I want to remind my children to exhibit the maturity that I know they’ve learned.
But sadly, more often than not,…Continue Reading
Treasuring God with One Finger in the Cookie Dough
If you want to have consistent accountability for something then just tell a preschooler what you’re planning to do and make sure it contains the word “always.”
Mom, you said you weren’t going to eat any more cookie dough because you were going to give the bowl to us!
I know I said that, Honey. But look, there’s...
But we always lick the bowl!
I know you do. Here, look…Continue Reading
How Eternity Shapes Our Mundane
The other day our baby played his first prank.
I was holding him on my hip as I talked with a friend. It was time for us to leave so I instructed him, “We gotta go, Judson. Say ‘bye’ to Shami.”
“Bah bah!” he repeated as he waved his little hand in the air. Then he leaned toward my friend with his lips puckered. “Oh! Look Shami, he wants to…Continue Reading