Lisa Ens Bogoya shared some personal thoughts about the spirituality of being a mom. Mom of 2 lovely girls, 7 and 9 years old, Lisa shared about the journey of her own spirituality from pre-mommy days to the present.
Lisa started by sharing about her own childhood and the ways that the spirituality of her family life affected the formation of her faith. As an adult, studying at seminary and learning about herself, her faith continued to change and settle, and then the miracle (and chaos) of children arrived in her life! Having to figure things out all over again was a challenge, and Lisa was candid about how being a parent threw her for a loop.
Here are a few points that stood out:
- It’s completely normal to feel like you have to figure out who you are, spiritually, in a new way after having kids
- Spirituality as a mommy is very connected to the developing spirituality of your kids
- God is doing something, and our kids are developing an understanding of God with or without us
- We can think of ourselves as “midwife” to the thing God is doing in our kids; nurture and encourage, share ideas and experiences with them. We aren’t “passing on our faith” to them, but helping them find the spirituality that God is inviting them to
- The “Little House on the Prairie” tv series has been a great source of conversation topics for Lisa’s family in the last few months — “God is in every episode!”
After sharing about the ups and downs and challenges and joys of sharing life and faith with kids, we had some great discussion.
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by Brene Brown