Reach out into the world more.  Don’t let the demands of raising a young child cause you to isolate yourself from the larger community around you.  Stay engaged with your neighborhood, church, groups, online communities, state, nation, and world.  Let the new compassion you’ve gained for others as a result of your motherhood motivate you to reach out to people in fresh ways. 

Visit an elderly neighbor, join a neighborhood watch group, write to your representatives in Congress about issues that concern you, sponsor a child who lives in a poor nation, and serve in any other way that God leads you.  Follow the news each day to stay informed about all that’s going on, and pray about what you learn.

Draw closer to God.  Let motherhood teach you more about God and motivate you to draw closer to Him.  Just as you love and care for your child, God loves and cares for you.  Just as you hope to teach your child how to live a rich and full life, God wants to teach you.  Just as you’d like to train your child how to make wise choices, God desires to train you.  Ask God to use your relationship with your child to strengthen your relationship with Him every day.

July 17, 2009.

Adapted from Life on Planet Mom: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Your Changing Relationships, copyright 2009 by Lisa T. Bergren. Published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Mich.,

Lisa T. Bergren is the bestselling author of more than 30 books.  She is a freelance editor, cofounder of, and a blogger on  She lives in Colorado with her husband, Tim, and their three children.