With Mother’s Day having just passed, much thought was given to mothering, particularly parenting.
There are challenges and rewards which come with parenting and yes, the rewards can outnumber the challenges. Yet there is no denying that parenting/mothering is a monumental job each and every day. It is exhausting. It is sacrificial. It is a roller coaster ride of emotions. On a daily basis.
The pressure we put on ourselves to mother with perfection, to raise trophy children, is a burden we just cannot carry. We were not meant to carry it. We are here in their lives for a short time that will hopefully leave a lifetime of memories.
We mold their lives in much the same fashion that we show them how to shape play-doh.
We impress dreams and goals on their tender hearts and minds just as we teach them to paint a picture with their little fingers.
We fan their abilities and talents hoping for a successful outcome much like we put a thousand piece puzzle together and hope for a completed picture, work of art, or masterpiece.
We send them to school, to camps, to sports, to dance ”“ adding experiences to their little lives ”“ much the way we add ingredients to a recipe and pray for an award winning dessert.
There is nothing in life that will tug on our heart strings more than motherhood and parenting.
So the question becomes….
How? How do we mold and impress, fan and add to their lives so that we produce children whose lives will fulfill God’s purposes?
“Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-7, NLT)
We see here some very practical ways in which we can parent successfully. And it all falls upon us, the parents:
- Love. Love God. Love Him with all you have. Love Him fully. Completely. To love your children well, you must love God first.
- Commit. Be fully and wholly committed to Him. May Christ be reflected in all areas of your life. Know His Word. Obey His commands. Be diligent in prayer.
- Repeat. You need to know His Word in order to repeat His Word to your children. Again. And again. And again. They need to hear it repeatedly so that it sinks into their hearts while their heart is still tender and malleable.
- Talk. Talk about God’s Word and the effect it has had on your life. Talk about how God makes life work. Talk about His character, His activity, Who He is. Talk constantly.
Mothering takes place in the dailyness of life. Raising our children to love God also takes place each day.
“What is a godly mother? A godly mother is one who loves the Lord her God with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength and then passionately, consistently, and unrelentingly teaches her children to do the same.” (Elizabeth George)
This is the battle we face each morning, and we fight it in 24 hour segments of time. One day at a time.
But if we are faithful and we love, commit, repeat and talk;
it is a battle that can be won and
one day we will reap a harvest!Â
Truth. How do we find it? In her post, “Truth: A Process of Sifting”, Pam Ecrement shares much wisdom and a powerful principle to benefit us greatly in the processing of sifting to find the truth.
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