“Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in, it’s what God gave you time for!”
Stan and I are both blessed with amazing moms. They exemplify sacrificial love, patience, and dedication to Motherhood. Thank you both for your love to us even now! I’ve learned from the best. You both are the best grandma’s too!
A few weeks ago, we had a special evening for the ladies at church. I shared a few things in honor of Mother’s Day and I thought I would re-share them here.
(1- Motherhood is a full time job. You’re always on call..any hour of the day or night. If baby is teething and decides to wake up every hour of the night…it’s you. And sleeping in till noon is not an option either! Some stages of motherhood can be extremely exhausting. I read a quote the other day that made me laugh, “I’m not a night-owl or an early-bird, I’m an exhausted-pigeon”. =) I think thats why consistency can be so hard, because sometimes you literally just want a break. It’d be so easy just to look the other way and pretend it never happened. Am I the only one who feels like this sometimes? =)
(2- You give- and give- and give some more. I often feel like I need to power back up spiritually, physically and emotionally, so that I have more to give. I think this is really important for us as moms. Connect to God on a daily basis. Go to Him for our strength and power. Try to take time for yourself if you can. Refuel.
(3- It’s a battle. I never realized how much of a battle motherhood is. I’m sure I’ve only seen a tiny glimpse of this since my children are still small…I can only imagine how intense the battle for their souls gets…. but I already feel like I need to pray so much, especially for Declan as he gets older. I want to grow in this area.
My mom is my hero in this area- ever since long before I was born, she’s been waking up very early to pray for us and spend time with God. Even though most of us are married now, she still prays for each of us. It’s a comfort to know that she’s also praying for our children. I long to grow in this area of prayer!
(4- “More is caught than taught!” Sometimes our children surprise us with how much they’ve learned! Declan is already a more God-like child than I would have thought possible and what I mean by that, is he talks about the Lord so much. Sometimes when I’m not even thinking of the Lord at the moment, he’ll say “Mommy, Jesus is with us! I feel Jesus beside me. Mommy, Jesus is laying beside me in my bed.” He wants to pray about everything. Or if he finds something he lost, he says, “Thank you Jesus!” The other week he was sitting on the toilet and he started yelling excitedly for me to come, I ran in there wondering what the emergency was! And he said, “Mommy!! God is in the shower!” It’s encouraging that he is actually feeling the presence of God in our home.
The other week he had an answer to prayer. We had gotten books from the library and one of them came with a DVD that went along with the book – anyway, we had tried a few times the day before to make it work and we simply couldn’t. That morning he was determined to try again so when I stuck it in, I told him that he could pray. He knelt down and prayed. Within 3 seconds it was playing without a hitch! He could not stop exclaiming how God answered His prayer. A few minutes later, he kept telling me that He loves Jesus. And Jesus is the best. On the flip side of this, it’s incredibly scary to hear myself come out in him…especially in his tone of voice. Yikes! He does not miss a thing.
(5- I’ve got so much to learn! The older Declan gets, the more I realize how little I know about parenting and I have to totally just trust that God will help me through! I give my best, I do what I feel is right at the moment and I trust God and my husband to fill in the rest. I want to parent in faith and not in fear. When you parent in fear, you seek to control. And a controlling mom stifles her children’s growth, especially boys as they mature into men.
(6- We need each other- I’m so thankful for how Stan balances me out in parenting. I would tend to be a hard liner-you don’t get by with anything. I’ve learned to let some things go. Yes, keep a high vision but to keep the spirit in the home light. I love how in a stressful situation at home, Stan comes in and totally brightens the mood. I love that Stan’s strengths, are my weaknesses. I’m continually learning to allow our differences to blend, and balance each other out. Rather than get frustrated at our different views in child training.
I came upon some verses in Proverbs that are so exciting. I’ve often thought that raising a son in this sin-filled world feels scary but let me show you these verses.
Proverbs 6:20-21 – “My son, keep Thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of they mother; bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest it shall lead thee, when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee and when thou wakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp, and the LAW IS THE LIGHT, and reproofs of instruction are the way of life; ….to keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman….”
Reproof is a good thing. First it says, “Forsake not the law of thy mother,” later on it says, that the law is actually the LIGHT.! The law that we instill in our children’s hearts, is actually a LIGHT to their path. It will keep them. How exciting is that? That law or the principles we’ve been teaching them, will actually follow them and LEAD them. It says the reproofs of instruction are the WAY of LIFE.
So keep reproving.
Keep doing what you are doing.
Walk in the Spirit and we have NOTHING to fear.
“Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God, may not be something you do, but someone you raise.”