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Mothering Ain't for Sissies

For eighteen years per child (give or take a year or two) you are pouring your life into your child. Many days you feel as if you are barely holding on. 

 

Some days are nothing short of disastrous. Babies cannot be soothed. Toddlers are defiant. Early elementary-aged children are wiggle worms with the attention span of a knit. Tweens are hormonal wrecks. Teens are belligerent. At the end of the day, you are looking for somewhere to resign. Confident tomorrow will be better, you collapse into bed and fall into an exhausted sleep, only to rise the next morning to more of the same. You muster your courage and say aloud, “I can do this. I can do this! I think I can. I think I can.” Good and godly parenting takes more than positive thinking. Trying to draw on your own courage to accomplish the monumental task of training up a child in the way he should go is futile without Christ and His indwelling Holy Spirit. This God-sized job can only be accomplished in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

 

Every child is born with a certain bent, hardwired by his/her Creator with certain personality traits, talents, and temperaments. It is the parent’s role to train the child according to the way he should go. The ultimate goal is to see the child come to faith in Christ and then conformed to the image of Christ.

 

As a godly parent, we are to faithfully labor in co-operation with God the Father to work eternal things into the lives of our children before we release them into the adult world. This is most effective when Christian training begins at an early age and consistently taught through verbal exhortation and visual example. By the time our children are ready to be launched they should be thoroughly grounded in the faith. This style of Christian parenting involves exhortation, correction, and example. It will ensure the profound truths of the Word of God have been both taught and practically modeled before them.

 

Mothering is not an easy task. It is a career choice that will leave you physically exhausted, emotionally spent, mentally drained and spiritually challenged. Your feelings will be hurt, your toes and your heart will be stepped on, you will feel unappreciated, you will experience unfathomable guilt, you will constantly feel like a failure, you will compare yourself unrelentingly to your highly efficient friends, you will eat most of your meals while standing up over the disposal, your mind will turn to mush and your brain will turn to oatmeal as you slog along through this minefield called mothering. However, as a mom who has done it with two boys I can emphatically tell you it is worth it all when your child rises up and calls you blessed! Mothering is a holy occupation. There is not a higher calling and you and I are privileged to take part in it!

Train up a child in the way he should go. 
Proverbs 22:6

 

Posted: 3/29/2014 8:07:01 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments