Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Mother's Love

Being a good mother is tough.  More times than not, it is a thankless job.  You give of yourself physically, emotionally, spiritually, and most days you feel drained and exhausted.  Or is that just me?

I have but one wee one, and though he is the cutest little booger, sometimes he gives me a defiant look, takes off crawling across the floor and does the very thing I've told him not to.  Little stinker.  You see, he didn't have to learn how to misbehave. Because of the fallen world we live in, he already knows how to push mama's buttons, without ever having to be told.

And that is where our jobs as parents is so crucial.  We are supposed to guide our children and teach them wrong from right.  We must train them to listen and obey even if discipline is needed to make it stick.  If we fail to teach them now how to obey, listen, respect, pray, and love then those are the very things they will be lacking as adults.  The Bible says,  "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)

Not only should we be training our children to behave, but it is also our responsibility as their parents to teach them how to be Christians.  We should be making God a priority in our lives and teaching our children who God is and why Jesus is so important.  We should be teaching our children why prayer is important- not just at meals and bedtime, but at all times.  We need to teach them about worship and reading their Bibles.  And most importantly we need to share the gospel with them.  I want my son to love Jesus and be saved.  From the time my son was born and even before, I have been praying daily for his salvation.  And I pray also for both of my nephews.  Though I believe that the responsibility to train children and teach them about Jesus rests on the parents, I still know that I have influence in the life of my nephews and other children I work with at church, so I pray for them and hopefully teach them more about Jesus also.  But they can't get all they need from church!

Think about what type of person you want your child to be when they grow up. My biggest hope is that my son would come to love Jesus and grow up to be a godly teenager, adult, and eventually a godly husband and father.  I of course want him to make good grades, go to college and get a job, and his dad wants him to play football and become a pro one day. ;-)  But more important than those is that he live for Jesus and go where God leads him.

As a mother my responsibility is to love my son- to meet his needs, care for him, teach him, train him, discipline him and it's in doing all that, that I show my love for him.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers, aunts, grandmothers and any woman who has loved and cared for a child as if he was your own.  I pray for you precious women, who long for children, as I know Mother's day is tough for you.  Just remember you are loved and even though you may not have a child to call your own, you still have an opportunity to love children and tell them about Jesus!

And if you are fortunate enough to have your own mother still living please make sure she knows that you love and appreciate her.  Even if you don't consider her to have been the bet mother, she still chose you whether through adoption or to bring you into the world and that is worth a THANK YOU at least!

And of course to my own mother, I could fill up the page with how amazing she is and what a wonderful example she has been to me, but instead I'll simply say I love you mama, I thank God for you, and Happy Mother's Day!

Love in Christ, 


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