So in addition to my blog, I’ve started a periscope (Sheri Ann). This old gal can still learn a new trick or two! Oh what a work in progress that is! Today’s encouragement on my periscope was about being God’s kind of mommy. Again, oh what a work in progress that is!
God’s grace is sufficient for me today. It is enough. There is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus! Amen? Amen!
What a great God we have that He is so forgiving and merciful. Yet he is also very just. His mercies are new each morning – and so should ours be. Motherhood is no easy task. As a Christian mom, we are given some hefty goals – to raise our children up in God’s ways. I know for myself, this was almost impossible because I became a Christian just a couple of years before I had my first child. I had much to learn if I was going to be teaching. But God is faithful, and He does equip us for the task.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 ESV)
To be God’s kind of mommy, we need to be walking with God. It helps to at least start the day with a few scriptures and minutes of prayer time to set your focus on Him who is able. And remember that just because God has called us to a task doesn’t mean that it is easy to do. Often it is more difficult than we can accomplish on our own. Motherhood is certainly that! We must lean in hard on God for His strength, wisdom, patience, grace, and peace.
God wants our homes to be places of rest. A haven for each individual to be who He has created them to be. A place of clear consistent boundaries, where He is exalted above all things. It is a place where love, forgiveness, discipleship, joy, failure, do overs, fun, and great grace abide. I’m sure you can add much to this list. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. ( Joshua 24:15)
As parents we are tempted to demand things of our children that we want to see in them. We need to check our hearts and remember that these are God’s children that He has entrusted into our hands to help mold and shape to be like Jesus. He has created each of them for His unique purposes in this world, and it is our jobs as their parents to help them discover what their God given purpose might be, and even who their future spouse might be – or at least the Godly characteristics of such a spouse.
God’s kind of mommy points her children to Jesus as their helper, counselor, friend, Lord, Master, Father, lover of their souls. She teaches her children how much God loves them so that they will be drawn to Him. She is at work with God’s Holy Spirit in their lives, encouraging them to walk in God’s ways. Reminding them of God’s Holy Word. Teaching them to fear the Lord. And that He is always with them.
God’s kind of mommy admits when she has made mistakes and fixes the situation as best she can. She models the Christian walk. She leads by example. Her children are not idols in her life. She puts God first in all things. She is authentic and transparent before her children and expects them to be the same with her and others. She allows the pain of bad choices to do its work in the hearts of her children. She refuses to rescue them from life’s difficult lessons – especially those when a child has wandered away from God’s commands. This is love, beloved. This is love.
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. When the wicked increase, transgression increases, but the righteous will look upon their downfall. Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart. (Proverbs 29:15-17 ESV)
She teaches her children that God wants us to share our faith and our walks with others. We are to go and tell of the great news of Jesus Christ to all who will listen. She plans opportunities to do this with her children. Bringing them along to watch and to participate. There is nothing sweeter than the faith of a child to speak truth to some adults!
God’s kind of mommy loves their daddy. She demonstrates what God means when He commands us to be submissive to our husbands (so the world’s description is viewed as counterfeit). She walks in unconditional love, sacrifice for others, service to others, words of affirmation, joy of marriage, what a covenant with God means, and what a model to the world a good Godly marriage reveals about Jesus and His bride, the church.
Oh there is so much more here. So how are you doing? Do you need to lean harder on the Lord? Give yourself grace. Tomorrow is a new day. Rejoice with yourself and others in the small, as well as the large, victories over the flesh! Remember that you are the front line in a spiritual battle. Know your enemy well. God is with you and will protect and equip you for His great purposes. Each day counts. Make this one a victorious one for God’s glory. Be encouraged. Press on.
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:7-11 ESV)