Happy Mother’s Day, former procrastinators!
My mother was the first to disciple me. She did so mostly through her example – daily personal Bible reading, nightly reading us Bible stories, teaching us to pray, taking us to church, serving others. Was she perfect in these? Of course not. But I left home with a definite bent toward God. Others helped me see I needed salvation, but my mom had plowed the ground of my soul. Thank you, Mother!
Though we’re imperfect in our parenting, God uses us in amazing ways. He’s designed the family to lay the foundation for life and to build His kingdom. What a high privilege to be a mom!
God has given us imperfect vessels purpose, position, and power way beyond our imagining. We are key in the cosmic battle though we “fight it out” at the breakfast table.
God assigns our purpose. We are to bear fruit that remains, to make disciples of Jesus. Would we have thought of that? We need not flounder searching for the primary thrust of our lives. He tells us. (John 15:16, Matthew 28:19, Romans 7:4)
God appoints our position. We are Moms. With that comes authority and responsibility (and many joys). The constant repetition of the mom job helps us be effective. The “neverendingness” also helps us depend on Him and grow.
God anoints us with the Holy Spirit’s power. The power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is in us, Christian moms. He is our Helper, Comforter, Guide. He empowers us to say “yes” in our mom jobs.
The constant demands of being a mom make it trying and tiring. Yet through mundane chores and aggravating interactions come outstanding opportunities we might discount. Holding your tongue when the milk spills. Repeating a lesson the fifteenth time. Hugging the child who made a poor choice. Over and over. Drip by drip.
You are the first and longest lasting example for your children. Home is where parents teach Christ-like responses, introduce children to having their own quiet time with the Lord, talk them through decisions based on God’s Word. And you are the mom.
Maybe you long to have a one-one one relationship with another woman. Seek that, but take note of the children who look to you. Be much encouraged. You are making disciples.
When do you most need to remember God is using you to influence your children for Him? Say “yes” to Him then.