I am the last person that should be writing on this subject. Someone who is not a mother writing about mothers; she must be crazy. Maybe I am, maybe I’m not. I am not here to tell you what you should and shouldn’t be doing, but rather encourage you, and hopefully if the Lord wills, show you that you really do have a great calling.
I grew up thinking that by the time I was the age that I am I would have a home filled with little ones. It was always my one and only desire; to grow up, marry, and be a mom. I still have the desire to marry, and be a mother, but the Lord has been very gracious to show me contentment without marriage and children (a subject I am hoping to expound upon as the Lord guides), and He has chosen to bless my siblings with children that I truly see as a blessing in my life. The Lord may not have given me my own, but He has placed little ones all around me to love on, and for that I am truly grateful.
Motherhood. I truly admire those that are in it. You are important, and most importantly, you are blessed to be called to do what you are doing. It is my prayer that those of you that are mothers will be encouraged to know that motherhood should not be a chore, or an unpleasant task. You have a unique and crucial role in the lives of your children. I may not be a mother, but I have one, and I can testify that this does not change. Whether you are carrying your unborn child, feeding and caring for them in infancy, helping them through adolescence, struggling with them as teenagers, or mentoring them as young adults, you are playing an ongoing role in their lives.
As I grow older I can see how my own relationship with my mom has changed. She has gone from my caregiver, to one of my closest friends. I would dare say that we don’t take time to thank our moms enough for who they are for us in our lives, I know I for one do not. I love my mom, and I thank God for her daily, and on Monday’s I dedicate my morning prayer time to praying for my parents and a lot of that time is spent thanking God for them. Mom, you have been my mentor all through my life. Maybe we haven’t sat down very often to have an official mentoring session, but by watching you all these years I have seen a wonderful picture of Christ in you, and that is the best mentoring I could ever hope to have.
So, young moms, new moms, seasoned moms, I encourage you, root yourself in the Word of God, and allow your children to watch you as you grow in Christ. Let them see the good, and the bad. The hardest lessons are not learned in the easy times. You are more than “JUST” a mom. You are the most important influence in your children’s lives, and if Christ is your master you can, and you will lead them with strength, peace, and humility.
Happy Mothers Day to my mom, and to all you moms out there, God bless you as you teach and mentor your children!
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7