It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and what better way to say “I love you” to your mom by a simple act of kindness. Whether it be making your mom breakfast, or sharing a poem of all the things you love about her. No matter how you decided to spend your mother’s day, make sure you let your momma know that she is loved, appreciated, and hold’s a special place in your heart.
Today’s blog is brought to you by a beautiful, Christ-devoted woman named Brenda. A few months ago, Brenda followed my blog and would share her encouraging feedback on some of my posts. Once I had discovered Brenda’s blog called “becominghistapestry”, I clicked “follow” and was so encouraged by the practical wisdom she shares while instilling Godly-principles. Her writing has touched my heart, and I hope you will be blessed by her Mother’s day post called “An Ode to Mom’s.”
Let’s welcome Brenda to the Back to Being Sara blog today!
An Ode to Mom’s
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Wow! It’s Mothers’ Day already! Can you believe it? The year just started yesterday, and we are in the month of May. Do you agree with me that the year is simply whizzing past? On Thursday was my birthday. I had an absolutely fabulous day. The Lord gave me the best of both worlds. He sent me both rain and sunshine with the perfect temperature. Thank You, Lord. My friends and family from all over the world wished me a happy birthday filled with prayers and wishes, yeah, I’m special. Then my husband and kids completed the day with gifts and dinner and a movie. It was a great day. I must admit I love receiving gifts. Truthfully it is one of my favorite things about celebrating my birthday. Of course, spending time with my family is great also. Although I’ve never met any, there may be some who do not like receiving gifts, but thankfully that’s not me.
Psalm 127: 3 Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.
Did you know kids are a gift from God Almighty Himself? In spite of the circumstances surrounding their birth; all kids are a gift from God. EVERY.SINGLE.ONE.OF.THEM. They are His gifts to mankind. They are uniquely created by Him. They are loved by Him. They are given to us to bring Him; and Him alone, glory. Children are one of the few gifts, given by the Lord to us, that comes with a guide. It’s also one of the few gifts that come with an expiration date. For some, the strings are loosened earlier than others. But most must leave the nest.
The Lord has given me the privilege of being a mother for almost twenty years now. Our second born; our first was a miscarriage, is almost 20 years years of age. Why does that suddenly make me feel old? Ladies, it is a privilege to be called mommy. Being a mom is one of the few roles that will draw us closer to the Lord. As we get ready to send the last of our ‘babies’ to college, here’s what I’ve learned.
1. Children are people, not pets. This should never be confused. Eternity is at stake.
2. Although children are gifts from God, they are not ours to mold and shape into our image (mini-me, anyone?)
3. Having children will constantly cause us to evaluate ourselves. (Please Lord, don’t make them be like me)
4. Children come to us equipped with their sinful nature. It is OUR responsibility to show and tell them about the Lord. After all, we are still struggling with that nature ourselves, are we not?
5. Children have very long memories, I can assure you, they forget nothing. Be very careful what you say, and what you do. Treat them well, because they have the tendency to remember the bad rather than the good. I wonder where they got that from?
Discipline has become almost a taboo word in today’s world. But let me assure it is possible to raise godly children without it. Don’t worry, I didn’t say it first. Here is what the Word of God has to say about that! Proverbs 13:24 He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly. Ladies, we are not perfect. We are not going to be perfect parents. There is enough grace from the Lord to go around. But our greatest responsibility as parents is to raise godly kids. That’s the objective of this role as parents. Sin in a child is a heart issue, just like their parents. Treat it as such. Make the Word of God the standard for raising godly children. Oxymoron? In my, you would be surprised at the number of people desiring ‘good’ kids without the Bible. Impossible task! We made a discovery when disciplining the girls. They were more likely to respond favorably when the Word of God becomes the standard. Pleasing God is more important to them than pleasing mom and dad. As parents, this also helps us to avoid sweating the small stuff. If it’s not a sin, is it really that important? You decide! Have a blessed day. What are some of your own parenting styles?