I’ve been in baby/little kid mode for so long I was taken by surprise when my precious 9 year old asked me today, “Mom, how do I become a man?” WOW! Um. . . I am so grateful for the Word of God that I can cling to and find the help I need to guide this little young man as he grows up. “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness. . . ” II Peter 2:2-3a. I am also grateful for a godly husband who can lead this little boy into manhood!
Treasures . . . we all have them. As little children most of us probably went around collecting rocks, flowers, sticks, and other things we could find. These were our treasures which we proudly ran and showed our fathers, mothers, and friends.
Matthew 6:21 states that where your treasure is, there your heart will be.
Moms, where is your heart? What is your greatest treasure? Your “dream” job? Is it your newly decorated house? Name brand clothes or expensive car? Your perfectly done hair or nails?
Our greatest treasures should be the hearts/souls of our children. We need to be pouring our life into these true treasures from God. Unlike our jobs, houses, clothes, cars, and physical bodies, our children’s souls are eternal. All of the things this world can offer will one day perish and be of no value. No matter what happens on this earth, our children’s souls – if they belong to Christ – are safe forever more.
When you are frustrated today with your little ones today, stop and look at them differently – – – as treasures – – – treasures given to you by the Almighty God – – – the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Don’t forsake the most amazing, most rewarding mission field ever – – – given to YOU by God.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
It is sad but true . . . I have often been told by “godly” older women and pastors that it is ok to NOT spend time studying the Word during this busy season of life. I have been told that I should not worry about it or let it bother me. They said that someday when the kids are grown there will be plenty of time for that.
UM. . . .
Then how will I teach my children to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength? If anything, as Kay Arthur has encouraged countless women, NOW IS the time to be spending in the Word. The very FOUNDATION of the training of my children rests upon MY understanding, as a mom, of God’s Word. I can only give my children as much of Jesus as I have myself. I can’t tell them they are to do something, if I don’t know what and why the Bible says to do it. I can’t tell them to stop doing something that is wrong unless I KNOW what the Bible says.
Moms, no matter how busy you are, no matter how many little ones you have, you MUST make time to spend daily in the study, memorization, and meditation of God’s Word. Don’t let anything deter you from your most important “duty.” Lay aside all of the “spiritual books”, novels, and how-to books. Put God’s Word first above all else (including social media). Satan desires to snatch away, through distractions, needs of littles, tiredness, and busyness, this precious time with the Lord. Fight for it. Sometimes you must be creative, but ***fight*** with all your might for time at the Savior’s feet.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
I read this article today, Are You Lonely, Mama? I couldn’t agree more.
Motherhood is wonderful, amazing, and a gift from the Lord. The baby giggles and smiles are contagious. Watching older ones be successful in school makes a momma’s heart proud. So many wonderful moments.
But it is also a very LONELY time in life (and as nice as social meida is, I think it makes the loneliness worse). There are many long days and even longer nights. Loneliness can sometimes (especially if you have lots of littles and they are sick often) overwhelm you.
I have been there. I am there right now. In the middle of the long days and even longer nights. In the midst of this loneliness I must turn to Jesus. He is there, in the midst of the dishes, diapers, throw up, and poop. I have no other choice but to cling to the solid rock, Jesus Christ. One day there will be only a few dishes, no more diapers or throw up or poop. One day the children will be grown and loneliness will take on a new form. It will be loneliness for those little smiles, giggles, and laughter.
Carpe diem – Seize the day!
A woman once fretted over the usefulness of her life.
She feared she was wasting her potential being a devoted
wife and mother. She wondered if the time and energy
she invested in her husband and children would make a
difference. At times she got discouraged because so
much of what she did seemed to go unnoticed and unappreciated.
“Is it worth it?” she often wondered. “Is there
something better that I could be doing with my time?”
It was during one of these moments of questioning
that she heard the still small voice of her heavenly
Father speak to her heart. “You are a wife and mother
because that is what I have called you to be. Much of
what you do is hidden from the public eye. But I
notice. Most of what you give is done without remuneration.
But I am your reward.
Your husband cannot be the man I have called him to be without your support. Your influence upon him is greater than you
think and more powerful than you will ever know. I
bless him through your service and honor him through
your love. Your children are precious to Me. Even more
precious than they are to you. I have entrusted them to
your care to raise for me. What you invest in them is
an offering to me. You may never be in the public spot-
light. But your obedience shines as a bright light before
me. Continue on. Remember you are My servant.
Do all to please Me.”