“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.”
Heritage and reward, what a beautiful way to describe our children. Though having children is a gift from God, it definitely is a challenge.
As parents, particularly mothers, we are here to take care of not just the physical, mental and emotional growth of our children but also their spiritual growth. First and foremost, to bring them to the knowledge of who Jesus Christ is. If you just take a moment to rehearse that responsibility to yourself, you’ll soon be overwhelmed of how difficult a task it is.
YOU CAN’T DO IT ALONE!
The more I depend on my knowledge, trying every effort to help my children do what’s right every single time, the more I will be exhausted. Of course, it’s good to learn new ways to teach your children, it’s good to make conscious effort to train them, but the key is not in how much I know and in how much I can give to my children, it’s in how much I am willing to surrender and depend on God every single day.
There will be days when you think you’re ready to give up, there are exhausting days, there are days when your children continue to disobey, there are days when chores are left behind because your children are sick, there are days when you can’t even fix your hair or take a bath because you just have so many things to do.
You can’t simply fulfill your role as a mother with your limited wisdom and strength but praise the Lord for His word. An exhausted mom can always find hope and strength to carry on because God promises us His strength and His grace.
I went through the book of Daniel last month and this verse was very timely for me:
Dan 10:19 KJV And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.
When we wake up every morning, though we are aware of the challenges ahead, let us set our eyes and focus on the Lord, it is He who strengthens us. A dear, godly woman once told me when I asked her about her routine everyday (she has 6 kids, by the way),
“The most important thing is that you have a time for Bible reading. That is the most important thing a mother can do! Sometimes its hard. But it can happen. If I do, everything else is okay. If not, nothing goes well. I’m absolutely dependent on it!”
But I have to warn you, this is not a one-time big-time thing. When you pray and ask the Lord for strength and grace, that doesn’t mean that you won’t need to pray that same prayer the next day. Motherhood challenges is a daily thing, a moment-by-moment battle, if you want to put it that way. And this is when I realized the truth of the Scriptures when the Lord said,
MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR THEE: FOR MY STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN THY WEAKNESS. 2 Corinthians 12:9
His grace is sufficient, it’s enough for each step we take. So we will NEED to pray for grace every moment. Praise the Lord for it is always available for us. If only we ask and if only we choose to stay on our knees moment by moment,. I can testify of this truth now that I am a mother. You sleep tired (waking from time to time in the wee hours of the morning) and you wake up with backpain and headache but you are still able to care for your children the next day, and the day after that. THAT IS GRACE! And you keep longing for more!
I pray that you see your need for His grace every day. You can’t do it alone no matter how “experienced” you think you are in mothering. His grace is available for each step, we just have to ask.
The journey is challenging but it is definitely humbling, knowing that we are able to do the best that we can in training our children with God’s help! Nothing to boast in our part, only praises to the Lord for His sufficient grace.
And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.