There are days we gotta look at our mom-life as a job…just put our head down and grind it out….humans are screaming, the bills are past due, and I don’t dare ask that toddler to pick up one more toy.
There are days where we’re on cloud nine of mommy-hood…we got out the door on time, the children are listening today, and we suddenly dream of hundreds of babies just running around us in the warm sunshine (might I add we all have IG-worthy outfits on in said “dream”)
Some days are good days and then there are the days we would rather just not talk about. I lost my temper…again. My kid directly disobeyed me…again. I was so focused on my kids that I didn’t bother to give my husband the time of day…again. Sometimes days can seem like they’re better left forgotten, but we must not forget these days are from the Lord.
Regardless of what season we’re in or how good/bad the days are, we need to see the calling God has given us each day to guide our children to Him. Sometimes perspective is all we need to turn the bad days into good days when we lay our heads on the pillow that night.
This perspective allows us to see ourselves as God’s children and understand how often we fail Him, but also causes us to remember God’s abundant grace and how He never fails us.
Stop and think about the grace God has shown you right now..like really think about. If you need to, stop and pray and ask God to show you a specific sin area He has showed you great grace. Think about your weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9), your sins (Ephesians 2:8-9), and God’s forgiveness (Hebrews 4:16). Reminding myself of the overwhelming grace God has shown me rebukes me to show others that grace as well. .
Especially those who He has called me to lead in my very own home.
- God calls me to train my children to fear Him….that means to understand His power and position and live in reverence towards it (Hebrews 12: 28-29).
- God calls me to discipline my children….that means to teach them to love what God loves and hate what God hates (Romans 12:9).
- God calls me to love on my children…that means unconditionally, without reserve, and ceaselessly. (P.s. learn your child’s love language, it will work WONDERS. Read about it here.)
- God calls me to give up myself and my own desires to do something way better…that is to train my children to be Jesus-loving, Gospel-sharing, Christ-followers.
- God calls me to be the exact example to my children of who He is to us as believers. Crazy scary….but crazy awesome.
Because when I see my calling like that–the teething phase, the “terrible 2’s (and 3’s)”, the neverending laundry and dishes, the late-night homework, the corrective actions– are all allowing me to point my children back to God. To show love and grace.
You’ve probably heard “the hand that rocks the cradle, rocks the world”….This is so true spiritually. I wanna live Jesus out to my children so much it can’t help but overflow into their lives. Then they can take that love and carry it into the world with them.
Who knows, the child in your home right now chewing on that Mac n cheese could start the next Great Revival….think about that, mama. If you knew what they would become how much more effort would we put in guiding them there? Teach them what they needs to know to live in this world, but mostly teach them how to love. Teach them to be like Jesus by being like Him first.