love noun /lev/
an intense feeling of deep affection
a feeling of warm personal attachment, as for a parent or child
Initial thoughts about having children typically conjures up fantasies of cute little clothes, play dates, and quiet, cooing moments in the dim light of their bedrooms. So it can be a harsh reality for mothers to realize that their main priority as parents is not to share laughs and Oreos with their kids but to shepherd them. A parent’s job is to lead their children with intentionality, guiding them toward becoming men and women of distinction, filled with integrity, girded with responsibility, and firmly rooted in a love for and honor of God.
With the birth of each of my children, I become more and more aware of the incredible mixture of responsibility and privilege involved in raising these boys. In the midst of long, tiring days and frequently even longer nights, seeing my efforts through the lens of eternal ramifications began to change my perspective. These little men, after all, are my chief way of reproducing God’s image on earth, proliferating the agenda of the Father Himself through little human beings who will hopefully become leaders of their own homes one day.
Our sons and daughters are to be like “arrows…in the hand of a mighty man” (Psalm 127:4 KJV) – sharpened, directed, and sent forth into the world to accomplish the tasks for which they were divinely created. This won’t just happen on it’s own. It will require the loving, dilligence of a mother . . .who has made a resolution.
This week’s resolution:
I will demonstrate to my children how to love God with all their hearts, minds, and strength, and will train them to respect authority and live responsibly.
No matter how challenging or how discouraging this resolution may cause you to feel or how many years you think you’ve already wasted, now is a good time to start. Whether you have toddlers or teenages, your resolution to be the kind of parent who is purposeful and dilligent will be worth it.
Questions to ponder as you listen to the podcast below:
How can you creatively live your Christian life openly before you children?
This question is for everyone, but single mom, you especially: Who are some people who can help walk alongside you in this highly challenging resolution?
If you are not a parent, consider your own upbringing.If your parents were overly indulgent, how did this affect you? What if they were too strict?
Enjoy the podcast below. You can also listen to previous podcasts here.