Encouraging Mommas

parentingWhen I was a little girl, I dreamed of the day I would get to be a mommy! I would lovingly wrap my babies up in a soft blanket and stroll them around the house. As soon as I was old enough, I was babysitting and I loved (almost) every minute of it!

Actually getting to be a mom has been one of my greatest joys! But mommying is hard work! I have felt very convicted over the last several months about choosing to focus on the stresses of motherhood and complaining about my kiddos more than praising them and seeing my role for them through God’s eyes. So, I picked up my bible and a great book by Erin Davis, called Beyond Bath Time and I learned some wonderful lessons.

The bible tells us in Psalm 127, verses 3 and 4 that, “Children are a heritage from the Lordoffspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” I love those two verses! My children are a gift and a blessing! Even when they spill milk for the 100th time. Or stomp off in anger. Or forget to feed the dog, again!

And from Beyond Bath Time, I learned that I am not a perfect momma. And I don’t have to be! I just have to be willing to lay my precious girls and myself at the foot of the cross and seek Him. Those truths have begun to change me.

It is not instant though. I still get frustrated. I still have days where I need to vent. But I know that He has blessed me with this calling and I know that there is no greater joy than leading our girls to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength!

So mommas (and dads), look to God for your strength!  He has created you for such a time as this, to parent the very child(ren) before you!

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