This is probably the hardest page for me to write because, as with all mothers, this is my most demanding job, my most difficult job, my most constant job, and probably, my most important job. But if I overemphasize my role in the raising of our children and lessen the role of God, then I have left myself without my most valuable resource in this already difficult task. God created our children and He alone knows them inside and out. He loves them utterly and completely – even more than I do. He knows the plans that He has for them. I am blessed to be their mother, but I am NOT alone in this task. God walks with me everyday. And its a good thing. Because I am usually out of patience, kindness, gentleness, and love before 10am. Sometimes before 8am. In reality, most days I don’t even wake up with those things. I get up with my agenda and my wants and I don’t even make it to the kitchen for coffee before being sidetracked with their demands. Motherhood is a selfless job and I am NOT a selfless person. Therefore, I require a faithful God that supplies all that I do not have, so that I can daily do this job of motherhood. If you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, please read about this relationship.
There is a quote from Charlotte Mason, a 19th century educator, that encourages me daily as a mom.
“I am . . . , I can . . . , I ought . . . , I will . . . .”
This was the motto for her school and, when I am having doubts as a mother, I remember this little quote and I fill in the blanks:
I AM loved (John 3:16). I AM called (2 Timothy 1:8-9).
I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
I OUGHT to live biblically (Proverbs 4:20-27).
I WILL delight in obedience (Psalm 40:8).
When I say this in my mind, I remind myself that God hand-picked me to be the mom of these children and He knows exactly where I am. He loves me and He will provide all that I need in the very moment that I need it. I have a responsibility to know what is right (through Bible study) and then I must choose to be obedient (and to be happy about it). This same quote works in training children, but I must apply it myself before I can expect them to take it to heart. The posts below all deal with the many and varied aspects of motherhood.