Next month my son, Josh, turns nineteen and a few months after that my daughter, Jess, turns sixteen. Where does the time go?
Being a Mum can be one of the most rewarding things in life, but it's also one of the hardest too. So I'd like today to offer you mums some encouragement. The kind of encouragement I know I'm also in need of.
God has called you to be a mother to the child/children he has placed in your care. He knew exactly who they would need and he chose you. We are told in Psalm 127:3 that "Children are a gift from the ;" (NLT).
Remember that God never calls us to something without equipping us for it. The writer to the Hebrews says "may he [God] equip you with all you need May he produce in you, every good thing that is pleasing to him.
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life."
The only one we should be comparing ourselves with is Jesus Christ. Our aim should be to become more like Christ. He is the perfect role model and God the Father is our perfect role model for how to be a great parent. "
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus." Romans 8:1 (NLT)
There have been times when I've worried that a mistake I've made as a mum will leave lasting damage on my children. I've worried I may have done something so terrible it will affect them for the rest of their lives. That it will be something they never get over. That they will be permanently scarred by it.
However, the Bible says: "
And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose." (AMP)
Finally mums, I just want to say to you, keep doing what you are doing. No one can love your children the way you do. Be the mother God has called you to be. Rely on him and his enabling power, not on yourself and your own limited strengths, abilities and energy. And surround yourself with other mums so you can support and encourage one another.
To Think About:
Regularly ask God to help you to be the Mum he has called you to be.
Who do you compare yourself with? How does it affect your own parenting? How does God give us the perfect role model as a parent?
What do you find yourself worrying about? Does worrying about it make it any better? What can you do instead?
Do you have a support group of mums around you? How do you/can you support and encourage each other?
If you have found this devotional helpful, please consider sharing it with other mums you know.
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