“A virtuous woman teaches her children the ways of her father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go.”
“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” -Proverbs 31:26
“Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” -Proverbs 22:6
“But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” -Luke 18:16
Ah, motherhood. A journey deserving of a blog all it’s own, and one of my “job” descriptions that I will never perfect and will always be a student of. Once again God scheduled His timing perfectly…this past week I focused on nurturing my boys and loving them. It was to be all about them. The perfect timing came as it was also the week Cohen had his one year check up which consisted of 5 shots and blood work and Liam had another abscess show up from a recent staff infection along with a bad reaction to his antibiotics. My boys needed me, needed to be comforted and nothing else mattered.
I had planned for this week to be packed full of wonderful educational projects, Bible stories, character building activities and all around greatness (isn’t that how all my weeks have started out?!) But once again God had another plan. Although we did do some fun things, most of our time was spent cuddling together watching movies and just comforting my hurting babies, and that was exactly what a nurturing motherhood looked like for this week.
I’ve started to realize that there is no real way to prepare for your time as a mother. Sure you can Pin all the wonderful and educational activities and bake a fridge full of nutritional food all the while singing Bible songs, but sometimes you’re thrown a curve ball and your new plan as a mommy consists of popsicles and saltine crackers for every meal as you watch the movie Cars for the billionth time. And that is ok.
So, once again my week didn’t go as I had planned, but God taught/reminded me some valuable things…
1) Teaching your children about the love and grace God has for them may be simply by saying “Look at the beautiful day God gave us so we can go to the park,” and singing “Jesus Loves Me” and you scrub the layers of park sand out of every baby chub!
2) No matter how much “valuable” stuff is on your TODO list, when your child asks you to come play blocks, you go play blocks! There will come a day when they will no longer ask you to play and those moments of rocking chair cuddles will be a thing of the sweet past….so forget that mountain of laundry and cherish those moments!
3)Raising my boys to be strong men of character who love God, treat others with compassion and love and stand up for what they believe in is my first priority! Everything else pales in comparison. This also means I need to pray for patience and wisdom in my own life. I also need to lead by example.
I’ve been reading the great and insightful book Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. It is a great book! I’ve basically highlighted the whole thing! Here are a couple of highlighted parts from this weeks reading….
What a week it has been. God has shown me his sufficiency throughout the hardest parts of this week and I was reminded what was important in my role of motherhood.
Both my sweet boys are napping in their beds, and I think I will join them!