God entrusts mothers with the stewardship of our children’s lives. We are called by God to love our children and to rear them to know and love the Lord. Children learn the most from the one who spends the most time with them. That’s an undeniable fact. What children learn of love and trust and relationships, and how they grow in comprehension and understanding of the world will primarily come from whoever is spending time with them. For children there is no such thing as quality time, there is only time.
Being home with children is a very necessary, worthwhile, and, in our society, a very courageous thing to do. Scripture enjoins women to love our children and to be workers at home. The church has lost sight of the importance of motherhood and home and family and has bought into the cultural norm that a woman must have a career. In the organizing of a women’s ministry too frequently we have forgotten and don’t think through or plan the ministry of married women clearly outlined in Scripture. Our children are suffering.
I know families can take a financial hit when mom is home with the children. The pressure of materialism and hearing things such as you’re wasting your time and education from family members can be difficult to handle. Yet I’ve seen the consequences of a mother’s working career, and I know that easy finances don’t keep heartbreak and estrangement from the door.
Motherhood can be draining, exhausting, tiresome, and frustrating, but children are a blessing. Smiles, laughter, first words, first steps—are precious and joyful times. There are so many things that you will want to be there to experience. Watching your child grow and learn are moments that can never be regained. Children are not only a stewardship given to us from God, children are also a gift from God. Enjoy the blessings that your children are, and the blessings that your children give to you.
May the Lord bless you as you are a mother to your children.
May the Lord comfort those of you who have lost children or who are estranged from your children.
May the Lord strengthen those of you who have children in turmoil.
May those of you without children be blessed by those whom you have mothered in their time of need.
And for those of you who have been forsaken by your own mother:
And the Lord has forgotten me.”
And have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.
Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.”
May the Lord bless you with His love and grace!
Interieur mit Mutter und Kind: August Müller. Public Domain.
Forget me nots, cropped photo. Original: FreeFoto.com. This site has now been deleted.
Other posts to read today:
An open letter to pastors (A non-mom speaks about Mother’s Day)
Unconditional Love in the Messiness of Mother’s Day
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