While trying to lay my three youngest children down for nap, my three year old son always comes up with the most profound questions. He purposely does this to spark a conversation that will buy him more time before nap. Now because of the way he’s trying to manipulate the time, I’ve learned not to engage him, but I try to always of my come back to the question that he has asked. The other day he asked, “Mommy, why did God create me?” Then he named all of his siblings and asked me why God had them all come out of my tummy. Why did God do that? Wow, what a profound question. As adults we sometimes still ask God the same question. God, what am I created for? Then I thought what a responsibility. My children started off as seeds in my womb that sprung forth into my garden. Now I must give them what they need to function the way God intended them to. We have a decision and a responsibility to impart wisdom and speak words of life into our children’s identity. The things we teach them and the words we say have the power to mold who they become. It is important that we recognize their unique gifts and talents so that we may encourage them into the purpose that God has created them for. We must wash them with the water of the word. We must expose them to the light of Jesus. We must also let them grow and go on to produce their own seeds. Being blessed with children is a great assignment and responsibility. We have the power to help mold them into who God has created them to be. The things we say and teach them as they grow will have a lasting impact on who they become. When they are little, we have the most influence over them and are their most trusted resource. They love us unconditionally and learn how to love through us.
Father, we thank you for the blessing of motherhood. Begin to show us our purpose. Help us to see ourselves as you see us. Lord, establish our identity in you. Make our eyes be opened to the gifts and talents of our children. Help us to speak life into their futures. Teach us how to pray for them in a way that reveals new strategies to prepare them for their destiny. Help us be merciful , kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving. Help us be strong when they need correction. Give us strategy in discipline. Let us do all things in love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!
Today while complaining that my nine month old daughter bit my nipple, (I was ready to give up breastfeeding all together), the Lord began to deal with me. As I began to get ready to take my shower, I saw red lines shooting down my breasts, which all breastfeeding mommy’s know that this is a sure sign of a clogged milk duct. I am in a lot of pain, but realize that the brunt of my pain was not coming from the bite. The majority of the pain was coming from the clogged duct. There was no way that my daughter knows or understands that Mommy is hurt. She only knows that she is hungry and the milk is not flowing the way it usually does. Out of her own frustration and immature problem solving skills she bites down to try to release the milk! I can’t expect her to act in a way that exceeds her maturity level. She was not trying to offend or hurt me. She only could understand her own frustration. Now, it is my job to teach her not to bite, but I have to understand that she isn’t out to get Mommy by biting off my nipples. So many times we expect our children, family, and friends to understand us beyond their maturity level. Most of the time, they probably don’t even know that we are hurting or offended. If they do see that we are hurting, they might not be at a maturity level to understand why. Our response may cause them to be distant and not want to deal with us. We need to make it our business to know the people in our close circles and deal with them on their level. Remember, none of us has arrived at the perfection of Jesus. There is always someone more mature and shaking their heads at us!
Father I pray for all the mommy’s out there struggling with their children’s maturity levels. I pray for strategy of knowing how to talk to our children, family and friends in a way that will draw them closer to us and not push them away. Lord, deal with our hearts concerning areas where we need to come up higher. Help us make an impact on those around us so that we may point them to the love of Jesus and not to our own shortcomings. Forgive us for times we responded wrong and show us how to respond according to your word. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!
1 Corinth. 13:11
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood like a child, I thought like a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
Bonnie Kay Rimpson
Mothering six children is not an easy task, but by God's grace it's one of my greatest assignments. I have a lot of experience at making mistakes and letting God correct me. I pray that you can learn from my trials and grow into the parent that God created you to be.