Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Thumped In the Forehead

This is not a design post. Sorry. This is something that has been 
weighing on me for a while and this past week I was given a revelation.
 I want to share with all the Moms out there. 
I know I'm not alone. 

Being a mom is the most wonderful thing that I have ever done. 
Is it hard? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. 
I remember my mom telling me that once you have a child, you are constantly thinking about them. I didn't understand that until now. I catch myself thinking about his little smile, 
his little prankster moves, the way he loves his books-- 
I could go on and on forever. 

I am also constantly thinking "Is he eating the healthiest foods, has he eaten enough/too much?", "Does he have enough diapers/wipes" "Is his runny nose a cold or just a product of daycare" "Does he get enough parent time"...you get the picture. 
I worry. 
I have never been a worrier before. This is a new characteristic 
brought on by motherhood. It keeps my mind spinning at night 
and going 5 directions at once during the day. 

My biggest worry for some time basically sums it all up:
"Am I being the Best Mama that I can Be? What Can I Do Better?"

This week at Bible study was one of those times where the Bible verses jumped off the page and dug deep into my heart. It was EXACTLY what I needed to hear. The discussion that followed thumped me on my forehead. While all of my worries are important, there is something much more pressing than that. 

Deuteronomy 6: 4-9

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 4:9 
“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children 

In God's Eyes, what makes a great mom? 
 To teach our Children to love him as we do.

How do you do that?
1. Lead By Example. If you love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and strength, then his love will radiate from you. For example, on a person's wedding day- they are so happy and giddy that they glow. How great would it be to be so in love with God that we were always happy and giddy and glowing? 

2. Make it personal. Kids love superheroes. They love excitement. Let them know how God has been YOUR superhero and how he has worked in your life. 

3. Be open. Once your children see how much God is apart of your life, they will want to know more and more and more. They will begin to seek him as a friend and you can help guide them through their journey to Christ. Be open to questions and learning moments, they might come at the most unpredictable times but use them to teach the Glory of God to your children. 

 This was a great night for me. I feel so empowered with these ideas and am excited about sharing God with Brodie and our future children so that they can love the Lord with all their heart, mind, and strength.

Do you have any great verses that help you stay strong as a Mom? I would love for you to share them!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! I'm already worrying and our baby isn't even born yet! Very good verses to remember!