Category Archives: Motherhood

The Calling of a Mother

I wrote this over 2 years ago, but thought it would be fitting to share since it is Mother’s Day! Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there! Your service in loving and raising your kids blesses the heart of God and your reward will be great!

I was just sitting in my rocking chair holding my precious son, Caleb, crying over him. I find that I have some of the most powerful encounters and words from the Lord just holding Caleb in my arms, admiring him. The Lord has made him in such a way where he loves to be loved and held. Therefore I have plenty of time throughout the day and night in silence just holding my little one.

I was just expressing my thoughts to Jesus, saying in my heart how even more than I desire to heal the sick, raise the dead, prophesy with power, and have an anointed message to preach, I desire to simply be a mom who learns to love. I truly felt God’s delight over me as I was pouring out my heart. I don’t think I’ve ever expressed that to Him before. In my mind, I’ve never really esteemed the calling of a mother. I’ve more or less thought that the calling of a revivalist or mighty preacher of the Word to be greater than a calling of a mother… until this moment when the Lord spoke to my spirit, “The calling of a mother is a high and noble calling.” I felt Him emphasize “noble” to me. I felt the weightiness of what He spoke and knew He was sincere in His statement to me. The witness of His words in my spirit caused me to actually believe what He said to be true.

At the end of my life, I want to stand before the King of Kings, the Father of Glory and Majesty, the loving Son of God, and I want Him to say of me, “Well done good and faithful servant, you have learned to love.” Oh I yearn to be a woman who loves! I yearn to love like Jesus loves me! For real, His love is so unfathomable and uncontainable and beyond anything you or I can ever imagine with our human minds. I am struck by the waves of His unconditional love for me even as I am typing this. His love is so intense and overwhelming. Oh I yearn to know this Man of passionate love! I’m so blessed to be a mother who serves a God who loves so extravagantly and who helps me love in return!

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The Importance of Including Kids

One thing that I have purposed in my heart to start doing more is including my kids in everyday tasks that I do around the house. My tendency, as I know is the same for many parents, is to let their kids do their own thing, because they can get in the way as well as slow us down from getting things clean and taken care of around the house. While I believe it is important to teach our kids to play independently and to entertain themselves, I believe it is even more important to include them and cultivate in them a love for helping out. And yes, they will slow us down and distract us, but I’ve noticed a couple things change as I have changed my approach to parenting them.

First, our home has so much more joy and peace in it. My kids are happy, because I am involving them more and spending more one on one time with them, and I am happy because their happiness affects my mood, and I enjoy bringing them joy. I’ve noticed, especially in Caleb that his sense of self worth has increased. He is so proud of himself when he is able to help me set the table, dusk a shelf, unpack the dishwasher or whisk eggs, which is his new favorite thing to do. Not that I didn’t let him do any of these exciting things before. I am just including him more in being my little helper. He is also learning simple tasks, which will benefit me more in the future when he can do things more independently. Since he is only two and a half, he needs much guidance and assistance.

I am also including them in my time with Jesus. While I believe it is very important to spend time alone with the Lord, I believe it is also important for children to be taught to pray by watching and listening to their parents or others pray. We’ve been spending a half an hour of prayer together in the morning right after breakfast. It helps me focus my attention on Jesus early in the morning and dedicate the day to Him, and is especially needed when I don’t wake up before my kids to have my own quiet time. They normally play as I pace around my dining room table. Caleb will occasionally join in by repeating the names of the people I say or by saying the occasional “Jesus” and “Yes Lord,” and then he sometimes says his own prayer in his own way which is so precious.

The more I think about this concept of including my kids, I can’t help but think about how Jesus has included me into His plan. God didn’t have to create the earth and humans to inhabit it, but He desired to have relationship with the ones He formed even from the beginning of time. Revelation 4:11- … “for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (KJV). He could have created cosmic marshmallows and just kicked them around for all of eternity (my husband’s great insight on this matter). God thought up the idea of prayer, because He yearns for a deeper relationship with us. When we pray, we are actually talking to God, and God then answers our prayers when we ask in relation to His will. The Bible is written by God to us so we can know what is in His heart and get to know Him just like I desire my husband and kids to understand my heart. Best of all, He desires to be with us and include us in His plan for all eternity – that is why He sent Jesus! So, I encourage you to seek ways of including your kids throughout the day and to seek ways of including God in your life as well.

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