Stepping out of my comfort zone…
I was honored with the opportunity to share a devotional at my sister-in-laws baby shower. I almost didn’t do it, because I don’t like speaking in front of a crowd of people. But I accepted anyway. I thought, no time like the present to step out of your comfort zone! Right?… As I sat down to write the devotional I was thinking “what did I get myself into…” But the Lord gave me peace and confidence to go through with it. I started getting excited to share what was on my heart, and really wanted to bless my sister-in-law on this special day!
Motherhood is such a beautiful, messy, sticky, exhausting, sweetly rewarding job! I haven’t been a mother for very long (almost 2 years now) but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love the newborn cry. Watching them take their first steps. The little feet running to you to give you a sticky kiss (okay maybe not the sticky part :P) Even the late nights and early mornings with my sweet babies is something to take delight in! Being a mom has changed me more than I though it would. And I LOVE IT!!
1} Embrace Motherhood:
It’s a privilege to be a mother. Motherhood is the greatest blessing in any woman’s life. But we need to embrace it to see this. When your tired because you didn’t get enough sleep or your busy trying to make supper between nursing and changing diapers or training them right from wrong it and be hard to see the joy in it. What does it mean to embrace motherhood? It means to put your arms around it and hug it tightly; to totally accept it and make it your life’s work. Find joy in snuggling with your baby when they need you in the middle of night. Find joy in washing their cloths and making their meals. Find joy in teaching them and watching them learn and grow. It is only then, when you embrace motherhood with all your heart that you will truly enjoy it. It’s not an easy role to play but it is the most rewarding thing you’ll ever experience. Psalms 127:3 says, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.”
2} Mothers are Influential:
We cannot raise godly children unless we are walking godly ourselves. Children will learn far more from your daily attitude in the home than they will learn from what you teach them. Your influence is powerful and far-reaching. As you diligently teach God’s ways to your children, you are establishing principles and guidelines for future generations. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he shall go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
3} Mothers Are To Be Joyful:
Determine to start each morning by creating a good atmosphere for your family. You as the mother, sets the atmosphere in your home. You know the saying… “If mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy” Make good memories. Slow down and enjoy the little things, it is the togetherness children will remember. Deuteronomy 26:11 says, “So you shall rejoice in every good thing which the Lord your God has given to you and your house” Realize motherhood is a serving role. Serving others means putting yourself last. Remember to always have JOY! J – Jesus first O – Others second Y – Yourself last. Isaiah 26:3-4 says, “He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! Trust in the Lord God always, for in the Lord Jehovah is your everlasting strength.” Keep your heart fixed on the Lord rather than your circumstances and you will keep your joy.
4} Lastly… Remember to Pray for Your Children
They will know Christ early in life.
That they will have a hatred for sin.
That they will respect those in authority over them.
That they will desire the right kind of friends.
That they, as well as those they marry will be kept pure until marriage.
That they will be protected in each area of there lives: spiritual, emotional, physical.
Constantly look to the Lord for wisdom as you go through this amazing journey of motherhood. Your heart will over flow with happiness the moment you first see you little baby!