Moms, I bless the heart of Jesus in you for the marvelous way you nurture your kids’ hearts for God! As soon as you read those words, many of your hid under your imaginary fig leaf thinking, “That doesn’t describe me! I have a wimpy and weary heart for Jesus and I’m failing miserably in training my kids to love God. I need help!”
I have good news for you! After more than three decades of parenting, I can tell you that motherhood is the most marvelous (i.e., causing the highest quality of wonder, astonishment, surprise and joy) and the most maddening (i.e., tending to craze; tending to infuriate; tending to vex; tending to disorder the mind) role I have ever been assigned! That really is good news! Let me explain.
Think about the first time you held your newborn baby. No words adequately describe the wonder! God intentionally designed motherhood to thrill our hearts as we participate with Him in the creation and in the nurturing of human life. There is no other experience like it! We can’t help but marvel at the development of our tiny baby in the womb; the miracle of the birth process and the joy of watching our children mature before our eyes from one birthday to the next! It is marvelous to be a mom!
However, when the first couple rejected God’s Word and sinned, this perfect design was forever marred (Gen 2-3). Our homes, intended to be sanctuaries of delight, were demolished to rubble under enemy attack. Our relationship with our husband, disastrously damaged by sin, became rife with tension and conflict (Gen 3:16-19). “Pain” was the word God chose to describe the experience of mothers throughout future generations (Gen. 3:16). Eve’s disobedience meant that every mother, forever, will experience a lifetime of struggle and grief in the bearing and raising of children. It is maddening to be a mom!
So, what’s the good news? The good news is that our heavenly Father has made a way for these tiny, growing bundles of marvel and madness to make us more like Jesus! We get to lay our lives down for little sinful humans who are prone to spit up, whine, hit, scream, fight, complain, not sleep and throw things. They are messy and mean. Yet, we are called to “train them up in the way they should go; (so that) even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). They are demanding and disrespectful. Yet, we are instructed to “open our mouth with wisdom” and speak with “the teaching of kindness on (our) tongue” (Prov. 31:26), that they might grow up and “call us blessed” (Prov. 31:28). In a word, we are called by God to have His living and active Word “happening” on the inside of us in such transformational ways that we are empowered by God to effectively train our children to be Christ followers. (Deu. 6:1-9)
Motherhood means living the Gospel! You sacrificially offer your life to God on this altar of “motherhood” so that, through you, your marvelous-but-maddening little rebels fall in love with Jesus and become reveling worshippers! Motherhood is the most privileged role any woman can assume because motherhood is Gospel-partnership with God! Imagine! He uses moms as His chisels of redemption in making rebels into revelers of God! That is a high calling and a high privilege that only the God of the Gospel can accomplish! I praise the Giver of Life for the gift of my children and for the Gift of His Son who restores the marvel of motherhood!
At Fully Alive Ministry our desire is to help, support and resource you as the primary teacher in your children’s lives. Our commitment is to provide an environment where moms and kids (from birth to age 10) can come together in the presence of God and be taught, trained and touched by the joy-filled, strength-giving, soul-saving love of Jesus! Bring your little ones and join us!
Fully Alive Kids Info:
When: Every other Tuesday morning, started September 3rd. See full calendar here.
Time: 10:00AM to 11:30AM
Where: Christ Church of Knoxville (Click here for a map)
Who: Kids ages 0-12, pregnant mommies and parents are all welcome!
Cost: $40 per family (You can pay on the sidebar of the blog!)
Click Here To Register.