“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for; the
conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Right there, mama, is a major key to motherhood.
As mothers, we have many hopes, goals and plans for our
children. We want them to display certain character traits, to accomplish
certain tasks, to attain particular levels of education.
Unfortunately, sometimes we forget that once our faith
becomes sight, it is no longer faith!
In other words, faith is the assurance of things hoped for.
And by definition, those things are not visible in the present (they are “not
seen,” as the verse says). This
means that if we are to walk by faith, we spend most of our present looking
toward the future.
And yet we must not neglect the present or the future will
never arrive. We must not give up our hope, or the work will not be
accomplished which the Lord means to use to form our children’s lives.
Motherhood requires a very firm hold on the hand of the
Father of all. We must trust our children to Him, and trust Him to reward our
work. Place your children there in His hands. Place your efforts and hopes and
secret dreams with Him and ask Him to increase your faith, even on the
difficult days. You will see your reward!
“It is not perfection that God expects from mothers. There
is no perfect personality that does the job best. It is not our background or
training or the way we keep house that qualifies us to be godly mothers.
God designed mothers to partner with Him in His eternal
work, and He has promised to reward our faith and our faithfulness. The
precious children He has placed in our hands are hoping that we will be
faithful and endure so that they will have a reason to hope and an example to
follow in their own lives.
It is for the children’s sake that we give our lives. WE are
protecting future generations that they might be strong for the battle of life.
We are the real, in-the-flesh, tangible picture of God’s loving hands, strong
arms of protection, and encouraging words of hope to our children. May God’s
strength sustain you as you embrace the heroic mission of motherhood in the
days and years ahead.” -Sally Clarkson
Something to Read:
I Peter 5:8-9 “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your
adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to
devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences
of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.”
What kind of battle are you up against in seeking to build a
godly heritage? Who would love to discourage you in your commitment to biblical
motherhood? According to this verse, are you alone in the battle?
Something to Do:
Spend time talking to God about all the worries and stresses
you have tried to bear alone. Thank Him that “He who began a good work in (your
children!) will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6!
To Discuss in the Comments:
This is the end of this study! We are so glad you’ve joined
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