A lot of women say that when they were little they always wanted to be a Mommy when they grow up. And that rings true with me. It’s what I’ve always wanted! The day my son was born I automatically heard God tell me that not only did want to be a Mommy, but being a mom is what I was born to do.
So far I have been blessed with two beautiful children! In August we will be welcoming number three! Parenting has been a blessing, but by no means is it perfect. HA! I learn something new about being a parent everyday, and sometimes it feels like every moment I gain a “mom point” I lose two more from a “mom fail”. It’s a constant learning experience. A constant growing experience. We never stop worrying about them, we never stop wanting what is best for them, and even on the worst days of parenting… at the end of the day those hand squeezes and bedtime kisses make it all worth it!
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalm 127:3
One of my biggest fears about being a parent, and bringing another child into the world is how everyday we hear about how broken our world is. How do we raise our children in the world that we don’t understand? A world that is spreading hatred and fear more and more? Between shootings, acts of violence, and constant political struggles fear is constantly being leaked into the minds of parents. So not only do we have to worry if our kiddo will fall and break a bone, but GREAT… this fear is something else to throw in the bucket of scary things to save our kids from.
What is the solution? Is there a solution? How do we go day by day without driving ourselves crazy? Is it just me? Maybe it is, but I can say honestly that numerous times I have a fear pop in my head. “What if something happens while we are here?” At the store, movie theater, church? “How can I protect my babies?” “What do I tell them if something happens?” How do we be the best parent we are able to be in a world that is constantly threatening our safety? How do we teach our children about all the things to run away from without making them fear everything?
As always, with parenthood there are more questions than answers. And I need to accept the fact that I will never have them. So what helps me from not going completely crazy? Prayer… and lots of it.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
The Lord teaches us to be kind and to love one another as ourselves. I think these are two of some of the hardest things to do as a christian. To show love and kindness to every person we come across. If we can carry this kindness within our hearts, and be a beacon of God’s love to others… it has to spread like wild-fire right? If we can teach our children to follow our example and continue to light the fire in others hearts to do the same.. Maybe, just maybe a difference can be made.
I know not everyone will follow. We can post photos on social media that announce we are praying for places like Orlando or Dallas.. but are we? What are we doing to further spread love instead of hate or fear?
One of ways we can make the biggest difference we are able is to teach our children about god and let him take the reins. It is our duty to light the fire, and to help it grow. With the help of a lot of grace and commitment, he will give us the tools we need. Teaching our kids love and kindness, making it a part of every day life, are the best tools we can gain. For them to see us participate in showing these two gifts, they will learn by example.
If we can teach our children to love and have kindness they will grow into adults who will continue to share the kingdom of God, and we just have to trust that the Lord can take over the rest.
We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done. That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children. Psalm 78:4 & 6