Sometimes I look at my children and still find it hard to believe that God lent me these two beautiful boys. Every once in a while when they call out to me I stop and savor the name, Mom. That's me. Mom.
What does it mean to be a mother? Well, for me it means everything. It means answered prayers, dreams coming true, and indescribable love. I would do anything for these precious gifts, for that's what they are to me - gifts that God has let me borrow during my brief time in this world. When I reflect on it in those terms I feel completely humbled. I drop down to my knees and say, "Thank you Lord, thank you!"
Being a mother means that I have to depend on my Lord and Savior each and everyday so that I can be the mom that my children need. God has entrusted me with sons not just to bring me joy, but to help further His kingdom. This means that I have to be diligent in teaching my children God's Word, teaching them about His love and grace, and His desire for their lives.
The most difficult part of this responsibility is living my life according to God's Word on a daily basis. What does this have to do with motherhood? Everything. I want my children to see Christ through me. In their eyes, the manner in which I treat them and others is a reflection of who God is. That to me is huge!
Sometimes I fail.
For example, there are times I lose my temper. During one of our family devotionals we studied the subject of self-control.
"A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control." Prov. 29:11
"Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city." Prov. 16:2Shortly after discussing the meaning of these verses a situation arose in which I started to lose my temper over something my son wasn't doing. He turned his eyes towards me and said, "Mom, have self-control, have self-control." Yikes! I took a deep breath and restated my words in a calmer manner. I quickly thanked him for correcting me, apologized, and gave him a hug. I showed him my repentance.
Yes, sometimes I make mistakes and that is the hardest part about being a mom.
However, my children are constant reminders to me of the grace God gives us. The forgiveness I receive from my children brings to my mind the forgiveness I receive from God; the laughter they provide in my life make me reflect on God's joy when I follow Him, or just because I exist. Through the abundant amount of love they show me, I feel God's love - each and everyday.
Yes, each and everyday my children remind me in some way of our loving God. Through motherhood I am humbled before the Lord. In this way, my children have brought me closer to Him. I love being a mom and am honored to have that title, and I thank my Lord.
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