Your job as a mother is so important. People often give lip service to this idea, but in reality, our actions in society say otherwise. But don’t let that take away from what you know to be true in your heart. Motherhood is a blessing. You may be tired, your kids may not do what you want them to do, and you may get no appreciation at all- but God has given you such an important task.
The enemy knows this, and so he is after your children. Mothers, you must be on guard. That old serpent has conquered so many children from loving Christian homes because there was no one to ward him off. There was no one to say, “we pray and read the Bible each day.” There was no one to say, “turn off that filthy TV and let’s do something more constructive.” There was no one watching when Little Johnny was on the computer looking up all sorts of lewdness. There was no one on guard when Little Susie was surrounded by friends who got her interested in the occult and other dark things.
The point is not to lock your children up so that they never see the light of day. You can’t escape the fact that your children will face negative influence, trials, and ungodliness. However, some people take this point to the extreme and suggest that since you can’t protect them from everything, you protect them from nothing. Any standards of decency and pure conduct become irrelevant because “you can’t protect them from everything.”
The goal is not to shelter your children to be point of ignorance. The goal is to build a strong foundation so that they know what God expects, how the world will distract you from those expectations, and how to deal with any temptations, trials, or worldly reasoning. That foundation takes time to build. It must be done layer by layer, piece by piece in a manner that is both age appropriate and based on the maturity of the individual child.
Motherhood is not just about giving birth- it is about shaping a life.
You are raising someone who is going to go off in the world. Do you realize how much power you have?
So when the world tells you that you are “just” a mom, or that anyone can do it, or that motherhood is the least important task on your list- don’t believe it. There is a reason why there is a saying that goes, “The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world.”
About the Author:
Jen Sheppard is a wife, mother, and freelance writer. She is the author of A Wise Woman Builds Her House: Encouragement for Christian Stay at Home Moms (Wise Dove Press; Available June 2014). She blogs about family life and writes a devotional newsletter at http://www.MotherWifeThatsLife.com