5 Verses for Mamas
#Momlife is hard and if you’re a mother, you know full well how much you have to fight to stay in a joyful mindset. You’ll probably hear me say this a million times (well you’ll read it) but, memorizing scripture is one of the best ways to combat the attacks of the enemy, to stay in the truth, and to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. I find it especially helpful to recite scripture when I’m about to blow my casket. Kids sure have a way of refining us, don’t they? As you go about committing these to memory- give yourself grace and pray these things over yourself and your family. Declare these truths as your truths! Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list for us Mamas. There will be plenty more where this comes from. Trust me, I’m on this mission to bring lots of Mamas joy in the truth of God’s word.
Isaiah 66:13- As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you …
How amazing is this one? I’m sitting here reflecting on a moment when Hannah got a boo-boo today. I comforted her and held her in my arms. My heart ached with hers as she cried and clung to me saying, “oweeee".” To have the sweet reminder that God comforts us that way is really precious. Sometimes I just want to curl up in his arms, cry and say, “ow. That really hurt.” Knowing I can do that, and that He will meet me with compassion and love like I have for my kids is so comforting. And to think- His love is deeper and unconditional. WOW.
Galatians 6:9- Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time
we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
This one is everything to me as a Mom. I’m pretty sure I’ve told my kids to stop jumping on the couch a hundred times just this past week. To think that one day they will actually stop jumping on the couch is literally a miracle to me. WHAT IS IT with kids and jumping on furniture!? Seriously though, God is so good to offer this bit of encouragement. I love this hope we have in that our discipline and training and teaching and guiding will all reap a harvest one day in our children’s lives.
1 Peter5:6-7- Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand,
so that in due time He may exalt you.
Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
I can’t think of anything else that has humbled me more than having children. Literally, I am a completely different person since bearing children. Mentally and physically. #cantdoajumpingjackwithoutpeeingmypants #therearecheeriosinmyhairrightnow #isteponlegoseveryday HAH. I can’t help it with the hashtags. So, yeah- kids, they just do something to you. It's just like everyone says, “Parenting: it’s the most difficult and most amazing job in the world.” What I love about this verse in Peter is that it reminds us that being humbled is in fact a beautiful part of the process. God doesn’t intend to leave us in our mess, but instead chooses to create new life within us. We can cast every care on him because He surely cares for us. Jesus proves that, without question.
Proverbs 22:6- Start (your) children off on the way they should go,
and when they are old they will not turn from it.
This is such a helpful and encouraging verse. Remember, that the Proverbs were written as wise counsel. They are helpful instructions from the wisest man that ever lived. (well, outside of Jesus.) We can lead our children in the truth with hope, prayer and careful instruction, and trust that the seeds we sow as Mamas will bear fruit one day.
Hebrews 12:11- No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.
Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness
and peace for those who have been trained by it.
This may be my favorite. It not only applies to our mothering, but it also applies to our relationship with the Lord. I don’t know about you, but I find the Lord disciplining me more about the way I treat my children and husband, then in any other area in my life. Maybe it’s because I’m around them alllll the time, and ya know, they can drive me nutso. But the truth is, God uses them to sanctify me and deepen my faith in such beautiful ways. Something the Lord showed me the other day is that He will never stop disciplining me because He loves me. But! It is up to me to decide whether I will learn the first time, or if I continue in making the bad choices. All choices have consequences. And often, unfortunately, we aren’t the only ones that suffer through the consequences of our sin. This is hugely important to consider as a Mama. For me, I think about the way my words can build up or tear down. I think about the way I speak and what tone I am using. I try to walk with peace instead of with anxiety. I want to display love and joy in ALL of my decisions. When I do these things well, I am blessing my kids. But, I don’t always do them well. Often as I enter into a crabby mood, or start getting heated, I feel God bring a sense of conviction. He is lovingly disciplining me. All the while, He is opening my eyes to how every single one of my choices, impact my children.
I know God can redeem my mistakes and that He is cleaning up behind me along the way. I don’t walk around worried that I’m going to screw up my kids. BUT! I am cautious that I can damage their days, and their feelings. I can impact their joy and contentment. I want to learn from the discipline of the Lord. I am trusting that righteousness and peace is at hand in all the ways He is asking me to change while He grows my ability to do so. Repentance of sin and acknowledging the Lord’s discipline is necessary if we really want to change and grow. I hope and pray you can humble your hearts to see where God is calling you to more. I pray you can admit your flaws and invite God in to change you. Praise God for his heart to discipline. He is so good to love us enough to do so, and as we consider His ways, may we discipline our children just the same. It will pay off, Mamas!