For a month now I have been really praying and seeking the Lord about what I would share with you in regards to raising godly children. My children are 3 and 1, and though we talk about the Lord, pray, and worship daily in our home, my three year old will flop back and forth every week on whether or not she prays. She told us a few weeks ago that she was simply “over it.” Yes… she’s over it. So when I was first approached about writing to you all about this topic, I kind of wept and honestly took my heart to the Lord.
“God… there is no way I have anything to say! My children are one and three… I have no track record and quite frankly I’m pretty sure I’m doing it ALL wrong. What could you POSSIBLY have for me to share?”
God: “That right there.”
It took me a few weeks to process all of that but here’s what I feel like God told me: The vast majority of Christian mothers feel as though they are failing. That they are not good enough, that their children are not mannered enough, dressed well enough, spiritual enough, or even playful enough. In my life I know this to be true.
It has taken so much work for me to shake a lot of this fear of failure, and believe me—it is a daily battle. I still have to wake up in the morning and remind myself of who I am in Christ and that when it comes to motherhood—I haven’t failed! I may have small battles with my children that I don’t always win, but in the BIG picture—I haven’t failed, and neither have you.
“My chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands. They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the Lord, and their descendants with them.” -Isaiah 65:23
Moms—this season is tough. There are so many days I feel like I’ve got it all wrong. Remain teachable in his Spirit. Allow him daily to lead you to wise counsel when it comes to raising those sweet babies, and remember his promises.
So when you wake up in the morning and those fearful thoughts start creeping in—allow him to remind you of who you are! That you are victorious through all that his Son did on the cross—that you are WHOLE complete, LACKING nothing. That you are NOT a failure. He has given you all you need to parent those gifts he gave to you. Pull out his Word, bring your little bit of willingness to hear his Spirit talk and lead you, and as Lysa Terkeurst would say, “trust him enough to let HIM write their story.” Push through, sweet mama friends—You got this!
“Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do, but rather someone you raise.” —Craig Groeschel
This post was written by Maggie Riley.