Mommyland Monday is usually composed of the cute moments we have as mothers, today I’m wanting to do something a little different though. I’ve really been struggling with discouragement lately. Feeling weary. But, there is encouragement to be had in the bible, and I hope these verses are also an encouragement to you. Nothing that is really worth our efforts is easy, it takes effort, and sometimes our cup feels a little dry. I pray that these verses bless you. Grab a cup of coffee or tea if you’re boring like me and don’t drink coffee and enjoy.
Proverbs 31:2 Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her.
What a beautiful promise we are given in Proverbs 31 for our hard work. Blessed. I want to be blessed, it might take years for them to “raised up” but I hope and pray they will call me blessed.
Proverbs 1:8-9 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.
How very valuable God considers our time teaching and raising up our children. He compares those (sometimes seemingly endless) moments of training up our children in the way they should go to graceful garlands and pendents around their necks. Remember the work you do is very important.
Proverbs 6:20-22 My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.
Our goal in raising up our children is not to have obedient, convenient children, but to train them up into men and women of God. Our teaching is not in vain. Sometimes the teaching is slow. But remember, love is patient. A good lesson patiently taught is something that is precious to these our little one’s hearts.
Hebrews 12:11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Can you guess where I’ve really been struggling? Yes, there is a reason I patiently told him (and more often HER) not to do that, AGAIN, then taught them a better way and disciplined appropriately. There is a reason. Each and every time. Those who are trained by discipline yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness. What a beautiful promise to the weary mom who had to teach her daughter for the zillionth time to not hurt her brother.
1 Timothy 1:5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
What… not to have kids who are convenient? No, our end goal in instructing our children is a pure heart, good conscience, and a sincere faith. What greater joy could there be then to see my children walk in God’s ways.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isn’t it nice to know, we are not alone. We are called to this work of motherhood, and God will help us through it and give us his strength if we are ready and willing. This exhausted mom is clinging to that promise right now. He will renew my strength if I wait on him.
Oh, and incase you did not catch it “renew” that means sometimes that strength will be gone.
Proverbs 31:26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
Our words will be wise if we are virtuous. We will give faithful instruction. Ones that are steadfast and with towards a greater good.
Proverbs 29:17 Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also delight your soul.
I don’t know about you but I do not feel like Christopher of Natalia delight in my soul when I correct them, but apparently they will. Probably about the same time they raise up and call me blessed. They will be a comfort to us and will delight in that teaching we gave and give them.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
This was my graduating class’s class verse. He knows the plans he has for us. Nothing comes as a surprise to him. He knew before we did that we get pregnant sooner then we expected to, that Mark would get laid off twice, that our time in Wichita would be one of immense growing, preparing us for the work he had for us, back here. We did not know we would end up back in Rolla, two kids and five jobs later. But, he did.
We also can remember he has plans for a hope and a future, prosperous plans for our children. As a mom, that is wonderful to know. He has plans for our kids. Christopher’s temperament was somewhat of a shock to us. Even his name was a surprise to us. But, the name we thought we would be using if we had a boy would not suite him. I do not know the plans God has for Christopher, but I hope and pray that if Mark and I can do anything to ready him for them, we will seize the opportunity. When I am training up, raising up, instructing and teaching these young kids of mine, God has a plan ready for them. Ones they are already living out, even if I fail to notice it often.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
Take heart dear mothers, our hope is in the Lord. He is never failing. He is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. Love and justice surround him. Who better to put our hope in.
1 John 3:18 Let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
We our able to show our love in so many ways. Sometimes I feel so useless when all I did was nurse a little baby or correct my boy that day. The dishes did not quite get done. The exercising did not happen. But, I showered love on two little kids, God’s children on loan to us. Do not underestimate the power of loving, and the ways that love can be shown through. Nursing. Reading. Playing. Fixing meals. Teaching. Ect. Ect. Ect.
I hope these verses encourage use as much as they did me. Our work is immensely important. Have a lovely day, and God bless. Debra.