Tips for becoming the mother God intended
When I became a mom for the first time nearly two years ago, like most first-timers I was clueless. And probably like a lot of 21st century new moms, I promptly read the parenting books populating Borders and Amazon. I think she said something like, “you might know something if you just quit reading and pay attention. " I have to admit she was right about most things; the tips in the books did little to help my husband and me when the baby just wouldn't poop. Or poop too much! There was one book that was and still is my roadmap to successful mothering. The Word of God has continually reassured me I don't have to figure it all out or know the next move. After all, God is a parent and if I follow His lead, I can see success!
The truths I've discovered have helped tremendously in parenting in areas where I've felt critically deficient. Although I can't claim to have “mastered motherhood" by any stretch, I have assurance that I am the mother God intended. If the factors below are some of your weaknesses, take heart because there is strength available for you!
1. Patience. “Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. " (James 1:3, Amplified) And don't we need patience in parenting! Instead of looking outside yourself for the answer, welcome each trial knowing that whatever you face will produce patience in you.
2. Love. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. " (1 Peter 4:8, NIV). This is relevant in both personal relationships as well as the one you share with your children.
3. Wisdom. “He stores up sound wisdom for the upright. . . " (Proverbs 2:7, NKJV). Parenting and relationships don't have to be a guessing game. No longer do you need to wonder if you're “doing it right", since God has wisdom available for you, just for the asking (James 1:5)!
4. Courage/Boldness. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. " (Joshua 1:9, NKJV). Being a mom can be a scary thing, especially if you are single. Not anymore. . . you are COMMANDED to be strong and courageous because the Lord promises to be with you everywhere, every time.
5. Trust. “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. " (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT). This verse is the “Advil" to your worry. There's no need of worry, and here God promises to exchange your worry for His peace. . . what an awesome trade-off!
I've found life in these passages and have applied these and many others to the wounds of my heart when I'm feeling like a failed mom. Even if you don't have children, these can still be appropriate for your situation. These scriptures are more than words, but promises you can count on to triumph in every area of your life!
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by Lori R. Bell
Lori Bell is an entrepreneur, Christian recording artist, speaker, and publisher of “The Ladies’ Room", an inspirational biweekly ezine for women. Are you living your dream life, or dreaming about it? Wake up and join Lori in “The Ladies’ Room" every other Thursday! If you're ready to live out your dreams, supercharge your life, and make significant impact, get your FREE tips and subscription at http://www.lorirbell.com