She wakes early so that she can steal some moments with Jesus and get passed the groggy stage of sleep. She sips her coffee while it is yet dark and ponders her day. She plays it over in her mind and makes a mental note of dinner so she can begin its preparation early.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act. Psalm 37:5
She reviews her lesson plans so she can remember what she is teaching her children that day. She tucks a verse away quietly in her mind to cling to. She takes a deep breath and asks the Lord to prepare her heart for the day and for her children. She prays her children's hearts are also prepared and that they remain open to the Spirit's nudging.
What an ideal picture -- and it truly is possible if we want it to be!
A dedicated mother isn't a perfect mother. She is simply, but wholly, committed to the task of motherhood. She recognizes her shortcomings and prays for strength, breathes in deep, and tries again.
She is committed to her children and the calling God has placed upon her life. She doesn't make excuses but relies on her strength from the Lord. We cannot afford to be wimpy moms. We cannot afford to be complacent and lassiez faire about the world's influence infesting our children. I'm not talking about sheltering them, but about equipping them. That takes intentional dedication.
We are also need to be dedicated to becoming better mothers. There are always ways we can be a better mom. Making better meals, being more efficient, speaking in a more gentle tone, being more attentive--the list goes on. We should always strive for excellence and never be content with mediocrity. This is only possible through constant connection with God and His Spirit living in us.
I am not saying there aren't seasons of being still, but we should not be happy to stay in one place. Ultimately, when we seek Christ first, these won't be so difficult to attain. He lives in us and through us as we invite Him into our space.
On the contrary, a mother who is consistently distracted by her own desires or life circumstances will struggle to be focused on the commitment required for motherhood.
The world can easily pull us in all the wrong directions or overload our plate with things that do not matter. It's also easy to fall into the trap that we can take shortcuts with our children and still get the same results.
We cannot tell our children to live for God if we are not living by example.
When we're dedicated to God, we're dedicated to what He's called us to. We're faithful in prayer and stepping out in faith. There isn't room for excuses because He has equipped us and always offers us help and wisdom and anything else we need for the task.
Aim high. You may not reach as high as you aim, but you'll reach higher than if you aimed lower.
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