The Faithfulness of a Mother

What does it mean to be a faithful mother? I believe there are several elements which create a mother who is faithful. It takes a woman of strength indeed to be that mother. A strength that is not her own. A strength that she does not earn or work for, but rather rests in. She is firmly planted by streams of living water from which she regularly draws from. She knows her weaknesses are none less than an opportunity for God's greatness to shine through. She knows that to be faithful as a mother, she must first be faithful as a daughter. In order for her to train and teach, she must be willing to be trained and taught. In order for her to give grace and forgiveness, she must receive grace and forgiveness.

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A faithful mother begins her mothering journey with Christ, every morning she wakes up. She recognizes her failures and her need. These things are but a foundation for the faithful mother. On this is where she begins to build

  • Perseverance -- like a seed planted in good soil is the perseverance of a mother. She holds fast to the word and hears it with an honest and open heart. It is here that perseverance grows. {Luke 8:15}
  • Sacrifice -- a life that is costly is one lived as a servant; to God first and then her family. She does not seek to be served, but to serve. She lays aside her emotions and agenda to meet with God and meet the needs of her family{Mark 10:45; Luke 11:9; Proverbs 31:10-31}
  • Devotion -- She pushes all else aside to live a life of loyalty and dedication. She is devoted to prayer, to God, and to her family, holding their needs above her own. {Col. 4:2; Psalm 1:2; Eph. 6:18; Phil. 2:3}
  • Dependance -- she does not rely on herself, but the Holy Spirit, who teaches and equips and brings back to memory those things which she has read and learned and memorized {John 14:26 ;John 16:13}

Truth be told? I don't do all those things. In fact, I really battled with even writing this post because I don't have it all together and I didn't want to put off the wrong impression. In addition, it felt strange writing all the things we should be doing when I, myself, am not doing them.

But I realize and remember. This post; this blog is not just written for you. It is written for me, too. It stems out of a desire to be that faithful mother--that faithful daughter to God. We are constantly striving for the prize, but we must remember what that prize is. It is not things in this world, it is not selfish gain. It is Christ and living a life fulfilled in Him. This is why He gives us the Bible--to help us know Him and teach us how to live a fulfilling life. That life is found in service. It always comes full circle around and lands in the same place. Love is not self-seeking.

These places are where I find His peace, and so I share them and I reach for them constantly.

If we continue to struggle we need to look at who we are serving: self or Christ.

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