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Mom Guilt

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Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens

There was a time in my life that I carried this tromendous amount of guilt. This particular guilt was the ” am I doing enough” As a mother of 4, with 3 littles still at  home. I always felt a bit guilty when the pastor did the volunteer sermons…. you know the ones that encourage people to help out more at church to expand the kingdom of God through volunteering or getting out into the community to reach the unsaved. I am not saying its a bad sermon, I  get it, I really do. The church thrives when the people get involved!

I attend a women’s bible study weekly called the Well. We did a series of Women of the Bible.  It was very enlightening in so many ways to see how God used so many different women in so many different ways.  My church records all of them if you are interested here is the link, you can copy and paste this in your web browser. Our Womens leader Ashley Possin does other radio series and writings if you are interested in following her ministries called One Truth Ministries the link is below as well.

http://southsidespokane.org/the-well-audio

http://www.onetruth-ministries.com

My friend and teacher  Ashley Possin did a study on Lois and Eunice, who were Timothy’s Mother and Grandmother.

2 Timothy 1:5 New International Version (NIV)

I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

It was their raising of Timothy that had such an influence on him who later became a great man.  Their job was to be a mom and raise a God fearing child! It was after this lesson a big weight was lifted off of me.  My job right now is not to have my hand in every pot trying to do and be in every volunteer opportunity to reach anyone and everyone! It is to raise my kids…. one day they will not be in my home any longer and at which point I can then focus my discipleship outside my home.

This isn’t by any means an excuse to not obey a calling if God has called you into a ministry with kids still at home.  I know so many women that have their plates so full with outside “good” things that it has effected their home life. WE are first and foremost Wives and mothers. We have such and important job to do in raising our kids to follow after Gods heart.

Proverbs 22:6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Train up a child [a]in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Children need to be trained/raised if you are not doing it TRUST me the world is. Guess who runs the world…. satin! So for those moms out there that have felt that guilt of not doing enough in their church or communities, STOP right now look into those precious faces God lent to you to raise into great Christians one day! The devil is trying to snatch up our kids, trying to make you too busy to focus on your families faith and raise strong Christian kids that will one day influence many more to the family of God, the devil wants our families to be torn apart and fail. It is our job to keep it together to be good wives and be a Husband and wife team, not individual players.   Pray for your kids out loud even. If you notice a weakness in your children pray over that area to guard it from the devil and help them get stronger in that area.

My daughter Izzabella has anxiety issues and SPD ( sensory processing disorder) all of my kids have some form of it.  I have seen the devil work this to his advantage and it outrages! That mama bear really comes out! WE are to raise our children with the intent to release capable humans/Christians into the world one day, will they be ready? What are you giving them to fight this unseen spiritual battles? Are you only teaching them how to cook or do their laundry?

I heard on the radio that 90% of College freshmen do not know how to do their own laundry or even cook breakfast. WOW 90%, Mothers, parents what are you teaching our kids, or lack there of?

There is a really good book I think every woman should read called

Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer

She talks about praying for our kids in one chapter. It opened my eyes to see prayer in another way as another tool to parenting.  Be encouraged mothers out there that when we are tired of cleaning up yet another spilled cup or stepped on another lego, man does that hurt! It might seem tedious at times, the never ending mountain of laundry. It will be over one day and we will wonder where the time went so fast!
 My oldest daughter and her husband have graced me with a beautiful grand baby.  It is amazing how I can remember her mother at that very age, and it seems like it was just yesterday!
We have our own little congregation at home,  how will you lead yours?

 

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