Refuse the world's definition for motherhood. Refuse the principles with which the world views the role of a mother. Refuse anything and everything but God's design for Mother. Refuse man's best and chase after God's best!
The blessing of motherhood is truly amazing.
Mr. Doug Phillips of Vision Forum recently wrote an article titled The Rise and Fall and Rise of Motherhood in America. *+* Here is a portion of the article:
"Only a woman can carry in her body an eternal being which bears the very image of God. Only she is the recipient of the miracle of life. Only a woman can conceive and nurture this life using her own flesh and blood, and then deliver a living soul into the world. God has bestowed upon her alone a genuine miracle — the creation of life, and the fusing of an eternal soul with mortal flesh. This fact alone establishes the glory of motherhood.
Despite the most creative plans of humanist scientists and lawmakers to redefine the sexes, no man will ever conceive and give birth to a child. The fruitful womb is a holy gift given by God to women alone. This is one reason why the office of wife and mother is the highest calling to which a woman can aspire.
This is the reason why nations that fear the Lord esteem and protect mothers. They glory in the distinctions between men and women, and attempt to build cultures in which motherhood is honored and protected."
Dear Mothers... Know that if you are reading this, I am praying for you. I pray that God will impress upon our hearts the eternal significance of the gift of motherhood. I pray that our hearts would be burdened for the souls of our children. I pray that we would readily and easily put aside our own desires and "dreams" and realize that God has actually given us the greatest blessings. First of course is His amazing grace. The grace that met justice upon cross. The cross that allows us eternal fellowship with Him. Second, our husbands, oh that me might have fellowship with our husbands, our leaders, our heads. Men that love us like Christ loves the church; men that teach us God's word and guide us according to God's will. Our children... We get distracted so easily...distracted with all that "needs" to be done. Shame on us for ever allowing activities, housework, sports, schoolwork or our own selfishness for something called "me time" to take away from the time that we have with our children.
Mr. Phillips went on to write:
"Once a lady went to visit her friend. During the visit the children of the friend entered the room and began to play with each other. As the lady and her friend visited, the lady turned to her friend and said eagerly and yet with evidently no thought of the meaning of her words: “Oh, I’d give my life to have such children.” The mother replied with a subdued earnestness whose quiet told of the depth of experience out of which her words came: “That’s exactly what it costs.”
There is a cost of motherhood. And the price is no small sum. And if you are not willing to pay this price, no amount of encouragement about the joys of motherhood will satisfy.
But the price of motherhood is not fundamentally different from the price of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. In fact, Christian mothers see their duty as mothers flowing from their calling to Jesus Christ. And what is this cost?
Christian motherhood means dedicating your entire life in service of others. It means standing beside your husband, following him, and investing in the lives of children whom you hope will both survive you and surpass you. It means forgoing present satisfaction for eternal rewards. It means investing in the lives of others who may never fully appreciate your sacrifice or comprehend the depth of your love. And it means doing all these things, not because you will receive the praise of man — for you will not — but because God made you to be a woman and a mother, and there is great contentment in that biblical calling.
In other words, Motherhood requires vision. It requires living by faith and not by sight.
These are some of the reasons why Motherhood is both the most biblically noble and the most socially unappreciated role to which a young woman can aspire. There are many people who ask the question: Does my life matter? But a mother that fears the Lord need never ask such a question. Upon her faithful obedience hinges the future of the church and the hope of the nation."
Recently the Lord showed me that "juggling act" that I try to perform each day is needless and exists because of my own preconceived ideas of what I should or should not be doing instead of His plan for mother and children. Rise up Mother and read His word with your children and pray with your children. Teach your children to work cheerfully alongside you. Do not relegate them to television and toys but bring them to your side all day long. Then...suddenly...amazingly...you will have time to sit and read together and play games together and make silly faces together... You will find that you will not be so busy all the time. You will find that you and your children are simply living life together....praying and sitting at His feet together; working together; playing together; learning together...
I pray that God continues to teach me and you the unfathomable blessings that He has awaiting us in His gift of motherhood.
I pray that I might look back upon my life and see that I walked in His design for me as a woman, as a wife and as a mother...
...no matter the cost...
*+* -- Doug Phillips article, The Rise and Fall and Rise of Motherhood in America was sent to me via email. I have yet to find it posted on his blog or website. I have submitted a request to Mr. Phillips to post the entire article here on my site.
posted by Mrs. Klause
May 11, 2008
Music: Mama Like The Roses, Greensleeves, Clair de lune, Fur Elise, Big Snow in Salzburg, Glory, Sing to Jesus, In The Garden