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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Mother's Diligent Hand

Being a mother is a roller coaster event. Some days your children are sweet and obedient. Things go smoothly at home. They appreciate your efforts, express their love and respond with gratefulness to your sacrifices. The next day, however, doesn't go as such. The children whine instead of obey. Nothing goes as it was supposed to - you run out of milk and the kids us Kool-Aid in its place (and half of it ends up on the floor). Supper burns because your attention was turned to children that were scrambling in a heap in the living room. When your husband comes home from work you're frazzled and ready to turn in your Mommy badge!

We ALL have days like these, so be comforted in the fact that you are not alone. Eating the whole container of Oreos while locked in the bathroom is only a temporary fix. So what do you do when you find yourself in these house slippers? Proverbs 10:4 has a good remedy for us. It says, "He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich." It's really tempting to want to throw your hands up and say, "I quit! I've tried and this discipline thing doesn't work!" Or "Potty training has gone out the window, this child is never going to get it! He's going to graduate wearing diapers!" Perhaps you've thought - "This child doesn't realize the blessing of having Christian parents and I'm tired of being taken for granted!" Wherever you find yourself in the realm of motherhood, we can't have a slack hand. We must wake up this morning with a renewed vigor to be diligent.

Call out to the Lord for His help today, and call all day long. He hears over the clamour of your children's cries. He sees beyond the pile of laundry that never wanes. He understands your feelings of inadequacy. This is really the place He wants us, then we'll depend on Him to strengthen our hand. Ask for wisdom to know what to do today, how to discipline and train, and when to step back. Just don't quit. Be faithful. If you need to get out for a while, do it. Leave your child(ren) with a friend for an hour and do something to refresh yourself, all the while talking to the Lord about your family.

This passage says if we have a slack hand it will lead to poverty. Oh the riches of a mom that loves her family and is faithful even when it's hard, even when there's no return for her love and efforts. Your day is coming...this passage promises riches. Oh, not the kind the world thinks of, but riches that are eternal - children that love God, that grow up desiring to serve Him, that pray they can be a godly mother just like you, and hearing your Father say, "Well done."

Stay diligent day's coming.


Whitney said...

I can't tell you how many times I've caught my mother locked in the bathroom with a whole package of oreos...

Denise said...

Don't tell everything you know! Two cookies would be max for me! =)

Jennifer said...

Thank you for this. It was such a blessing.