“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.” Psalm 127:3-4 (ESV).
As moms, we are called to love our children, and our children are our ministry.
Sometimes we live with a sense of fear that we are doing this parenting thing all wrong.
Remember, God is in control of our lives and the lives of our children. He fashioned them in our wombs; they are not an accident. And the fact that we are their mothers is no accident either.
If you are feeling discouraged about your parenting skills, take heart! I firmly believe that your children know that you love them, but there are ways to ensure that your love for them is made even more clear.
Here are four ways you can love your children better:
- Be humble— Like Christ, we have been called to serve and to value others before ourselves. Although we have authority over our children, we are not to lord our pride over them.
- Show kindness—One of the fruits of the spirit, kindness is an integral part of parenting. Our tone of voice, lack of patience, and screaming at our children has no place in the realm of kindness. It is essential for us to pray for patience and wisdom and to continue to use our mouths to speak kindly into our children’s lives.
- Be flexible—We all know how tight our daily schedules are. There is always too much to do and not enough time to complete it all. But it is also important to remember that being flexible in our schedules allows us unique opportunities to spend quality time with our kids. The cleaning can wait, remember that they are only small for a short period of time.
- Give discipline—God lovingly disciplines his children and we must do the same. Children must be taught boundaries and the importance of respect and honor for their parents. Discipline must be as unique as your child. Remember that one strategy may work for one child and not for the other. God gave you these children for a reason. Pray about the best way to lovingly discipline them.
Keep walking in faith dear mama. Meet with Jesus daily. Practice having a humble servant attitude. Speak with kindness. Be flexible and allow them to disrupt your schedule. Don’t forget the importance of discipline and respect.
Remember, you are not alone in this journey. Jesus provides perfect peace and insight one day at a time. He will guide and bless your efforts as you commit your ways to him!
Blessings as you learn to love better,
Susie and the Help Club for Moms Team
To connect with Susie and her ministry, Between the Gardens, please visit her website at susieoneal.org.