“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”Acts 20:24 (ESV)
A Wise Woman Stays the Course
One day, when I was fed up with my young adult child, tempted to throw in the towel and let the chips fall where they may, my husband sweetly encouraged me, saying, “You have to finish this race strong with him, you can’t give up now.”
I wanted to give up. The finish line felt so far out of reach. The seeds I had sown seemed to have fallen on rocky ground. I was exhausted and tired of always redirecting this strong-willed child. My flesh wanted to leave him on his own to figure it out, and in all honesty, my flesh hoped he would fail and realize how much guidance he actually needed.
Like always, when I fall off the God-designed motherhood course, the relentless love and grace of Jesus swoops in and reminds me of truth, and He graciously guides me back on track. It’s a tug-of- war between my flesh and what is honorable and noble. It’s a fight to surrender on my end, but a beautiful grace offering on the Lord’s.
A wise woman stays fixed on the heart of God. She stays in the Word so she can be quick to recognize lies disguised as truth. She stays in fellowship with her husband so she can eagerly accept his encouragement, and rebuke. She stays moving toward her children because she knows it’s the heart of the Father to move toward His children.
A wise woman models the sacrificial love of Jesus by dying to herself so her children can reach their full potential. She knows her course is to wisely build into the hearts of her children. She trusts that by testifying and modeling the gospel of the grace of God before her children, they too will grow to be men and women who stay the course, move toward people, and finish strong the ministry set before them.
Blessings and Love,
- Take time to ask the Lord for eyes to see the potential in your children, to see them as God does. As we begin seeing our children as the Lord does, we can eagerly choose to die to ourselves so they can reach their full potential.
Be a mom who makes the first move toward your children. Even when you are tempted to get away from them, make a move toward them, asking God for strength to humble yourself. A wise woman stays the course.