Enjoying Motherhood: Returning to Your First Love

But I have this against you that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” Revelation 2:4 ESV.

Mamas, as we at Help Club continue to encourage you to enjoy motherhood, it is important to remember that we are able to love our families with greater zeal when we remember that Jesus must always be our first and most important love.

If you are going through a difficult season and you have not made Jesus a priority, let’s talk about how you can return to your first love.

Perhaps the sound of the crinkling and the shuffling of the gold -lined pages of your Bible don’t echo in your room. The bread of life has no taste. The living water is blocked by dams of apathy and neglect. Sermons at church are forgotten in the parking lot.
Your prayers seem to be stamped return to sender.

You used to warm yourself beside the blazing fire of intimacy with Christ. Now you shiver next to the cold ashes of indifference.
Being still before him is replaced with busyness and distractions. Quiet moments with God are like relics in a museum behind a glass case. After long days of caring about everything else but God, you occasionally throw crumbs of devotion like pieces of bread to the pigeons, and then pat yourself on the back.

Even though you love Jesus, you know that love can grow cold when passion turns to inattention. Jesus is not a hobby and he cannot be taken for granted. Jesus deserves your first and your best.

If you find yourself in this dark place that only grows darker when a redeemed soul isn’t satisfied in Jesus, there are 3 things you can do:

1. Remember. Remember what it felt like to be enraptured in his presence, his beauty, and his glory. Remember what it felt like when you first loved him, when you sang songs to him, danced for him, talked to him, sat at his feet, hung on his every word, and desired only him.

2. Repent. Tell him that you know your heart has grown cold. Tell him that you have loved other things more than him. Cry out for mercy and beg him for grace.

3. Return. You can’t go back and you can’t change the past, but you can meet God right now, right where you are. He will blow on the embers of your soul and rekindle what you thought was dead and gone. He breathlessly awaits with anticipation for you to return.

Leave a legacy for your children so that when they tell your story they will say that all your treasure was stored in heaven and that Jesus was everything to you. As you pursue the enjoyment of motherhood, remember that it begins with the relentless pursuit of Christ—your first and most important love.

Blessings sweet sisters,

Susie and the Help Club for Moms Team

For more information about Susie’s ministry, Between the Gardens, connect with her through her website, susieoneal.org.

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