Hello All! I have been prayerfully considering to do this because I felt the Holy Spirit gently nudge me into this topic. I am a mom of two beautiful teenage daughters who love the Lord. They are not perfect; but neither is their mama. Raising up two girls is teaching my husband and I several lessons and I am compelled to share what I learn from God as I continue this journey of motherhood. Let's face facts first - motherhood does not come with a Manual that instructs you with the frequently-asked-questions and what worked for one does not work for the other child even though they come from the same gene pool. Go figure! This fact lead to a lot of frustration and tears sometimes along with the guilt complex, "I must be an awful mother". But this is so not true - and as long as the enemy of our souls can keep us in that pit, we will never see the light of day. The first principle I learned to be a successful mother is to get prayed up for the day. This is difficult especially if you have toddlers. My sleep pattern was so erratic when my girls were toddlers - I felt like a walking zombie sometimes between housework and 2 pairs of overactive feet pattering around the house, looking for high nooks and crannies they could climb . So, what did I do? I first tried it on my own and failed. I lost words, had melt-downs and felt I needed time-outs more than my girls and secretly hoped I would get a few minutes in the corner, by myself, facing the walls. But that did not change the struggle. As my girls grew older, and I grew wiser (and older of course) I have learned what it is to lean on Jesus. I now have learned the importance of talking to Jesus about everything - and I truly mean everything. He is now my constant companion and I keep the conversation going as I not only speak but mainly listen. Here is an example: One day, I was upset with one of my daughters for not listening to my sound advice. When I am upset, I get real quiet and this gives the girls a clue that I am upset and mommy is talking to Jesus about it. I took it God and told Him how frustrated I was with this second time breach of what I had told my child not to do. I knew it was not something major, but the fact that she had disobeyed me, bothered me. As I continued on in my tirade, I heard the Holy Spirit very gently nudge me and ask, "Susannah, how many times have you disobeyed me and I have forgiven you? You are learning; therefore I give you grace..." I knew what He spoke to me was the truth. It was so easy to hold my child accountable for the same mistake twice; but He reminded me of His grace to me. and the many times I go to Him repenting of misdeeds and He very graciously forgives me. Needless to say, I repented to God and had a peace fill my soul and I apologized to my daughter for being upset and told her how I am being forgiven by Jesus for all the things I do. This was not just a lesson in forgiveness for me and her, but also a lesson in humility, being honest, and showing her that ultimately, we are all accountable to Jesus Christ. What are your struggles? Are there any questions we can tackle together to raise a godly generation? Let's start a conversation. We live in times where we need to be more intentional about parenting... for if we do not pray and train our children, the world and the media (who are very poor parents) will infiltrate and indoctrinate our children. Mama-to-mama! Let the generation of God fearing people arise. The world needs it!
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