Years ago I heard about a woman who was seen with a group of children at the park. A man walked up to her and asked, “Are all those children yours, or are you on a picnic?” She replied, “They’re all mine – and it’s no picnic!”
Mothering is a wonderful gift of God, but it isn’t for the faint at heart, is it? When my girls were growing up there were many days when I wanted to turn in my parenting badge! It’s not that they were so awful, there were just days in which they revealed their sin nature more than others! It seemed on those days that all I did was discipline, correct and instruct, and many days it was over the very same things. Someone wasn’t getting the message, or they were testing my resistance and we would have to reapply the board of discipline to the seat of the tester!
I remember being in tears myself after those trying times. I would often go to my bedroom for a moment of solitude and cry out to the Lord. As I prayed and read His Word I’d be reminded that this was my responsibility to instruct my children. If I wasn’t doing it who would? If nothing else got accomplished in the day but teaching a child to obey, to talk in a way that honored God, or to tell the truth, then I had to view it as a day that was prosperous.
Proverbs was such a help to me. These verses are highlighted in my Bible:
Proverbs 19:18 – Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
Proverbs 29:17 – Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:15 – Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
Proverbs 29;15The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
I’m writing to encourage those of your that are in the thick of the training years. Don’t faint – you will reap a harvest. Right now you’re sowing the seed and you are wondering if the harvest will ever come – it will! You will reap in another season that you sow. Make sure you’re sowing the seeds of the Word of God as you discipline. You will reap the same kind that you sow. Be faithful. You will reap more than you sow. One day you will see that it was worth it. Be consistent and don’t throw in the towel! One day you can take all your children out to the park and it will be a picnic!
If you could get help in one area of mothering, what would it be?