They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
3 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of ones youth.
5 How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate.
(Ps 127:1-5 NASB).
I tend to get real sentimental at this time of the year. I am preparing for new adventures and new activities. Back to school, lots of football and this always brings a time of introspection for me. I re-evaluate what works and what does not. Areas that I feel I need to change and improve and keep those that worked out well. And then I start to ponder on….How precious are my children. Sometimes I wonder if the only reason I was created was to be their mom. It is my main ministry. Yes, I’m active at my church and busy with my husband’s ministry BUT my main ministry is my home. Jesus is our foundation. He is the center of Â our marriage and family. Â I am called to love, teach and build up my family. My husband first. I am called to be his helpmate. To serve, love and encourage him to be the leader of my home, respect him as the head of my it home under Christ and rest in the knowledge I was picked to be his wife 🙂
After this, my children are my ministry. They are my heritage. If I put anything before my family, I am out of the will of God for my life. He has given my children to love and build up . It is my charge. It is my mission field. I am to teach them to grow in the knowledge and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. I will write His truth on the walls of my home, over the doorways and they will hear me read His word to them daily. One of the benefits of homeschooling. Solid curriculum, time to instill Godly principles and continual bonding. Homeschooling allows us to delve into learning and knowledge and digging into each child’s interests and the way God created them.. according to their own particular bent.
I am feeling a little bittersweet this time around though. They are growing fast and it is becoming more evident that time really is short. My oldest is in college and my second oldest is heading into his senior year. Where did the time go? Did I touch on all areas for their success? Did I teach them to love deeply, serve wholeheartedly and most importantly, follow Jesus passionately? If not, reading and writing won’t matter! Have I encouraged them to continue to learn and grow on their own through their own lives when they leave home? With that said, homeschooling allows for a lot of fun and adventures. Especially that I’m schooling boys 🙂
My children are my reward. I do miss the ‘littles’ years. I do miss the smell of a newborn, the cries of a tiny baby, the sound of them sleeping and the tender voices. There are times when I just want to go back in time but there is something to be said for older children. They are developing their own sense of humor, their own personalities are blooming and it’s thrilling to listen to them grow into their own opinions and giftings. Seeing what the Lord is doing in each one and how different each child’s life is turning out is thrilling.
They are my reward. I am enjoying being a mom. It is my ministry.
Take time to enjoy each phase of mothering, dear ones!
What have you done today to build a memory?