Psalm 127:3 (NASB)
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Parenting has always been challenging. Just consider these mothers from the past. Columbus’ mother: “I don’t care what you discovered, you still could have written!” Michelangelo’s mother: “Can’t you paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?” Paul Revere’s mother: “I don’t care where you think you have to go, young man, midnight is past your curfew!” Albert Einstein’s mother: “But it’s your senior picture. Can’t you do something about your hair?” And you thought you had it hard?
Children are a gift from God…even in the most challenging times. What you teach your children will stay with them always. What you fail to teach can be learned from no one else. You can tenderly build into little minds and hearts an understanding of unconditional love, tender care, and a belief system that will provide direction for life.
A mother’s life is filled with exhausting chores and countless distractions. But in the midst of it all, don’t miss the privilege of being with your children and taking advantage of those God-given teachable moments, when you can implant eternal truth in a tender heart. Believe me, our children grow up fast.
Father, encourage the mother swamped by laundry and messes. Give strength to the mother exhausted by early mornings, late nights and interruptions to her sleep. Remind each mother how fast the time goes and help her to take advantage of every opportunity to implant your truth in a tender heart. In Jesus’ name. Amen.