One thing that became evident to me after attending She Speaks was that God was calling me to give encouragement to moms who are not as far in the journey as I am. I don’t feel like I have anything to offer moms because I have not finished the race of motherhood. Quite frankly, I am not good at mothering all the time and do not consider myself an expert at all. However, just like I did not want to be responsible for the people on the plane, God whispers to me that He wants to guide me in this.
Hubby works away from home, and he can leave work there. He is usually very good at it. However, I work from home as a mom. Sometimes, all this pressure builds up about what I am or am not doing as a mother, even though I’ve learned to apply the salve of grace. For the mothers that read, I know you identify, right? I think the goal for me is to share what has worked for me or what my family life sometimes looks like. I also want to open the blog up for questions. If you will email with questions, I will answer them here. Like I said, I feel inadequate to do this, but every time I allow God to work in the weak areas of my life, He does a mighty work, so let’s watch Him do His thing….
Sunday, I woke up thinking about our family. Call it that added pressure I just mentioned or call it conviction (I think it was a little of both), but I was telling my hubby that I was not happy with how our family was working. Now I have regularly felt that mommy guilt, but I was feeling off track, like we were not on the path that God wants for our family about some minor things. God was totally preparing to speak to us at church because the sermon was about children and investing in them.
I want to share the notes and link to the sermon because I want to review it in the future, and I hope it will give encouragement to some moms out there.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
its builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchmen stand guard in vain.
In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.
Sons are a heritage from the Lord,
children a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are sons born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their enemies in the gate.
Listen to T.D. Hall online. Click on July 29, 2012 sermon by T. D. Hall.
Notes from the Sermon:
- God is Always Building – (v.1a) If you want to be successful, find out what God’s doing and join Him. God builds not with bricks or stones, but with people. He builds with families and churches. Jesus is also a builder.
- God Protects what He Builds – (v.1b) The church and family should be a safe place. Use our authority for God to make others safe and protected. However, as children of God, if we get “in sin,” we are not under God’s protection.
- God Builds with Ease (v.2) when you go with God, you can work without stress. He empowers us and gives strength, giving grace upon grace. Matt 11:28-29 Accept your assignment with excitement.
- God Builds with Children – Children are a good inheritance and reward.
a. Value Children – (v.3) We welcome them; we birth them; we adopt them. Expand and have as many children as you can, including spiritual children. You will have opportunities to prove that you value children. Some people are looking for spiritual mothers and fathers.
b. Train Them – (v.4) Men made arrows in those days by hand. They had to make sure they were straight, would point in the right direction, and then they polished them. Psalm 78:2-8 One generation prepares one generation and so on and so on. Spend one on one time with each child. Ask the Lord for wisdom and tell them the stories of God’s work in your life. Point them: have them make goals. Polish them: give them Scripture to memorize.
c. Release Them – (v.5) Release in ministry, in life, in marriage.
- Bless them – encourage them in every way you can. Let them know they are favored of God.
- Be willing to invest in them (with time, with finances), expect good returns. Lead them to have a heart for the kingdom.
With those you are responsible for, speak blessings to them.