Being a mom is hard.
It’s hard work because there’s so much more to parenting than making sure your babies reach adulthood.
It’s more than teaching your kids to dress themselves and that they need to brush their teeth everyday. More than giving them good, healthy food to eat. Or telling them to clean their room.
Have I told you the story of when we had to teach our daughter to not go behind our backs to get what she wants, when she was three!?
It started when she and I were at the store and she saw a pair of sandals she really liked, and she wanted them. At the time I told her, “No, not today, Mommy will think about it and maybe we can come back another time.”
Well, she was spending time with her Memere and they were at that same store. So, my daughter asked my husband’s mother if she could have those sandals. Of course Memere said yes, which is good, but Little Miss Buttercup knew that Mommy had already said no, so that was not good.
She came home wearing her new beautiful sandals and hubby and I had to take them away. We did not allow her to keep the shoes.
That was a tough lesson for us, (and not even anywhere close to what I know is to come) because of course we wanted her to have the shoes, but it was far too important for us to teach her heart that what she did was wrong.
Parenting is a big job. We have more to do than teach them how to care for themselves and get along in life. We need to equip our kids with knowing the difference between right and wrong; we need to equip them with the Truth.
When we first started looking into homeschooling we only knew that we didn’t want our children to attend public school. Homeschooling was the financially feasible answer.
After a couple of years, after a few homeschool conventions, after our own personal and spiritual growth we learned that homeschooling was more than education. For us, it was a way that we could better serve our children.
We want to raise our children knowing their Lord. We want them to walk in the Truth.
But how do you equip your children to walk in the Truth? How do you know that when they grow up they will have a relationship with God and know what to do when faced with tough decisions? How do you tackle this motherhood thing?
- You can’t give your children what you don’t have.
- These are God’s children and he has chosen you to be their mother, trust and pray that God will take care of His children.
- You find strength in God by reading His Word.
Lately, we have been faced with so many issues that are acceptable in the culture but are not what God says he wants for us. Increasingly we are finding that human life is not valued and that we are “disposable.” We are seeing that marriage between a man and a woman, the way God intended it, is no longer sacred. And that children are choosing the gender they wish to be.
I find all of this maddening and oh so sad.
Sometimes when I think of the things that I need to teach my children when it comes to the culture, I feel intimidated, and worn. How can I get this right? This task is daunting, and I don’t know how I’m going to do it.
I don’t have all of the answers. I’m still trying to wrap my head around some of the things that are going on in this world.
But, I do know that continuing my walk with the Lord will make me stronger when faced with difficult situations. I know that I don’t have to do this alone; God is by my side.
If you follow me on social media, you know that I’ve been honored to serve on Heidi St. John’s launch team for her new book Becoming Mom Strong.
Becoming Mom Strong has such a powerful message for all moms and those who have children in their care. Heidi shares stories that made me laugh and stories where my eyes welled up with tears.
For me, reading Becoming Mom Strong has been the reminder I needed to hear that I can’t give my kids what I don’t have. There are always seasons of doing well when it comes to reading my Bible daily and seasons of drought, where I haven’t read even a verse in weeks. I’m reminded that I have been entrusted with God’s children.
My example, what I model and what I do are so much more impressionable on my children than anything I say.
They are watching me. And my view of myself is being challenged. Do I truly see myself the way God sees me? Where am I putting my hope? Am I hearing the voice of condemnation or the voice of the Holy Spirit?
I’m learning that “becoming” is a process. It takes time and intention. It takes faithfulness. No one just has it. No one arrives at the point of perfection.
As I go through this journey of motherhood I need to continue to grow strong in the Lord. I need to walk daily with Him. I am “becoming mom strong” and the strength I gain being in the Word, learning who I am in Christ is the strength I can impart to my kids.
Becoming Mom Strong is filled with encouragement and Biblical wisdom. If you’re finding yourself asking some of the same questions I have about how we can raise our kids in this world and wondering if you are good enough, then you need to get a copy of this book today. Fill up on some beautiful Truths and discover how you can become Mom Strong.
There is so much wisdom here. Heidi talks about becoming warriors not just for our kids but for the next generation. She talks about overcoming fears, about being purposeful, and that you have been placed in this role of motherhood for a reason.
She shows us that trusting God even in the midst of trials is teaching our children where to put their trust.
She calls for us to forgive those who have done wrong to us. She teaches us that when we allow God’s truth to shine on our suffering we can be transformed.
She tells us to stay away from drama and that it’s okay to let our children see us cry when we are working to be healed. She tells us to take this motherhood journey slow and steady and to stay connected with the Lord.
She reminds us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and that our worth comes from God.
She tells us not to isolate ourselves, that strong friendships are vital to becoming Mom Strong. And she reminds us that no matter what we are faced with we can always run to the Bible when we don’t know what to do.
We moms have a huge job to do, I pray that the “shifting, shaping, clarifying, and correcting,” that I do is all in the right direction – to grow up my children who love God and obey His will for their lives and that they know the Truth and disciple to grow His kingdom!
Do you want to join me in Becoming Mom Strong!?
I am so excited for this message, for this book, because I think we desperately need this reminder to seek God’s wisdom in His Word today.
Filled with authenticity, powerful truths, and stories to encourage I couldn’t not share the goodness included in these pages! I want to give a copy of Becoming Mom Strong to one of you dear mommas in hopes that you too will feel refreshed in your journey of motherhood. To enter complete the Rafflecopter:
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For more about Heidi St. John check out the following links:
The Heidi St. John Store with the book, the Bible study, the journal, the Becoming Mom Strong tee and mug, and more.
If you are near Charlotte, Tulsa, Kansas City, or Dayton you can attend her Mom Strong Conference. Heidi’s events.