Our mom bloggers here have been busy “momming” like we are supposed to be. This post will be short and sweet as I have schooling to oversee this day. I am so blessed to have been able to experience many stages of my children’s lives. Some stages are easier than others, and some stages take a toll on us. Quickly, here are a few challenges for you from my experience – and some lessons I am still learning.
For moms with new babies… enjoy the “new life” moments.
For moms with toddlers… get some vitamin B12 and be thankful for the exercise they bring into your life.
For moms with lower elementary aged children… savor their thoughtful ways and playful spirits.
For moms with upper elementary aged children… remember that just because they are more independent now, they really need your ears and your eyes.
For moms with teenagers… be thankful for their ability to think for themselves even when they don’t think the same way you do. Speak life. Trust God to do the work in their hearts that you cannot do. Be there when they let you be. Pray when they won’t. Teenagers are really fun to be with most of the time.
For moms with college aged children… trust God. Period. Be available when they are. Be happy they are on the path to God’s purposes for them, even if it doesn’t look just like the path you may have envisioned before. Speak truth. Miss them… like crazy.
For moms with post college / single or married children… I’m not there yet, but I think I will say… trust God… pray for them… pray for grandchildren to love on… enjoy time with your husband like never before… plan special family gatherings and of course, take pictures. =)
For moms with wayward children… hold on… pray… keep hope… keep living… keep loving… believe God… stay in God’s Word… pray for other friends’ children like you would want someone praying for yours… find comfort in that now your heart has the capacity to comfort another mom in the future… guard your heart from dwelling on what other people think… share your heart with a faithful, godly lady… NEVER give up on your children!
I can’t imagine a mother’s heart going through all the stages of life mixed with joy and grief, dreams and disappointments, victories and failures… without walking with the LORD.
“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.” – Psalm 57:7
“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.” –Proverbs 31:25
“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:
also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out
the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11