Just to start out, since I know I among friends…I wanted to share a little something with you all. There was a play written in 1697 called The Mourning Bride. In that there is a famous saying that goes like this…”Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.” Now this was obviously written by a man. His name was William Congreve, and I am pretty sure that he did not have children…If he had ever seen a two year old, in a full blown fit or screaming, kicking and crying….This line would have read differently. My son lately, at three and half, has decided that I got off too easy when he was two, and that he is going to make up for it now. So Real Moms Real Jesus is just what God knew I needed right now.
After reading just the first few chapters of this book it has already changed my perspective on being a stay at home mother. I wanted to talk about a few points I have come across so far. Jill says “Mother’s are natural teachers. We are imparting wisdom, giving direction, and helping our children learn about their world every day.”
Now sometimes, the “wisdom” we impart is not quite what we pictured when we were hoping to be mothers. I polled some of my friends, and these are some of those things we never thought we would have to say to our kids:
• Brady, don’t lick the cat
• Molly, the toilet brush is not for your hair
• No honey, your fanny does not make a print like your finger
• No Elaina, Eskimos do not live in eggrolls, they live in igloos.
Sometimes giving direction does not look like we thought either.
• FINE!! You've worn me down; yes you can have donuts for dinner.
• Or – you cannot have just ice cream for dinner; you at least need to put some fruit on it.
• Don’t put your hands in your pants! ACK - don't put that poo on the counter! NOOOOOOOOOOO - don't wipe your hands on the wall!!!!!!
• Blake, you cannot hip check the girls at school!!! Hip checking is for roller derby only!
• When you say “Joe, Santa will be here soon, are you on the "nice “list”? And Joe says, “mom, I need a "medium" list.”
But then, there are the glimpses of a job well done…
When you’re 18 month old, kneels next to her 3 year old brother at bed time to say prayers.
When your child talks to God about his bad day and asks for help without you prodding him to do so.
The pure laughter that fills the house and your heart with joy as only children can.
The first time through the ABC’s, the first book read all by themselves, the first homerun hit, goal scored, or dance recital completed.
I love the part on page 40 where Jill says “When we do laundry with the right attitude, it’s Worship. When we prepare meals with the right heart posture, it’s Worship. When we drive ten miles out of our way to take our husband his cell phone that he accidently left at home, and we do it with a heart of grace and forgiveness, it’s Worship.”
Even when we are imparting our not so wise wisdom, we can Worship God and bring Him glory.
I recently finished reading a book called Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo. If you haven’t had a chance to read this book yet, I highly recommend it. It is the true story of a four year old boy’s trip to heaven. There are several times in the book where the little boy says Jesus really loves kids. Jesus REALLY loves kids. He loves kids a lot; did you know that Jesus really loves kids? He says it so many times over the course of months and maybe years that his parents finally have to tell him that they get it and enough already. Did you know that Jesus really loves kids? In fact, He loves your kids so much that He made you their mother. He made each of us for this purpose, at this time. He is not going to abandon us now – it’s not like he said “ok, here ya go, good luck with that.” Often times people joke about getting the instruction manual for raising kids and how they never got a copy of it. But we all have access to a copy. It’s our Bibles. Every tear, every frustration, every joyful heart, every angry moment, every odd piece of wisdom we give, every strange direction we see ourselves going in with our kids…He knows it. He saw it coming, He sees the outcome. He loves us through it, gives us hope and strength and everything else we need. Philippians 4:19 – My God WILL supply ALL your needs.
Last Sunday, Pastor Jim Phillips finished up a series they were doing at Mountainview Community Christian on the book of Romans. I was struck by a particular verse he mentioned which was Romans 12:12, Be joyful in Hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Just a quick Greek lesson here, those who know me are not that surprised that I got my Strong’s out here….but the word for patient here is hoop-om-meyno, which means to endure bravely and calmly. That convicted me with my kids and how I can react sometimes…and it’s not calmly.
The word for affliction is thilpsis which also means pressure or distress. And finally, the word for faithful in the KJV is “instant” in prayer and the Greek is pros-kar-ter-eh –o. This means to be devoted, to continue all the time, to persevere and not to faint, to show one's self courageous and to wait on constantly for something.
So I encourage you all to be Joyful in the Hope we have in Christ. Be brave and calm under pressure and times of distress. And continue to pray all the time, persevere and do not faint, be courageous and wait on God. He is faithful.