Using Your Martha to Be a Mary for Your Children

Parenthood.
Motherhood.

We want our children to do just what we want them to do, but somehow that never happens. We end up short with them, upset that they don’t do what WE wanted them to, and all around are reduced to a puddle of tears by them, only to miss them and want to wake them up when they’re sleeping.

From Busy to Blessing How to Use Your Martha to Be a Mary for Your Children @JessicaMWhite.com
I love my kids desperately, but sometimes…

This parenting thing is not easy. There’s no way to do it right and a thousand to do it wrong. The cards are stacked against us, but we long for our children to grow in their faith, to know Christ, to rest in Him. But how do we show them what that looks like, when most of us are struggling with it ourselves? {Or at least I am.}

“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Matthew 18:6
Gulp.

Each day I begin with thinking about how I want the day to go, what things I want to do with the kids, do for them, my husband, our home; then I get out of bed; pedal to the metal; crashing back into bed at the end of the day wondering what happened. The day never goes along with my vision of domestic bliss.

There are certain things that need to be done each day, and sometimes my fantasies, no matter how well meant, don’t happen. I have to look at all of it differently, what things do I HAVE to do, that I can focus on doing intentionally for or with my children? How can I go about not only being intentional with what needs to be done, but doing it with grace, love, kindness, and showing my children Christ’s heart for them, through my own?

This Week’s Challenge: What is one very specific thing you can do for your children to show your love for them?

Jessica

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