From the creation of Eve through today, women have been blessed with the most important gift in the world: procreation. Creation comes from woman as stated in Genesis 3:20: “The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” And it is through woman that our Savior came to Earth in fleshly form (Isaiah 7:14). It is a gift bestowed upon us by God.
Whether you have birthed or adopted children, or have spiritual children, you know they are a blessing from above and a rich reward (Psalm 127:3). From the moment of conception, we are either joyful or depressed, depending on our circumstances. However, upon acknowledging you are with child and embracing that gift, it will become a gratifying experience. The first ultrasound. The first sound of a heartbeat. The first feel of movement. The birth of your child. These can all be exhilarating events worthy of a celebration. You have formed humanity; life itself is growing and manifesting within you.
Upon seeing their face and hearing our newborn’s cry, we are overflowing with unconditional love. It fills our innermost being and blossoms wholly in that moment, which is unlike any other love. True love is described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
This great gift comes with responsibility. God has entrusted precious souls in our care, because He loves and trusts us. Our loving response to this should be to teach our children about God’s love for us and His Word (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). Developing and fostering a love for God in them at an early age will place a hunger and desire for them to build their own relationship with Christ.
As they grow, we must instill discipline in them (Proverbs 29:17; Ephesians 6:4). Failing to discipline our children would be similar to allowing weeds to take over our lawn. We no longer see the beauty we know is there. It entangles them in the trappings of the world, choking out their true assets.
Spending time watching, guiding, and communicating with our children will open our eyes to their gifts. We learn how to enhance their strengths and weaknesses. Whether through financial, spiritual, or timely investments, we foster these gifts, teaching them to use them to build God’s Kingdom.
At the wedding in Cana, Mary brought to Jesus’ attention their lack of wine. He rebuked her to cancel out the familiarity with which she used towards Him, and let her know He would do the will of His Heavenly Father. Yet, Mary understood it was His time. After the rebuke, she went on to direct the servants to do whatever Jesus requested. There, He performed His first earthly miracle.
We, too, have the responsibility to recognize our children’s gifts and know when to release them. This is not always an easy job. Children can become resentful or push back when they’re not ready to release their gifts. Whether it is from shyness or discomfort, they arrive at that place in their own time. We simply need to know when to push and when to wait.
One of the greater responsibilities is provision. We can use our gifts for provision, to bless our families with sustenance and warmth, just like the Proverbs 31 wife (Proverbs 31:14-16). Putting our resources to work, we can ensure our children have healthy nourishment, proper exercise, and a clean and loving home. As they watch us provide for our families, it teaches and prepares them to do the same when they become adults (Genesis 2:24).
While the sacrifice of being a mother can be great in terms of loss of sleep, “me-time,” and money spent on them versus you, it is well worth it. The first tooth. First step. First day of school. Graduation. As your children grow, there is beauty in watching them apply to their lives the wisdom, instruction, and understanding you have taught.
Those tears you sowed and constant reprimands lead to rejoicing as you watch them choose the righteous paths (Proverbs 23:22-25). Your hard work, dedication, and sacrifice are worth it. Like the Proverbs 31 mother, your children will rise up and call you blessed (Proverbs 31:28).
The greatest reward for a mother is the honor her child bestows upon her, and the peaceful and productive lives they will lead (Mark 7:10; Isaiah 54:13).
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