Every now and then I might get an email from a reader that is not happy with me. They might think that I don't write enough, stray from themed topics, and so on.
Sometimes I will get swamped with emails of people asking me to do things. Read their articles, do a radio interview, write for them, and the list goes on.
Other times I even get emails from women who would like for me to mentor them long term, ask me marital and parenting questions etc., which I honestly do wish I could answer more often. (If I can't respond know that I am praying for you!)
As much as I would like to do everything, it is just not humanly possible. There absolutely is not enough time or strength in a day to do everything- but there is definitely time for what the Lord has called me to!
I am a wife and mother first.
My priorities are God-given and if all else suffers, then that shall be the case!
Being a wife and mother first is so important that all else has to go to the wayside in order for me to be able to fulfill these duties. My children will be grown one day and I refuse to miss it by being distracted by unnecessary pressures. Those other things will be there later if the Lord wants it for my life.
Motherhood is the high calling and yet I can relate to how it feels like the exact opposite at times. The work, the sweat, the tears, and the perserverance that all go into growing young souls is enough some days to make you just throw up your hands and give up sometimes.
But I want you to know that you are equipped for the job at hand. He has given you everything you will ever need to fight for the souls of your children as long as you don't allow the voices of the world to draw you away. There are many good things out there. Many things that could be accomplished--they will always beckon, but we must NOT seek to entertain them by sacrificing the best things. We need to be about our Father's business.
I am so glad that there are others out there who also try to encourage mothers to be steadfast in these ever important roles. One of which is my friend, Kelly, who has written a heartfelt devotional that women can really relate to called Devotions, Advice & Renewal for When Motherhood Feels Too Hard, which is now available in paperback. No fluffy language, not beating around the bush, just straight talk about living out the beauty and fleshing out biblically what is also known as the trenches of motherhood.
Here is an excerpt:
"Not only are we called to pass on a spiritual legacy to our children, but the Bible speaks of our children's children. We must raise our children in such a way that their faith grows roots far into the next generation. It takes deliberate life work to do that! No, it isn't done by a flippant attitude that takes advantage of that grace. We must speak of Him, live for Him, be willing to die for Him and pass that fervent love on to our children."
Another book that is just fantastic is Queen of the Home by my friend, Jen. I have shared both of these books before and would like to give away one of these as well. Here is an encouraging word from the book:
"Mothers, take heart. You are building cultures, societies, and kingdoms while you are training those little people within your home. No matter what, someone is going to train them. Our rotten culture didn't come out of nowhere. It came because Christian families forsook their first duty and abandoned their homes to the enemy. Let us return to our homes and rebuild a vision for godly descendents that stretches into the future."
And in the spirit of spurring one another on in prioritizing the Lord's calling on our lives we would love to bless someone with a copy of each book. I am also going to throw in a copy of my ebook, True Christian Motherhood.
And remember, dear friends...
Don't let anyone or anything pull you away from your role.
Your husband and children need you.
Be faithful to His call.
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