Tuesday, February 19, 2019

How Motherhood Humbles Us

Today we have a sweet post by Jennifer Estes:





Recently I started pondering the things that God has taught me over the years and is still teaching me on the journey of motherhood!

I searched the Scriptures and came away with four important points. So I'll begin with point number one:

Motherhood Is a GIFT 

Psalm 127 says: "Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.... Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth." The word heritage means an inheritance "something to pass down something to cherish and treasure; a legacy. "

In the Bible, Hannah, Sarah, and Elizabeth teach us that children are indeed a GIFT ~a miracle. Sarah waited ninety one years to have a baby. Children are a blessing and a miracle because no matter what age or time or season it is God and God alone who opens the womb. He not only knows our little ones before birth but even before conception. Like it states in Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew YOU...."  Isn't that amazing?

Motherhood is a GIFT, a treasure, a legacy. Although the days can seem long. The years are so so short. We truly have the privilege of investing not only in them but also in the next generation--our grandchildren and great grandchildren.

What are we choosing to invest in for God's glory?

Are we choosing love?

Are we choosing peace?

Are we choosing truth?

Are we choosing patience?

Are we choosing to prize JESUS above all else or our wants and desires?

As JC Ryle puts it, “Love should be the silver thread that runs through all your conduct. Kindness, gentleness, long suffering, forbearance, patience, sympathy, a willingness to enter into childish troubles, a readiness to take part in childish joys, - these are the cords by which a child may be led most easily, - these are the clues you must follow if you would find the way to his heart.”

This godly heritage is created daily not only by our duties we fulfill but also by all the little moments of interacting with our children. These little exchanges with our children whether it be a smile or a listening ear or taking the time to pray with them & DELIGHT in the things they want to show us. They are some of the most precious times and ones that our children will treasure forever in life even when we often FAIL at this. Which brings me to my second point:

 Motherhood HUMBLES us.

 For those of you who could remember when you were younger in your pre-mom days, there may have been a few times when you could of recalled being in the store & seeing one of those moms with her toddler who was having a tantrum on the floor. "Oh my stars," you might of thought, "that won't be me or my child!" But then when motherhood hits full circle and we have a toddler of our very own we are faced with the reality that children are indeed sinners. Like Romans states, weak and vulnerable and in many ways they mirror ourselves.

Children need love, lots of prayer, and training which ties into my third point:

 Motherhood stretches us.

There will be so so many training moments as moms. So many opportunities to discipline in love. Sometimes it will be miserably inconvenient , yet extremely needed. We will be called many times to give up our time schedules to train/ discipline and instruct our little ones and serving them even when our bodies are weary from being up all night with a fussy baby. OR COOKING DINNER WITH BOTH KIDS CRYING.

These things are hard, tough and weighty at times but we are only able to do them by Christ's grace and strength which is my next & final point:

 Motherhood points us to CHRIST our ultimate source of strength!

As we fulfill our mission as moms, we must remind ourselves that CHRIST is our ultimate Source of strength for the battle and the fight. And it is a battle we enter every day. We can pray without ceasing and choose to put God's Word in our hearts even if it's only a few verses in the car or at home. Or a few chapters.

I think Satan's biggest lie is trying to convince us that "oh that's too little or oh that's too much." Thus, we sometimes end up doing no Bible reading. Which he savors. We can choose to serve our children with joy and thankfulness instead of comparing ourselves or our children with others. When....we are all SO different and unique. Our struggles can often range from feeling sorry for ourselves, feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or perhaps even making the mistake of thinking that our identity rests in motherhood instead of remembering that our identity must rest in Christ alone.

Sally Clarkson puts it this way, "When you are oppressed with constant thoughts of inadequacy, recognize the voice of accusation for who it is. It certainly isn't God."

It is Christ who will strengthen us and enable us to find true joy as we serve and mother our little's for His glory.

 As that old hymn states: On Christ the Solid Rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.











Jennifer

Living her dream of being a wife & mother. Jen happily resides in Sunny California. She firmly believes that the home is a beautiful canvas for biblical hospitality, servant hood and discipleship.

Jen blogs at Blessed Femina, which she founded in the fall of 2008 to encourage other women in Biblical femininity. It is her greatest desire to live a life depicted in I Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

http://blessed-femina.blogspot.com

Friday, February 15, 2019

Christian Mystery Books for Kids




Are you looking to help your children get some more reading in this winter?

You might want to pull them away from from the TV and video games and give them a good book to cozy up with instead.

I remember growing up and how I just loved reading a good mystery book!  Back then I had read all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books I could find--and when I read the entire collection, I would start all over again. Such great memories of my childhood. You better believe that when my children learned to read those were some of the first mystery books I introduced them to!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wise Woman Titus 2 Linkup!




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Monday, February 11, 2019

26 Inexpensive Date Night Ideas



Are you looking for something to do for Valentine's Day coming up or just need some simple quick ideas for an inexpensive date night?

It is always important to invest in your spouse and your marriage--it takes time to nurture it and grow it. A wise woman is always looking for ways to love her husband and make sure he knows that he is loved.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

WOW--BEAUTIFUL Apron Sale Just $5!!!





We love bringing great deals to you when we find them to help you stretch your dollars for your home and family!
Today we are sharing aprons that are on sale right now from Flirty Home that are just $5!

How to Encourage Your Husband as the Spiritual Leader of the Home



Do you need help encouraging your husband as the spiritual leader of the home?

Many women do. I know that when I was a young wife I had not had it modeled to me of how to encourage my husband until much later. I remember devouring books on how to be a better wife for years.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Special Valentine's Day Gift Ideas



Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and some of you are looking for some gifts!

I am probably going to spend a little time decorating today--the kids really enjoy it when I do. They like making all the hearts (and heart animals) to decorate the windows.

Wise Woman Titus 2 Linkup!




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Special Lilla Rose Valentine's Day Giveaway!





Sweet ladies, I wanted to do something for you all since it is the end of January and since most of us are enduring some harsh weather!

You all know that Lilla Rose is one of my favorite places to get beautiful hair accessories--especially the flexiclip which is use practically every. single. day.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Wise Woman Linkup!




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11


Monday, January 28, 2019

A Wise Woman Puts on Patience






Do you struggle with patience?

You are not alone--so many of us do and struggle with it in many different ways.

Maybe with your husband, or children, or driving your car, or facing challenges throughout the course of a day.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

3 Ways to Grow Spiritually Stronger in 2019



This past year was an emotional roller coaster ride for our family on so many levels. I am glad that God has brought us through it and still is bringing us through it to the end. He has taught us so much and now I am looking forward to leaving it behind us and beginning with a fresh new start!

 If you have a challenging 2018, or even if you didn't, and you just want to grow spiritually stronger in the Lord, I want to encourage you towards three things.

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