January 7th 2013 I became a mother to our first child, Emily Constance! My husband and I chose not to find out the gender until birth and what a wonderful surprise it was to look down and see a beautiful baby girl! She is everything we prayed for and more. Yet somehow that beautiful bundle of joy has stretched me and tried me like nothing else in life ever has. Since becoming a mother I realize I honestly don’t know what I’m doing. Some days I guess right and some days I guess wrong. And the days I guess wrong are the days I have God and Grandma on speed dial!
The other day we were having an exceptionally hard day. All I could think about was waving my white flag of surrender and joining her for a good cry. It is on days like that I am reminded of Psalm 138:3 – “When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.” I’m sure I will have many more “white flag” days ahead of me, but I know I can rest assured that Christ will answer me and renew my strength. On hard days like that I need to simply go back to The Word and remember what a Purposeful Mother looks like….
Deuteronomy 4:9 “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children—”
Growing up I saw my mother have hard days as well but she was purposeful to display the character of Christ. Did she always get it right? No, but she did leave a beautiful example for me to follow and to work better at. And that is something I want to pass down to my daughter and hope she learns from my mistakes so she can become better and teach her children, just as Deuteronomy tells us.
How can you apply Deuteronomy 4:9 to your daily life?
- Keep your soul diligently: We cannot serve our family if we are not tending to our own heart and allowing God to show us where we can improve. And we do that by diligently seeking His Word.
- Lest you forget the things you have seen: Be thankful for the small things and rejoice in them, even if that means writing in the baby book, “you took your first 30min nap today!”
- And lest they depart from your heart: God delights in a thankful heart and imagine how blessed your children will be to see that their mother was thankful for the small things and wrote them down so she could remember them on the hard days and to give encouragement to her daughter some day when she has her own family.
- Make them known to your children and your children’s children: Tell your children daily of all the wonderful deeds God has done- He blessed us with food when we didn’t have money for groceries. You had a happy day with no arguing or complaining. Daddy made it safely home from work.