“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16 NIV
The purpose of this blog is first to glorify God who blesses little children and expects us to have their faith. Second, to share the ways the Lord has used those four little blessings in my life to teach me SO many spiritual truths. Finally, my prayer is that other mothers and women will view motherhood and childcare as an opportunity not only to teach our children but what lessons God may be trying to instruct us through them. And, ultimately, to find joy and rest in Motherhood by remembering it is a great calling from the Lord.
I recently read an article by author, Gary Thomas, and He referred to his newborn daughter as “eight pound seminary professor.” He talked about all of the skills and fruits that children can show us if we are willing to search. His article excited me and encouraged me because this is exactly what I hope to show other parents through this blog! He went on to say, “No, my baby daughter didn’t teach me about predestination or transubstantiation, or about how to parse Greek words. But she became a seminary for my character — one that continues to this day.”
Our children can’t fully explain to us the scriptures and sometimes might frustrate us to the point that we wonder if they are working with the enemy! But, if we allow the Spirit to do His perfect work, that crying baby can teach us patience, that stubborn toddler can teach us self-control, that little one learning pray can teach us faith, and that hormonal, teen can teach us perseverance in prayer. Looking for the little things in daily situations with our children can draw us nearer the Lord and like Jesus said, show us how to praise Him!
“But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “ ‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”” Matthew 21:15-16 NIV
Is there a calling more demanding and at the same time more rewarding than being a parent? How is parenting (or having children in your life) deepening your dependence and reliance on Jesus? What lessons has the Lord taught you? I would love to hear the ways that your children have taught you lessons from the Lord. Please feel free to comment or shoot me an email. We can encourage one another through our experiences!
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