The last part of Matthew 5:16 says "that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." This is the goal Momma. We want to shine a light so attractive that it draws our kids to praise the Father in heaven and then in turn, for them to shine lights so attractive that they attract the attention of others who will praise God!!
Come to me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.
Indeed, there's rest in Christ Jesus. Life could be full of chaos and disorders, but a life in Christ should enjoy rest. He said, He will give us rest.
I want my kids to know that in Christ, there's rest. A way to enjoy rest is by having God's word as anchor in every situation and every circumstance in life.
I remember standing there in awe of what I just witnessed. I saw my oldest encourage (although rather annoyed) his little brother to remember the Bible verse that we had been reading together. I saw my middle son contemplate if he was going to allow this fear to overtake him or if he was going to be brave and trust that God would be with him. I watched as he faced his fear and trusted God.
I watched as God allowed me to see firsthand that the verses we were reading together were making their way into my children’s hearts.
How, as a mom, do I not fear what is happening in this world? And how do I help my three children to not be afraid as well? I didn’t have answers to my questions, and I was struggling to trust God. Do any of you mamas ever feel this way? Distracted? Overwhelmed? Afraid?
The morning I was feeling so distracted, I stopped to spend time with the Lord as I usually do. As I sat there, He very tenderly spoke this verse from Isaiah to me...
“Do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10