I realize I have had 9 months to get used to the idea of being a mother.
Still, it sometimes hits me all at once:
of being a mother.
More than anything, the responsibility of being a mom scares me! It's not something I take flippantly or with a "it will all work out" attitude. I realize that I will be responsible not just for the physical health of my sweet baby girl, but I am also responsible for her emotional and spiritual health!
The kind of woman she grows up to be has a lot to do with the kind of mother I am.
That's a huge responsibility!
I want to be intentional about being patient, loving, firm, selfless, encouraging, inspiring, and challenging to my daughter.
I have been studying the topic of parenting in Proverbs. What better place to find inspiration for parenting than from God's word right?
I hope to periodically share with you some of the verses I have found. Here is what I got from chapter one. It's amazing how much God has to say about raising children!
Teach your children to stand strong in the midst of temptation:
Proverbs 1: 10
"My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them."
Show them the potential destructiveness of their sin.
"They will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
Teach them wisdom.
"But whoever listens to wisdom will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.
So much of our culture today teaches that we need to let our kids figure things out for themselves, that it's not necessary to teach them to stand up for what's right, show them the consequences of sin, or teach them to be wise. God's word teaches us the opposite. We need to be intentional about directing our children in the right path! They need guidance...and they are either going to get it from their parents...or from somewhere else.
I am very thankful for the Lord, His word and the wisdom that it has to offer even when it comes to being a parent!
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.