Friday, May 17, 2013

'love, mama' series | jami meredith

this month, i'm celebrating motherhood with some sweet words from a few of my favorite people. today my dear friend jami is here with sweet encouragement for you!

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before i had children my goals were something like "i hope we can raise children who are good  and productive people".

after i had my first child i realized there had to be more to it than that.
and thankfully, i found the Lord.

after awhile, and another baby, my goal became something more like " i hope we can raise children who love God, serve others when they can... and are good and productive people."

what the Lord has taught me through my job of  "mom" is that these goals fall so far short of the plans he has for my children. they fall so far short of the gospel that saved my life.

what i have learned is that the goal of my hubby and i has to be nothing short of discipling our kids to go out and further the kingdom of Christ. this is my mission as their mom. my only mission.

how far off the mark i was in my early hopes for my children. i was simply looking at what the world says is successful. it is not wrong to want my children to have some of the comforts in life, to be involved and informed citizens, to serve in some way the people around them. but without Christ these things are empty.

i can not raise good  kids because "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" {Romans 3:23}. what i can do is teach them about the free gift of salvation. i can show them what it means to live a life that is a response to this free gift. to live in a manner "worthy of the gospel" {Philippians 1:27}.

what i have learned is that my job has eternal consequences. the thought of this is both wonderful and humbling.

so what are my new prayers for my children?
i pray they each live in the full knowledge and acceptance of God's love and grace so that they may pour it out to others.
i pray they value above all else the price paid for them through Jesus Christ on the cross.
i pray they would diligently and faithfully seek after God so that they might hear his calling on their life.

and what i have learned is they need to see me doing all of these things. it is not enough to simply say i want these things for them. it is not enough to tell them these are important. i must live it out.
daily.

and though i will fail often, i will always strive to "complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me".
{Acts 20:24}



7 comments:

  1. You are so right. I have three daughters, and have just now really started paring attention to how I behave, and how I react to situations. I enjoyed reading this.

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  2. you are so right. such a good word. i used to get so frustrated when my babes would wake up early and they'd interrupt my quiet times. now, so often, i do my "quiet" times around them (though they aren't as quiet) because i want them to see what it means to be in the word. i must live it our for them to see. amen!

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  3. This is beautiful! Thank you for this post. I'm gonna write down those prayers... love that!

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  4. This is so good. I have such wise friends. I love you both.

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  5. praise Jesus that you are saying this out loud to mother's who get caught up in safety, breastfeeding, vaccinations, schooling, diets, etc. we lose track so easily, us mothers. GLORIFY CHRIST.
    anyway, thanks. good words.

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