Giving Up Our Lives for Our Children

I have been a mom for 22 years now. It has been one of the most fulfilling roles of my life!

As a young mom, I used to not understand the importance of giving up my life for my children. I did lots for them, but I still expected to have “me time,” and to spend a good bit of my life fulfilling my own wants.

As I grew and matured, I learned that this was wrong of me. Now, don’t get me wrong. Sometimes I still struggle with being selfish! But I’ve realized that my life isn’t about me, it’s about walking out God’s will and taking care of my family.

I read a passage in a book recently, and I wanted to share it with you.

Because of the great importance of the family and the effect it will have upon your child, I challenge you: “Are you willing to live your very life for that family?” A successful family will cost just that. Are you willing, especially while your children are growing up, to freely give up other activities – even good activities? To carefully tend the precious children God has committed to your charge, such sacrifice may be necessary, allowing you to concentrate on the tremendous privilege and responsibility to which God has called you. This is the significant position of motherhood.

A Woman for God’s Glory, p.120

We can’t expect to raise children for God’s glory if we do not give it our all. We should follow the example of Christ, and lay down our lives for others around us. The Lord has given us our family to nurture and cherish. They should always come first!

I have been told that I need to have some time and activities for myself, since one day all of my children will grow up and I will not know what to do with myself. While this may seem true at the surface, it is very worldly thinking. Lord willing, I will always have children and grandchildren to pour into. If I don’t, then I can find an activity to do that glorifies God and aligns with His will. I don’t have to have hobbies in place now for the future when all my children leave the nest!

Godly motherhood requires sacrifice. Most women can be a mother, but not everyone desires to pursue godly motherhood. There is a difference. While both mothers love their children and desire the best for them, the godly mother is one who desires to sacrifice her whole life for them.

While our activities might seem “good,” do they benefit our family in some way? If they don’t, then we probably need to reevaluate our priorities.

The Lord is so good to help us if we need guidance as to how to spend our time. Seek Him with your whole heart and ask counsel from women who you admire. We are not in this alone.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you have a blessed day with your family.

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