Have you ever had those really strange moments in your life when everyone had stopped laughing at a joke, but for some reason, you just kept laughing long after it was told? Many of those times for me, are now funny stories we will tell our grandchildren someday about their parents. One of those times was one early morning when Chelsea was around one year old. She was crying and coughing in her bed, so the video baby monitor woke us. We noticed that on the screen, she was sitting up and it looked like there was white fluff all over her crib. When we went in to check on her, we found out that not only did Chelsea not appreciate being wet, she also discovered that her diaper didn’t taste very good either. Yes,… Chelsea was digging at her wet diaper and trying to eat it. Nice one, Chels.
While being a parent is entertaining, it can also be trying at times. The difficulty lies in the fact that many times, we forget that being a parent takes commitment on our parts. It is so easy to become exhausted with everyday life that we forget to teach our kids about discipline and setting limits for them in their lives. Family lives are so busy that “surviving the hectic, busy day” is the theme, while guiding and teaching is low on the priority list.
One of the challenges that I’ve faced this year was from this very thing! We were so busy prioritizing our schedules, we neglected our priorities. While we had good intentions to sit down together at night to eat as a family, it rarely happened. The stress began to eat away at our patience for each other, and our over-all health was deteriorating. The symptoms ranged from migraine headaches, arthritis, panic attacks, insomnia,- and the list goes on and on and on.
Recently, we’ve been getting our priorities in order. One of the things that I’m working on as a mom is to become more healthy and to help my family do the same. We’ve been working on understanding proper nutrition, as well as what we are deficient in. We are working hard to eliminate the toxins from our lives. Another goal of mine is to guide and steer our family into thinking about a family mission statement.
My personal mission statement as a mom is to be an energetic mother who loves and knows God fully, follows his lead, and leaves a legacy of christian love to her kids. Sounds really good, doesn’t it? Well, I have to admit…..some of it, I stole from our pastor’s sermon this past week. In fact, if you would like to see this sermon, you can go to www.fbmaryville.org. The sermon was titled, “Love and Limits”.
As “Mother’s Day” approaches, I hope and pray you feel empowered to become the mother that you are called to be. Isaiah 40:11 says, “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”
In this Old Testament promise, spoken by the prophet Isaiah, the Lord clearly states his commitment to guide and protect mothers and to care for their children. It is hard to believe that someone could love our children as much as we do, but he really does. I don’t know about you, but I find this to be very encouraging.