A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking to my daughter at her baby shower. Little Noah is now a couple of weeks old and I’m really loving this new season I find myself in—a season with little ones of my own and a grandma (Mamsi) is truly a special time.
Noah’s birth was a little scary—and ended in an emergency c-section. So began our daughter’s new journey of learning to trust the Lord with her child. It’s never as easy as it sounds, is it?
Just a few days before Noah’s arrival, I spoke about “Faith-Filled Mothering.” The Lord gave me a passage in Matthew that I wanted to share with you. Matthew 14:22.
Something that jumps out at me in the this passage is the fact that Jesus went to get alone by Himself and pray. Don’t you love that? The Lord Himself, God incarnate—prayed. Shortly after that, we read the story of Peter walking out onto the water to Jesus. As soon as the storm grows, his faith falters. Jesus calms the storm and then says to Peter, “You of little faith!” Why did you doubt?”
I think it’s easy for us to find ourselves in the same position that Peter was in. As I was explaining to my daughter at her baby shower, life throws things at you that you cannot possibly expect.
Here are a few things I’ve been learning about how to be a faith-filled mom:
Faith-filled mothering is constrained by love. As mothers, we are preparing our children for a world that we will likely never see. Often, we make decisions that our children do not like—even painful decisions because love tells us that it is the right decision to make.
Faith-filled mothers are dependent on prayer. We read in verse 23 that Jesus got alone to pray. Even the Lord needed to pray. Here was Jesus, physically tired, tempted and alone—yet He took the time to pray to His Father.
Finally, faith-filled mothering is not fear-based. It is not afraid. My grandfather used to say that “fear was present when Jesus was absent, but always absent when Jesus was present.”
Matthew 28:20 says, “I am with you always.” If you want to be a faith filled mother today, anticipate God’s grace and goodness in the lives of your children. Believe His promises for your family. “Train up your children in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6