A High Calling

Dear Beautiful Daughters,
 
We often hear young women who stay at home with their children say things like, “I’m just a mom.” “I just stay home with my kids .”
Using the word “just” seems to minimize the value of the most important responsibility you will ever have. As women of God we are to serve Him first and foremost. Once He blesses us with children, God has entrusted us with those He loves with an everlasting love and He wants us to be faithful in our service as mothers.
If we ever doubt the absolute importance of our ministry as mothers we must read Matthew 19:14.  Jesus said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” If our Lord thought that children were so important, shouldn’t we?
 
In Matthew 18:2-4 we read “He called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
 
I love this next part – it blessed me so much when my children were little – verse 5 ” And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” Amazing! Everytime I welcome my child into my arms, snotty nose and all, I am welcoming Jesus!
 
Being a mother to your children is the GREATEST job you can have at this time in your life. It is more important then working on Capitol Hill, as an RN, teaching special needs children, or any other career. Be thankful if your husband supports you in staying home with your children while you are able. Tell your husband how much it blesses you and do that often. Men feel great pressure to provide for their families and your appreciation will mean so much.
with love and thankfulness for the blessings you are in my life,
 
Gayle Woody
 
“Do not conform  any longer to the pattern of this world,  but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God”s will is, His good , pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

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4 thoughts on “A High Calling

  1. Abigail says:

    Thanks for your wisdom Mom.
    In my Bible study, Lessons Learned in the Dark, we had to identify three areas that we are currently struggling to consistently trust God in and being a mother to these three small boys is definitely one of them for me. I often feel used up, stretched out, and run over. I feel like I have no identity on my own outside of being a mother, and you know I like to be independent. I needed this reminder that God is calling me to this task at this time. Greg and I pray that the seeds that we are sowing will find fertile soil in the hearts of our children.
    Love you~ybd

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  2. Holli says:

    Gayle,

    You have raised wonderful children! I personally know 2 of them and have heard about the others through Abi and Salem. I love the way your girls handle themselves. Very classy, very respectful of others and of God. I can assure you that the seeds you planted are coming into full bloom now in your beautiful kids! I agree with Abi, Chuck and I need to pray that the seeds that are being sewn now, I hope they find root in the Lord and end up with good, Christian friends and family as well.

    Thanks for the blog. I’m thinking that I may secretly (shhhhh) call you my mentor! 🙂

    Goodnight,
    Holli

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  3. Rachel says:

    Not only are moms doing an honorable ministry and work, but as Gayle so aptly says, it is one that imitates Jesus. “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…” He humbled himself. Being a mom that chooses to be home with her children is sacrificing. No way around that. But it brings amazing rewards. I have never ever regretted being home with my children.

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  4. Heather says:

    Gayle,
    I knew Abigail for only a couple of years when she and Greg were our neighbors in Danville, KY. You should be so proud of her. You raised a wonderfully Christian daughter. She always had a busy home full of friends. Now she gets to live in a busy home full of children! Your words are such an encouragement. Can’t wait to read more.

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