I saw the date on my first blog post the other day and it hit me…
I have been writing this blog for 5 years!
(plus two weeks)
I started “blogging” because I was challenged by a Bible teacher and friend with Jesus’ mandate to His disciples…go make disciples.
“Who are you discipling?” I was asked.
I had to think a bit and I realized that I was sharing what I hoped was Godly insight with several young mothers, including our three daughters.
- But was I discipling?
- Was I being intentional?
- Was I prayerfully, thoughtfully sharing what God had deposited in me over the years?
- Was I just “shooting from the hip” so to speak – sharing whatever popped in my head.
I realized that God wanted me to be VERY intentional – that if my daughters and other young mothers were going to be drawn to be like Jesus through me, I must take this role prayerfully and seriously.
So, through the help and encouragement of our daughters, I started blogging.
I am an artist and teacher.
I am not a writer.
But with the gracious editing of my husband, Phil, also known as Mr. Spellcheck, Mr. Grammar, Mr. Punctuation, Mr. Proof Reader…need I go on? – I have written once a week (almost) for 5 years.
I must say in all truthfulness that God has shown me so much about myself through this journey – the main point being that in my weakness – He is made STRONG!
God is faithful.
I thought I would share that very first post from April 23, 2011.
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! Every time 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.
So, I will continue to write as long as I sense that God has given me something to share. I still have so much to learn, I invite you to join me on this journey.
As women, we are all our Father’s daughters.
Gayle – Even though I am not a young mother, you have discipled me, as you mother Esther did, and I am so grateful for both of you. Thank you for being obedient to Him in this!
Thank you, AM. As you know, my mother has been an example of a godly wife and mother…. I am very blessed. Thank you for your encouragement.
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Gayle, thank you for your faithfulness these 5 plus years! Keep up the good work! Your obedience is producing much fruit for the Kingdom! God bless you❣
Thank you for your loving, consistent encouragement. I feel that we make a good team, I treasure our times together. I hope we have many more.
The word “just” always gets me. I hear young moms say that and always tell them that they should not belittle what they do. Why does our society think it is less than success for a woman to stay home and raise her children and at the same time tell a woman who works in a daycare doing the EXACT same thing a mom does that she has a career. It boggles the mind. The phrase “just a mom” should be applauded and heralded as a great career.
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We need to keep elevating the conversation and validating the role of mothering. We should share this truth with love and grace. We are so much more than “just” mothers.🙂
Beautiful! What a blessing!