I'm so excited to share some amazing guest posts from other bloggers living life on a mission with you all while I'm out of town so much this month! Be sure to check out their blogs and leave them some love!
Today I've asked my sister-in-law, who I love and miss SO much, Audrey @ Q&A to share with us how she lives her life on a mission as a mom of the two cutest girls in history... and I'm not just saying that because I'm their aunt ;)
I'm so excited Kerrie asked me to write a guest post for her blog! This is my very first guest post! :) I'm EXTREMELY intimidated but it's a post about something I'm passionate about: Life on a mission as a mom. If you're a mom yourself you know that it's SO hard... That's a huge understatement...I'm not even sure the right words to put it all into perspective. It's hard (or was for me) to be a first time mom and try to figure everything out. It's sometimes overwhelming to think that God has given you these kids, that are his, for you to raise up on this earth for HIM. I struggle with what it looks like to be Jesus to my kids. To love them unconditionally, to give them grace and mercy, to discipline... Then there are times of frustration. When I let out my anger in front of the kids and then see them act in the same way a little later. You have these eyes that are watching your every move. If I thought I wasn't perfect before, I for sure know I'm not now.
I remember before I had kids I was involved in the community so much more. Leading Bible studies, volunteering at church events, hosting community groups, helping with the youth group, mentoring younger women...and even though I still did some of these things, after I became a mom, it was a lot harder. I remember a mom friend of mine once telling me that now my ministry is my kids. Not to say that I can't get out there in the community anymore and lead or serve but that it's my job now to make sure my kids grow up knowing about Jesus. It's my job to teach my kids what it looks like to have a relationship with Jesus, to help teach my kids to love others, to be selfless... It's my job to teach my kids that there is someone out there that loves them even more than I do. And I'm learning as my girls get older that part of teaching them these things is getting out in the community and doing these things. Taking my girls with me as I lead and serve when I can.
One thing we started with Deci when she was younger is having prayer time with her before she went to bed. We don't always do this every single night but it's one of my favorite things to do with her. She is at the point now where she likes to pray herself. Her prayer a few nights ago was, "Thank you God for making us, thank you for making friends, thank you for making our family, thank you for making the whole world." :) Also one thing that I try to do is kiss my kids goodnight every night and tell them that I love them. Even on days when they've frustrated me or days when I'm just so exhausted, I need them to know that I love them. On days that I've yelled at them or not given them enough attention, I need them to know that I love them.
I'm afraid I'm going to mess up with this parenting thing everyday. I know that I can do nothing apart from my Savior. I'll keep searching to be more like HIM everyday in hopes that in my times of screw ups, He will mend the holes.
Deuteronomy 6: 5-95 "And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
I'll leave you with this. Yesterday Deci found a picture of Jesus in a book. He was standing around a crowd of people. Deci said, "These are friends of Jesus. He said, I know that I am stronger than you but I need your help. We can change the world."
She gets it.
Thanks Kerrie for letting me be a guest post on your blog!
I'm speechless and maybe a little bit teary-eyed. Be sure to go over to Audrey's place and say hello!