I have to tell you how thankful I am that my mothering is covered by the Blood of Jesus. So many days, I have the best intentions to be a kind, patient, Holy-Spirit-filled mother, but fall flat on my face in the first ½ hour of the day! Some days, I even get a little prideful and think to myself, “I’m doing pretty good!” Watch out! That’s when the enemy is going to move in for the kill!
The Bible says that the enemy is a “prowling lion, roaming about the earth, seeking whom he may devour”. Remember this! He is seeking to devour you, your children, and your home! He doesn’t want you to succeed. He doesn’t want you to raise godly offspring. He will do whatever it takes to get you to lose sight of God’s Vision for your family. He will keep you busy; he will distract you (sometimes with good and godly things). If he can destroy just one home, think of the effects of that. If he can destroy one marriage, one relationship with a child, or keep your home in constant chaos, he is winning!
“How can I stop him?” you cry! Pray!!!!!! Pray for your marriage, pray for your children, pray for peace in the home. Pray for wisdom of how to make your home a godlier, peaceful place to be. He will grant it! He promises us that He will! Pray the Blood of Jesus over your home. Pray that when people sin against each other within these walls, that true confession and repentance will take place. Be a godly example to them. When you blow it, confess to them, then pray and confess to God and ask for forgiveness. Be reconciled to each other and to God. God’s Grace is infinite, it’s huge! He gives us a clean slate every time we come to Him.
Yelling is one of the main problems in our house. If we are upset, we yell at each other. We have been praying about this and asking God for wisdom to overcome this problem. God has given us a creative solution. I made a sign that is red and in bold letters, it says “STOP yelling!” If someone is out of control and yelling, anyone can go get the sign and hold it up. The person doing the yelling HAS to stop yelling. He or She will take a small “time-out” until they are calm enough to talk in a normal voice. This has made for a more peaceful atmosphere within our home.
Sometimes, moms need “time-outs”, too! If things are just getting out of control, I will send everyone to their rooms for a 20 minute break. Also, if one child just can’t stop offending or picking on another child, they lose the privilege of being with the family for an extended period of time (I usually make them go to their rooms for a half-hour). This helps keeps peace within the home too. Sometimes, you just have kids that are grumpy and in foul moods. Well, they can be grumpy in their rooms!
God’s mercies are new every morning. The sun rises again and I remember that I don’t have to act the way I did yesterday. I can ask Him instead to give me grace in my mothering and allow Him to change my heart, mind, and soul. This will in turn, change my mothering. Halleluiah!
From One Mom to Another,