Welcome to my new 10 Minute Encouragement for Moms series.
Today we are going to be talking about developing a vision for motherhood.
J. R. Miller , The Family ;
We have lost our vision, ladies. The Bible tells us that “My people perish for lack of vision.” In – . Some translations say “knowledge.”
We are dwelling in perilous times. We are living in a post Christian culture. The culture no longer upholds a Biblical worldview. It doesn’t really aspire to any sense of morality at all.
Our children are being saturated in a world that increasingly wants to harm them. Look at the culture around us. The culture wants to consume our children. Moms, we have to rise up and say our daughters are not for your consumption. Our sons are not for your consumption.
The things our children are being exposed to are such a degradation . Things that quite frankly adults shouldn’t be exposed to. We are living in a cess pool and surprised to find that we stink!
Now, this is not a culture wars post. I would never encourage you to completely withdraw from the world around you and insulate your children. How the heck can we minister to a hurting and broken world if we are never in it? So that’s not what I’m getting at today. But when we think of vision, and why we lack it, the issue of culture looms large. Current culture has to be addressed. There isn’t one elephant in the room, there’s a whole herd, folks.
I would like you to take a minute and think back on the past two years . Think of the social changes, the upheaval, the increasing divisiveness. Think of the rhetoric, name calling and mudslinging, from all sides. Consider that there has been a Seismic shift to video consumption, through Tik Tok, and Instagram Reels, and more. Think of the riots and the lock downs. Think of school at home and social distancing. Think of all the things that have come to pass that we never thought we would see in our lifetimes.
It seems like it’s all building to a climax, but what? Where are we headed ? And are we prepared?
If we are going to raise our children well then we absolutely have to reclaim our vision.
If we don’t have a vision, the world is all too ready to step in and provide one.
Let’s go back to the J R Miller quote. It begins “Oh that God would give every mother a vision..”
Our vision comes from Him. It has to. It has to originate with the creator and sustainer of life.
It doesn’t appear out of thin air. We don’t have to drum it up, , conjure it out of nothing. We go to God to get our vision, for our lives, the lives of our children, our home and family culture, our priorities.
J R Miller goes on to say , “ could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child.”
We are the ones responsible for teaching our children. We instinctively know this. We teach them to be kind, to share, to think of others:
We also know from scripture that teaching our children is our responsibility. We see this is Deuteronomy 4:9, 11:19, and Proverbs 20:11, 22:6.
Back to Mr. Miller, “she would see that in all Gods world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers.”
Motherhood is a noble work. And it’s work that requires our very best efforts.
We have to tie our dignity back. It is no small thing to invest precious years of our lives in the teaching and training of our little ones.
For far too long stay at home moms and homeschool moms have been made to feel like social pariahs .
We are doing the important work of caring for, educating, training and disciplining our children . We are giving of our selves – our time, energy, resources. We are providing for their basic needs to that they grow up to be balanced and well adjusted people. People that are mentally healthy, so that they are not searching the world over for the things that will never satisfy.
Keep up the good work mamas. Go to God and ask him to give you a fresh vision for your motherhood journey today.