As a mother of six children, I have to admit that my life can be one continuous motion from the time my feet hit the floor in the morning until I drop into bed at night. I am sure that mothers of all types can empathize. However, the most common issue that we busy mothers face is the fact that we care for our family’s physical, spiritual, and emotional needs all day long and end up neglecting our own needs. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating the “me” mentality that many women carry around on their shoulders. In fact, demanding “me time” will get us no where. However, there is a place for women to take care of themselves spiritually, emotionally, and physically. How can we give and pour into our family if we are empty? What a difference it makes in your daily life if you can give to your family from the abundance of what God is doing in your heart.
Jude verse 20 instructs us to build ourselves up in the most Holy Faith. The best way for us to do that is to read His Word, study, meditate, and then seek His face in prayer. This is GODLY exercise and will keep you in fine shape to be able to handle the challenges of raising children.
Verse 21 of Jude instructs us to “keep” ourselves in the love of God. This speaks of reminding each other of God’s grace and mercy in our lives, and encouraging one another to stand firm, and continuing in His Word and prayer. This is how the mother can affect her children for life. Day in and day out their lives can reflect Christ…
I love what verse 22 says, “of some have compassion.” This is a wonderful verse, and I’ve used it in time past as my reason to teach. Yet, in the context of mothering… Keeping ourselves in the love of God is what enables us to have compassion on others (aka. our family!). It simply means that we have internalized what it means to be Christ like and we can let that “fullness” flow out of us to make a “difference” in the lives of those that we love.
So, practically speaking… find a time that is convenient for you. Don’t allow yourself to be “beat up” if you don’t wake at dawn every morning. When a woman has children (especially a baby) grabbing time with the Lord might need to happen in the afternoon during nap time or in the evening before bed. The important thing is “building” yourselves up in the most Holy Faith, keeping yourselves in the love of God, and having compassion on others… Allow God to work in you, so that you can work out His grace and love in the lives of your children and husband.Tags: compassion, motherhood, women's studies
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