Motherhood: Don’t get it Twisted

Motherhood: Don't get it Twisted

On the heels of Mother’s Day it’s tempting to bask in the memories of breakfast in bed, agreeable children, and bouquets of flowers.  Encouraged and loved with full hearts and bellies we move onto the next day confident that even if we don’t have this whole motherhood thing figured out we’re at least moving forward.  Our children might not be perfect, but for all appearances sake they seem to be doing fine.

Don’t get it Twisted

But that’s the crux of the issue.  When focusing on appearances, perception and even behavior, we tend to forget about the heart of the problem.  We tend to forget about the condition of our children’s heart and what sits on its little but powerful throne.  The routine of the day-to-day lulls us into thinking that simply ensuring our kids stay out of trouble and make good grades should be the end goal of Parenting 101.

But, let’s not get it twisted.

Our job isn’t about making sure our kids are wise and courageous enough to keep from embarrassing the family name.  The stewardship that is motherhood extends beyond our name’s sake.  It extends beyond our paltry reputations.  Motherhood is a Kingdom call; one we were created and charged to respond to.

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I think the author Lysa TerKeurst says it best:

My goal should never be to raise kids that make me look good.  My goal should be to raise kids who love God and spend their lives making His goodness known in their corner of the world.

Our goal as mothers is to raise up the next generation of Kingdom builders.  We are charged with raising children who love God and His people.  But, that is simply not enough.  These babes also need to have a heart for serving and loving His people for His name’s sake.

We teach our children to love God by first sharing His love for them. Click To Tweet

Let us not grow weary or complacent in the calling that is Motherhood; there is too much resting in the balance.  On the weak and weary days, when you feel empty and exhausted, don’t give in to the impulse to let good enough alone.  Remember, you are chosen and called.  You were created to build upon the blessing of His goodness.

Don’t get it twisted.

Be there,

Julia

7 thoughts on “Motherhood: Don’t get it Twisted

  1. Julia – this is a great reminder anytime. Motherhood is a Kingdom call! How often have we or others thought less than about being moms, that it isn’t that important, and we compare ourselves to those in the workforce .. when in reality the most important job of all is being a mom and raising our kids to love God above all else. Loved the quote by Lysa too… Our goal is not to make kids that make me look good, it is to make kids who LOVE God and make Him known. We are neighbors over at #RaRaLinkup today.

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  2. Oh, so good, and it’s fatal for us to make our motherhood all about us and our kids’ behavior nothing more than a “reflection” on our mothering.
    Blessings to you as you also war against twisted thinking and do battle in the daily untangling of our thoughts on motherhood.

  3. It is definitely too easy to care more about how our kids are making US look. But you speak truth here: “Our goal as mothers is to raise up the next generation of Kingdom builders. We are charged with raising children who love God and His people.” It’s about raising kids who bring honor to God. Thanks for this encouragement.

  4. Thanks for the gentle reminder, Julia, that the Lord blesses us with children so that we may teach them to bless others.

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