Saturday, May 8, 2010

Goals for Motherhood

Happy Mother's Day!!
I was inspired by Ann's post, A Ten Point Manifest For Joyful Mothering, so I thought I would re-post my Goals for Motherhood.
Praying for all of you dear Mama's to have a wonderfully blessed Mother's Day. Let's remember that it is not how much we are honored on Mother's Day (a worldly holiday), but how honored we are to be Mamas!!
Goals for Motherhood

1. Lay down my life and my plans to serve the Lord and my family.
If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself (disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests and take up his cross. (Mt. 16:24)

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brother. (1 John 3:16)

2. Only kind and gentle words and tone.
She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. (Pr. 31:26)

She must be kindly to everyone and mild-tempered; she must be a skilled teacher, patient and forbearing and willing to suffer wrong. She must correct her opponents with courtesy and gentleness... (2 Tim 2:24, 25)

3. Be compassionate and merciful—what they are feeling is BIG to them.
Bear one another’s burdens and in this way fulfill and observe the law of Christ.
(Gal. 6:2)

Execute true judgment and show mercy and kindness and tender compassion, every man to his brother. (Zech. 7:9)

4. Get up and go to them—no parenting from the couch—be consistent and prompt.

5. Create a happy atmosphere.

6. Light up and Smile all the time.

7. Look at them—Listen to them—Touch them

8. Be joyful and happy!
Serve the Lord with gladness! (Ps. 100:2)

Be happy and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always) (1Thes. 5:16)

9. Encourage and Praise every day, all day!
Encourage one another and edify, strengthen and build up on another. (2 Thes. 5:11)

And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over on another, studying how we may stir up to love and helpful deeds. (Heb. 10:24)

10. Love with ACTION!
Let us not love merely in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth. (1 Jn. 3:18)

Love one another, giving precedence and showing honor to one another. (Ro. 12:10)

Be patient and kind. Not rude or touchy. Do not act unbecomingly or insist on your own way. Always believe the best. (1 Cor. 13)

What about you ladies, what are your goals for being a Mama?


Traci Best said...

Thank you for the timely post. I was particularly convicted of number 2!

I know it is vital to our homeschooling success. God is working now I need to listen!

Michelle said...

Traci, this is my BIGGEST weakness that the Lord is currently working. I will pray for you as I do myself and my husband. Trust His Grace, it is sufficient!

Regan Family Farm said...

Oh Michelle, I wish I would have come to motherhood with all of these things already perfected...I just wince at the pain I've caused them over the years. Thank you for the encouragement...if my printer was working, I'd print this out and stick it in various places arond the house :)
Hugs, Kathy

Coby said...

Thank you for posting this! I copied these down and am posting them in my kitchen!

The thing that is continually in the forefront of my mind is that it is the kindness of the Lord that leads to repentance. The conviction on my heart is to continually demonstrate the kindness of God to my children so that they will be drawn to Him (my twins just prayed last week to give their lives to Jesus!), and see that a life in Christ is wonderful, exciting, fulfilling, and the best thing that could ever happen to them! That being said, I know that I need some divine intervention with #2. Thank you!

Rachel said...

I love this, and I needed to read these truths about motherhood. Thank you for taking the time to post this today.

I'm convicted to spend more time with #4 and #5.

On another note, congrats on the 200 followers!