Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Raising Mom

Parenting is not for the faint of heart. I know that because I am right in the middle of this thing called motherhood. I'm in the business of expecting, birthing and training a young man and two young women. These past years have taught me that they are not the only ones growing. I am also growing as a human being. Here are some the ways my children are raising mom:
Peace • they are teaching me that if I don't parent with a peaceful frame of mind, they don't receive my teachings as well. They are young but they can tell when I am not at peace. I am challenged daily to find peace so that I can give that which dwells inside of me. I can't give what I don't have and when it comes to peace is really obvious.
Patience • my patience has greatly increased when I became a parent. Just considering the fact that they are kids give me great compassion and understanding why growing in the fruit of the Spirit is so important. Being patient as a parent translates to exercising this fruit in other areas of my life. There is no law against patience and I am glad about that.
Selflessness • I didn't realize how selfish I was until I landed in the land of motherhood. The more our family grew, the more I had to step back and put others first. I don't mean to tell you that all my needs are neglected but I have learned to follow the ways of God when it comes to gladly looking out for the wellness of others before my own convenience.
Love • My kids are raising me to know a different level of love. With each birth I got to experience a new dimension of what it means to love and to be loved. In our house we verbally express our love for one another and I am glad we decided to do it this way. Love needs to come out in words and deeds, that's what kind of people I want them to be.

QUESTION • How have your children matured you?