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?

2 comments:

Nylse said...

what a great question and a great title; my answers could write books. But I've learned the same things from my children, as you have. I've also learned tolerance, how to be an advocate, not to compare, how to be strong, when its time to replenish; how to claim and rely on scripture...to name a few

Cintia Listenbee said...

these are awesome!