Monday, May 14, 2012
Reflections on Mother’s Day
I was spoiled this whole weekend. It started Friday when my husband and Abby went to town. They came home with many gifts - pictures, a bird feeder, seeds, and a new shovel for my garden. Saturday we went out to eat, to the library (getting books while someone watches the young ones is so much easier), and at our last stop I got an apple tree, raspberry bush, and free strawberry plant. Sunday the church gave roses to all the mothers, and a small bouquets to the oldest mother, the mother who has attended the church the longest, and the mother with the most children with them in church. I won “the mother with the most children in church“.I feel so blessed by God, Who has allowed me to be a mother. I have five beautiful, healthy children, and a wonderful husband. I know that I am doing what God wants me to do. It is clear in the Bible that this is what God wants all women to do. I realize that not all women who are married are blessed with children, but when you study barren women in the Bible all of them eventually had a child. It just took longer.1Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.Titus 2:4-5 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.Deuteronomy 6:4-7 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. We have fallen for the worlds lies long enough. It is NOT better to have a career. It is NOT better to wait to get married, or to wait to have children. It is NOT better to use birth control pills to limit the number of children, and it is NOT better to send your kids to daycares and schools to train.Before I got married I taught at our church’s school. I taught other people’s children, and I was enjoying it. I used to think that I would continue teaching after I had children, and that it was “God’s will” for me to teach at the church’s school. However, God gave me twins, which made it very hard to be in the classroom and take care of them at the same time. I believe now that He gave me twins just to get me out of the school. I am so much happier and contented at home teaching own children. I loved teaching. I loved my class, but that was NOT God’s will for me nor is it God’s will for any married woman with young children. You won’t hear preachers say this because then they would loose all their school’s help, but it is true. Can anyone show me any verse in the Bible that tells us to send our children off to a school to be trained? I don’t think anyone can. Well, maybe you can twist a verse or two to sound like you should. Just because it is what everyone does, or it is what our parents and grandparents have done doesn’t make it right. It has become a “tradition” of independent Baptist preachers to have a church school and to preach that families aren’t right with God if they don’t send their children to that school. Sounds kind of fishy to me.The other idea that women should be working outside the home just like men is so unbiblical. Now staying at home is not a walk in the park. It is hard work, with very few breaks. You can’t clock out. Many nights I get up with the baby, or a sick child, or someone who had a bad dream. But, There is no way I would trade all this for some high paying job. Being a Mother is the best job in the world for a married woman, and it is the job God intended us to have.I hope all you mothers had a very happy Mother’s Day.Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.