—- 1 Timothy 2:13-15 —–
As part of the curse, women suffer great pain in childbirth. However, that pain doesn‚Äôt end when the child is born, it is but the beginning. Many women are deceived in believing raising their children should not be so very difficult as long as the right things are done. They quickly discover¬†how wrong their idealized view of parenting was.
Mothering is not intended to be easy. It is a fight for the souls of our children.¬†In no other place is the good fight so evident in the life of a mother than in her¬†home, raising her children to love the Lord. She is fighting a battle on so many¬†fronts, that only our Omni-powerful God could make her an over-comer against¬†such odds. She is fighting against herself and all the fleshly desires she has,¬†against the will of her children to rebel and sin, and against the tide of a world¬†ruled by the fallen prince, satan. A prince that parades around as an angel of¬†light, deceiving our children and the world with empty promises of money,¬†power, fame, fun, ease…
Let us reconsider the role of dear mom. She is a warrior who is¬†responsible for training the next generation of warriors. She is the one teaching¬†them by her example how to fight and win battles just as Jesus did while on earth.¬†Hers is the example they will learn in how to treat their siblings, love their¬†daddy and others, work, ethics, habits (quiet time, prayer, Bible reading and study…)
Mom is more than a homemaker, she is a life-changer.¬†Men, we must take her for granted no longer. Our role is to equip and empower¬†her in ways only God, His Word, and His body can reveal and sustain.¬†Ours is the opportunity to remind this warrior princess that she is so much¬†more than a cook, maid, and babysitter. Her value is incalculable this side of¬†Heaven, but our role is to help her discover and live up to the great calling placed¬†upon her life. She has been anointed like no other. She is the one God chose to¬†bring life into this world, and childbirth is just the beginning of that process;¬†not the end.
Shawn Maguire, LPC