Well, they didn't choose me either. They are stuck with me. I'm the one they get, whether they like it or not, to provide for them the nurturing, education and love they need. Is it enough? God knew all about my weaknesses before He sent them to live with me. Am I the only one who thinks that parenting is the hardest job in the world?
I know exactly how they feel.
The Bible says, "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."
Sometimes I erroneously think that one day I will arrive. I imagine that one day I will not struggle with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes or the pride of life. One day I will be humble. I won't have any fleshly urges, nor will I want anything because I will be perfectly content. HA!
According to this verse, as long as I am living in the world there will ALWAYS be these struggles.
So, again, why do I think that my children should have arrived by now? The Christian life is one of overcoming. It is a daily adventure. Lord, help me to be patient and loving with my children.
~ Mothers the World Needs ~
"Mothers with courage; mothers who pray,
These are the kind the world needs today.
Mother who think, who study and plan;
Mothers who laugh as much as they can,
Having the gift that is better than money--
The habit of seeing that some things are funny.
Mothers whose faith never wavers or falters;
Mothers whose spirits the world never alters;
Loving the right and scorning the wrong;
Facing the problems of life with a song.
Mothers whose bravery transcends their fears;
Winning the battle with patience and tears;
Never submitting to weakness or sin---
Storming heaven's gates till the children are in.
Mothers heroic, not guilty of whining;
Hands graced with service and faces with shining.
Mothers of purity, virtue and faith,
Steadfast in life and triumphant in death;
Looking beyond the dark pathway of sorrow,
Seeking a home in God's joyous tomorrow,
Leading the children; pointing the way---
These are the mothers, the world needs today!
-Kathryn Blackburn Peck
I read this poem the other day at "A Wise Woman Builds her home"