To the mama worried about her child’s future I offer this truth…
With tears streaming down my face. He reminded me that I don’t need to worry about my children’s future because my earthly Children are His spiritual children.
Am I a good enough mama?
As I sat there among the onlookers for the ordination of the new priests, first I was in awe of the historic building and its relics. The dome-like structure that covered us was massive in size. The Cathedral’s stained glass windows let just enough light in and the gold foil features perfectly accented the images of Biblical figures. We all waited in anticipation for the Priests to make their way down the center aisle. They walked in as men of honor, men of valor and might. They walked in as men of knowing the Lord.
Their job is our faith formation, to help us understand the spiritual world and to guide us in this world. When they do their job as the Lord intended positivity expels from Heaven on the people of this world, and I for one am grateful for knowing Jesus even more.
I looked at our two boys also in the pew and then looked back at the priests walking down the center aisle.
I couldn’t help but think what had been on my mind weeks prior.
What will the future hold for our kids? Will they be men of valor and honor like the priests we saw walking in?
I had been absorbed for weeks about their future. Was I doing enough to ensure they would turn out okay?
AKA: God, I am a good enough mama
Riddled with insecurity about my children’s future raising them the “right” way I found God’s profound glory in the midst of my angst.
Where our children have been
God reminded me at that moment it’s not where you’ve been but where you are going that makes a difference. The message was for me but maybe you can relate
As all the priests who had already been ordained were walking in a sense of peace washed over me.
The thing is as God so beautifully reminded me at the ordination we don’t know our future, we don’t know what each one of us or our children will become.
We can rest assured that our sovereign and mighty God has a hand in everything we are doing and guides us as wives and mothers along the way (that sounds like our own personal cheerleader).
I wondered when God was speaking to me how many Priests came from humble beginnings.
How many had a hard childhood?
How many had to overcome circumstances to get to where they are right now?
And still, God wants us to know our Earthly children are His spiritual ones. He loves and cares for them as we care for them.
Your child’s life, His hands
I’ve come to this conclusion many times in my life, but not as profound as this time. This time I felt refreshed and humbled to know that my Father the one that loves me so deeply and has released me from bondage will do the same for my children.
Do you regularly worry about your kids too? Wonder if your methods will yield fruit. I did come to understand that it’s not about me or my parenting style, and it’s not about yours either.
You can’t mess up your kid if you have God in your life
That still means we have to try to be the best mamas we can but it also means we don’t need to worry about messing them up.
Hallelujah and Amen!
We can try our best and God will so graciously guide our family to be better people one day at a time.
It means we don’t need to worry about their future, what they will become, if they’ll go to college, marry or not.
Just like God has a plan for us, God has a plan for them too.
Y’all is this as refreshing to you as it is to me?
That means I can relax and let God do the work!
What kinda mama would you be if…
Striving to measure up as a mama is hard but what if you let God guide you? What kind of mama would you be? I bet all the anxiety over raising kids and their future would melt away. God wants to transform your children into His image just like all the priests at the ordination. Remember, your children are His children and in His hands, just as you are. So let Him play His Fatherly role in your life for your children, let Him guide you to make better decisions each and every day. Enjoy, seek out and draw strength from the loving relationship you have with your father, so you can lovingly parent your children.
Sara Chinakwe is a Christian writer who believes every woman has the power to live out God’s plan for their lives. She enjoys helping other women shed the negative lies they think about themselves in order to live out God’s truth. Sara resides in Sacramento California with her husband and two kids. You can subscribe and read more on her blog Livingafaithfullife.com