Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Every Mommy Question Answered
“This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it—the LORD is his name: 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”- Jeremiah 33:2-3
Questions about being a mom and the right things to do start from about the moment we become pregnant. These questions are big and small, can be unsettling, and often send us to the internet or the bookstore to look for answers. Our greatest resource for motherhood, however is God and the wonderful resource He's given us in the Bible. While you can find tips on breastfeeding and helping your child sleep better from these resources (and from good mommy friends), but the basis for how we parent our children and conduct ourselves is and should be God.
He made the earth. He form it. He established it - and everything in it. If you sit back and think about those truths for a few moments the awesomeness of God will envelop you. If He could form the earth and everything in it (think of how amazing a simple seahorse or ant or heart are), then couldn't He guide us through motherhood and give us all the answers we're looking for?
I'll be honest. God has not always been my foundation for motherhood. Still, I sometimes look other places for my answers rather than coming to Him first. But, I have learned that taking every single question and parenting challenge I have to Him is the best course of action. He has promised that if we call to Him, He will reveal to us "great and unsearchable things" we do not know.
It's not bad to use the resources that He sometimes provides to us in other ways, however, we should ALWAYS measure it up against His Word and His character. If something I read or am being told doesn't sound right, I should see if it is in agreement with scripture. I should pray about it. He will provide the right answer.
God is faithful to His promises: And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, Exodus 34:6. If we will seek Him first and foremost, He will give us everything we need to be godly, effective, successful mothers "according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)