Stretching into Blue. Sarah Mae has written a declaration for mothers, reminiscent of the film Courageous, which I not only have decided to implement into my own life and home but also wanted to encourage you to the same or similar. :) My personal resolution does not differ much from how God lead hers. Yours may however, and that is good, well, and fine. :) Here's a snip-it of what she shared here, and the resolution follows.
I wonder what my love looks like to my children? I wonder if my love is evident through my daily actions. I wonder what their memories will be of me in fifteen years. I wonder what will stand in the forefront of their minds when they think of me. I wonder what legacy I will leave them with one day.“One day” is all governed by the every days.And the every days are often boring days, long days, hard days, tired days. It’s easier to try and escape by going on the computer or cleaning or doing something other than taking part in the mundane and making it beautiful and alive for myself and my children. I need resolve to keep going; I need resolve to be diligent in being a life-giver, in teaching, training, and loving my babies well.
My Mama-Resolution“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 (ESV)
I resolve, before God and by His grace, to intentionally bring up my children in the training and instruction of the Lord.
I will give my children my time and attention during the day, choosing not sit down with my computer between the hours of when my children wake up to when they take naps/quiet time in the afternoon, or in the evenings before they go to bed.
I will read to them out of God’s Word every morning and teach them how to love God with all their heart, mind, and soul.
I will be kind and compassionate, and sensitive to their needs and their age.
I will help them to face their sin, go to God, and accept forgiveness and grace. I will remind them that they can never lose my love, and if they know God, they can never lose His love.
I will show respect to my husband, especially in front of my children.
I will play dollies, dragons, ponies, games, or do projects with my children at least once a day.
I will take them on adventures and show them the wonder of God through nature and art.
I will teach my my daughters to be strong and dignified, to serve, to be modest, industrious, and how to be a mother and homemaker.
I will pay attention to my children’s bents so I can nurture them in developing their giftings.
I will pray for my children every day.
I will tuck my children in with songs, blessing, and prayers every night. I will not rush this time.
“For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.” 1 Corinthians 9:19 (ESV)“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (ESV)…Will you join me in being resolved? Sure, some of your resolutions might look different from mine, but would you commit to being intentional with your children?
Let’s commit ourselves to giving the first fruits of our time to building into the eternal souls in our care.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
Also linking up today with Multitudes on Mondays @ A Holy Experience. :)