I’m currently 32 weeks pregnant and have a belly that juts out so ridiculously far that I keep getting stopped when I’m out places. My most recent encounter made me laugh. Two older gentlemen approached me at a restaurant and one of them said, “I have never seen a belly like that before. It’s so round. It looks just like a basketball!” Oh my goodness! And I had to confess to them that I still have two months to go. Their eyes bulged. Then they asked, “Is it a girl or a boy?” I explained that I don’t know because we chose to leave that to be discovered at birth.
My three oldest children can do everything I can. They mow, weed eat, and trim hedges. They can prepare meals from scratch on their own. They can sweep, mop, scrub, and organize. They can do dishes and laundry. All these things they do well. They work hard on a daily basis and they rarely complain about it. Proverbs 14:23 says, “All hard work brings a profit.” I have profited greatly from the hard work I invested in teaching my children how to work hard. But, I’m even more excited about how God’s Kingdom will profit from all that hard work. You can see the same thing in your children’s lives.
Here are some things that have helped us:
I read this in a devotional the other day, “. . . sometimes when we do the things that really matter in this world we find ourselves standing on that limb all by ourselves.”
Ever feel like that as a Christian parent, trying to do the things God has called you to do in your home? Other parents don’t understand you. Your in-laws may not agree with you. Your friends may scoff at you. Parenting God’s way can have us feeling like we are out on a limb sometimes.
Are there any shadows in your life? There have been many in mine. They can be different things: that fear which holds us crippled, that one secret burdening our souls, that sin we can’t seem to conquer, the struggle that doesn’t seem to get better. These shadows lurk in our hearts, hiding in corners. Maybe others can’t see them very well, but we know they are there. We don’t want these shadows, but it seems that no matter how hard we try to dispel them, they do not go away. They are always there. Lingering, and keeping us from experiencing unmarred joy and freedom.