Having Faith for Motherhood

A few weeks ago I had the chance to attend a conference solely devoted to motherhood. Sally Clarkson was the main speaker. And while I knew only a small handful of the other moms in attendance, it was pretty amazing to be in a large auditorium surrounded by women who wanted to be better moms.

I reunited with old friends, some as far back as college, and made a new friend who actually lives pretty close to me. But, most importantly, Sally’s messages got me thinking about a lot of different areas of “my life as MOM.”

One of the distinctives of Sally’s writing and speaking is her exhortation to moms to have faith that God can do big things.

As I look over my life, I see all kinds of dreams that were bigger than I could humanly accomplish:

And yet, here, I am, doing and living those very things, thanks to God and His hand in my life.

Have Faith in What God Can Do

Sally encouraged us moms to have big faith for what God would do in our lives as mothers and in the lives of our children.

Here are some sound bites that I took away:

  • You’re enough for who your children are. You are exactly the mother God chose for them.
  • A faithful person believes that they are adequate because they know that God has made them so.
  • Quietness and rest is your strength. Look back at His faithfulness and then rest. Count on His repeating His faithfulness.

These ideas really help me. They remind me that though my kids bicker and fuss and disobey, that God is working in me and in them. I’ve seen great growth in each of my children, in my husband, and in me over the years. God has knit our family together in a unique, goofy conglomeration. We are far from perfect, but we belong to each other.

I don’t know what the future holds. But, I know that God has been faithful to lead us and protect us over the years. He’s allowed hardships that have grown us. He’s been a hedge of protection to us during dark times.

And I’m going to hazard a guess that, when we have eyes to see it, that He has done that for each of us.

Why would He stop now?

And these words come to mind:

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

– Great is Thy Faithfulness, Thomas Chisholm

Have faith that God will be faithful to you and your children. Love Him, seek Him, trust Him for today’s strength and tomorrow’s bright hope!

How has God been faithful to you this day, week, or year?

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  1. Beautiful post!!! Thanks so much for sharing such an encouraging message!! :)

  2. That’s one of my FAVORITE hymns.

  3. I went to a conference for Sally was the main speaker one time. She was interesting and encouraging! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for this post. As a mom of 4 little ones, I often feel overwhelmed and like this job is too big for me. Your reminder that God hand-picked me as the mother of my sweet babes is exactly what I need to hear and meditate on. He is faithful!

  5. Have been enjoying coming over to visit your blog in recent weeks. Thanks for the three “sound bites” you shared in this post … so very good!

  6. I needed this today. Thank you.

  7. Thank you. I always hum that hymn. Today, it kind of “sunk in” a little better.

  8. I am not always so sure I’m the mother God intended to my children – I fall short every single day in so many ways. However, I am turning towards faith lately to change the patterns we are stuck in and get ourselves on a better journey. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks quietly reflecting on this and reading some books to help me on this journey, so any suggestions are welcome!

    A recent death of a family friend was confirmation that I am on the right path – the one thing that resonated at the lovely service held for her was that throughout her life, her great faith enveloped her. She parented a large family, accepting their faults and failures and always loving them and encouraging them. I am well aware of some of their antics so I can only imagine she prayed hard! :)

  9. Thank you for the encouragement! If it wasn’t for trusting God’s grace & faithfulness I don’t know how I could make it through a day. I pray often that God will grow my kiddos to their full potential in *spite* of me, my failures, mistakes and short temper. All the glory definitely goes to God!

  10. I love this post. It’s very encouraging and just the thing I needed to read this Monday morning. It helps to have the right perspective on who we are and Whose we are. Thanks

  11. I agree with you 100%. God makes no mistakes and it is indeed his plan to have us mother the children that we have. We are not perfect and obviously God is aware of that. He shows his love and support daily, we just have to open our eyes to see how truly blessed we are. God has not always been the center of my life but I know that when he is I find myself completely blessed with his being. I love the Lord and want my children to follow in those feelings. We pray at dinner and before we go to bed but I realize that I am not fulfilling all my mommy duties through Christ because there should be more than that. If you could let me know where I may be able to find conference information I would greatly appreciate it! And thank you for your post!

  12. Such a sweet post…I love that hymn too and find myself singing it many a day.

    My baby girl is 17 and my oldest little baby girl is 28 and here at home too along with two others, ages 21 and 25.

    We do the best we can and be all there for them. We say we are sorry and admit our mistakes…We love, love, love and sweetly correct. : ) And sometimes keep correcting until corrected. ; )

    I saw God’s Faithfulness recently when we were all riding home from our house in the country we are moving to and our 28 year old daughter expressed such excitement to be able to eat at the little restaurant in the nearby little town. To see our dd25 & 17 riding on the tractor together laughing, to line kitchen cabinets with shelf paper with my dd21 as we chat together… I’ve seen God do such a work as we as parents are able see the excitement in our girls. It does our hearts good. We are all looking forward to the big move soon. God is SO good.

    Blessings!

  13. Thank you so much for this!! I am so thankful I found your site!! “Bringing the joy back into motherhood.” What an awesome focus! :) i love how you are so willing to share your faith! Needs to be more of us out there!

  14. Very encouraging to me as a mom of a 4-year old girl, 2-1/2 year old boy, a 1-year-old girl, and due in July with #4! Sometimes just the logistics of caring for several at this age, and the coordinating of schedules & housework & church stuff–not to mention discipline issues or training the baby high chair manners–can be overwhelming.
    But you are right: IIPeter tells us that God has given us “all we need for life and godliness.” We need to find our peace in His promises–which are “new every morning.” Great is His faithfulness!!

  15. This is so encouraging – thank you! I love that first sound bite, “You’re enough for who your children are. You are exactly the mother God chose for them.” There is always room for improvement, of course, but God knew what He was doing when He made me the mother of these particular children. That is faithfulness!

  16. thanks for posting this encouraging message! we as moms need much more of this! God bless you! :O)

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