Mar 26


2009 at 5:34 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw

As mom pointed out on Monday, our mothering mission is “grave and vast.” It can often seem like an overwhelming assignment. That’s because it is. We aren’t called to figure this out on our own. We need help. We need the wisdom of others. So let’s go and get it.

Search the Scriptures! Prayerfully seek mothering wisdom from the Bible. What does God’s Word have to say about parenting these little ones? We need to develop biblical convictions about our role and responsibilities.

As I’m typing this post at my computer, my eyes keep darting to my little note-card with all my “Caly Scriptures.” I keep this note-card in a prominent place to remind me of my responsibility before the Lord, and to encourage my soul with the promised fruit of obedience.

Search Out Others! My mom probably wants to hide when she hears me coming. She has been barraged with my parenting questions (sometimes the same ones over and over) for the last three years. The Lord has also blessed me with a church full of “second moms” who have much wisdom and experience.

Friends, we have to take the initiative. The “older” women in our churches would love to share their wisdom—all we have to do is ask. If necessary, let’s bang down doors and beg for help. Let’s keep these ladies busy!

Search Good Books! The Lord has also blessed us with the wisdom of others in the form of books. I was never a big reader until I became a mom. Now I read any biblical parenting book that I can get my hands on. Then I read it again.

If you don’t know where to begin, check out the four books that we recommended last week (here and here). They will get you off to a great start.

This parenting task takes work and effort. But the reward is well worth it. One of my favorite “Caly-verses” at the moment is Proverbs 29:17: “Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.”

Caly has helped me see my desperate need for help, but she has brought much delight to my heart. As I was leaving her room the other night after putting her to bed, I heard her little voice say, “Mom, I love you very so much.”

Pure delight!