I was asked to give a devotional at a baby shower for two sweet sisters that are due a week apart. Both with boys.
I was humbled by this, and very nervous. But I did get through it and I pray it encouraged those ladies there, and I hope it encourages you, also.
Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate
The Lord must build our houses.
Our Children are a blessing, a heritage, and a reward.
Who must build our houses? As Christian mothers, the Lord must be our foundation. The Lord must be the Rock upon which our families are built. He must build our houses. If not, we surely build our houses in vain.
Your work as mothers is worthy and noble work. Your work is so invaluable to your families. Some days will be very challenging and overwhelming. Some days with be filled with tears, yours included. But we are not left to ourselves. The Lord has well equipped us.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
~2 Timothy 3:16
That includes mothers and your good work.
This is where you will find ultimate truth and ultimate wisdom, guiding you in every decision concerning your children, alongside your husband. There is no greater help for a Christian mother.
I remember something a dear, older woman told me as a young mother. She said “You can speak to your children about the Lord, and you should, often. But remember, what a child learns most from is what they SEE you do. They should see their mother praying. Pray with them. They should see your honor and obedience to the Lord in your respect and love for their father. They should see your love for them in your care to discipline them. Your children will watch you. They will watch you fail, and they should see you seek forgiveness.”
I did my best to heed this sage advice, but of course, I failed terribly at times, and you will too. That is also important for your children to see. Children are a blessing, indeed. And they are also fallen creatures, as their parents are. They need to see that their mother needs Jesus as her Savior. They need to see that that they need Jesus too.
“A mother is a chalice, the vessel without which no human being has ever been born. She is created to be a life bearer, cooperating with her husband and with God in the making of a child. What a solemn responsibility. What unspeakable privilege—a vessel divinely prepared for the master’s use.”
This is the audio and the text of the devotional will soon follow.