To be a Mother

Where feminism has crept into the church, women has layed down their role as full-time mother for a career, be it in the office or in the ministry.  Women has limited and even put to death their natural capability to bear and nurture children.  They even give up those they did bear unto strangers to pursue their ambitions.


A Mother’s Heart Cry - Marcia Zimmerman

I look and behold a terrible thing in our generation ...

A Motivating Vision for Our Homes - Denny Kenaston

Taken from the book The Pursuit of Godly Seed

by Denny Kenaston

Where there is no vision, the people perish,
but he that keepeth the Law, happy is he.
Proverbs 29:18

There was, in the days of Samuel the Prophet, a sad state of affairs in Israel. The ministers of the day had lost their relationship with God, and compromise was creeping in on every hand. God uses a few revealing words, which describe the condition of the nation at that time. “There was no open vision” (I Sam. 3:1). Although we have several chapters of sad commentary to read after this statement, these words say it all, in a nutshell. There was no open vision, and the people were perishing. We seem to be suffering from some of the same in modern America. I can think of no better words to describe the sad state of present day American Christianity.

A Singular Story - D L Moody

When I was a young boy—before I was a Christian— I was in a field one day with a man who was hoeing. He was weeping, and he told me a strange story, which I have never forgotten. When he left home his mother gave him this text, "Seek first the kingdom of God." But he paid no heed to it. He said when he got settled in life, and his ambition to get money was gratified, it would be time enough then to seek the kingdom of God. He went from one village to another, and got nothing to do.

Dear Mother (and Future Mother) - Marcia Zimmerman

I am a middle-aged mama of three.

I’ve experienced the wonder of pregnancy, the pains of giving birth, the joy of opening my home to the homeless child, sleepless nights walking fussy babies, the 24-hour round-the-clock care of newborns, the busy life of toddlers exploring and getting into many things, the first graders with their missing front teeth, the scholars with their eager (and sometimes not-so-eager) faces, the face-down-on-the-floor moments (often in the night watches) before God with a heart cry for making me a woman of God with an eternal vision for my children.

Fighting for the Next Generation - Denny Kenaston

But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
Numbers 14:24

Caleb is one of my heroes in the Bible. I want to be like him. The words recorded above are few but packed with meaning. God uttered these words in the midst of an intercessory prayer that Moses made for the children of Israel. They had failed to enter into the Promised Land because of their unbelief. Caleb, however, was different.

How to Love Your Children - Miriam Helmuth

Significance…

Instilling a sense of significance in a child is very important. It is something we find needful. My attitude about myself will be conveyed to my children. If I feel a sense of self-worth, my children will feel the same. If I feel, “I am worthless. I am no good,” that will be discouraging to the children. Letting them help around the house will give them a sense of worth. For example, when we are all doing something, like baking or cleaning, and the four-year-old calls out, “Mama, I want to do something, too,” then give him a job as well. A child will feel left out very quickly if you don’t give them something to help you with.

Parenthood A Sacred Trust - Mabel Hale, 1922

Selected from a 1905 writing by Ella Kellog
Revised and edited by Rachel Weaver

Part I

No occupation, profession or mission in life is of so great importance, no privilege so high and holy, no calling so full of wonderful possibilities as that of parenthood. We are entrusted, in a great measure, with the working out of God’s ideal for each child in our family. To the extent that this trust is fulfilled, these individual characters shall be rounded out in fullness of noble man- or womanhood, or dwarfed by neglect and deformed by sin.

Parenthood—A Sacred Trust - Ella Kellog

Part II

The guiding principle for us as parents from the beginning of a child’s life should be “let us live with our children”, not merely in bodily presence, but by maintaining a heart to heart relationship. Here, there is an understanding spirit and a Christ-like response to the child. Most of us love our children. Many of us exert ourselves to the utmost extent to provide the best possible advantage for them. Some of us labor and sacrifice, but fail to establish a sympathetic relationship that ties the child’s heart to ours. If we live for our children, feeling deep love for them but lacking the understanding and power for shaping the character, which comes when genuine sympathy exists, we will not develop a real heart relationship with them.

Quiver of Arrows - denny Kenaston

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of

the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of the

mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man

that hath his quiver full of them . . .” Ps. 127:4,5

 

Satan’s Secret Playground - by Helen Leibee

Several recent experiences have propelled me to write on the hidden (and not so hidden) dangers facing even our little people when they are out in our local communities with us.

I call these areas, where perils lurk but are covered with a sugar coating, Satan’s secret playground. For just as he enticed Eve with beautiful fruit, so he would like to entice our dear little ones with that playground appeal.