Have you ever thought about the immense faith it takes to be a mother?
This is not something I thought of on my own. My oldest daughter actually brought it up the other day, “It is your job as a mother to have faith in us.” Wow. She is absolutely correct. As a mother, we have to have faith that the things we do day in and day out matter, that these strange creatures we bring forth out of our own bodies are some day going to turn into human adults able to make their own way in the world.
There are so many days when I think I have failed. I look at one of my children acting out and wonder if they are ever going to become an emotionally stable person! These are the times when I have to remember that yes, it is my privilege and job to train and discipline my children, but God Himself has actually promised that He will be the one to teach them. I absolutely cling to this verse from Isaiah when I get discouraged, “All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace.” I don’t know about your house, but my house could definitely use more peace, especially in the late afternoon when everyone is home, hungry and tired.
Faith is hoping in the unseen and the not yet happened. God knows our mother-hearts and promises many times in the Bible to be with us as we raise our children. He talks about gently leading those who have young in Isaiah 40:11. Although Psalm 126:5 does not specifically address mothers, it is a perfect verse for how we feel sometimes, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.”
As we choose to have faith while mothering, we will also find joy. Rolling the burden of whether or not our children, “turn out,” onto God brings so much freedom. That is my prayer for all of us mothers, that we will be free, joyful mothers, able to rest in God’s promises for our children.
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1