Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful for the Responsibility

Yesterday, I overheard a mom say,

"I don't know how I'm going to survive the next few days!"

I was confused at first, but as the conversation continued, I finally understood her point:

Her kids were going to be home from school for five whole days, and they were already driving her crazy. She was counting the days until school started again.

How sad.

Yes, I said it. Sad.

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am nowhere close to a perfect parent. My kids drive me crazy on a regular basis, too. And yes, I do lose my cool, lose my victory, lose my patience, and yell at my kids. It is a constant, ongoing battle against sin in my heart, and in the hearts of my little blessings.

But, here's the's worth the effort!

The responsibility to bring up children who will love, honor, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ with all their hearts is a weighty one, and it has moved me to tears and dropped me to my knees on more than one occasion....

...but I'm thankful for the responsibility...

                             ....and it's my responsibility, whether I like it or not!

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NASB

Sending my children off to government schools isn't going to change that responsibility, nor help me to fulfill it. All it might do is give me a temporary "break" from the presence of my children, allowing me to shirk my responsibility and serve myself.

Worded differently, it gives me an excuse to delay my obedience and someone else to blame for my children's poor habits and bad attitudes.

So, thank-you LORD.

Thank-you for the responsibility.

Thank-you for the privilege of being Christopher's wife, and Asher, Acacia, and Micah's mother.

Thank-you for the opportunity and the freedom to educate our children at home, in accordance with our faith and values.

Thank-you for the blessing of being able to study the Scriptures, attend church, and fellowship openly with other believers.

Thank-you for this home that you have given me to keep, care for, and serve my family in. Thank-you for teaching me and refining me in the daily, mundane things of life.

Thank-you for making it clear to me that I can do none of this on my own, and that I am woefully inept, totally inadequate, and completely lost without the saving power of your Son Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection.

I'm still learning this stuff every day. I have no where near "arrived" at the picture of ideal motherhood, but I am so blessed by the road I have been given to walk.

I have so much to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!!


Kari said...

And thank you, Tiana, for helping to teach other women! Your quiet example and your not-so-quiet writings are a valuable missionary. :)

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

Just yesterday I finally realized that I have been doing this motherhood thing on my own. I finally gave it to Jesus. Just like He took all my sins on the cross and has given me victory over sin, sickness, lack and death, He has promised to help me and be there for me. Why is it that we insist in doing things on our terms and on our own? So, I am resting in Him. I suck at motherhood. I keep striving, I won't give up, I love my children and I want them by my side. yes, they can push all my buttons sometimes, but what children don't do that to their parents. Father God does not send us away because we fall short. He instead picks us up, dusts us off, kisses our booboos and loves on us. Oh, Jesus, help me do the same to my children every day and in every situation. Grace, grace, and more of your amazing Grace I want. :)

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