As I sit down to write this post, I find myself for the sixth time with a newborn. As I hold my sleeping baby, I am reminded of something that always comes to me in these first weeks. I am in awe that God has entrusted this little one into my care. Not a plant or an animal, but an eternal being that He has given me to raise, nurture, train and love. God has given me each of my children to raise in the fear and the love of the Lord, and God has given you your children to raise in the fear and the love of the Lord. 

Too often we can get caught up in the day-to-day and not take time to reflect on the immense blessing and responsibility we have been given in the gift of each of our children. While wiping noses, stopping quarrels, playing chauffeur, and preparing meals, all of which are good and necessary parts of raising children, we can become distracted from the big picture. Our jobs become mundane, and we forget that raising these children is one of the highest callings we have as wives and mothers. What do we want for our children? What kind of adults do we desire them to be? Do we expect them to be great in their faith? Do we spend our days focused on raising our children to be adults who love and glorify God? 

If God has chosen you to be a mother, He will equip you for the work that He has for you. Don’t lose focus, stay the course. Motherhood isn’t a sprint; you won’t always see immediate fruit for the hard work of training and discipline. Let’s do the hard work now in our youth, trusting in faith that God will work through it. When our children are grown, they will not bring us sorrow, but joy. When you grow weary in the work, remember the promises God has given us. Promises like Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” and Proverbs 29:17, “Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul.”

When you see a new baby, let it serve as a reminder to you. Remember the great responsibility God has given to you in your children. Be encouraged to persevere. Just as that sweet baby is a delight to his parents, so too your children will be a delight to your soul. 

Love, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Rethorn

Author Elizabeth Rethorn

Elizabeth Rethorn shares great insights about joyful mothering, because she is one of the most joyful mothers out there. God has blessed her and her husband Jonathan with four happy kiddos too, plus one on the way. Her mothering journey began when she first turned 23 with baby #1...and baby #2 arrived before she even turned 24! Elizabeth is a kid-at-heart as she delights in eating an ice cream cone every evening, spinning the cotton candy at church functions, and enjoying candy as much as her toddlers.

More posts by Elizabeth Rethorn