Friday, April 4, 2014

The Most Important Calling In Your World...





"Mothering is at once the hardest and the 
holiest and the happiest."~Ann Voskamp


I find this parenting thing, well (sigh), it has been the most challenging 'job' I have ever had to undertake. I have never felt as stretched physically, emotionally, spiritually & mentally as I have in taking care of my five littles.

On the other hand, nothing-I mean NOTHING-has brought me as much JOY as seeing my children walk through life coming to a greater maturity, & growing in love....

A Calling To "Die" To Self

A magazine came in the mail today. A glossy bunch of papers with some beautiful people & a whole bunch of inspiring stories. I wouldn't consider it light reading either. It was one of our missionary mags that highlights what their organization is doing by sharing God's love around the world.

I often find myself reading mags like this. I find them truly very inspirational. A blatant reminder that my daily struggles are not really that big of a deal, at least on a world-wide scale.

Often I find them motivating. 
To give more. To think of others more. To live my life more fully.

The other day I read through some of their glossy pages, and if you can believe this, I was actually ENVIOUS of some of the characters. I've always loved exotic cultures, foods & people groups...but really?! Here were some of my thoughts: why can't I travel the world helping people? Why can't I be able to live in some other intriguing nation & spend my hours (all 24/7 of them) walking from village to village sharing the good news & loving on others?! Hugging the orphans. Feeding the hungry. Praying for the hurting....all good & dandy acts of kindness, if you ask me.

Then it hit me like a two-by-four in the front face...

The late night baby feeds.
The scraped knees bandaged & kissed.
Another squabble broken up.
Those late night talks.
Walks to the park.
The meals.
The baths.
The laundry.
The dishes.
The cuddles.
The love.
Your heart.
Your mind.
Your soul.
Your strength.
Learning to be totally surrendered...

I felt the Lord gently remind my heart that we as Mamas are indeed missionaries. Although it probably would not be considered exotic, at least in my humble opinion, it is truly a calling that challenges you nonetheless.

It trumps all else in your life.
There is no one else that can fulfill this call, not in the way that you do, that is.

Baby-sitters are fine & dandy in their place.
Day cares will still have to operate for the working Mamas.
Schools are there for those that need them.
Dads are just as important.

But there is NO ONE else on this earth that can replace YOU as their Mama!

You are needed. 
You are important. 
You are contributing to the welfare (or detriment) of future generations.

Every child will have their chance to exercise free will, and we can't go around blaming other Mamas who are struggling with broken hearts over the floundering... 
Instead, we need to encourage one another, and in certain seasons, cry out to the Lord alongside that Mama.

I am important. I am called. I am on my own 'mission field', as it were...'

The end result of this calling is MORE important than my:

Social media.
Cell phone.
Other jobs.
My hobbies & recreation.
My ministries...

I am NOT saying these aspects of our lives don't have their place!
Reaching out to others is very important, and takes up some of my schedule as well.
In fact all of the above can be quite useful in our 'mission' on earth to love Christ & love others.

However, you & I both know, how often we have 'caught' ourselves texting, or Facebooking, or trying to get in one more hour of scrapbooking/blogging/knitting/exercising/whatever, at the expense of our children....little ones that will not always be at our sides. Nope, not very much longer at all.

Never make your world child-centered, or end up with a very self-focused child.
However, never make your world you centered either, or you may pay the price one day in watching children who are just as self-absorbed & raising your grand-kids.

Aughhh...how do we enter into this calling without blowing it?
Blowing our tops; blundering our words & actions.
Withholding much needed L-O-V-E.

There is one simple remedy:
Grace.
What we need is grace each & everyday!

His grace to get us through.
When needed, grace to ourselves to forgive & start fresh...

Grace to other parents...
Guess what? If they're going through a difficult struggle with a child, they don't need you preaching at them....they need love, support, and a generous amount of prayer.

Mothering.
The call to change the world.









"The loveliest materpiece of the heart of God is the love
 of a Mother."
~St. Therese of Lisieux









"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is
 to decide forever to have your heart go walking around 
outside your body."
~Elizabeth Stone




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18 comments:

  1. I love little kid toothy grins. That last pic is priceless!

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    1. I know! Pics can really make a post so much more exciting :) & my kids love to 'model' for my cam...thanks so much for stopping by!

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  2. Absolutely beautiful post! We are constantly looking for the mission field outside of our home but what about the mission field within the confines of home and family.
    Thank you for the beautiful reminder!
    Ash @sn4g
    http://shabbynot4gotten.blogspot.com/2014/04/my-life-in-pictures.html?m=1

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    1. Thanks Ashleigh for stopping by & the encouragement :) On to check out your beautiful blog!

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  3. Beautifully said! We are full-time missionaries abroad, but our number one calling always has been and always will be the souls directly entrusted to us by the Lord!

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  4. What a great post! An important bit of encouragement, thank you!

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  5. Beautiful post and exactly the encouragement I needed. Thanks so much!

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  6. This is a very touching post, indeed. We often forget our important call as a mama. Thank you very much for sharing. It means a lot for me.

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  7. Thank you for linking up to the Hearts for Home Blog Hop last week. Your post has been selected to feature on this week's Hearts for Home parenting themed blog post over at Monsters Ed

    http://www.monstersed.co.za/2014/04/17/hearts-home-blog-hop-recipes/

    Please remember to grab our new "I was featured" button to display on your post.

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  8. This is beautiful! Thanks for linking up with Make A Difference Mondays!

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  9. Motherhood is definitely the calling that can change the world! Thank you for your beautiful words, they were something I needed to read today.

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  10. Beautiful Words! Thanks for visiting The Four Season’s Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 4 You.

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  11. It's a lovely post - and you know what one of the very lovely things about it is?? It's that there wasn't anything negative in it about moms who have different kinds of lives than you - it is so refreshing to read points of view and thoughts that don't downgrade others - moms need to stick together and encourage each other!

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  12. Thanks for linking up with the Hearts for Home Blog Hop! I chose this post as one of my favorites, and it was featured last time. If you'd like to stop by and grab the "I Was Featured" button, here's the link: http://learningtable.blogspot.com/2014/05/hearts-for-home-blog-hop-63.html Hope to see you again! :)

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    1. Thanks Anne! Will definitely check it out. Re-shared it in honour of Mother's Day; have a great one :)

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  13. I love this so much. I also consider motherhood to be a calling and it without a doubt takes an infinite amount of grace.

    Thanks for sharing with the Mixer. I hope to see you again this week.

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