Six months into the challenge ….
This completes the sixth month for my YEAR OF MOTHERHOOD challenge that I started this year. My whole intention with this challenge was not to compare myself to others, or to see how bad I am at certain areas of motherhood, or to point out how good I am at other aspects of mothering; no the whole point in my challenge was to do just that, to CHALLENGE myself to look deep inside myself and allow myself to focus more in depth on certain areas of my parenting each month.
So far, I have gotten up before my kids each morning, not been on the computer while they were awake, spent one-on-one time with each kid each week (attempted to do that!), planned family nights, tried to encourage them daily, and this month we focused on the FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT that Paul laid out for us in Galatians 5. Doesn’t all that sound like I’m automatically up for mom-of-the-year?!
This month was so much fun and a big challenge as well. I started out by ordering a book that would help me plan different activities for the kids to learn more about love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I basically just used this as a guide to a few activities that I did with the kids. It was good and I’m sure everything that I did most of you super crafty moms could have come up with on your own, but for me it was a great help.
One night I was talking to Aaron on the phone while he was out of town and he asked me how talking with the kids was going, and I started venting my frustration about how they don’t really listen to me. I felt like I was trying to give them truths from the scripture and they kept arguing, or fighting, or just not paying me a lick of attention. I was a bit discouraged.
Two days later he was home and we were all around the table eating breakfast and Aaron asked them what they knew about the fruits of the spirit and to my surprise they all started saying stuff about each one. I was amazed and super proud all at once. He looked at me and I’m pretty sure I had tears in my eyes, because sure enough they had been listening even when I thought they didn’t care.
They are listening.
I think this is why God put these words for us in his scriptures, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontless between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorpost of your house and your gates.”
I learned this month that God really knew what he was talking about when he told us to constantly talk to our kids about His Word. Even when we think they are not listening to keep talking. Even when we think they don’t care, keep on talking. Even when we feel as though they are too little to understand this, keep talking. God commands us to talk about His Word with our kids, and I’m starting to figure out that He knows what He’s talking about and has great reasons for His commands to us!
Next month … lots of praying
For the month of July I’m going to be praying more specifically for my kids. I pray for them daily, but I’m hoping that in this month I can really identify some specific things I can go before the Father on their behalf about. I know that once again this will have a huge impact on our home, my kids and especially me as well.
I’m asking that God opens my eyes to the power that our prayers can have.
How do you pray for your kids? I know I’ll be using Inspired to Actions prayer calendar for kids that I love already so much. Join me in this journey this month of going before the LORD on behalf of our kid! Click HERE to join this discussion!