Do you ever feel like you are always fighting a battle? It’s because you are! ~ Mothering is suiting up for combat every.single.day against an enemy who contends for your children. Take heart and take hold to the ONE who can equip you for the war.

Why Mothering is Kingdom Work

Do you ever feel like you are always fighting a battle? It’s because you are! Mothering is suiting up for combat every single day against an enemy who contends for your children. Be encouraged and equipped in the war against one who seeks to discourage parents. Scripture-based inspiration and parenting quotes for moms and dads.This is mothering.

This is kingdom work.

It is eternity staring you in the face and the realm of the unseen contending for your charges.

It is war, and your babies are not cherubs, they are arrows. They are future warriors, given to you to sharpen and mold and train for battle.

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.”

Psalm 127:4

 

It is suiting up for combat. Every. Single. Day.

It is not for the faint of heart.

Those mouths you wipe and feed and kiss are the mouths our God will use to silence the enemy.

“You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength,
silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.”

Psalm 8:2

 

It is sacrifice – laying down your life for another.

It is the Gospel lived out in piles of laundry, snotty noses, and endless nights of sickness and teething.

It is the least of these in the least appreciated times and with the least affirmation from a world that defines success in opposite terms.

“Truly, I say to you,
as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,
you did it to me.”

Matthew 25:40

 

It is faith, as you begin to let them go and discover that the time on your knees is proportional to their time outside your line of sight.

It is wisdom, as you learn how to walk beside and behind since walking in front is rarely your place anymore.

And it is love. 1 Corinthians 13 played out in your every moment, every season, as these people – above all people – are used to refine in you the ability to bear all things and endure all things and resist weariness as you pray for the harvest.

“Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Galatians 6:9

 

 

It is a calling. It is not a diversion or an interruption or even a job.

It is a God-ordained mission field and assignment, specifically tailored for you and one that only you can fulfill.

It is the Lord’s work, accomplished in the Spirit’s power, and it is never — I repeat, never — in vain.

“…stand firm. Let nothing move you.
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
1 Corinthians 15:58

 

So take heart and take hold of the only one who can equip you for the mission.

All of heaven is watching and rooting for you and God is on your side.

And when you stand before Him one day with your harvest, all the weariness and sacrifice and battle scars will fade into glory, and you will hear the words that will trump all other voices you’ve silenced along the way:

“Well done, good and faithful servant.
You have been faithful over a little;
I will set you over much.
Enter into the joy of your master.”

Matthew 25:23

 


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  3. Debbie Prater

    “They are arrows” I love that. A powerful truth to keep in mind. I’m a empty nester. My son lives 1000 miles away. But I know he’s a believer and has a tender heart for Jesus. I can’t take the credit though. I did my best, but I fell short many times I feel. To God be the glory.

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      Christi

      Hi Debbie! Yes, one of the greatest joys is knowing our children are walking in the truth. And you are right, they are simply on loan to us. May God be glorified! I look forward to seeing you around. I hope your weekend is blessed beyond measure. Thanks for the encouragement today!

  4. Jessie

    Ok, this post is so encouraging. I don’t have kids yet, but my husband and I have been praying about it. The thought is so scary to me for some reason! The fear of the unknown, financial issues, timing etc. God keeps putting encouragement right in my face- and it is really great. I appreciate your post and your insight and your bringing it back to Christ.

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      Christi

      Oh, this makes me smile like no emoji can show.

      I remember wondering if I could do the mothering thing.
      It seems so daunting. But here’s the key: You’ll never do it alone.
      God will meet you with grace and strength at every turn.
      And before you know it, you’ll be looking back at how far you’ve come and joining Matt Redman declaring, “Never once did we ever walk alone.”

      What a blessing you are! Can’t wait to get to know you better!

  5. Ruthie Gray

    Neighbors again (Grace and Truth)! But I always love reading what you have to say. And YES. I’m there now – walking beside and behind. This whole post is so rich with the calling set before us, I’m sharing it. I know so many young mamas who need this affirmation right now. You get caught up in the snot, the tears, the dragging on of the days, and you don’t realize it doesn’t last forever nor how very important it is. You see for a larger life, a larger ministry, something more – ANYTHING more. And yet, it’s right in front of you. You’ve put it so succinctly, thank you.
    And yes – the time on our knees…so important.
    Have a great weekend, Christi!

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      Christi

      I do not believe in coincidences. God knew I needed a “neighbor” this week and He chose you. He is such a good picker-outer for me :)
      I’m setting aside time to savor later this weekend and will definitely be by for coffee in your kitchen, new friend!

  6. Michele Morin

    Twenty-one years on “the cheerios trail” (love that!), and still need to hear these words of encouragement. I guess it slowly stops being cheerios and turns into a trail of cleats, work boots, car keys, and ammo. I’m your neighbor today at Faith Filled Friday and this is the first time I’ve seen your great blog!

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      Christi

      Hi Michele! So fun to meet you.
      Since we are neighbors, I can’t wait to come borrow a cup of sugar at your place.
      If you’ve been on the trail 21 years, I’m guessing we are both in the season of launching them.
      No one could have warned us about all of these emotions :-)
      Thanks for choosing to stop by.
      I’m looking forward to getting to know you more through YOUR writing.

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