Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Maternal Grace

As do all stay at home Moms and especially, home school Moms, lately there have been times when I question the value of what I am doing. Is the time and struggle really worth it? I know in my heart of hearts that it is and that it's what God has called me too but sometimes my head and selfishness get in the way. God is merciful as always, and has shown me the value of my work. I wanted to share them so that if there are any other Mom's questioning they could be encouraged as well.

I have been studying 2 Timothy for several months and was struck (with a 2x4) by this verse. Paul was talking to Timothy and encouraging him to continue with the things that he had learned and then said this, "and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." Timothy was taught from childhood, by whom you ask? Well, in the beginning of chapter one Paul says, "when I call to rememberance of the genuine faith that is in you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice.." It seems probable that Timothy's mother and grandmother were so instrumental in Timothy's training from the time that he was a child that Paul needed to mention it.

I have also been reading "Finding God in the story of Amazing Grace", by Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware in which the first chapter was devoted to John Newton's mother. John Newton's mother died when he was seven but apparently had so thoroughly trained him in the word of God that Newton remembered her devotion and words later in his life no matter how hard he tried to "sin away" her words. John Newton became a captain of a slave ship until God used his mothers words to bring John back to God. If you don't know the story, John Newton wrote "Amazing Grace" and was a major supporter of William Wilberforce who was responsible for making slave trade illegal in Britain.

Mothers can make a major difference in the lives of their children. May God so use me in the lives of my children.


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