You want to be the best mom you can be, but often you’re left wondering if you’re even close to achieving that goal. One day you feel like an enormous success, the next a total failure. It’s a crazy combination of peaks and valleys.
Payment for this wild adventure called motherhood comes in the form of sticky kisses and dandelion bouquets—priceless, unforgettable rewards from the most precious of treasures, your children. Still, sometimes we need to be reminded of the value of being a mom.
If you need daily encouragement, my friend Kendra Smiley has written a book you might enjoy: Mother of the Year: 365 Days of Encouragement for Devoted Moms
I’ve asked Kendra if we can have a sneak peek at her book. Here are two sample devotions. I love her encouraging voice. She’s a great mentor to have through the pages of a book.
Under Her Wings
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets
and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed
to gather your children together,
as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,
and you were not willing.
– Matthew 23:37
Even though I live on a farm, I have no experience whatsoever with hens and chicks. I do, however, have an idea of how a hen might feel (if indeed a hen can feel) when it comes to protecting her chicks. The hen has a nurturing nature, and she wants to keep her little ones safe. I think there’s actually a “motherhood thing” going on—not just a “chicken thing.” Perhaps what’s really going on is a Jesus thing.
The Lord has a nurturing nature when it comes to his children. He wants to guide you and keep you safe, to draw you close to him just as that hen does when she gathers her chicks under her wings. As a mom, you exhibit that same nature when you draw your children to your side—to the shelter of your presence.
Think About It
As a mother, you know how heartbreaking it would be for your children to stay at arm’s length and resist the safety and love you provide. Are you keeping the Lord at a distance by rejecting his love and protection?
A Safe Place to Grow
Like newborn babies, crave spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. -1 Peter 2:22
I tried in vain to grow rosebushes in my yard. They looked very good on the day they were planted, but their good looks quickly faded. I soon discovered that the problem was ribbits. The cute little bunnies were destroying my rosebushes!
The small fences circling each bush did no good; the clever critters managed to nuzzle under the wire or reach over the top in order to get q bite of the evidently delicious rosebuds. As a last resort, I searched and searched until I found some fencing that proved to be rabbit-proof. Finally my bushes had a safe place to grow.
Your children need the same thing. No, not a rabbit-proof fence, but a safe place to grow up in Christ. Your home can provide just that – a place where they can grow and mature and bloom in his love. Do your best to see that there is nothing prohibiting their spiritual growth.
Your children aren’t the only ones who need that safe place to grow. It’s important for you too. Your home and your church can both meet that need.
If you struggle with daily quiet time with God Kendra’s book is a good place to start. You can read these devotions and ponder them while you’re brushing your teeth or blow drying you hair. It’s a perfect book to keep on your bathroom counter to remind yourself that to God and your kids you’re always mother of the year!
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More about Mother of the Year:
Motherhood is a gift from God!
You want to be the best mom you can be, but often you are left wondering if you re even close to achieving that goal. One day you feel like an enormous success, the next a total failure. It is a crazy combination of peaks and valleys. Payment for this wild adventure comes in the form of sticky kisses and dandelion bouquets priceless, unforgettable rewards from the most precious of treasures.
Mother of the Year will take you on a 365-day journey filled with purpose, guidance, inspiration, and encouragement to be the mom you want to be. Motherhood is the toughest job you will ever love, but you can do it!
KENDRA SMILEY is a popular author and speaker, ministering to women nationally and internationally. She brings wit and wisdom to her writing, speaking, and national radio program, “Live Life Intentionally,” heard on over 350 stations. Named Illinois Mother of the Year in 2001, Kendra and her husband, John, a former military pilot, live on a farm in central Illinois where they raised their three sons, all of whom are married and are parents themselves. Kendra is the author of 12 books and has contributed to many others.