I am currently reading "The Mission of Motherhood" by Sally Clarkson. I truly have been blessed and reminded of the importance of my role as mom. It's so easy to lose sight of the role God gave me in little man's life when I am knee deep in diaper changes, laundry, bed time routines, and exhausted.
"Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the wellspring of life." Proverbs 4:23
As adults we have the ability and self-control to watch what we put into our hearts. We can turn the radio station, turn off the TV, and wisely choose our friends. When our children are young they don't have that ability.
Sally words it this way: "When I realized that that my children's hearts were also springs from which their lives flowed, I pictured (my husband) and me as guards standing in front of their hearts to protect them from anything that could soil of poison the waters." Page 94
She gives the example of a gardner planting young trees in their yard. The gardner bound each tree to a strong pole that was placed in the ground. When asked why he did that, he commented that the trees were too young and weak to grow straight in the midst of wind, rain, and snow. They need a guide to support them while they were establishing their roots.
Just like those small trees, our children need protection from outside influences that would threaten their growth.
Sally: "Our children need us to help them have a gift of a pure mind, free not only from violence, immorality, and pornography that is so prevalent in our society but also from the cynicism and hopelessness that pull at so many. They need time to grow their roots in love, innocence, kindness, truth, morality and trust." Page 93
When they are strong enough, they will be able to withstand the influences and forces of life.
"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6
As moms it our responsibility to guard what TV shows we allow them to watch, what music they listen to, what books they read, and even monitoring their friendships.
Not only do we need to guard their influences but we need to guard our tongue. How I treat my husband is setting the standard for how my children will treat and respect him. And vice versa.
"Her children arise and call her blessed." Proverbs 31:28
"A wise woman builds her home, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down." Proverbs 14:1
Your role as mom is more important than you will ever be able to grasp. You are more than just a mom. Don't allow post-modernism, feminism, friends and family to undermine the huge responsibility God has given you. We must be pursuing God daily! Because how we choose to raise our children today will affect future generations.