by Amy Groeschel
Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
At any given moment, it seems like my kids think I’m one or all of the following:
A food vendor, “Mom, I’m hungry.”
A water fountain, “I’m thirsty.”
A trash bin, “Mom, hold my wrapper.”
A healer, “Mom, my head hurts.”
A fortune teller, “Mom, when will Johnny get here?”
Must I go on?
Hey kids, I’m only human!
Sure, I can multi-task, but sometimes the demands of motherhood just overwhelm me. In the past month alone, I’ve nursed two daughters as they recover from minor surgeries, planned my first daughter’s wedding, home-educated, carpooled to soccer, physical therapy and dance; and ya know, ran the house and all that jazz. Funny, my kids think they must eat several meals a day and wear clothes… so there are those jobs, too. Am I forgetting something? Yes. But “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Haha!
Just so you know, I absolutely love my life! I love my list of to-do’s. Because as challenging and demanding as my schedule can sometimes be, I get to do life – with all its ups and downs – with these amazingly, fearfully, and wonderfully made people!
Moms, our kids desperately need us!
Of course, we know this. We experience their clinging, their whining, and their asking…their asking and their asking again. Not only do we know they need us, but they profoundly know this, too (Even when they act like they don’t :)).
But here’s what I want to stress:
God is teaching me that:
Just like wise children desperately know they need their mothers,
for you and me to succeed as moms…
if we want to do anything right (we Christians call this being fruitful),
if we want to soar with Him,
we must recognize our continual desperate need for our Heavenly Father!
Ask yourself the following:
- Do I continually sense and acknowledge my great need for God?
- Do I depend on Him for total provision of all things including my emotional, physical, and practical needs?
- Do I depend on God’s very presence to empower me in all I do?
Mothers, God wants us clinging desperately to Him! John 15:5 teaches us “apart from Him we can do nothing.”
We can’t be the godly mothers that we desire to be without becoming like a needy infant that is totally dependent on God. Why do I say “infant”? It’s because infants are completely incapable of caring for themselves. They are desperate for loving care… and so are we.
We need to know our great need for Him! It’s more than we could ever realize!
I pray that God will speak to your heart deeply in this matter.
I pray that you’ll become a mother with God’s great, supernatural power because you so totally rely on Him in everything you do. And that beautiful, tasty, righteous fruit will grow in abundance in your home. Yes and amen!
Great parenting books that I’d recommend:
AND for home-educating moms: any book by Sally Clarkson!