I am in a new season of motherhood. My children have begun to breech the wall into adulthood. Truly, this doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. I didn’t feel the need for a good cry the day our eldest turned 18. I have wondered, however, what my role in their lives is now. Even while I continue to disciple other children, all I can figure to do for my own now is to sit back and observe. The time has come to begin the process of sending them in prayer and blessing to be disciples themselves.
…since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1:9
Motherhood has been the most intimidating, the most challenging and refining, the most important, the most intense, and the most wonderful calling that I have received in my life.
I look back to the beginning, the first moment I realized I was going to be a mother and the tumble of years that came after, and I cannot believe I was trying to do it all on my own for those first seven years. I was not a single parent; I was unsurrendered to Jesus Christ, empty of the Great Counselor, and without the body of Christ’s Church. It is all overwhelming to think about. Life came into our home, our family, the day my husband and I surrendered ALL to Jesus Christ. As we ourselves were being discipled, we focused on making disciples of our children. We wanted our children to know God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding earlier in life than we had. We knew no other way to do this than being honest and open about our personal journeys, modeling trust and faith in Christ through all things, sharing the truth, and praying over them.
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience Colossians 1:10,11
I was baptized the same year we became members of the church. I was immersed in baptism alongside with my oldest two sons that same year. Six years later, my husband and I witnessed our first child make the decision to become a member himself. Now, my husband and I are sitting on a council alongside our son, and we have had the honor of watching him take his first faithful steps into disciple making ministry work and encouraging other youth to join him. What blessings our Father does bestow upon His faithful children. My heart leaps with joy in His glorious power and grace to redeem our souls, our stories, our life from out of the ashes of the messes we make. I am further encouraged to surrender daily knowing that the successes are all His and these children in my care are not my own but His. The best I can do for them is disciple them; model for them my faith in the redeeming truth, life, and love of Jesus Christ and send them out to do the same with my prayer and blessing.
Disciple. Begin at home. Do disciple your children, at every age. If you are new in faith, as I was, bring your children alongside as you embark on this journey of faith. Pray for them. Pray God’s will that spiritual understanding and wisdom will be given to you all, and share your questions and what you are learning through study and prayer with them. Read to them from the Bible. Ask them to pray for you. God has given us such an insurmountable task called motherhood. Thank God He doesn’t expect or want you to do it alone. Yes, team with His church, but always be faithful in prayer and submission to Him and listen.
Giving thanks [joyfully] to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:12-14
Abba, I pray your favor and will be upon your followers. May our steps be directed and established by You. May You delight in our way and bless our paths. When we fall, may we know we will not be hurled down because You, LORD, are the One who holds our hand and sustains. (Psalm 37:23-24)