There are three things we need to remember to avoid getting caught up in FOMO or the Fear of Missing Out. If we don’t bear them in mind, we will eventually burn out. Because no one can run on adrenaline all the time. Neither can a packed schedule be sustained. Both our children and ourselves will have a heavy price to pay in the long run.
Have you ever felt God calling you to do something but you held back? Perhaps even chose to say “NO” immediately? Why “NO”? Why did you do that? Was it because it is something out of your comfort zone? Or…
We often underestimate the immense influence (and power even!) we have as mothers, over our children. Whether we are full-time stay at home mothers or working mothers, our choices, our behaviour and our values, all influence and affect our children. Even when we are unaware of it.
Motherhood, like labour and delivery, is hard. And, like labour and delivery, we can choose to work with God or stumble our way through and make things more difficult. We CAN do this because it is God who has called to be mothers (yes, He did!), and He will equip us.
March 1995 Our bedside table moved 90 degrees. On its own. We freaked out. We now know first hand that spiritual warfare is real. It is not superstition or an overactive imagination. But the good news is that God is even more real and powerful! He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world indeed!
How do we do what we do? Is there some secret we are not sharing with you? No. I am not being secretive or trying to brush you off by sounding super spiritual. You can do what I/we do, too. We serve the same God and have the same Holy Spirit. Every child of God can do what He calls him to do.
Indeed, what will our family, friends and colleagues say of us when we return to the Lord? We cannot dictate the legacy we leave behind, nor how history will remember us. But we can do our best to make sure that we have done our part.
So, unless you have been living under a rock, you would have read or heard about the “nice, exclusively gay moment” in Disney’s latest offering, Beauty and the Beast. So, are the conservatives really making a mountain out of a molehill? Or is there really an insidious plot to brainwash our children? How will YOU decide on this issue?
If there is only one lesson you get from this post, it will be this : don’t play favourites. It has long term repercussions. It may be difficult if you have one child that you constantly butt heads with. But you are the adult. BE the adult. Don’t play one child against another.
Sometimes we don’t think we are but to the children we are. (And yes, sometimes, they are being ridiculous). We just need to be aware of how certain actions and behaviours come across to the other children.
It is recommended that a child should be read to even after he can read. There are many benefits to it. In this post I list 8 ways read alouds have benefitted our family.