“And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:3
As I mentioned in my last post, there are many temptations that we as mothers face to come down off the wall…to get distracted from our high calling. Our work is of such eternal value that the onslaughts against it are many! I would like to look at two particular areas today that at least for me, and I am sure for others have been a challenge as a mother.
1. Discouragement/ Lack of Progress:
Do you ever feel like instead of going forward in the teaching and training of your children you are going backwards? You have corrected for the hundredth time and want to give up? Maybe the area you had thought you had finished your training in raises its head again in your home. Or maybe you realize that you have been working on the same character issues for years and see very little progress. I know for myself, this can cause me to want to throw in the towel and sit down in despair and discouragement. Seeing so very many issues that still need to be dealt with in my children can easily overwhelm me and make me feel ready to sink to my knees on the floor and cry for a good while.
2. Past Failures/Our Own Sins:
We have fallen on our faces, we have lost our tempers with our little ones, been impatient and cranky. We have come down off the wall many times before, lost momentum and now are so far behind we do not know if we ever can rebuild. We feel keenly our inadequacy and inability for such a great work as mothering is. The enemy loves to whisper in our ear ” You are a failure, look at the mess you have made of everything. What is different this time than the last time you fell flat?”
and he is right…
We are failures, we are nothing, we are inadequate…apart from Christ, that is. But our God says,
“Faithful [is] he that calleth you, who also will do [it].” 1 Thess. 5:24
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil. 4:13
What did Nehemiah do when the enemy was rising up against them threating to overthrow their vision? They prayed and set a watch. Let us raise our voices to the One who gave us this calling, who breathed life into these little ones. He will give us the grace and strength and in leaning upon Him HE is glorified.
The fruits of our labors may be slow in coming, but the Lord’s word will not return void. We must press on and not grow weary.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Gal. 6:9
When the enemy whispers in our ears, we need to speak God’s word back to him. In the psalms you see David talking to his own heart..
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” Psalm 42:5
His mercies are new every morning…so today is fresh start. So love your babies, hug your child a little tighter, smile a little broader, and let’s pick up our wall building tools and get to work.