Today we have a special guest post from an awesome Momma and blogger. Brittany’s blog 17 Hours Days is a refreshing and inspiring look into the world of a Momma who is trying to love her kids and Jesus more everyday.
When I first had my children, I imagined how—someday—I would teach them all about Jesus. I would tell them about his amazing love for us, the forgiveness he offers and the restoration he provides. I prayed over both of them multiple times, asking God to please help them grow up to be great men of faith, for them to boldly share the gospel with those who need to hear it.
I know that God answers prayers, especially prayers asking for things that God wants anyways, so I figured that someday, these prayers would come true.
What I didn’t realize, however, is that they would happen so soon! My oldest (Nolan) is only four and my youngest (Deacon) is only eight months and sometimes I feel as though parenting them is teaching me as much about Jesus as I am teaching them! Every day I learn new insights about God in a way that I never really understood… until I became a parent.
1. God’s Love is Unconditional
From the moment I saw those two pink lines, I have loved both my boys with my whole heart. There has never been a single day that I did not love them with my whole heart, and there never will be. Even on the days that Nolan refuses to listen, the nights that I get no sleep because baby keeps me up all night, the times that I look at my body or my living room and wonder what happened… They are mine. And I love them wholeheartedly. Nothing will ever change that.
God feels the same way about us. No matter what we have done or who we have become, He will always, always, always love us. We are his children.
Romans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
2. God Knows What is Best for Us
Every single day I have to tell my boys not to do something. Sometimes they listen right away; sometimes they get mad at me because they want to do what I’m telling them not to. I don’t tell them no because I like being the bad guy. I tell them no because I can see that if they keep doing what they are doing, they are going to hurt themselves. Even if they didn’t get hurt the first time, chances are, if they keep it up, they will get hurt. When I tell them to do something, it is because it is in their best interest to listen.
In the same way, when God tells us not to do something, it’s because He can see the future and He knows what will happen if we choose that path. Similarly, when God tells us TO do something, it’s because He has something great in store for us or others that can only happen as a result of our obedience. While what He is telling us might not make sense or seem fun at the time, His way is always best.
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
3. Life’s Not Fair
Thankfully my boys are far enough apart in age so I haven’t had to deal with this particular complaint yet, but I know it’s coming. Baby gets to stay up later than Nolan. Nolan gets to have foods and toys that baby isn’t allowed to have yet. Baby doesn’t get in trouble if he hits Nolan, but boy does Nolan get in trouble if he causes any harm to baby! No, their treatment isn’t “fair” in the sense that it is the same. But each of them gets the rules, privileges, experiences and treatment that they need individually at this particular time in their lives to benefit them as they grow up to be great men.
Why do some people experience times of great trials while others never seem to have a care in the world? I have no idea. But what I do know is that God’s treatment of us is based on what WE need, whether that is love, discipline, to learn a lesson or a combination of all three. What everyone else needs and gets doesn’t really matter. God will always give us what we need. We don’t have to know His plan. We just need to trust that He has one, and let that be enough.
Philippians 2:13: “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
Who knew that such little boys could teach such big lessons!
Brittany is a stay-at-home wife and mother who loves Jesus and helping other people fall in love with him too. When she isn’t busy picking up toys or changing diapers, she blogs about finding God in the midst of it all on her blog 17 Hour Days. You can find Brittany on Facebook, Twitter and Bloglovin’.