Motherhood: Infancy/Toddler

“Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God mat not be something you do, but someone you raise.”- Andy Stanley

First of all, I want to give a huge thank you to all the mom’s who posted advice for parents of infants/toddlers.

Here’s some of the advice that you gave:

“You are the perfect mom for your babies even when it doesn’t feel like it.”
“Don’t compare. You’re the perfect mom for them & you’ll do what’s best for you both.”
“Some days are harder than others, don’t forget that you are doing your best and that’s all that matters.”
“Every night, but mostly after hard days, rock your baby a little longer or talk about a happy memory. Finish the day on a happy note. That’s what they will remember the most.”
“Comparison. Don’t do it. Trust your own mother intuition.”

Much of this advice really centered around trusting that you are the person chosen to be the parent of your child. the Bible reminds us that God in his sovereignty has chosen you to be the mother of your child/ren (future child/ren). Psalm 139:13 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

Each day we spend in our lives is an opportunity to learn more about Christ and grow in him. Each moment in those sleepless, exhausting days of motherhood when you have a fussy baby or a toddler who doesn’t want to go down for their nap, is an opportunity to develop and display the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Each week, I’ll give you some more advice I’ve gathered from moms as well as how we can bear fruit during the journey of motherhood.

  1. Love- We are called to love our children unconditionally. At times, this calls for discipline (discipline does not mean that we withhold love, rather that we discipline because we love). Regardless of our children’s decisions (good or bad) we are called to love them through every season and to pray for them.

  2. Joy- With the security that our lives are built on Christ and secure in Christ, we should live in joy. This doesn’t mean that every moment of our lives are happy, but that we live in a state of joy. the Bible reminds us that even in trials we should “count it all joy because the testing of our faith produces patience”(James 1:2-4). All mothers want their children to grow up to be strong men and women. By modeling joy in front of them, we encourage them to grow up allowing the joy of the Lord to be their strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

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