Motherhood,  Parenting

Do You Know How Proud I Am of You?

Because I’m a woman, a wife, and a mother, my writing it targeted toward other “women.” My mission is to encourage you–as I’m also pursuing–to joyfully serve your family as unto the Lord. 

I’ve noticed however that I’ll often see comments in regards to my blog or my book along these lines: “there should be more books that focus on how men should lead their wives and how they should properly respect/treat them. I don’t see half as many books on the subject as I do women.”

By the way… have I ever told you how much I appreciate your feedback? I do–thank you!

So let’s address this shall we?

We all know how important it is for children to have male role models that they can look up to, and how much of an influence dads can have in their lives. The way that my husband relates to me as his wife for example, leaves a lasting impression on our children and will help them determine the way that they should treat women or how my daughter should expect to be treated as a woman.

The truth is however that having a great dad isn’t always the case. While some of you may have incredible husbands, many of you may be struggling with a spouse that isn’t involved with the children, doesn’t lead the family spiritually, or in some cases he’s completely out of their lives.

While I am praying and hoping that fathers are stepping up to lead the family in faith, I write to women in hopes that we are managing our own responsibilities and stepping up where we must.

I could offer some thoughts to men on the topic of parenting but it isn’t my calling or my place to teach them. The truth it that I don’t know the first thing about being a man, a husband or a father.

I know what it’s like to have a child living and growing inside me, and I know what it’s like to hold my child up to my breast while she takes her first drink. I know the joy and sacrifice in being a mom. 

Here is a quote by author Donna Ball that sums up motherhood well.

Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness
and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons,
to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…
and to forgive yourself, over and over again,
for doing everything wrong.
~ Donna Ball, At Home on Lady Bug Farm

Did you catch that last part about imperfection? When you consider that many women are starting families in their early twenties, you have to expect that many of us will stumble along the way. Weren’t you just eighteen yesterday? Didn’t you learn to ride a bike the week before? Where did the time go?

You’re a teenager one day and the next day you’re someone’s wife. You have a home of your own and more importantly you have children that are depending on you to make the best choices for them physically, mentally and spiritually. There are dishes in the sink, the laundry pile is out of control, and you can’t find time for a nap, but you keep pressing on daily because that’s what love does.

Can I stop for a moment to tell you how proud I am of you? Seriously. I’m in tears as I write this because I know that there are many of you—so many — who don’t realize how appreciated you are.

Whether you are raising a baby, a toddler, or a teen you are someone’s “mom” and that’s an incredible job!

And by the way, young “wife” yes–I’m proud of YOU too.

You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene

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