Did you catch my first recap from the Homeschool Convention?
Here’s Part 2
A speaker I went to for 2 different sessions was Ruth Schwenk, the creater of The Better Mom (my favorite blog!)
Her whole topic for the day was called Making it as a Mom and again I’ll just transfer my notes on here to share with you her questions and challenges for us as moms!
Part 1: Looking In
A mom who embraces the call from God as a mom will flourish
Where is your heart as a mom? Are you awake to the mission God has called you to as a mom? Ephesians 5:14-16
1. Don’t minimize your role
Being a mom is not less than anything else.
Being a mom isn’t about your place in life, it’s about your purpose in life
The man Moses would become was shaped by the parent Moses’ mom had been. Exodus 1:15-18 & Hebrews 11:23-27
Brick by brick we (moms/parents) are building an estate.
2. Don’t misuse your time
Learn how to say ‘no’ (they you’ll be able to say ‘yes’ to your family!)
Once you accept the ministry that God has given you as your first priority, there is freedom
Set your priorities: what is my personal vision? If I don’t have integrity at home, how can I in my ministry?
Create a schedule
Be able to relinquish the fact that you’re a night owl for what is best for your family and yourself (Personally, I need to do this! In Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel, he talks about how is wife just began praying each day that God would help her get up early each morning to start her day. And through her faithful prayer, God changed her!)
3. Don’t miss the point
Our mission and calling as moms is to raise and release children who, like everyone else in God’s story, are called to glorify God.
Psalm 127: children are a reward, a payment that should be received joyfully!
Children are arrows: wherever they land, they wound the enemy.
1 Corinthians 15:58
By changing myself, I am impacting my children.
Am I lifting my head to the mission God has called me to?
Part 2: Looking Out (to our family)
What are we aiming at?
If you do not set a mission, values, and a priority for your family, the world will.
Ruth then shared her family’s mission statement, values (a list kind of like the fruits of the spirit), and their family verse. Joel and I discussed this on the way home and are so excited to define all of these for our family and then post them in our house – I’ll also post them in an upcoming blog! What is your family’s mission statement and verse?!
Counting the Cost
Motherhood as a mission filed: lay yourself down. Die to self. “Gain that which you cannot lose in them” (a quote from a contributor on The Better Mom blog)
Our actions must confrim the words: “I love you”
Be intentional, face-t0-face, enjoy them, speak words of life over them
It is only by God’s grace that our children turn out at all! And only His grace turns them out – not our best intentions
It is imperative as a parent that we are intentional about teaching our children the truth as God’s Word, healping them become rooted in their faith
Bottom line: raise up disciples (flashback to what John Rosemond said in Part 1 of our homeschool recap!)
“I will forsake the good to have time for the best”