If You Are a Mom…

by tklicka on May 13, 2018

In my 30 years of being a mother, what is the most important thing I’ve learned?

Never stop loving your children.

Their journeys may take them far away, but your love is what they will remember, no matter where they go. Pray over your little ones when they are sleeping, and with your big ones when they are hurting, scared, or confused. Your whispers in their ears that you will always be there for them can have the power to drown out the clamor of their busy worlds, and through all their seasons, your arms open wide will be the ones that draw them home. Press on, mom.

Your love is imperfect—laced with your humanity as you worry for them, give in to fear, or show it in clumsy ways. At times, you may experience their silence, their indifference, or even their rejection, if not because you love imperfectly, then perhaps because they love imperfectly too.

In the midst of their silence and your heartache, know this: your Father sees and hears every prayer, every word breathed out of love, and every gesture that says, “You before me.” From thousands of diaper changes, tears wiped, and messes cleaned up, to hours of lost sleep over listening to and serving your children, the fragrance of your countless offerings goes straight to the heart of God who always perfectly loves, both you and them. Press on, mom.

Keep pointing these precious gifts to the source of life—Jesus. Modeling your dependence on and joy in Him will speak louder than all the words you have to say. If they don’t see it now, they will one day, perhaps when they most need to. You want to be there when they do, but if He calls you home first, the memory of a mommy who loved Jesus with all her heart will continue to speak to the deepest parts of their heart and soul. Like God’s living Word, it will not return void.

And while they live and breathe, there is hope. Press on in the knowledge that He who holds every star in space, and every atom in place, holds the hearts and lives of your children. His indelible imprint is woven into the fiber of their being, and they are His. He is at work in them in ways that are stunningly beautiful to behold, and oh, so good. So, press on, mom. You are making an eternal difference.

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
—1 Thessalonians 1:2-3


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