Keepers of The Home
Our children often mirror our response to situations, so when they observe us being grateful in our circumstances, they are more likely to repeat that same behavior in their own life. What better medicine is there than a heart of gratitude? Life can be hard and very depressing at times but it is in these moments when we begin to give thanks to God for His blessings that we are able to see His intricate care over us and find new strength and hope each day.
We make it a habit to eat all three meals around our table together. This is easy for us to do since I homeschool our children and stay at home with them. We have made it a habit to pray before each meal, giving thanks for our many blessings. Our children often take turns praying over the food and love the honor and privilege to do so. It is so sweet to hear their young hearts pour forth with gratitude towards God and His many blessings. I truly marvel at how thankful they are, giving thanks to God for such things as a warm home, loving family, food to eat, their health, blankets, siblings, new babies, etc.
Motherhood is often hard and very demanding. I feel a great caution from the Holy Spirit often to remain grateful in the midst of my most trying days. The enemy wants so desperately to rob us of our joy during this short time of being a mother to small children. One way he does this is by trying to make us focus on all of the negative parts of motherhood.
Perspective means so very much. It is out of our perspective that we operate each day, whether we are aware of it or not. When our perspective is that motherhood is a very short season and a beautiful privilege, we are more likely to go through our days rising above the exhaustion. When we have the perspective that we are inspiring future generations towards the truth of God and to serve Him, then we are able to find strength to endure the most trying of days with our children.
If we can find purpose in our pain, we can endure anything with a thankful heart. If we can hold onto gratitude, we can endure anything. It is the hope and belief that God truly is working all things for our good (Romans 8:28), no matter how things look or feel on the outside. When our children see us giving thanks in every circumstance, whether with much or with very little, in sickness and in health, in difficulty and in times of peace, they too are learning to give thanks in all things.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’’
Hebrews 13:15 exhorts us to give God a sacrifice of praise. That means that it isn’t always the easy thing to do. Dear mother, if you long to see your children be thankful, you must learn to give thanks yourself. Let us be a people who are marked with gratitude and in doing so raise up the next generation of thankful people who honor God with their lives.