The Power of a Focused Mother

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A focused mother is a powerful mother.

Just think of a mother lion and the lengths she will go to protect her cubs. Scary and strong, she will fight to the death. Human mothers are just as fierce. The love a mother has for her child, when harnessed and focused, can be an amazing thing.  Couple that love and determination with God, and prepare for a mighty work!

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to hear Renee Ellison speak. Addressing our group of homeschool mothers she discussed the power of a focused mother.  Her words still ring in my ears today:

“Determine to have a strongly bonded and loyal family, a skilled and accomplished family, a family that raises the neighbor’s eyebrows in awe and brings glory to God.

This sort of family is fueled by the fires of personal sacrifice on the altar of motherhood – choosing your children over yourself….hour by hour, day after day.”

Learning to give up one’s self can be a slow process. However, mother or not, we should all be giving ourselves to God. Motherhood just makes it easier.

This is something we choose to do each day, each moment. It is hard, but worth all the effort.

Mrs. Ellison really brought this point home by saying:

“If you ignore and neglect your children when they are young, their hearts will grow far from you. They will embarrass you; you won’t like them as adults….you will feel shame and failure.”

These are strong words!  But so true.   Whatever fleeting pleasure we may feel in fulfilling our own desires instead of paying attention to our children is certainly not worth it. We are molding hearts for eternity and there is nothing more important than that. I’m not saying mothers should not pursue their own interests; just not to the detriment of their children.

I certainly have a long way to go as a mother…and as a human being in general!  I hope with my eye on the prize, I will improve each day.

What do you think? Does a focused mother make a big difference?

Comments

  1. I know that this is an older post, but I wanted to say thank you for your sight and especially this post. I have been totally stressed lately, to the point of breaking,:( and I have wanted to just run away from it all. This post has helped me to refocus, on God and on my family, with hope and a positive attitude again. Thank you so much.

    • Thank you for your kind works Barbara. I understand feeling stressed and close to breaking point! I’m saying a prayer for you. Keep on striving! :)

  2. Wow reading this post has really helped me to understand why kids can feel distant with their parents even as they get older. And I’m one of them that question why I’m not close with my parents.and now that I have a daughter of 21 months I want her to be close with myself and her dad it would break my heart if we r not close. And I noticed when I give her attention she needs if have a closer bond. Makes a big difference. So definetly I will want to work on that daily.

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