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robinator Oct 24th, 2012 16:27 PM

Jesus wants us to chill out!
Great article!


FACT: If your children canít read by age four there is a 95% chance they will end up homeless and on drugs.

FACT: If your children eat any processed food there is an 85% chance they will contract a rare, most likely incurable disease, by age 12.

FACT: If youíre not up at dawn reading the Bible to your children, you are most likely a pagan caught in the clutches of witchcraft.

FACT: If your children watch more than 10 minutes of television a day there is 75% chance they will end up in a violent street gang by age 17.

Obviously, the ďfactsĒ listed above are not true (at least, I donít think they are). But, Iíve noticed that the Internet has made it much easier for people, and moms in particular, to compare themselves to each other. Now, just to be clear, this is not a post against ďmom blogsĒ, or whatever theyíre called. If you write a mom blog, thatís cool with me. This is a post to encourage the moms who tend to freak out and feel like complete failures when they read the mom blogs and mom Facebook posts.

Moms, Jesus wants you to chill out about being a mom. You donít have to make homemade bread to be a faithful mom. You donít have to sew you childrenís clothing to be a faithful mom. You donít have to coupon, buy all organic produce, keep a journal, scrapbook, plant a garden, or make your own babyfood to be a faithful mom. Thereís nothing wrong with these things, but theyíre also not in your biblical job description.

Your job description is as follows:
■Love God. This simply means finding some time during the day to meet with the Lord. It doesnít have to be before all the kids are awake. It doesnít have to be in the pre-dawn stillness. Your job is to love God. How you make that happen can look a million different ways.

■Love your husband (unless youíre a single mom, of course). Your second job is to love and serve your husband. Husbands are to do the same for their wives, but thatís for a different post. If your husband really likes homemade bread, maybe you could make it for him. But donít make homemade bread simply because you see other moms posting pictures of their homemade bread on Facebook.

■Love your kids. Your calling as mom is to love your kids and teach them to follow the Lord. They donít need to know Latin by age six. If they do, more power to you. But thatís a bonus, not part of the job description. Your job is simply to love your kids with all your exhausted heart, and to teach them to love Jesus. Thatís a high calling. Donít go throwing in other, extraneous things to make your life more difficult. If you want to teach your kids to sew, great. But donít be crushed by guilt if your kids arenít making stylish blazers by the age of 10.

Moms, Jesus want you to rest in him. He wants you to chill out. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. Donít compare yourself to other moms. Donít try to be something God hasnít called you to be. If the mom blogs are making you feel guilty, stop reading them. Be faithful to what he has truly called you to do, and know that he is pleased with you. When your kids are resting, donít feel guilty about watching an episode of ďLostĒ, or whatever your favorite show may happen to be.

Love God, love your husband, love your kids. Keep it simple and chill out.
Thought I'd share :flower:

CMarie Oct 25th, 2012 01:13 AM

Wow I love this!!! Thank you so much for posting it :flower:

TaylorElaine Mar 12th, 2015 23:53 PM

I love this!! it's so true!! thanks for posting

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