Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Angry Mom

I never thought of myself as an angry person. Parenting has revealed that I am. I hate myself when I let anger get the best of me. I want to be that mom that carrys on with a joyful heart and is not overwhelmed by her surroundings. But lo and behold, Rhea is defiant, Ricky is crying, the house is a mess and I feel like all the sudden I am going to "lose it". The Lord is really working with me in this area.

Anger is sin and sin destroys. I know that the family unit is of utmost importance and I don't want to stand by and let my anger tear it down. James says that the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. I want God's righteousness to reign in our home and I know that that will only happen if my sinful ways dissipate.

I read an article today (link given below) and was encouraged to know that I am not alone. I also ordered the book through our library that it mentions. If you struggle with frustration toward your children know that you are not alone and know that God wants things to be different. He wants our homes to be filled with His peace and love. This is only possible as we seek Him moment to moment.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Mother At Home Series

Not sure if I started this already but I wanted to do a series on a book I just finished called: The Mother at Home by John S.C. Abbott. It was so good and I wanted to share some of the treasures I found.

The first chapter was on "Responsibility". It talks fo the responsibility we have as mothers to train up our children in the way they should go.

"His/her character is now, in an important sense, in your hands, and you are to form it for good or for evil. If you are consistent in your government, and faithful in the discharge of your duties, your child will probably through life revere you, and be your solace of your declining years. If on the other hand, you cannot summon resolution to punish your child when disobedient... he will despise you for your weakness. Unaccustomed to restraints at home, he will break away from all restraints.

It is true that there are many mothers who feel their responsibilities perhaps as deeply as it is best should feel them. Bu there are many others-even of Christian mothers-who seem to forget that their children will ever be less under their control than they are while young. And they are training them up, by INDECISION AND INDULGENCE, soon to tyrannize over their parents with a rod of iron-and to pierce their hearts with many sorrows. If you are unfaithful to your child when he is young, he will be unfaithful to you when he is old. If you indulge him in all his foolish and unreasonable wishes when he is a child when he becomes a man he will indulge himself; he will gratify every desire of his heart and your sufferings will be rendered the more poignant by the reflection that it was your own unfaithfulness which has caused your ruin. If you would be the happy mother of a happy child, give your attention, and your efforts, and your prayers, to the great duty of training him up for God and heaven."