Hi guys, this is a guest post by my friend Amber Durgan over at Embrace this Joyful Life while I’m enjoying the snuggles of our new little one. I hope you love it!
Becoming a mom has been one of the most magnificent things I have ever done. I can’t imagine my life without my 21 month old, he has changed my life in all the best ways.
God often allows our circumstances to draw us closer to Him. I have most definitely seen this with my relationship with my little man. Today I would like to share 4 ways the Lord has used my son to draw me closer to Him.
We grow up in church hearing how much God loves us so often that it may become trite to us. On the surface I knew that God loved me but it wasn’t until I had my son that this head knowledge really became heart knowledge and I started to grasp His love for me. Gods love for us is so much more than we as parents will ever have for our children, however I do believe God created the parent-child relationship to forecast His love for us. As soon as I became a mother my perspectives changed and I would lay down my life for my son if it ever came to that. Its a love given to me by Christ. I know this because it is so much stronger than anything I could muster up on my own.
I am able to see the parallels in my relationship with Christ. I am His beloved daughter. He laid down His life for me because He loved me too much to let me keep walking in sin. Everything I am today as a mother is His doing for I am nothing apart from Him. If we allow it to, His love has the capacity to radically change our lives, just as I hope my love will shape my son’s life.
This has been a harder lesson to learn. I am not one that comes by discipline easily. My toddler is understanding more and nearing two and if I were honest with you I would tell you the struggle I have in disciplining him. Not because he never does anything wrong but because my momma heart doesn’t want to do anything negative to my baby. I know that discipline is for his own good and that we are called to train our children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6) but still I struggle. I am starting to learn that God disciplines us for our own good. This is something I have rebelled against in my life. Because who likes hard times? But I am learning God corrects those He loves and so this is a blessed chastening. God disciplines me to be more like Him and it is my role as a parent to discipline my son to draw him closer to Christ.
This is actually my 2017 word and I chose it because it’s our hope to become pregnant and grow our family this year. I have learned a few things in the months of focusing on this word. First, God has to be our ultimate hope as mothers, not our families or how many babies we will have. Our priorities as mothers HAVE to be God first, our husbands second and our babies third. No other order brings glory to God. He created the family unit as it exists for a purpose and we have the hope of glorifying Him when we obey Him in this area.
I have also learned that being a momma puts me in a very hopeful position. I hope he sleeps better tonight, I hope he doesn’t throw his food on the ground, I hope he …you get the idea. There are always hopes we have as mothers. My absolute biggest hope for my son (and any future children God blesses us with) is that they would come to Jesus at a young age and live vibrantly for Him. That really is the only hope that matters because Jesus Christ is our only Hope.
I have learned that there is joy in abundance and God wants us to live in it. John 10:10 tells us that God came to give us an abundant life. I have begun to see as a child again when I watch my son interact with the world around him. He is so full of curiosity, spunk and awe. He loves animals and being outside, dirt and all things boy. It challenges me to be more intentional about noticing and showing him God’s creation and blessing on a daily basis. This life doesn’t have to be perfect (spoiler alert: it’s not going to be) for us to abundantly live in it. I want to teach my son to rejoice and to live vibrantly because we are blessed and loved by the King of Kings. There is beauty to be found in abundance and it’s my mission as a momma to grow right along with my son.
I hope that you too are able to see God’s Hand in your life. He has brought us the exact things we need in this season of life. Our job as Christians is to be content in all He has given and to live to glorify Him. Challenge yourself to start looking for His hand in your life, you might be surprised of how many fingerprints of God you find!
Amber Durgan who blogs at Embrace this Joyful Life. Amber writes to us from her home in Montana.
Mother to an active toddler boy, Amber spends her days doing her best to embrace the “grand adventure”
of life. Her blogging mission is to inspire others to live a more passionate and joy-filled life, centered
around the true Source of happiness, Jesus Christ.