Sometimes motherhood feels like my own wilderness testing, Satan tempting me to do things my own way instead of following Christ. Temptations come in the form of kids fighting over a toy—baby crying to be fed—dishes piled on the counter—and clothes tossed on the bathroom floor. Man, I’m hungry. Oh, need to pack snacks for the kids.
I finally open the front door and hear, “I don’t want to go,” from a whining preschooler who sits down and refuses to stand. Rounds of correction and consequences—and the three hours I scheduled for arriving to church on time, now turns into 15 minutes late.
In moments like these the sinful toddler in me wants to pitch a fit. Scream, stomp my feet, and yell out grounding sentences that last the next ten years.
But then, just like Jesus in the wilderness, the richness of God’s Word helps me persevere.
The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.
2 Timothy 2:24-26
This passage is about the Christian life more than particularly for parents, but it has become one of my go-to parenting scriptures.
It prescribes how to respond in the Motherhood Wilderness Moments in several ways, including:
- Must not be quarrelsome
- Be kind
- Be Patient
- Be gentle when correcting
“…if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.”
One of the goals in parenting is to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” This passage in 2 Timothy shows us a glimpse of HOW with the WHY. Oh, I pray so hard for my children to repent from following their own ways and have the knowledge of the truth and escape the captivity of the devil.
So, this week when you hit your own Wilderness Moments as a mom, remember:
- Keep calm and seek peace,
- Words of Wisdom,
- Patience, and
We are bound to mess up at least as much as our kids mess our newly mopped floors. When we do, all we need to do is turn it over to the Lord, and follow the scripture above: repent and escape the snare of the devil. God’s grace through Jesus washes away our sin.
Lord, thank you for (kid(s) names). Please help me this week to lead them in peace, kindness, wisdom, patience, and gentleness. I ask for Your Spirit to lead them to repentance and the deep knowledge of truth so they are set free from the snares of the enemy. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.
How about you? What helps you persevere in your Motherhood Wilderness Moments? Please share. You can leave a comment by clicking here.