Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Everyday Question

By Christine Hoover  taken from an article on Desiring God

"The Everyday Question asks not just about what I do but also about my attitude: Will I joyfully pour out my life as a fragrant offering before the Lord for the benefit of my children? Will I serve my children out of obligation and duty or will I serve like I'm serving God Himself? Will I die to myself so that I might live to God in the specific calling He has given me as a mom?

The Everyday Question must be answered everyday.

Because motherhood is not so much the big, dramatic acts of sacrifice, but the little, everyday, unseen ones.
Because we can have a clean house and obedient children and not sacrifice.

Because we are so easily deceived to think we can live for ourselves and be faithful to God in our ministry as moms.

Jesus said that those who live for themselves will actually have an unfulfilling life, but those who lose for their lives for His sake will really experience life. As parents, our self-death for Christ’s sake not only produces fruit in our own hearts, but produces fruit in the hearts of our children, fruit that grows by the power of God. Let us, then, choose to joyfully give of ourselves for our children.

Everyday."

“For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal bodies.” (2 Corinthians 4:11)

“For the love of Christ compels us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died, and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Corinthians 5:14–15)


2 comments:

Brandy said...

Love this! Thank you for these words friend!

Jenne said...

Though I have not chosen homeschool, I have often thought how different the homeschooling of my four boys would versus a family of all girls (or even a mix of both). Very different, indeed. I pray that the Lord would direct you in the way you should walk... whether it is a different method of homeschooling or moving to a different school setting. I pray that your adjustments be made in righteousness and not fear. And I pray that the Lord would honor your faithfulness and honesty and humility. Thanks for sharing your heart on this one.