by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies – Which One Are You? Wilting, Surviving or Flourishing?
Editor’s note: More pushing of the old guilt buttons and making any woman that isn’t overjoyed at being a housewife and a mother of many feel guilty as can be. It’s what Nancy specializes in, at least when she’s not hiding what happened to her African adoptees. Happy, Happy, Happy or you get the hose!
Did you know that God’s plan for you is to FLOURISH? And where does He want you to flourish? In your home. Psalm 128:3-4 (TLB): “Your wife will be like fruitful vine, FLOURISHING within your home. And look at all those children! There they sit around your table as vigorous and healthy as young olive trees. That is the Lord’s reward for those who fear Him.”
Perhaps you feel like a WILTING plant. You feel “half dead”! Or maybe, like some plants, you are barely SURVIVING. You get through each day, but only just!
God has more for you, dear mother. He wants you to flourish and bloom.
I believe we come into the flourishing mode when we embrace our mothering role with all our heart. We know that we are in God’s perfect will. No matter what the hardships and challenges, we face them with joy. We are not dreaming of some day when we will be through these mothering days. Instead, we live every moment to the full. Every moment is an abounding moment because Christ lives in us and His life is not wilting, but full of life and power (John 10:10).
Embrace your powerful calling of motherhood and make every moment a God moment. Think of yourself as a flourishing plant–abounding, blooming, blossoming, enlarging, expanding, flowering, growing luxuriantly, increasing, and thriving (Isaiah 54:2-3)! This is God’s plan for you.