Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rules!
By Patricia Chadwick
Unlike today's culture, the Bible honors mothers. Proverbs 31:30 tells
us that "A woman who fears and reverences God, shall be greatly
Today's world does not respect motherhood. In days gone by a
mother's role and position were given high esteem, but today
motherhood is passed off as just another duty of the modern, many
faceted woman. In our culture if a woman wants to feel like she has
accomplished something with her life, she needs to look outside the
family. What a shame.
The ideology of today's culture can never truly compete with godly
motherhood in the acquiring of power. Ultimately, power is the ability
to influence the decisions and actions of other people. Few will be
willing to follow a leader committed to selfishness, yet we are
willingly guided by a person who genuinely love us. So you see, the
hand that rocks the cradle rules the world for one simple reason:
sacrificial love is inherently more trustworthy than selfishness.
Many times mothers spend the first six years of their child's life
nurturing them. They take special pains to mold their child's ideals
and values. They read them Bible stories, spend time teaching them
right from wrong, take them to Vacation Bible School, and make sure
they attend Sunday School. Then, when the child is old enough to
attend school, they all too often feel that their "job" is complete and
they move their focus elsewhere.
I find this especially true of parents of teenagers. During the teen
years parents generally ease up in their parenting role. Many moms
take on full-time jobs or return to college full-time feeling that their
kids are old enough to take care of themselves. Sad mistake. It's at
this point, when our children enter the world of outer influence that
they need our time and attention most! The pressure to disembark on a
wayward journey from the straight and narrow is enormous. We need
to be careful at this time not to lose our influence over our children. 2
John 8 tells us "Watch out, so that you do not lose the prize for which
we have been working so hard. Be diligent so that you will receive
your full reward."
Remember, moms, you have great influence. God gave you a calling.
You need to follow through and finish out your stint in motherhood
Excerpted from "The Hand that Rocks, Rules!"by Patricia Chadwick,
P.C. Publications, 2003.
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