You, dear woman, are a Mother of Prophecy.
It is not something you chose, but still, that is what you are. No less than Mary or Elizabeth you have been chosen to help children rise above the din and do great things for God. What will you do to train your little ones so they will not depart from their way when they are old? (Proverbs 22:6) How will you inculcate their hearts with a love so deep that, like Waldensian youth, they would never deny Christ?
I ask these questions and have no answer. But I know someone who does. He is the same teacher who taught Daniel’s mother how to train him. (Daniel 1) He is the same guide who led Joseph when he was separated from home influences. (Genesis 37) He is the tender father who comforted Little Maid when, as a very little girl, she was abducted from her family. (2 Kings 5)
Thier mothers were Mothers of Prophecy. They all had a prophecy pointing them forward. Daniel and Little Maid’s mother’s had the prophesies of Isaiah and Jeremiah. Joseph’s mother had Abraham’s vision of the horror of great darkness to guide her. (Genesis 15). And you have Christ’s own words saying, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the teats that never nursed… for if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” Luke 23:27-31. As surely as the Lord provided prophecy and instruction for those mothers, He has provided the same for you.
“Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7
Recognize that the success of childrearing is God’s work.
“Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness… And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof… Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words…” Zechariah 8: 7,8, 5, 9
Rest in the knowledge that it is nothing you do that saves your child, it is all God’s work.
“Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Savior and thy redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.” Isaiah 49:24-26
When you get discouraged because you keep falling into your own parenting weaknesses, remember God’s mercy.
“Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until He plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold His righteousness. Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity…because He delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. ” Micah 7: 7-9, 19
When you are pressured by people who call for your energy and attention, tell them that you have a free pass to neglect certain things.
“I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?” Nehemiah 6: 3
If you are the mother of a wayward adult child take courage.
“Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping and thine eyes from tears; for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border.” Jeremiah 31: 16, 17
If you lament the fact you never bore children, you are still a Mother of Prophecy.
“Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear;…for more are the children of the desolate, than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations; spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes: for thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles…And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” Isaiah 54: 1-3, 13
You, dear friend, are a Mother of Prophecy…
Ordained by God to Learn Love and Teach Love to all those under your charge…
whether they be children born of blood…
adopted by love…
or bred from spiritual like mindedness.
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