Proverbs 13: 24\
The one who spares his rod hates his child, but the one who loves his child is diligent in disciplining him.
Motherhood is a great challenge. It starts the day our first child is born, and ends the day we die. We become mothers without a guidance book. Instinct takes over and becomes our dependency. Such a little person relies on us to do the right thing, make the right decisions, and use the right judgment. WOW… That is a lot to handle.
Do the right thing
Maternal instinct leads us to do the right thing by our children. Do we make mistakes? Oh! YES! We do. On purpose? Absolutely, not. We may get frustrated or exhausted, but as motherhood goes, we must keep going. We lead our children the best we can.
As Christian mothers, we teach them about God, we teach them about Bible stories, and we teach them to do good by others. They we pray to God to be with them every step they make. We ask him to protect them and keep them safe. We trust and have faith that he will be there each time they need Him.
Perhaps, we believe in our hearts that with God’s guidance we will do the right thing every time. Moreover, we pray and hope that our children will do the right thing as well. We give them all the tools they need to be good citizens. In addition, with God by their side, they will have a guide just as we do.
Make the right decision
It is not easy to make the right decision every time. We stumble, we fall, we waiver, and we hesitate. We weigh the pros and cons and hope for a desirable outcome. However, the Holy Spirit consciously tugs at us to make good decisions. He is the quiet voice that directs us in our path. He is the quiet voice that leads our children as well. He convicts us when we are wrong, and gives us an embraceable happiness when we do what is right.
In the same manner, we trust God to provide guidance through the Holy Spirit; we can rest assured that he will do the same for our children. If we doubt, then we shall consult Him in prayer to get an answer to our dilemma.
Use the right judgment
This is a tough one, if we try to judge on our own, however, if we trust God’s judgment, then we can be at peace that we used the right judgment. When faced with situations regarding our children, we tend to use emotions as our guides. Sometimes we are too soft. However, we must have tough skin to make the right judgment call. Imagine, when our children get in trouble, if we do not discipline them, then we are doing them harm. They could think that they got away with something and grow up to be unruly.
We must be tough, yet gentle, we must discipline in love, yet firm, and we must correct our children when they are wrong, yet be loving mothers. We must also teach our children to be good, obedient, and of good moral character, so they too will use the right judgment when faced with difficulties.
Be keenly aware that just as a parent disciplines his child, the Lord your God disciplines you.