First, I must preface this post by saying that I am not a writer. I am not someone who can sit down at the computer and write a deep and eloquent post...and that's OK. I say that because if this post seems jumbled or does not flow well that is why.
But today I have something that I want to share...something that has been on my heart...something that I don't have a conclusion about. Perhaps you can give me some feedback.
On my heart lately has been what I feel is that lack of mothers encouraging other mothers. I am finding too often that there is more comparison and less uplifting. I am coming across moms, some of which I consider friends and others I come across in passing, who have the tendency to take little jabs at other moms regarding their children...how they are behaving, what they have on, what activities they are involved in, etc.
I had one person, someone who I like, compare Caleb's energy to the hyper activity of a dog. While I hope that she did not mean it to hurt me, it stung and left me wondering (and worrying) about Caleb's energy level and how other people view him.
I know of a teacher who totally and unlovingly criticized the child of a friend of mine, giving her little hope that her son will do well in school that following year. Wouldn't it have benefited her (and her son) for the teacher to give encouraging words and guidance to assist in the child's development?
Now don't get me wrong...as moms we should be confident in who we are in Christ and ultimately our joy comes from Him. But I also believe that He gives us people in our lives to also encourage us and help us to be the kind of mom He planned for us.
So this is what I have been praying:
~ That I am not tearing anyone down with my words or my actions
~ That I am an encouragement to other moms with my words and by my actions
~ That moms feel the urge to using loving words when interacting with other moms
~ That we, as moms, humble ourselves in our thinking about how children *should* be
~ That we share Scripture with one another to fill our spirits
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11