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A Successful Mother - Issue 184
January 21, 2011
Hi there! ....

This week we are still on holidays, if you’d like to catch up with what is going on – I maybe blogging (or I may not be). You’ll have to go over and have a look-see! Belinda’s Notes

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A Successful Mother

One of the emotions that drive us is the need for feeling successful. Success brings us affirmation, confirmation, recognition, position, authority. Careers are driven by the need for success. Advancement in your career is based on tangible results – you do a good job, you seal a deal, you make a break through and these things are recognised and you are given more responsibility.

I wonder how much of this thinking affects us as mothers – we want to be successful mothers; we want to see results. We want to make a break through, we want to complete the project on time, we want to do a good job! Discipling our children’s hearts doesn’t work this way though. Discipling hearts is an eternal thing – our children’s hearts, turned towards God and His purposes will have an effect far beyond our life time – it is my prayer that my children’s hearts will affect the generations after them. (Their children’s children etc).

Though Jesus said that our rewards will be in heaven, there is a consequence for walking in God’s ways – a blessing. I believe one of the greatest rewards here on earth is the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, self control, faith, meekness, temperance. (Gal 5:22 KJV)

Do you see this in your life? In your child’s life? In your family’s life? These qualities are for those who pursue God, who allow the Holy Spirit to work in their life, who lay aside the desires of the flesh. It is our choice to walk away from the “Me first” attitudes, and allow Jesus to shine in us. We are very familiar with the fruit of the spirit verse (v 22) but read on and we find verse 26: Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

I looked up in Strongs Concordance to find a definition for vain glory: empty, devoid of truth, of man, destitute of spiritual wealth, without the fruit of faith, endeavours that result in nothing, fruitless, without effect, of no purpose.

What pushes us through our day? Is it the desire for success? Something tangible? Something we can say to our neighbour “We’re doin’ good – look what I did today?” And yet we know, in our heart, that the very thing we boast of (as success) robbed us, robbed our children, robbed our home of love, joy, peace, self control, patience, etc. That very thing that the world sees as successful, if it does not line up with the Word of God, is vain glory – something that is driven by man (or homeschool mum), destitute of spiritual wealth, endeavours that result in nothing.

What measures success in your day?
What measures the success of your homeschooling?
What measures the success of your life as a mother – let it be the fruit of the Holy Spirit – the presence of God in your life which is reflected in your relationships and home.

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Have you read about the Boyanup Chrisitan Homeschool Conference? where I'll be speaking on discipleship homeschooling?

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Belinda Letchford
Living life with her kids in Australia!

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