I was very fortunate this past weekend to be able to attend a session of Time Out for Women. It was a very enriching experience and gave me much to ponder in my roles as woman, wife, and mother. Tonight I thought I would share a scripture chain from the talk How Can I Know If I'm Getting It Right? by Emily Watts. The scriptures are in bold, and my version of her words are underneath.
"Ye shall know them by their fruits" (Matthew 7:16).
-The fruits of motherhood are agonizingly slow to ripen.
"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart" (Psalms 27:14).
-Don't forget that Heavenly Father loves my children as much as I do.
"And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him" (1 Chronicles 5:20).
-Parenting can indeed be a battle. In the midst of the battle, turn to the Lord.
"And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee" (Psalms 9:10).
-Sometimes the fruit doesn't ripen in this life. Be patient and trust in the Lord.
The key point of her talk is this: What if the fruits of parenting have less to do with how my children turn out, and more with how I turn out? How am I being changed and refined as a mother?