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Mother: Oh That My Children Will Speak Such of Me

by Kelly Crawford

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SPIRITUAL WARFARE…

Scripture assures me of it and I believe it with all my heart, especially as it pertains to me as a mother.  I feel bloody in the trenches just now…

I know several things to be true…

  1. We do not fight against flesh and blood but against powers of darkness and the ruler of this world.
  2. A woman can build her house, or she can tear it down with her own hands.
  3. If Satan can get to the mother of a home, he can have the entire family.

Can anyone relate to spiritual warfare in your lives as mothers?  Has anyone else cried tears of “I can’t do this” lately? 

My prayer is this: 

“Lord, the only result of my efforts to be a mother and wife in my own strength is misery, failure and desperation for all.  I cannot  fulfill this calling in my own power.  And I will no longer try.  You must, I implore You, and will not leave You alone until you grant me YOUR power and strength to do this immeasurable task of building a home.”

Providentially, I believe, God placed the words from a book into my ears to spur me, remind me and astound me back to this hallowed place He has called me to.  Allow these words–I urge you to read and ponder them carefully–from a Confederate soldier named Hugh A. White about his mother, to spur you on to the noble task of motherhood as we ponder and celebrate this beloved calling…

 

“Hugh A. White was the fifth son and the seventh child of William and Jane White…His mother’s recollection of him is very vivid.  She says:  ‘He never gave me trouble, but was always and only a comfort to me.’  He entered with great animation into the ordinary amusements of schoolboys in recess, but he never walked the streets in search of amusement;  the truth is, that from childhood, he seemed to think that the proper place for the right sort of recreation, and even amusement, was the parlor and chamber over which his mother presided.  He not only looked up to her as his rightful ruler, but also as his best friend and choice companion.  In her ordinary rounds of domestic duty–when not at school–he was at her side.  In a word, he studied and labored to lighten her burden and cheer her heart.  He went on errands for her and his sisters with the utmost cheerfulness….”

 

And what fortune befell this mother?   Was she just “lucky”?  Look a little closer…

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“Mother–what name has more thrilling associations than that of mother?  From her we learned first to lisp a yet dearer name.  By her watchful care were we kept from harm.  Through many a dark night she watched our couch with tearful eyes, and without weariness she was swift to minister to every want, and by sweet and almost insensible influences she drew us from the ways of sin and led our feet into paths of righteousness and peace. Before our minds could grasp their meaning, simple formulas were fixed in our memories which should afterwards prove lights to guide our steps aright.

Awake, she taught us; and asleep, her form bent over us while in prayer she commended us to God…and taught our infant lips to lisp the name of ‘Our Father, which art in Heaven’.

And when the first fruits of this untiring vigilance appeared, how gladly did they clasp their new born children in their arms, and praise the Lord who had heard their prayers.

Who can estimate the influence, though unseen, that a mother’s instruction and example still exert?   She follows him through the course of every day, and in every temptation her prayers surround him like a shield.  Her bright example too, though not now seen, is remembered, and by it ‘She allures to brighter worlds and leads the way’.”                  ~Hugh A. White

 

I pray that the world would see more mothers like this, mothers wholly devoted to bringing up children whose first affection is the Lord Jesus…because once a child has been taught to “Seek first the Kingdom“, all else in earth and heaven will be given to him.

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18 comments

Kim M. May 8, 2009 - 6:08 am

AMEN!

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Roxanne Gordon May 8, 2009 - 8:16 am

a sweet Amen to this

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kimberly May 8, 2009 - 8:50 am

I have felt like we are under attack, for the past several months, my last straw was Easter Sunday, after 3 failed attempts to go to church in a row, Easter morning my son brought the van home to me(my husband had to work)We ate breakfast got everyone dressed and hooked in their car seats, no small feat as there were 11 of us total, i turned on the van, no gas, none, empty, hubby forgot to leave me any money either and we are 17 miles from the nearest gas station on a Sunday..The children offered to get their money, but i was afraid to drive 17 miles on curvy, hilly, roads in the rain with a ton of kids and no gas…I confess, i sat down and cried,then i dried my eyes and we read the Easter stories from the childrens bible, and prayed together. We are always learning how to deal with obstacles, every moment of frustration is a teaching moment.

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Julie May 8, 2009 - 8:51 am

Wow! Amen and Thank You. Your post has reordered my day.

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Bethany Hudson May 8, 2009 - 10:06 am

This is, I believe, one of the main reasons that we can, today, say “I’m JUST a housewife or mother.” If only we might all understand that to just float along in these roles is not enough! We truly need to INVEST in our vocations as wives and mothers–souls are at stake!
~Bethany

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Robin May 8, 2009 - 10:10 am

Kelly, been there and am there alot..

I believe staying humble before the Lord is a great thing..It means we need Him…..

Your doing something right..

Rob

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Katie LaPierre May 8, 2009 - 10:59 am

Kelly-thank you for this post. I get more and more overwhelmed as I think about my fleshly shortcomings in regards to being a Godly mother. He knows this. That comforts me. Have you read “A Mom Just Like You” by vicki farris? It is excellent and I just know you would love it. It has encouraged me greatly to know that moms I admire like you and her struggle to be the best moms they can be. We have the greatest job in the world and yet the world does not see that. We can only succeed with the grace and Spirit of the Lord. His grace is sufficient, this I know. Praise Him that He doesn’t ever want us to feel self sufficient for we may forget about Him and our deep need for His love, guidance and strength. Keep up the good work with the Lord’s help Kelly! p.s. I am going to use some of this for the devotion I am to do tomorrow at a friends baby shower, thanks!

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Beth (aka Tovah) May 8, 2009 - 11:14 am

This is a lovely post. Thank you Kelly.

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Sommer May 8, 2009 - 12:28 pm

Oh how I feel this today! I am 3 weeks out from having my fourth child, by c-section, living in a small 2 bedroom apartment, with a 6yod that has some major attitude/obedience issues and wow! It all seems to hit like a ton of bricks some days! I cry out to the Lord too..although perhaps not as often as I should.

Thank you for this beautiful post! I needed this soooo much!

Lots of love,
Sommer

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Word Warrior May 8, 2009 - 12:33 pm

It’s so good to hear that this post has been a blessing to you all…I’m convinced that as mothers, we just need constant encouragement, reminding and “going back” to the place where the Lord wants us…humbly leaning on Him.

He never said our calling would be easy–never! And we would do well to remember that it is a lie when Satan (in whatever form) tries to tell us, “See, if this was your calling, you’d be better at it”…if you get a chance, and haven’t read it, go back and read this post about others God called who were totally unequipped for the job…it was post born from one of the sweetest revelations I’ve had as a mother.

http://generationcedar.com/2008/12/motherhood-moses-and-beauty-of-broken.html

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Mrs. June Fuentes May 8, 2009 - 3:04 pm

You are not alone feeling ‘bloody in the trenches’—so true the three points you listed, if only mothers knew and took this to heart they might battle more fiercely against the adversary who DELIGHTS himself in stealing families–especially Christian families.

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Lisa Hellwig May 8, 2009 - 3:34 pm

Thank you Kelly. This is a much needed post. We all need to be reminded daily that our calling is God’s work. Nothing we do, from picking up a sock to reaching under that bed to find who knows what, to 10 pm talks with the young adults who want to know ‘why’ when you are ready to fall asleep standing up, is insignificant. If God is really sovereign (and He is) then all these gestures, talks, quiet impressions are being used by Him RIGHT NOW for His glory, our childrens’ molding, and our sanctification. (Remember, there is no TIME with God… only WE live fixed in time.) When we obey Him, and that love from Him pours itself out for our children, when we act toward them as He does toward us(oh how difficult this is), what a glory that is to Him, and a sweet fragrance to our children, and what a testimony to the world. Let’s all take God seriously, and really die to ourselves that we may live that full life He so wants for us. May we see Him rightly.
Thank you so much for your blog. You are such an encouragement to me.

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Leslie Viles May 8, 2009 - 3:47 pm

Thank you for this post. I agree with Bethany that we need to invest in our vocation. I don’t think any of us would try to be a physician or a plumber without any knowledge in the area. I try to read and listen to as much as I can to equip myself to raise children, who will raise children, who will raise children….hopefully for an impact on the Kingdom.

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Diane May 9, 2009 - 9:41 am

i admit to feeling burdened of late… even overwhelmed at times. this post was a breath of fresh air… thank you so much.

oh, that i might be to my children what hugh white’s mother was to him♥

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Missi May 9, 2009 - 12:48 pm

This is the second blog I’ve read such a posting on this weekend.
I was JUST thinking the other day and wondering if I am the only mom who has to moment by moment ask the Lord to change my heart.
All day, every day, repeatedly, I am humbled and brought to my knees through this position of motherhood!
I thought maybe everyone else just had it together more than me! <3
The other blog mentioned Psalm 145:8 (I think). The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. If I can just be those two things with my kids!

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kc May 9, 2009 - 11:28 pm

wow! missi, you are definitely NOT alone. thanks for posting…i needed to read that…probably everyday:)

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Joyce May 9, 2010 - 6:39 pm

Wow, what precious comments from these mothers. You are very young and overwhelmed mothers, I’m sure. I appreciate how each of you have poured your heart out here. Walk close to the Lord, read His word and pray. Of course, you already know to do that, don’t you Seek another woman to be your prayer warrior. I will pray for all of you. Love to you all.

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