This Week’s #Devotingmothers Devotional: Partnership

Each weekday on our FaceBook page you’ll find a prayer, reflection, or Bible verse centered around a weekly word. Each Friday we will share the recap of our FB posts here on our blog. Our hope is that we band together to devote our pregnancies, birth experiences and parenting to God our creator.

We want this to be a place for all of us to share our hearts, thoughts, blessings and challenges. Please comment and share so that we can together benefit from becoming #devotingmothers.

Partnership

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.

Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’

‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’”

Harmon Killebrew

Whether your little ones are boys or girls, they greatly benefit from the influence of both their mom and dad. You both provide care, love, and guidance, but in different ways. As you raise your children, take the time to appreciate your differences. His way, may not be your way (it almost always isn’t!), but is there a possibility that it still is a good way? I bet there is…

Reflection

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”  

Theodore Hesburgh

And, I’d wager a bet that the most important thing a momma can do for her children is to love their daddy. When we get this right, families are strong, children thrive, and loneliness takes residence elsewhere.

It’s not an easy thing to do when we are in the midst of living real life. Middle-of-the-night feedings, temper tantrums, conflicting work schedules, money problems, car issues, the list of reality goes on and on. When life turns on strong, take a moment to remember that your partner for life is for you, not against you. Then go ahead and love well.

Prayer

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:12

Father God,

Thank you for your gift of marriage. A holy partnership of two people coming together with a commitment before You, God. For Your Word tells us that together, we are stronger. Lord, we want to please You in our marriage, and keep You in the center.  For Your glory, for our betterment, and for our children’s future.

As moms, we can sometimes discount our partner and think that we know best. Forgive us for our arrogance. Help us to welcome our husband’s thoughts and ideas on parenting. Lead us in  showing respect for his unique parenting style. Guide us in appreciating and recognizing our husband’s contributions to our child’s development.

Amen

Reflection II

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

Colossians 3:13-14

I stumbled across a great piece of research. Psychologist Dr. Daniel Tomasulo reports, “Researchers early on found out that the fathers who helped diapering their baby had stronger, better, and more long-lasting marriages.”  This is great news! By all means, share it with your husband.

Then, take a deep breathe and recognize that he won’t get it right every time. There will be times when you feel like you are taking 99.9% of the parenting burden (It’s probably not true, but it feels like it). When you have one of those days, give grace, forgive and love. As Christ followers it is what we are called to do. Thanks be to God, it is what He does for us.

Remember

“If Mom makes the boat, then Dad hoists the sail. We help our kids catch the wind, teach them how to use it and, when they’re ready, to push off toward the sunrise.”
Jim Daley

To read the full article from Jim Daley check out the article, The Look of a Father.

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