Your Child Has a Specific Purpose from God
This series is very dear to me as I am sharing from my very heart. I pray the Lord will use my weaknesses and admitted past failures to bring glory to Him and to draw you closer to Him. May my authenticity be an encouragement to you in your own walk as a mama.
Your Child is a Person Created by God
“And God saw everything that He made, and behold, it was very good.” – Genesis 1:31a
As I look around me, I see God’s creation before my very eyes. Every blade of grass, every drop of water, every bird is a small part of God’s creation. How much more wonderful and valued are we that when He created humans, God said, “It is very good.”?
As you consider every part of creation, rest on this thought for a while: we are the only part of creation that is made in His image. When He had created the most perfect paradise, it was now ready for His greatest love: His children, us. He created us in His image. (“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27.) We are created in HIS image! Our children are created in HIS image!
God’s creation is perfect. He does not make mistakes. He knew the children that you needed in your family to draw you near to Him. He knew the kind of mother your children needed to go through this life and to teach all you know about Him. God orchestrated it all. Your children are as part of God’s creation as you are!
Your Child Was Knit Together by God
“For you formed my inmost parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” - Psalm 139:13-14a
Knitting is a very intricate process. It is one that is made up of beautifully woven stitches, that together, make a beautiful garment. Every stitch is important in a knitting project. God created our littles with purpose in every stitch. The little 3-year-old who asks, “Why?,” on every request you have may use that curiosity to be a scientist who helps defend the authenticity of the Bible when he is older. The little girl who wants to do everything by herself and not accept help from you (ahem, my daughter!) may grow up to use that gift to not be held back by fear on God’s tasks for her. She may boldly step forward and go where He asks her to go.
God has a purpose for each of your children. Even those challenging behaviors can be turned into blessings to further God’s kingdom. God does not need perfect people to be used by Him. All He wants is for people to surrender completely to Him and love Him first. He wants the hearts of your children to be completely focused on Him. He wants your heart to be completely focused on Him.
Your Child is a Gift from God
“And He brought him outside and said, ‘Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.’ Then He said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. – Genesis 15:5-6
When God blessed Abraham, the blessing was in giving him children! Abraham was 100 years old when God told him that he would be a father to many. The Lord considers our children to be a great blessing to us. Hold your children in that regard. They are gifts from the Lord. These little blessings are a gift from our Heavenly Father that He has entrusted to us to care for, nurture, guide, and teach God’s commandments.
Read over these truths again:
Your child is a person created by God.
Your child was knit together by God and has a specific purpose from God.
Your child is a gift from God.
This is the foundation for this series on Raising Littles as Brothers and Sisters in Christ. I will build more on these truths in the coming weeks. For this week, rest in the blessing that God has entrusted you with. Know that you are the mama for your children because God specifically placed them under your care. Draw near to Him when your little blessings are not bringing you joy today! Cling to these truths. Take a breath and see your children as God’s creation that has been entrusted to you to guide and lead toward our Heavenly Father.
I encourage you to spend some time today in prayer. Ask God to remind you of the significance of your children. When those little blessings are disobeying and exercising their will, ask the Lord to give you patience so that you may show grace to your children. Ask God to guide your steps and your words as you have opportunities with your children. Surrender your will to Him so that He can be glorified through your parenting.
Katie White is a Christian modern-day homemaker who shares ideas on organizing, entertaining, raising little ones, and motherhood over on her website, Grace and Thanks. She has a love for hospitality and homemaking, but her greatest love is for her heavenly Father. God continues to be faithful and full of grace as she raises five beautiful children with her husband.