Mama, ma, mother, mom. Our culture puts many adjectives in front of these words: soccer mom, helicopter mom, working mother, stay-at-home mother, work-at-home mom, homeschooling mom . . . .
I’m probably dating myself by leaving out common adjectives for 2016.
Categories tend to dehumanize folks; and, if you’re like me, you’d rather not be lumped into any particular category of mama. Your abundant life just can’t be reduced to one catch phrase.
To your children, you want to be their devoted, loving, sweet, gentle, affectionate mama. In addition to having a devoted, loving, sweet, gentle, and affectionate mama, every child also needs a mama who can be lovingly described as godly.
A godly mama — that adjective is simply non-negotiable. Mamas are guides. They are protectors. They are teachers. But to do those jobs well, they need their own guide, protector, and teacher, and there is only one effective place to receive the guidance, teaching, and protection necessary to do the mama job well.
For the grace of God has appeared,
bringing salvation to all men,
instructing us to deny ungodliness
and worldly desires
and to live sensibly,
righteously and godly
in the present age,
looking for the blessed hope
and the appearing of the glory
of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
who gave Himself for us to redeem us
from every lawless deed,
and to purify for Himself
a people for His own possession,
zealous for good deeds.