A couple of months ago, my husband and I found out that we are expecting a baby! God has already been teaching us a lot about parenthood and our role in a child’s life. As many of you may know, during the first trimester of pregnancy a woman can feel completely tired because of all the changes in her body and all the energy that is going to the growth of her child. So that’s how I felt during the first three months: exhausted. The only thing I wanted to do was to rest and to sleep.
Come and worship Me
During this time I had to lead worship several times in moments in which I really just wanted to be resting instead. Once I had actually the opportunity to just stay home and let someone else lead the worship instead, but God clearly spoke to me and reminded me of something. He said: “Cecilia, isn’t it an honor to come and worship Me? The child in your belly longs to worship Me. Bring him to Me!” I was completely blown away.
She understood the greatness of God and His infinite worth of being worshipped
As I meditated on His words, Hannah’s story was brought to my mind. I really admire her. After she earnestly prayed that God would give her a son, she makes a vow to dedicate him fully to the Lord. God answers her prayer and she is faithful to fulfill her word.In 1 Samuel 1:28 it says: “So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life, he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there.” She had it very clear: her child’s life would be fully given to the Lord. She understood the greatness of God and His infinite worth of being worshipped, so she wanted her child to be a worshipper of the living God.
A beautiful honor
Hannah is truly an example for us as women. We have been given the beautiful honor of being mothers; of raising a child. And as women of God, we have the task of raising our children not only with a good behavior but with hearts of worshippers. That’s the priority. Of course, there is time to rest and to sleep a bit longer (as I really needed it in my case), but worshipping the Lord must always be the priority and we have been given the authority to pass this principle forward to the coming generations.
Teaching our (spiritual) children to worship God
And this truth doesn’t only apply for us mothers. This also applies to women who do not have biological children, but who are discipling others. Who are the people around you whom you are investing your life in? Who is God showing you to raise them as a worshipper? And for those who are mothers, how much are you investing in raising your child/children as worshippers? Do they see it as a priority to worship God, to be dedicated to Him? As we focus on teaching our (spiritual) children to worship God, we are not only influencing their lives, we are actually investing in the coming generations. As you plant this powerful principle in your children’s lives, this will surely be multiplied in ways you cannot imagine!
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