Mom’s are Life Givers, Warrior Makers, World Changers

—- 1 Timothy 2:13-15 —–

As part of the curse, women suffer great pain in childbirth. However, that pain doesn’t end when the child is born, it is but the beginning. Many women are deceived in believing raising their children should not be so very difficult as long as the right things are done. They quickly discover how wrong their idealized view of parenting was.

Mothering is not intended to be easy. It is a fight for the souls of our children. In no other place is the good fight so evident in the life of a mother than in her home, raising her children to love the Lord. She is fighting a battle on so many fronts, that only our Omni-powerful God could make her an over-comer against such odds. She is fighting against herself and all the fleshly desires she has, against the will of her children to rebel and sin, and against the tide of a world ruled by the fallen prince, satan. A prince that parades around as an angel of light, deceiving our children and the world with empty promises of money, power, fame, fun, ease…

Let us reconsider the role of dear mom. She is a warrior who is responsible for training the next generation of warriors. She is the one teaching them by her example how to fight and win battles just as Jesus did while on earth. Hers is the example they will learn in how to treat their siblings, love their daddy and others, work, ethics, habits (quiet time, prayer, Bible reading and study…)

Mom is more than a homemaker, she is a life-changer. Men, we must take her for granted no longer. Our role is to equip and empower her in ways only God, His Word, and His body can reveal and sustain. Ours is the opportunity to remind this warrior princess that she is so much more than a cook, maid, and babysitter. Her value is incalculable this side of Heaven, but our role is to help her discover and live up to the great calling placed upon her life. She has been anointed like no other. She is the one God chose to bring life into this world, and childbirth is just the beginning of that process; not the end.


Shawn Maguire, LPC

New Vision Counseling

Come Alive

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“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive” – Howard Thurman

This quote sounds so amazing. I read it and I think wow! that is so good! And then my eye catches something else or my phone rings and the quote is all but forgotten in 3 seconds.

But I don’t want that. At least not at this point in my life. I want truths to change me, not just be another golden nugget to be tossed like trash. I don’t want to read a whole chapter of my Bible and then get up with nothing to chew on for the day. We were designed for input but in our culture we have to be so very picky and selective or else we will drown in nothingness. I read somewhere that we have the ability to access more information in one day then our great-grandparents did in their entire lives! But do we know more?

Are we better off with all of that access, information, and “knowledge”?

Sometimes I feel like there is too much trash lying around to actually find any great nuggets that I know I put right here in this drawer. I mean that closet. No, I mean what did I come in this room for?

Our minds are like our house. The rooms get dirty. Baggage gets left unpacked and there are piles of junk mail that we keep adding to every day. And the nuggets, God’s truths, affirmations from our spouses, that thought to call an old friend, get buried, lost, and forgotten.

What piles do we need to throw away? Maybe it is unsubscribing to the magazine that makes you feel fat and ugly every month. Maybe it is deleting that app on your phone that steals too much of your valuable time. Or maybe it is turning off the tv in the evening so that you can remember the nuggets of the day and decide what to do with them. It is the nuggets that will actually make you come alive. Pay attention to them and keep them dusted.