Seeking the Divine: A Mother’s Mission

“Nor, who created you?”

“God” (pronounced “Gah”).

“Who created Daddy?”

“God.”

“Who created Mommy?”

“God.”

“Who created your baby brother or sister?”

“God.”

“That’s right. God created everything.”

At 18 months old, my daughter understands patterns. And the patterns I place in her life need to connect her to something more than diaper changes, baths, bedtimes, and meals. Her personality is developing quickly, and she is soaking in more language than I can keep up with.

Through the mood swings, the temper tantrums, the cuddles, the early mornings, and the asserting of her will, it’s easy to lose track of the time and let the day get away from me without teaching her things that will last beyond her time in this world.

Yet, each day, I have been tasked with the choice: focus on my needs and wants or invest in her eternity and make a little disciple out of my toddler.

Now, with another child on the way, morning sickness (which tends to be all-day sickness) and first trimester tiredness are setting in. I wonder how I will be able to accomplish all I need to teach both of them, remembering the newborn sleep deprivation days.

And then the Lord reminds me: “I created you. I created your children. I created everything. And I will sustain you all with my grace and my strength. You do not need to lean on your own understanding but on my everlasting peace.”

These days will pass quickly and these years will fly by. When I send them out of my nest 17 and 19 years from now, what will they have learned? What are those important concepts I am teaching them?

How do I connect their ordinary to the divine?

  1. We memorize Scripture. Even when children cannot read, they can memorize phrases. Right now, we are working on Genesis 1 and know the word “God.” These things take time. Throughout the day, repeat the Scripture. Eventually they will be able to say it without you telling them to repeat it.
  2. We go outside. Today we found a turtle in our backyard, and we talked about how God created the turtle with its shell for protection. We talked about how God created us and He protects us. Find ways to connect their world to the Lord.
  3. We pray together. Each morning, my husband and I ask each other (and now our daughter) how we can pray for one another. My daughter can only ramble in reply right now, but she knows this is a part of our day. And she already responds. An ordinary breakfast is an opportunity to connect to our Creator God.

As we seek to make disciples, let us never forget the words attributed to Mother Teresa: “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” For now, this is my mission as a mom.

Bekah Rivers* is a momma to a darling little girl (and a sweet pup), wife to a pastor, and an advocate for all believers to be on mission.

*Name changed.

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