I didn’t think I’d be a mom, let alone a [mostly] stay at home one.
See, I had/have a passion for teenagers, science, and coaching. Steps away from medical school (MCAT scores in hand, and yes, they were good), I changed paths and got my teaching certificate instead. During the ensuing years of teaching public high school science and coaching basketball, I felt fulfilled in following God’s calling on my life.
Then He told us it was time to start a family. I had just hit my stride in my classes, role(s) as a senior adviser/coach/other hats, and felt like I had found a school that I could really impact teenagers at. But God said it was time. Between my husband (also a teacher) and I, we had 300 kids. How would we have time and energy for one of our own? And how would we make it work?
During my maternity leave, it all started to make sense. Thanks to some marvelous women in my life who have young kiddos, I began to see just how important it is to invest your life in your child. That’s not to say that families that have both parents working outside of the home can’t still find ways to invest in their children. Please don’t get me wrong about that.
But I was able to see how faithful time with your children can bring about the harvest the Lord speaks to. Tripp has this to say about investing:
He shepherds the child to understand not just the “what” of the child’s actions, but also the “why”. As the shepherd, you want to help your child understand himself as a creature made by and for God…
It involves investing your life in your child in open and honest communication that unfolds the meaning and purpose of life.
Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart
If you do one thing during your 5 minutes today besides read this post, think about women in your life who are a bit ahead of you in the journey of biblical parenting. Consider asking them to mentor you in this process or at least act as a sounding board for one another if you are the same place. There are few things more valuable than walking through life with one another especially in such an amazing calling as parenting our children as God has called us to do.
Blessings friends! ~Rachel
This is part of a 31 day series of shepherding a child’s heart in 5 minutes a day (click here for the series intro). I pray this series edifies you as much as reading Tripp’s book has encouraged and challenged my husband and I in how we raise our children. Subscribe to the blog in the side bar if you’d like to get posts emailed to you in a weekly digest or subscribe on your favorite blog reader.