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Monday, February 22, 2010
"Preserved Through Motherhood" Part 8
Above Rubies article Preserved through Motherhood by Nancy Campbell. Continued...
We are Preserved Emotionally
As we have already learned, God give calming hormones to nursing mothers that help her stress levels.
Having children also delivers us from a self-centered life. Before we have children, we have time to dote on ourselves. Some young people take at least half an hour or more to put on their make up each day. Wait until children come. They soon learn to do it in two minutes or less!
We are all prone to self-pity and selfishness but children take our mind off ourselves as we minister to their needs. This is healthy. We are much better emotionally when we care for others. Often when people come to me, depressed and full of self-pity, I encourage them to think of something they can do for someone else. We come back again to the eternal law that Jesus gave, "Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it, and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it." (Luke 17:33)
I have observed women totally taken up with their problems, fears and phobias, but when they married and children came along they soon forgot about all their little personal problems. How wonderful to be preserved form our self-pitying, self-complacent, self-pleasing, self-satisfying, self-gratifying, self-seeking, self-pampering, self-conceited, self-opinionated, self-serving, self-preoccupied and self-centered life. There is no greater deliverance!
We can rejoice that motherhood delivers us from emotional weakness. For the sake of children we must not give into emotional stress. We have to be strong and take courage, exercising self-control and a disciplined life. And who gets blessed in doing this? You and me.
I am always challenged by 2 Corinthians 5:15. "And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again" And also John 12:24, "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit."
I am a Christian, wife, stay-at-home, homeschooling, love making things from scratch, blessed beyond measure Mom of eight wonderful children. I love Jesus with all my heart and look to Him for direction. I'm a simple person that just enjoys spending quality time with my family.