Saturday, April 09, 2005

Those Early Years of Motherhood

I meet with young moms every Saturday. We have been discussing child training - its purposes and kingdom goals.

Huh.

We decided that it is not a very glamorous life. Building the next generation doesn't reap immediate results (although we must be careful not to dismiss the many enjoyments along the way.) It is far from glitzy - I don't think we are in danger of Charisma magazine knocking on our doors, asking to do an interview regarding our highly effective ministry.

Yet twenty five years later, I can testify to the validity of such ministry. My thought as a young mother - time will be left for great adventures - is proving true. I found that written in my notes from 15 years ago. And I am beginning to experience that very thing!

My older children are now young adults, finding their way into the community, functioning in secular settings, developing connections. And I am their mother. My association with them is opening all kinds of doors and creating all kinds of relationships. I am standing back in amazement, sensing not only acceptance, but respect in new places. Because my children are secure, confident, and polite people, adults love them. They are now paving the way for me to have a place of influence!

There is also more time for local church investment. It is fruitful investment. I am loving it.

I still have twenty-five years or more for great adventures - and I can see them on the horizon. My life is far from over - there is indeed time left for such things. I have not missed out. Not at all. These past two decades have not been wasted. In fact, the very things I have spent my life on have become the seed for my exploits.

Young mothers, invest carefully, without grudge. In due season you will reap. And time will be left for great adventures!

17 Comments:

Anonymous Japangela said...

I wish I could hang around you for a while. I've never witnessed such mothering, except through books, after which I am left to my imagination of what it's like. And my imagination is far too perfect and ideal for "the real me" to obtain. Know what I mean?

6:23 AM  
Blogger Darlene Sinclair said...

I know what you mean. I hope some day to write a book. And my hope is to somehow let the realism into the telling. The picture our mind conjures is always a bit too perfect.

If you were to hang around me, you would definitely see a less than perfect picture. But hopefully you would also find a mother who is dependent upon God and a mother whose God is more than faithful!

You will find him right where you are as well - fortunately His strength is made known in our weakness! Just have faith to believe that it will, in time, be seen!

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Joan said...

Hi Darlene! It's amazing the season's of life God has for us. We did not have children of our own, but had unwed teen mother's live with us. We were blessed to see them grow into young adult's, and some choose to walk the path of Jesus & their children. God bless and I hope one day you are able to write that book!

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Japangela said...

To tell you the truth, that's why I love reading Brietta's xanga. To see her struggle with the same things I struggle with really encourages me. I begin to think, hey, there really isn't anything new under the sun! We all struggle, and we all enjoy blessings. We're all running after the same thing, and aren't always "perfect" at it. And yet, we have those victories, too! Thank you for being transparent!

4:18 AM  
Anonymous abbi said...

I just wanted you to know what an encouragement your posts are...especially this one. It makes me feel like there is hope-that maybe I can actually be a good mother someday.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Japangela said...

Amen to that, Abbi. Whoever you are! HAHAHA!

12:50 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Book? You hope to write a book? You are already writing it--in blog form. Just save your posts and you'll be starting the book. :-)

3:24 PM  
Blogger Darlene Sinclair said...

I have been saving them. Now to sort them all. And that, I find, won't leave me with much of a book - but it is a start! :)

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