There’s nothing more peaceful than a newborn baby sleeping!
Aren’t babies precious? I literally spent hours watching my sons sleeping! The love that came over me when they were born was so overwhelming. I’m sure every mother knows exactly how I feel 🙂
Our Heavenly Father uses so many examples from everyday life to teach us. Yes, even through our own children. Think with me a moment on your child’s progress. Out of the womb he came, screaming and physically shocked by the new environment. He is introduced to his mother’s breast and fed – peace and contentment soon follows 🙂 Not too long thereafter, a diaper change is in order and he communicates that need quite clearly and loudly! Isn’t it amazing how a mother learns the different sounds of her baby’s cries? A hunger cry is so much more intense and “needy”!
As I was going down memory lane this afternoon, I thanked the Lord Jesus for allowing me this amazing privilege of having two children! Before I had children, I would read Psalms 127:3-5 and it really didn’t “speak” to me as it did after I had children. I can so relate to the passion behind these words now.
~Psalms 127:3-5 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
The joy that my sons have brought me cannot be measured. Having children is sort of like the famous statement in “A Tale of Two Cities”: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. 🙂 But best of times overwhelmed the worst of times and they have faded into a memory filled with cobwebs!
How can we add to our growth in Christ as women? The everyday tasks we are blessed with have a spiritual application – we just have to ask Him to show us. Are you a new Christian, dear lady? I think of Peter’s words:
~I Peter 2:1-3 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
Just as that precious newborn baby needs nourishment from his Momma, so should we (as new Christians) desire the “sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”! A baby’s whole method of eating can be a beautiful lesson. Notice how he “roots”! For those ladies who don’t know what this is yet, rooting is when a baby is hungry, he turns his head and purses his lips in search of the mother’s breast. Do we hunger after God’s word with the same tenacity?
Once the baby finds the breast, he latches on for dear life! Any breastfeeding mother can tell you about the “intensity” of this action 🙂 Have you ever noticed the facial expressions of your baby during this process? During the whole rooting and latching on process, his face is intense. But once the milk begins to flow and he receives his nourishment, a precious, gentle, peaceful little face appears! The beautiful sounds of him cooing as he eats brings any new mother’s heart to its knees. Thank You, Lord, for this wondrous gift! Thank You, Lord, for giving me this precious life! OK, back to topic 🙂 (I tend to get carried away when I speak of my babies!) Do you search God’s word with the voracious appetite of a baby? Do you latch on to your Bible and feed yourself spiritually? Do you coo with excitement when the Lord gives you exactly what you needed that day?
Have you ever noticed that your precious little newborn actually grows and outgrows his diapers and clothes quicker than you can bat an eye?? 🙂 Are you growing as quickly, spiritually speaking? Our babies outgrow their clothing and so should we outgrow our “old” fleshly habits – the same habits Peter speaks of in verse 1 above. Once we outgrow these things, we are ready to be spiritual toddlers 🙂 We are able to eat more than just milk – we are now ready for meat!
~Isaiah 28:9-10 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
It is sad to say that some women don’t get passed that infant stage. They feed their old nature with gossip and busybody-ness, just to name a couple. Their new nature (II Corinthians 5:17) is being stunted for lack of good, solid spiritual nourishment. Notice what Isaiah says: “…whom shall he make to UNDERSTAND DOCTRINE? them that are WEANED from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.” Wow – and who says one can’t learn from the experience of having a baby! Could you actually see your five-year old with a bottle and in diapers? Oyyy! So why are there so many baby Christian women who have been saved for many years? Isaiah continues to tell us that precept must be upon precept, line upon line, here a little, and there a little.
It takes time to grow as a Christian. As we read God’s word, study it (II Timothy 2:15), and apply it to our daily lives (Isaiah 28:10), we can’t help but grow. Just as our babies can’t help but grow as we feed them properly, so will we grow. We simply can’t stay in “baby” stage as Christians. If we do not stay in the word of God, eating the spiritual “meat” He wants to give us, we will stunt our spiritual growth.
~Hebrews 5:12-14 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Do we want to teach our children in the way of the Scriptures? Do we want to lead our children to Christ at an early age? We need to stop feeding off the milk of the word of God and start chewing on the good stuff! This is the only way we can lead our children to Christ. It’s the only way we can teach our children to make it in life as a Christian! How can a teacher teach Math if he has never learned it himself? He can’t! For our children’s sake, it’s important that we get out of spiritual diapers.
Anyone can be a mother but not everyone can be a Godly mother!