“They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.” Nehemiah 4:17
Because the Lord laid the name “Nehemiah Mama” on my heart for this blog, I felt compelled to really study the book. There are so many interesting points that had never previously grabbed my attention before. One key point was the above verse. Each man was building the wall with one hand and had weapons ready in the other.
Have you ever felt that way? I don’t think I have ever felt more that way than I do now, being a mama. On one hand I’m trying to build our children up and teach them godly principles, morals, and ethics. Really, to just fall in love with Jesus for Who He is. My husband and I work diligently to have meaningful family devotions (almost) every night and nearly every morning I read a quick devotional and pray over the boys as they walk out our doors. This is the brick laying.
On the other hand, I feel like I am constantly fighting off outside influences that can harm the spiritual condition of my very impressionable boys. From discussing the science they are learning at school and lining it up with Scripture and other reputable science curriculum, to helping our boys see that not everything their friends have will make them happy if they get it. That’s fighting off the enemy.
Yesterday, my youngest and I were in the store shopping for a Christmas gift for his auntie. He kept pointing to things he wanted and I kept reminding him that we were here to find a gift for someone else. Finally, somewhat under his breath, he said, “When I’m a dad, I’ll get my kids whatever they want.” WEAPONS READY! After my initial shock, I just told him that he might feel that way now, but really good daddies help their kids learn to earn and value their things and to be responsible, like his Daddy does. He adores his Daddy, so that was all that needed to be said. Crisis averted.
Through that situation yesterday, the Lord showed me that this incident was what being a Nehemiah Mama is all about. I didn’t just fight off the enemy, but I built up my son in that moment. I was able point him to a wonderful example of how it’s done while only minimally pointing out his folly and then moving on.
This parenting task is not an easy one. The Book of Nehemiah never mentions it, but you can’t tell me those men weren’t tired building that wall and being ever ready for battle. Both hands were full. They were busy every moment of the day. They had a deadline. They had their homes to protect and their faith to build. Sound familiar?
Although we may be tired in this venture at times, we can also look to the Book of Nehemiah for the outcome. Their efforts were BLESSED! They built the entire city wall in 52 days! And best of all, through their efforts, their faith and relationship with God were restored.
Keep on building and defending, mamas! You will be blessed for doing so.
Now for a serious question…Is teaching your son how to stop picking his nose and eating what he finds considered building or defending? ARGH!
Blessings and much love,