And what direction should that be? I want to mother with gentleness, being affectionately desirous of my children, ready to share not just the Gospel of Christ with them, but also myself, because they are so dear to me. I want my own conduct to be holy, righteous, blameless, and infused with a constant spirit of thankfulness. I want to exhort each one of my children, and encourage each one, and charge each one to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls them into His own kingdom and glory.*
I want to be praying, hard, that each one of my children would accept the word of God not as the word of men, but as it really is, the word of God, which is at work among us.*
And not only do I pray that by God's grace I might mother this way, but that my ministry at church and in my community would also be guided in this same way.
This is not my reality, but it is my prayer, and while I am completely incapable of attaining this, I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able.
*You might recognize that this prayer is based upon I Thessalonians 2:7-13.