Where is the Praise?

I recently wrote a post over at Flats to Flip Flops for Thoughtful Thursday.  I thought I'd share it here, too.

I love my kids so much that I can think about them as I lie in bed and tears will well up in my eyes.  How did I get so lucky to be blessed with these two amazing little people?  How was I ever good enough for God to bestow such gifts on me?

If I feel unworthy, how did Mary feel to be carrying the babe that was to save us all?  
How precious that baby was.  I love that baby even more than my own.

The truth is, God did choose me to mother these kids.  I feel so passionate about this that I stay at home with them so that I can train them up in the ways of the Lord.  My husband and I lead a high school youth group.  It is our ministry to our community.  We in no way feel that we are to train the kids that come to our home once a week.  We merely assist their parents.  We minister to those that may not otherwise learn about God's love.   

With that being said, no one is to train my kids, except my husband and myself.  
God didn't put that on anyone else's agenda, but ours.  He created a love in us for our kids that no one else can feel.  That love is an incentive to train our kids to love and fear the Lord.  

I want to encourage mothers.  I know what if feels like to go day, after day, with no accolades.  I went through college getting praised for my skills and grades.  I worked several years getting praised for being a great teacher and serving the kids in my classroom.  I know how good that feels.  

I also know that it doesn't hold a candle to the feeling I will experience when my children walk in the light of the Lord.  As a stay-at-home mommy, we have to keep our eyes on the prize.  I choose to forgo the praise of man, and look to the praise of my Father.  I choose to train my kids and hear him say, "well done, good and faithful servant."     



  1. Loved this post, and NEEDED to read it today. From one stay at home momma to another, thank you!!

  2. I love this post! The pictures are so beautiful!!

  3. Thanks again for posting!! Great reminder this Holiday season!

  4. Love this post!! Im not yet a mommy, but hope to be someday. Your kids are adorable! :)

  5. Hello! Just stumbled across your blog and took the time to read your post. It's amazing how God knows what He is doing! I needed to hear this so badly. I am a young stay-at-home mom who has a 13 month old daughter and a little boy on the way. They will be 14 months apart. It's really easy to lose sight of the big picture when you're stressed out wondering if you're going to be good enough or if you can really handle life! I think you are such a beautiful woman inside and out! You truly are a 'woman after God's own heart.' (Elizabeth George wrote that book. She is one of my fav. authors)

  6. Such a sweet post! I feel absolutely the same way...they are such a precious gift! I'm your newest follower from the Sunday Social. If you get a chance, I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too.

  7. Now following via Sunday Social. Such a blessing to be a stay at home mom and to lead our children in truth! I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime :) http://onceamomalwaysacook.blogspot.com/

  8. Great post girl! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  9. Hi there, I am your newest GFC follower from the hop, stopping by from Couponing From Florida to Michigan. I would love a follow back.

    Happy Monday


  10. Hi, new follower via The Sasse Lift


  11. Wow, thank you for sharing! I love this time of year! I just started my very first linky party, I would love for you to join! Myriad Monday Linky Party @ The Allred Abode

  12. So encouraging - thank you for sharing this!

  13. awww, SO sweet. so true. thank you for writing about the steps Mary took, what a sweet reminder. i just found your blog, can't wait to read more during my little guy's naptime tomorrow!

  14. Loved this! Motherhood is such a divine gift. Mary has been on my thoughts this year too as this is my first as a mother. My thoughts:

    Thanks for sharing!