~ Public school, private school, homeschool... or unschool?
~ Church on Saturday nights... or Sunday mornings?
~ Scheduled feedings... or feeding on demand?
~ Contemporary music... or hymns-well-loved?
~ Organic-everything... or that's-not-a-priority?
~ Children in sports... or less structured commitments?
~Skirts-for-modesty... or pants-are-just-fine?
Well... That's a scary way to start a post. *smile*
First let me clarify... On issues where God's Word is clear, We hold our beliefs in a tight grip. We submit to His authority in Scripture and hold fast to-- Our Statement of Faith.
But on issues where Bible-believing-followers-of-Christ-disagree-- on those side issues...
As moms, how do we decide about those areas?
We look to God's Word (though even among Christians who recognize God's Word as the Ultimate Authority...there can be disagreement over issues not crucial to salvation).
We ask our husbands (with hearts willing to follow their leading).
We honestly analyze our own motivation (self-deception is such a comfortable mask to slip on).
We choose humility over pride (knowing that we are a work-in-progress and God often convicts and changes hearts in His own timing).
We seek out wisdom from godly men and women (while acknowledging that no one is infallible and that God's plan for each family or person may be different when it comes to matters-of-the-conscience).
We pray and ask God (with a sincere heart and listening ears that are ready and willing to obey).
We give grace to those with differing viewpoints (realizing that godly men and women may come to different conclusions when an issue is not clearly outlined in Scripture).
We seek God's glory (above our own traditions and comfort levels and fears and needs).
My prayer for us as moms, is that above all else, honoring God and living as light in the midst of darkness would be our true aim.
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
so that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.
And that with grace, (not its shallow-wishy-washy-easily-swayed-by-the-wind-counterfeit), but with true grace, we would embrace the beautiful diversity of the Body of Christ. Not lack of conviction-- For when God convicts, obedience is a must. Not unity at the expense of the true gospel-- But a love that says-
I love this community of moms, all desiring to seek Him and glorify Him-- as they raise children who (Lord willing) will walk with Him in close, genuine relationship. I've felt that love and have seen that love in this group of women. His love. And I'm so thankful.
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