So by now, the cover to Time about the mom breastfeeding her 3 year old (maybe he was older, can’t recall) has been all over the place. To refresh your memory, you can review the article here.
My question is what is it with our media tearing at the fabric of who we are? There’s the old debate of working mom versus the stay at home mom, the attachment method vs well…the nonattachment, breastfed or bottle-fed, to spank or not spank.
Is it just me or are there enough compromises and drawing lines in the sand, of whether or not we are good enough? We are good enough, in fact, we are better. Each of us comes armed with what we need to raise our children the way God created us. We are better! It reminds me of one of God’s amazing names, Yahweh Nissi, meaning the Lord Is My Banner. Ancient armies used to carry a banner or shield that was symbolic of their country, heritage, or king. As the battle looked as if they would lose to defeat, someone would raise that banner, it energized the soldiers to fight harder and ignited their hearts for what they were fighting for.
As Christian Mama’s we are all under that one banner, let’s set aside the hype and expectations of “Are You Mom Enough” that pits us against each other.
So with that I leave you with a few things I think each of us need to say to ourselves and maybe each other.
I am mom enough to discipline.
I am mom enough to breastfeed.
I am mom enough to bottlefeed.
I am mom enough to stand out from the crowd.
I am mom enough to befriend a nonbeliever.
I am mom enough to respect another’s parenting practices.
I am mom enough to share my opinions in light of God’s word.
I am mom enough to lay my differences aside to stand beside another mom
I am mom enough to raise my kids how God is leading me.
I am mom enough to trust that I am doing the right thing.
I am mom enough to wave the banner high for all moms to see.
10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him,and his resting place will be glorious. 11 In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush,[a] from Elam, from Babylonia,[b] from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.
12 He will raise a banner for the nations
and gather the exiles of Israel;
he will assemble the scattered people of Judah
from the four quarters of the earth.
And it seems I am not the only one is saw through the hype of the Time Cover of Are You Mom Enough, check out Tracey Solomon’s Post here.