I’m writing this on December 31, and I’ve been in goal-writing mode for the last few weeks. I’ve also been reading a lot lately on the importance of goals and vision to accomplish what you want in life. I thought it would be appropriate to start out the launch of my blog about motherhood with my vision for motherhood.
I sat down one day and thought to myself, “What kind of mother do I want to be?” Then I wrote out the picture that came to my mind. This exercise was so beneficial to me. I now have a vision before me of the kind of mother I’m striving to be. I can and will refer to it often as I go about my days.
What kind of mother do I want to be?
- As in Proverbs 31, I want to be a mother whose children rise up and call her blessed.
- I want to be productive and hard-working. I want to develop a character of diligence and discipline.
- I want to be peaceful, and I want my home to be filled with peace. I want my husband and children to feel as thought they can breathe deeply and recharge in the home I have created. I want to be a breath of fresh air for them. I don’t want them to be constantly tense in my presence, unsure of my current mood, or afraid of my irritation or anger. I want my husband and children to be sure of my love for them. I want to be generous with embraces and tender affection.
- I want to be joyful. I don’t want my moods to be dependent on my circumstances. Nothing should be able to steal my joy from me. I strive to choose every single day to guard my joy. Some days that choice will need to be made minute-by-minute!
- I want to raise my children in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord. I want them to be “arrows in the hand of a warrior” (Psalm 127:4). I want to teach them by both my words and my example to love the Lord with all their hearts and follow Him. I want them to grow up surrounded by living examples of God’s love, power, and goodness, and I want them to witness obedience to Christ with all our hearts, souls, and minds.
- I also want to instill in my children a love for learning and a thirst for knowledge. I want them to be readers and lovers of books.
- I want my children to learn the value of hard-work and to resist the spirit of entitlement. I want to exemplify those characteristics to them.
I know I won’t be all these things all the time. But having my vision written out helps remind me of what I’m striving to be. It keeps my focus on what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. It also helps prevent me from getting off track or drifting through this season of my life.
Now it’s time for you to try! What does your vision for motherhood look like?