“Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” ~ Psalms 127:4 NIV
For a while, there was this meme circulating through social media that said “sometimes your greatest accomplishment isn’t something you do but someone you raise.” When I initially read this it gave me a sense of relief that I could be ok with not accomplishing my own dreams. Not that I wanted to give up on them but when being a mom gets tough, sometimes you feel like it’s best to put your dreams on hold.
It was when I considered how my willingness, determination, and ability to live out my God-given purpose impacts my children, that I began to reconsider letting my dreams fall to the wayside. You see God didn’t place us on this Earth solely to be a Mother. King David birthed the wisest man that ever lived yet that wasn’t his sole purpose. He had his own giants to slay, and his own kingdoms to build.
But let’s go deeper. The knowledge and wealth David gained from being an experienced warrior, true worshiper, and loyal servant of Christ paved a way for Solomon to become the wisest and wealthiest man to live. In the same way our marriage, higher education, and entrepreneurship, literally increases the livelihood of our Children and their likelihood to achieve and excel.
You see generational curses are real. Not only are children of single parents more likely to become single parents they are also more likely to live in poverty. First-generation college students are not only less likely to graduate on time, but also have lower graduation rates.
According to the U.S. Census, the poverty rate for single parents with children in the United States in 2009 was 37.1 percent. The rate for married couples with children was 6.8 percent. Senior Research Fellow Robert Rector called marriage one of the greatest weapons against child poverty.
You Are a Skilled Warrior
Mama our children are like arrows in our hands, and it’s the skill of warrior that determines not only how far their arrow goes but its ability to hit their target! I’m not saying we alone have that power to get our kids where they are going. I am saying that our skills, anointing, and expertise can help them aim higher and get further.
So today I affirm you that Motherhood is a part of your purpose it’s not your sole purpose. Don’t give up on your dreams! Don’t stop investing in your future! Don’t stop fighting the good fight! One of the greatest things you can do is break down the entrepreneurial door, the doctoral door, and the door for longstanding healthy marriages for your children.
David made way for his sons to be wealthy and powerful Kings because of a promise that God mad to establish his household. God could have chosen anyone but David’s relentless commitment to God’s plans for his life caused him to be favored.
I pray that as you boldly and courageously conquer your dreams, that you break barriers that have tried to hold back your family for generations. I pray that your relationship with God and your willingness to serve him causes your children to be favored for generations as the sons of David were.
Lastly I will remind you that Deborah who is known as a ”Mother in Israel” led the Israelites to a victory that delivered them from 20 years of oppression under Jabin, king of Canaan. We are the Davids and Deborahs of our time. We are called to do great and mighty things for the kingdom of God, and are not limited to one part of our ministry. We can be a worshiper, a warrior, a wife, an entrepreneur, and still be a wonderful mother.
Now a wife and mom of a beautiful family of six, Megan faced heartbreak, hopelessness, discouragement, opposition, death, and many tear-filled nights along her journey. This Christian influencer, writer and mentor has an overwhelming desire to speak life into women who thirst for God, reminding them we are not alone and are in this battle together as the body of Christ.
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