One of the greatest challenges we have as Pastors’ is managing the tension between family and ministry. Below is a great Blog by my amazing wife, Natalie Nieves. If you have small children, you and your spouse will find this blog extra special. Enjoy and blessings to your family.
Sunday mornings are often draining for me. As a Pastor’s wife, I know that sounds terrible, but it’s the truth. My husband wakes up early to go serve at church, and he usually leaves the house before Nicholas and I awake. So, typically, I’m usually rushing around trying to get our son and me ready to get out of the house and attend a service.
No matter how hard I try to prepare on Saturday evenings for the next day, it never seems to help. I try to pick out our clothes, prep the diaper bag, etc., but I’m always still frantic come sun up.
Several times, I asked myself, What’s the point? My son is so little, why should I fuss to pack him up and lug him to church? The only thing I’m experiencing are higher stress levels, so why bother?
Thinking about all of this one day, I recalled a comment that was made at our baby shower. We asked if anyone had “mommy words of wisdom” to share, and one of the ladies began to speak about Hannah. The woman went on to explain the bible story we often hear.
Hannah was unable to bear children but she cried out to God, and God blessed her with a son, whom she named Samuel. Hannah made a vow to dedicate her child to God, and that all the days of his life he would serve in God’s house. Hannah was true to her word. After Samuel was weaned, Hannah took him to the temple to serve the Lord.
“Samuel ministered before the Lord, even as a child, wearing a linen ephod” (1 Sam. 2:18, NKJV).
Not only did Samuel minister as a child, he wore priestly garments as he ministered. The priests in those times wore linen ephods and robes.
The Bible goes on to state that Samuel’s mother, Hannah, “…used to make him a little robe” and she would take that robe to Samuel “…year by year when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice” (1 Sam. 2:18-19, NKJV).
Hannah was diligent in making that yearly trip to the temple to clothe Samuel in those priestly garments. Her commute to the temple was not as easy as my commute is. Commentators state the trip was a two-day journey for Hannah and her husband.
The Bible also states that Hannah was blessed with more children. She had three sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2:21).
Can you imagine what a two-day journey with five children must have been like?!
Just think—two days of travel. No cars. No diapers. No wipes. No teethers. No formula. No bottles. No conveniently-packaged baby food. No Veggie Tables. No Sesame Street. No Baby Einstein. Crankiness and temper-tantrums. Several pit-stops to nurse and feed hungry children.
Fatigue, and the sense of being overwhelmed, must have been inevitable.
And, yet, Hannah faithfully made that robe for Samuel, and took that two-day journey year after year.
Hannah set an example for mothers to clothe their children with priestly garments.
The precious lady at our baby shower gave us this reminder. She encouraged us to be intentional about clothing our son with godliness.
God knew I would need to bring that encouragement to memory during this season as a mom.
Do I want our son, Nicholas, to grow up in the ways of the Lord? ABSOLUTELY!
Then, like Hannah, I must push past being tired; push past the feeling of being rushed and overwhelmed.
As moms, we are going to have to be intentional about making those trips to the “temple” and clothing our children with “priestly garments”—godliness; worship; praise; prayer.
Are you tired of the Sunday morning madness? Trust me, I’m with you. But, let’s push through! We may just be outfitting our children for their calling.
“The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up…And all Israel…recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord” (1 Sam. 3:19-20, NIV).
May it be the same for our kiddies as we cover them with godliness. May God be with them as they grow, and may the calling on their lives be evident to all who come in contact with them no matter what age they are!
So THANKFUL that God has left examples in His Word on how to be a godly mommy!
Here is a small pic of our Nicholas reading his Bible with his furry pal, Grover. (He’s got that I-just-woke-up-from-a-nap hair LOL) 🙂
Would love to hear your tips and insights on raising a Godly family?