Thoughts on Psalm 127:3 (a guest post)

3 May

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Danielle’s kiddos. Yes, they do their own stunts. Love these kids!

I shared my friend Danielle’s Facebook status last week because it was oh-so-good. As she and I texted back and forth that day, she jokingly said, “I should write a book.” I told her that I totally agreed. I asked her, in the meantime, if she could hold off on book writing and write a blog post for me. 🙂 Her statement and reference to Psalm 127:3 had given me pause and sent me into a reflective mode. I wanted to hear her further reflections on the verse, and she kindly agreed. Thank you, Danielle, for your wisdom, challenge and encouragement all centered around God’s Word. Enjoy her reflections now…

Jana’s beautiful family. (Used with permission from Jana Fowler.)

It all started with a tweet. I was scanning through my twitter feed when a single tweet caught my eye. My sweet friend, Jana, a mom of 3 beautiful girls and wife of a Nashville church planter posted this…

When people say things like “I don’t know how you get out the door in the morning” that isn’t very encouraging.

This tweet was so disturbing to me. I had so many thoughts like…How dare someone say that to a young mom!? Why would anyone make such an awful and discouraging comment? I prayed the Lord would help me to counter this response and then posted this on Facebook in response to the woman who said this…

If you see a young mama today please encourage her. Don’t say things like, “I am not sure how you get out the door every day” or “I can’t imagine how hard your life must be.” Help her carry her bags, buy her a Starbucks, encourage her and let her know that she is doing one of the best things possible…raising her babies.” Psalm 127:3

I think that our response to mamas with little ones is two fold.

One, we are life givers or life takers with our words. With a simple passing comment, we can breathe life into someone who is laboring hard to raise children, or we can cut them to the core. Sure, life with young kids is difficult. I am not sure on many occasions how I made it out the door when my children were 4, 18 months and a newborn. Yet, the helpful moment when arriving at my destination was to have an encouraging word offered or a helping hand-not a snide remark. Mamas already know how hard their job is. They are living it. Let’s help them along with an encouraging word, a helping hand, and a pleasant response.

Two, we as Christians have truly bought into the lie, offered to us by the world, that children are a burden. Scripture says the exact opposite in Psalm 127:3,

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.”

My friend, Annie Laurie, said it well, “We are so saturated with secular culture’s definition of what it means to parent and parent well that many Christian moms (and women) can’t see that they are believing lies.”

Children are a blessing. The fruit of the womb is a reward. Be reminded of this truth woven through Scripture. View your children as God views them. Help a Mom of young children do the same today by offering her life giving words. Allow God’s Word to remind us of this truth in a world that is screaming lies into our ears.

Danielle Henley West is wife to Ryan, NAMB National Coordinator for LoveLoud and mom of David, 11, Sally, 7 and John, 5. She was the SojournKids Director, East Campus (Lousiville, Kentucky) before relocating with family to Atlanta earlier this year. Follow her on Twitter @daniellehwest  
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2 Responses to “Thoughts on Psalm 127:3 (a guest post)”

  1. Melanie Davis July 4, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    Love, love, love this post! I feel like she is my advocate!

    • Suzanne Shares July 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      So glad this was encouraging! 🙂 I loved her post, too! It was encouraging to me as well! Hope that you guys are well! 🙂 🙂

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