By Sabrina Schlesinger
We hear a lot about the Father-heart of God, which has radically changed my life as you can read in my article, Why We Need Fathers. Seriously, I have had so many beautiful encounters with God as my father. It has brought so much transformation and healing in my life, I could write a book about it. But did you know that in Genesis 1:27 it says God made man in His image, both male and female! So we can conclude that if there is a Father-heart of God, there is also a Mother-heart of God. How cool is that! Unfortunately, this facet of God’s character has been sorely undertaught .
By no means has our enemy underestimated this facet of God though. In fact, we see out of the gate Lucifer’s strategy to derail the purposes and plans of God when he beelined it to the woman FIRST to deceive her. Why? One word…influence.
“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world!”~ William Ross Wallace
Wow, what a statement. If Satan knew the power of a woman’s influence back in the original day, don’t you think we should too? And if he was using that strategy back then, we can be assured that he is still using the same one today. Control and deceive the woman, and you can influence the man, the children, and the nation.
Ladies, it starts with us! It starts with knowing we have this incredible gift of influence handed to us by God, and with that we can do great and terrible things.
In the day in which we live, I often see women striving to be like men, in competition with men, and fighting for equality with men. And although I think there are things worth contending for, I also believe many of us have undervalued the inherent gifts that make us unique, significant, and potent. My hope today is to remind us of how powerful the Mother-heart of God is and that He has placed these divine qualities in you for a purpose, and only you can bring them to the table.
1. We are life-givers- Literally and figuratively! God chose to partner with US to be the givers of life! We have become carriers of the promise, the seed, and the future. With our words we mold and shape those around us. With our bodies we carry the next generation. With our spirit we can see potential in someone or something. Are there dead things around you? Be the one to breathe life to it! Is there a need in your church or community? You may be just the person they need to start something that will be a fountain of life for others to drink from. Speak life into existence where there is lack. Let your faith grow and be contagious to all who are around you.
2. We are teachers– There is a natural bent in us to see to teach life skills and life lessons in every arena of life. We may never teach in a school classroom, but life offers us a million opportunities to teach our kids, our family, our neighbors, friends and even strangers how to navigate the highs and lows life brings our way. People are always watching and listening. They are watching how you respond when you are treated unfairly. They are listening to how you treat the unlovely people in your life. They are learning how to trust God based on your reactions to life’s challenges. You are a teacher, whether you know it or not, and whether you like it or not. So be careful, because little eyes are picking up on it all and catching what you are throwing down.
3. We are discerners– It always amazes me how women have this unique intuition. We are born with the ability to detect emotions and atmospheres in our kids, home, and family life. We can usually tell when something feels “off” or when there is a threat to our family, even if it cannot be seen with our natural eye. When coupled with faith and prayer, this can be a beautiful gift, often used to engage in spiritual warfare.But when it partners with fear and criticism, our gift can be detrimental to our relationships and keep our loved ones and us afraid of taking risks. We must be aware of the strategies of the enemy, but lets not forget that with God, we are more than conquerors. If He is for us, who can be against us! God has given us authority over it all, so lets use this gift to exercise our spiritual authority to “knock down strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments” to “destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God” and to “capture rebellious thoughts”. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6 MSG).
4. We are nurturers– In no regard to ourselves, when our kids are hurt…like really hurt…we run to their rescue. We could care less if they get dirt and blood on our clean clothes. When they are hungry, we feed them. When they are dirty, stinky, and smelly, we clean them. When they are sad, we comfort them. And when they are hurting, we do everything we can to heal them. This is the most beautiful side of God that He deposited into us…mothers. His heart to nurture, grow, care for, and have compassion on His children is one I cherish most. Without it, so much in our world would be lost, cold, official, and dark. The nurturers of this world are what make it so colorful, welcoming, and beautiful.It may look different for you then your sister next door, but we all nurture in a unique way that this generation desperately needs.
5. We are warriors– There is nothing scarier than a mom whose kids are being threatened. That mama bear instinct in us is a divine attribute that mirrors how God feels about all His children when they are threatened and mistreated.The Mother-heart of God is one that fiercely loves us, would do anything for us, and did! It is the Mother-heart of God who so longed to be reconciled with mankind that a plan was put into action to send His Son who would be spotless and perfect, would become the ultimate and willing sacrifice, and die a brutal death that we deserved, so that we could once again be close and in relationship with Him again. Just like in the Garden of Eden, He longed to have that unbroken fellowship with His children…with you and with me. And it is the mothers today, who will bend over backwards, and work however many jobs she has to, to see her children succeed in this life. It is the mothers who sound alarms when there is injustice. It is the mothers who speak up on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. This bravery, this fearlessness, this boldness comes from carrying this child in your womb (or your heart for those of us who have adopted) for months on end. Don’t mess with momma…because she will cut you! LOL
Do you see it friend? Do you see how needed you are, just as you are? You don’t need to be “him”. You don’t even need to do it all. You need to be you…a woman, a mother, a sister, a daughter. Without you, our world lacks so much. Can you be a boss and a mother? Heck yes! Can you be a woman and a CEO? You better believe it! This isn’t about what you can or cannot do, it is about not abandoning the essence of who you are, celebrating and embracing our differences as men and women. God made us different on purpose! One isn’t better than the other. One isn’t more important than the other. One isn’t more needed than the other. This isn’t a man’s world and this isn’t a woman’s world. Honor the differences and be exactly who God created you to be. When we do this, everybody wins.
Sabrina is a mother to three biological girls and one adopted boy. She is a pastor’s wife, graphic designer, and founder of Mom Mentor. Along with her husband, Matthew, they pastor Grace Church in Oceanside, CA and host Parenting on the Go and Marriage on the Go Podcasts! She resides in beautiful San Diego where the sun shines every day. She prefers chai lattes over coffee, mac-n-cheese over vegetables, and staying in over going out. Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!