My very dear friend Mrs P. from By His Good Grace has just written a beautiful and challenging post entitled Parenting ...... What a task!
She ended the blogpost with this prayer which had me in tears.
There is no higher calling than being a wife and mom. You have entrusted these precious lives to our care and what we impart to them while they are with us, is our offering to you. You have not called us to be 'cool', to be liked, or to make our children happy. You have given us the responsibility to shepherd their souls. If they are great in sports, academics or worldly success, but do not know YOU, we will have failed. Help us to live what we proclaim, to be strong enough to discipline consistently when we are weary, to lavish them with love (as You do to us), to be quick to forgive and to admit when we are wrong. Help us to continue to grow in our love for the Savior and for Your word so that we can live an example that will draw them to salvation. We will never be perfect but we can be faithful and that's all that you ask. Lord encourage our hearts with the knowledge that You have the power, ability and desire to see us succeed in this endeavor. May we raise up a generation of young adults with a heartfelt passion to serve You. As mothers may we look forward to hearing; well done, good and faithful servants.' Amen"
What a wonderful reminder and encouragement of this high calling that we as mothers have!