SLEEPING MOTHER ARISE
Over the weekend I went to a program organized by Ronke Giwa Onafowa titled Whose That Girl. One of the panelist made a statement that got me thinking she said, “Many mothers are sleeping.” As I think about that statement, the thought of sleeping on duty comes to mind. Which I will define for this write up as a mother not being up to her responsibilities of being a mother.
What cases a mother to sleep on duty?
- The desire to provide all the things she could not have as a child, for her own children. Therefore she overworks, is always away from the house. When she is at home, she is not there to nature her kids because she is exhausted and actually dozes in front of the television instead of helping with the home work or listening to what happened in the life of the child.
- The crave for a career. A Working mother is always in the office, nine to five, six or seven days a week. She never at home and so as per house matters she is in a deep slumber, knowing nothing. And before she knows it, all the children are grown up and grown in their ways.
- She is an unhappy woman: A frustrated or unhappy wife will not in many cases make a mother who is alert to her responsibilities. She may take out her frustrations on her children and thus causing a gap between her and them. Hence does not know what is going on in their lives.
- She is lazy and careless.
What happens when a mother goes to or falls asleep on duty? Let us look in the Bible to find out more:
- Destines are changed, children die: So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. 21 The next morning, I got up to nurse my son — and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.” 1 Kings 3:20-21 NIV
- The enemy comes and plants bad things in the lives of children: But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. Matthew 13:25-28 NIV.
I want to state the words of Jesus for His sleeping disciples to all mothers “Are you still sleeping and resting “Enough! (Mark 14:41). Enough woman! Enough Mummy! Get up and train your children. Have time for them. Become close to them. Be their role model, their prayer warrior. Guide them in the way that is right. Be the one they turn to when in trouble. “Are you still sleeping? Enough!” bring them to Jesus, show them how to love the Lord by loving the Lord yourself.
Are you realizing a little bit late? Have they gone astray or become wayward? Or are you finding it hard to wake up and put them on the right part or teach them the way of the Lord. Let me tell you there is hope for change. There is hope, sleeping mother arise. Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children … Hold the hands of Jesus who is saying to you, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NIV). With Jesus you shall wake up and be triumphant.
The Pastor of Children
Rev. Mrs. Foluke Bosede OLA
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