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Prism Women | Pieces of this Mother's heart
motherhood, parenting, Jesus, Jennie Forsberg
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Pieces of this Mother’s heart

My core desire as a mother can be summed up in this:


To raise children who are completely in love with Jesus and desire to experience Him and live for Him all the days of their lives.


As the day to day struggles of parenting go by, do I feel like I can accomplish this? If I’m honest, no. But I am holding out hope.


At the heart of it, I want what God wants for my kids. I often forget that this is the very thing He wants for me. We aren’t any different in His eyes. Both His children, both make mistakes, both imperfect in the same way. I believe He wants all of us to be in constant fellowship with Him, where we belong, and carrying out His will for the kingdom of God.


“I want what God wants for my kids.”


Raising kids is not for the faint of heart. As I go through heartbreak and real obstacles as a mother, I feel like God has shown me something that has changed my pattern of thinking – parenting is so much bigger and smaller than I’ve ever thought.


It is so much bigger! As parents we have an opportunity to reveal Christ to our kids. To help them explore their unique purposes for God. To help build and form a strong identity centered in who God says they are, not anyone else. To help empower them to walk in their gifts and be bold risk takers! We get to invite them into the mission God has us on and let them experience and see His power and presence firsthand.


Do you ever find yourself separating your ministry and your children? I do. Then just hoping they understand how awesome God is. The best way to show them is to let them walk alongside of us and see, learn, and feel for themselves.


I know from experience that as God reveals himself to my children He always reveals more of who He is to me.

And yes, I believe that parenting is so much smaller than I thought. At the end of the day I have come to grips with the fact that they are truly His and not mine. They will certainly have their own struggles, doubts, hardships, breakdowns, and breakthroughs on their journey with Him. I am not going to be involved in every part of that. And that has to be okay with me.


Thinking that they might have a testimony that is like mine…now that is hard to swallow. That there could be pain ahead and hard life lessons. But God has brought me to a beautiful place. Even though I want so badly for everything to perfectly fall into place for them, life has shown that rarely ever happens. God builds strong followers of Him in some ways that are hard for this “mother’s heart” to understand.


All of my hope is resting on the thought that through all of my weaknesses, mistakes, and frailties they will see the heart of Jesus through me anyway. I pray that the grace he so abundantly pours out on me, I can extend to them more and more as their mother. That I will keep being reminded that they are imperfect and growing, and on a beautiful journey with Him, just like me.


  • Renee Ronika

    18.06.2015 at 05:49 Reply

    I, too, contemplate this almost every day: “Thinking that they might have a testimony that is like mine…now that is hard to swallow. That there could be pain ahead and hard life lessons.”

    You and I have talked about how our individual trials have equipped us with compassion. Perhaps pain and heartache, if harnessed and healed, can lead to bolder lives. I hope our children will have the wisdom to learn some of what we already know through us. I hope that any mistakes they make or hardships they endure will be wrought into good by the Spirit of God, who promises in all things we are more than conquerors who are never alone in the struggle.

    I love this post. Thank you.

  • Sheila Paliga

    18.06.2015 at 08:00 Reply

    I agree with so much of what you wrote. I am constantly battling my mind with thoughts that lead me to fear not only what my son may go through but the world he is growing up in. I need a constant reminder of who Jesus is and, like you said, ultimately my son is His. I cannot fear situations that haven’t happened but I can trust, should any situation arise, that Jesus loves me, He loves Elijah and He is the light in any darkness.
    Thank you for sharing this post!

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