The past month Justin and I have realized a change in our oldest son, Elijah. Eli has been given the opportunity (through some divine intervention!) to help out some other men out with their chores. Eli has been helping a local farmer on his cattle farm and helping a couple men from our church with some physical labor chores like carrying brush and busting concrete. We have noticed such a change in Eli's work ethic as well as his personality. He is more willing to help out around the house both inside and out. He does it without complaining for the most part. It has been such a joy to see this change. He seems to be getting the "value of hard work".
Lately, I have been noticing another sweet change. One that he is modeling after his father. That is taking care of mom. It has been so precious. Yesterday, I came in from outside from taking care of the animals and he met me at the door and said, "You shouldn't be out there, it is too cold, you should have let me do it!" Ahhh...amazing words. Yesterday again, we were shopping at our TSC (one of my favorite stores!) getting about 250 pounds of animal food. The food comes in 50# bags and he was insistent that he load them on the cart and into the van. "You shouldn't lift that stuff mom!" is what he said. These kind of things have been happening more and more.
Some women might take offense to those statements. That we should be as strong as men; being able to do what they do, but I see them as a quality given from the Lord. I believe that is what God wants out of His men...to take care of the girls, to protect them and to cover them with their love. A picture of what God does for his children. I realized a few years ago what a challenge and responsibility God has given us as Godly mothers. He has given us the responsibility to raise Godly men. I believe that this does not start when they are 16...it begins when they are small. We need to be moulding our boys to the image of God. We can't do it all, God does the biggest part, but we have a responsibility to do our part. We need to be on our knees praying for them and teaching them every opportunity we get.
It is such a blessing to see God moulding this young man's heart. I don't know what God has planned for him, but I do know that it will be for His glory.
Moms, we need to be doing our part in raising "Mighty Men for God". We need to be praying that God will use them in great ways, that he will mold their hearts and minds to be Godly husbands and Godly fathers so that they might pass that on to the next generation. What a legacy that our Lord can create!