I Want To Be A Mom Like Deborah

Deborah Just recently, I began studying the Book of Judges.  Specifically, I honed in on Deborah, who, before this study, I knew little about.  As I read more about who Deborah was, I began to understand how I would really like to emulate her character–as a wife and mother.

Deborah lived in a time when there was no king over the nation of Israel, a time when the head of each family was responsible to teach faithfulness to God.  Because of this, the people’s faith in God and loyalty to their nation was broken.

Deborah was incredibly wise. She was a prophetess who encouraged people to follow God’s Law and reminded them of His faithfulness.  She was the only female judge in Israel. Because of her wisdom, people would come to her to help them sort through disputes. She was essentially responsible for leading the Israelites in battle against the Canaanites, yet she took no personal credit in the victory.  But she was humble, the wife of Lappidoth, and even after a great military victory, described herself as simply, “a mother in Israel” (Judges 5:7).

Obviously she possessed great leadership skills, but her greatest character traits were her unwavering faith in God and her personal relationship with Him.

My recent study of Deborah came at a time in my life when I was contemplating making career changes – changes that would have a definite impact on my family, especially my children.  Admittedly, I was longing for a type of personal achievement in my professional career and I guess also a bit of prestige – some of the things that we stay-at-home, home-schooling moms seldom receive.  While I prayed about this possible change, I kept hearing God tell me, “Not now.”  It wasn’t a stern voice, admonishing me for being selfish, which is what I probably deserved–and even expected.  No, God, my loving Father, knew my heart.  He led me to His Word, and quite perfectly, He led me to read about Deborah; a mother in Israel, who He used for His great purpose.

God opened my eyes to the current career I have been personally called into BY GOD– motherhood; educator; advocate; wife; daughter; homemaker.  He reminded me about the importance of these roles. He reminded me How my daily routine, while seemingly mundane to me, actually made a difference in the lives of those I love the most.

Studying Deborah has allowed me to re-evaluate my life, my purpose, and my calling. Deborah was concerned about people not personal success.  In her example, we can all learn that God will accomplish great things through the people who are willing to trust Him! Like Deborah, I hope to learn the importance of fully relying on God, and pray for His daily guidance in every decision that I must make as a wife and mother.

This week I am keeping all of you women in prayer who are called by God to work at home with your kids.  May God bless you with wisdom in your daily work as mother, mediator, counselor, educator and advisor.

About the Author: Lisa Strnad is a freelance writer/blogger, who regularly contributes to What’s in the Bible? and Jelly Telly.  She is a homeschooling mom of two, who works independently in Christian media in the areas of writing, promotions and marketing. She lives with her husband and children in Nashville, TN.  Follow her blog at www.talkinglikeagirl.blogspot.com

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Rikki
Rikki

Thank you for this encouraging reminder of the impact that Moms have on their families.

kids pastor
kids pastor

THANK YOU for this reminder. I minister as a Children's and Family Pastor. I have been giving alot of thought to going back to the professional business world lately. I have felt unappreciated and overlooked in my current role. A change would have serious impact on my home. My teenage kids need the stability that I provide. I am reminded that God sees what I do and as long as I do it for Him - that is all that matters...( although a pat on the back would go a long way sometimes). IF you are reading this and have the privilege of having someone minister to your kids at your church...pat them on the back soon and let them know you care- they need it)

Lisa S.
Lisa S.

Cynthia, the devotional I am doing is sort of pieced together. I actually began studying Judges with an emphasis on Gideon. Then I happened to be watching the History Channel on Holy Week and they had a special on Biblical battles, and the heroes that came from these battles. Of course the History Channel didn't give any credit to God, but they did cover the battles very nicely. I was interested in the particular battle that involved Barak and Deborah, and not really knowing too much about Deborah, I wanted to delve deeper into her character. Then, low and behold, I went to a ladies' Bible Study with a girlfriend of mine the week after Easter, and they were covering Deborah! The lady leading this study outlined so clearly Deborah's heart as a mother. It spoke volumes to me-- and, just like God, He knew I needed this very message at that very moment! I'm so glad that many of my fellow mommies also were blessed by learning a little about the great woman of God, Deborah. God bless....

Sarah
Sarah

Thank you for this humble reminder. What a blessing!

cynthia mcgowan
cynthia mcgowan

Thank you for the words support. I would like information on the bible study you are doing...God Bless you and your family

Virgie
Virgie

I am a mother of 3, grandmother of 7 and as of th 17th a great-grandmother of 1 by blood. I really appreciate writers who study individuals in the bible and share them with others. I enjoyed this essay about Deborah. Thanks

Julie Davis
Julie Davis

What a fantastic blog! Thank you for those words of encouragement.

Susan
Susan

Thank you for this today!!! What an answer to my prayers, literally!!! God knows what we need and you helped me today by using the gifts God blessed you with!!!