Friday, May 25, 2012

1st Corinthians 13 for Moms



If my child speaks in the tongues of men or of angels, masters sign language at six months and Spanish and Mandrin Chinese by six years, but does not learn to love, she is only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If he has the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge-ABCs at a year, reading by two, writing chapter books in Kindergarten-but does not have love, he is nothing. If I volunteer for every mommy ministry-MOPS, AWANA, Sunday School, and if I give all I possess to the poor (or at least bring loads of groceries to the foodbank), but do not have love, I gain nothing. 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy other mother's lifestyle choices or possessions, it does not boast in the areas of my children’s natural strengths (while covering for their faults), it is not proud of the way my child potty trained before your child. It does not dishonor others by insisting that my method of parenting is the best, it is not self-seeking-hoping that you’ll notice how smart, talented or well rounded I am raising my child to be. It is not easily angered by perceived slights or misjudgments, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth that all of parenting is fueled and driven by God’s grace. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails-even where I have fallen painfully short of God’s best for my children. But where there are competitions to see whose body bounces back best after childbirth, they will cease; where there are verbal fights over the correct methods of discipline, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge about the best way to feed and clothe and nurture a child, it will pass away. For we know in part and we parent incompletely, but when they are fully grown, what we thought we knew about raising our children will disappear. When I was a new parent, I thought, spoke and reasoned with immaturity and without grace. As my children grew, I asked God to give me the wisdom to put these childish ways behind me. For now we see our children’s future as only a reflection as in a mirror; one day we will behold their adults selves face to face. Now I know in part; then we shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.




Katie Loveland is a public health Program Manager who lives with her husband and two adorable children in Montana. Jessi and Katie are kindred spirits who've spent many hours together trying to solve the world's problems... while drinking copious amounts of french press coffee.











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49 comments:

Joanna B said...

VERY well said! Thanks for posting this...I so needed to read it today!

mama Lisa said...

Thank you Katie!!!

Sweet Pea Chef said...

WOW, just WOW. I will have to share this through my blog and FB page. So well written! Couldn't agree more.

BTW, I often repeat as a mom to two boys "love is patient, love is kind," almost as a meditation to remember what God thinks matters in my parenting, so this really touched me!

Jessi said...

I know! It's so great. I read it often!

Anonymous said...

I found your blog on Pinterest. I want to tell you, as a mom of a 16, 13 and 8 year old and as a middle school teacher, that this is so so true. Young moms, teaching your child to love is the most important thing you can do. Also, this is the one lesson we never stop teaching

Sharon W said...

I just came across this on pinterest and I couldn't agree more! I have a 6 year old who was diagnosed with high functioning autism so I found this so encouraging and well-written.

leah @maritalbless said...

I also found my way here through pinterest. THANK YOU for this beautifully written post. It is so compelling, without being chastising.

Brittany said...

I found this through pinterest, great reminders. Love is so much deeper then the world says it is, only God and the Bible give us a true glimpse of true love. Will be pinning to read again,thank you.

Kelli said...

Beautiful!

Aimee said...

This is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing.

Jessica said...

LOVE! This is awesome. Thanks for sharing. I'm using the "love" chapter in my classroom this year as our main scripture focus, so this really struck me in all the ways it could be adapted for teachers and students. (Want to write those, too?)

Anonymous said...

This is humbling and so encouraging. Thank you for sharing.

Jocelyn Gonzales said...

I love this! I'm guilty of it all! I'm going to post the link to your blog for this on my blog! Www.fridaynightwife.blogspot.com

Julia said...

As a mom to a son with pdd-nos I especially appreciate this. thank you!

Monica said...

thank you for this it's so beautiful!

Gretchen said...

A friend found this post and sent it to me! I loved this! Would you mind if I linked this post to our MOPs blog? I ended up spending at least 30 minutes on your site (after I read the poem) reading about your journey through motherhood and falling in love with little Jack. Thanks for sharing your story of God's grace!

Jessi said...

I don't mind at all! Link up!

Cyrene said...

I saw someone share this on Facebook and I am so happy I clicked on the link. Thank you so much for posting this! I love it and want to print it out. :)

m.a said...

This is just great...perfectly said :) God bless

Ashlee @ Laugh with Ash said...

I found this on pinterest today and I just love it!

ThePaisleyTexan said...

I too ran across this on Pinterest this evening. Thank you so much for posting it. It is a wonderful reminder for mom's and dad's who get so wrapped up in the day to day and "keeping up with Jones'" (I'm totally guilty!) that we often forget to appreciate the little things and realize that we are the parents God chose for our wonderful children. Love them, teach them to love, and show them how to love! Again, thank you!

Amanda Jones said...

Fantastic.

Kylie said...

I needed this message! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I needed this too! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I need to stop worrying and keep following my heart and pray!







Chaplain's e-Corner said...

A relevant message to all parents from a timeless book. Well paraphrased.
Thanks
Chaplain Gary

Anonymous said...

Thank you! The timing couldn't be better!!

Joan said...

You are a true blessing! You've touched many with your words including myself. Thank you and God's Blessings to you!

Anonymous said...

This really opened my eyes to a lot of things...thank you so much!

Kate said...

Found this on Pinterest... Love it :) Will be sharing on Facebook!

Themizduck said...

Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Amen. May God bless you and yours.

JoyGirl said...

Wow, this brought teats to my eyes, what a wonderfully written adaptation of a truly meaningful verse of the bible. I will be sharing this with all my mommy friends. Found this on Pinterest, thank you for sharing your eloquent thoughts.

Anonymous said...

This was forwarded to me from a member of our homeschooling support group. What a great message!
Would it be alright to share it on our newsletter with all of our members?

Jessi said...

Yes, definitely feel free to share! Just link back to www.lifewithjack.com Thanks!

Rebekah Pressley said...

i love how God speaks to you! thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

The one thing I am most thankful for is that my children have tremendous loving hearts!

Joy McMillan said...

Gosh, this is AWESOME!! How beautifully written - life-inspiring and challenging all together!

Crystal Ridlon said...

I love the way you personalized the love chapter to fit the lives of so many of us moms. Thanks for this thought provoking blog and for leading your readers to "The reason" we do what we do"!

Anonymous said...

After today, I really needed to read this. Exactly How we should pray scripture!

Anonymous said...

Well written

Leah said...

I shared this with my MOPS group at our last meeting and credited you. I hope that was OK - I just found this so encouraging! Thank you for writing it!

Runmommyrun72 said...

This is awesome! Thank you

Anonymous said...

Having been a home schooling mom years ago, I saw a lot of comparing in the ways just described. We all think we have the answers. But, honestly, This could be used in a lot of situations. And I'm talking about Christian verses Christian. Oh how unloving we are to our (brothers and sisters in the Lord)!

Anonymous said...

As a mother of two highly spirited children, ages 5 and 3, i really needed to read this. I dont have my own mother here anymore and this reminds of the type of mother she was to me. I always keep in my mind and heart to be the kind of mother i would be if she were here. I pray all the time for this as i deal with the day to day.

Lisa Simmons said...

Best advice I've seen in a long time.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for sharing this. I really needed this, right now, today, and in this context. This is one of my favorite scriptures, but I love the way you made it relate to just what I needed to hear. Thank you, again.

jennifer johnson said...

Soothin words in a time of change and panic lol. Im going to be afirst time mommy soon and I find great peace in this, thank you!!!

hudsonfive said...

I love this article, thank you so much. Another perfect example of the fact that the Word is living and breathing and can speak to anyone, in any situation.

Anonymous said...

This moved me to tears. Thank you for this.

Adriel Booker said...

This is so wonderful! Thank you!!