We used to have a hummingbird feeder hanging outside my kitchen window. I would fill it with nectar and watch the birds flutter to it many times a day. It seemed like no sooner would I fill it, that it would be gone and need to be filled again. Those birds are tiny, but they had HUGE appetites! According to Wikipedia, hummingbirds consume around half their weight in nectar each day to keep up with their incredibly fast metabolisms.
Well…my kids have something in common with hummingbirds. Seems like they can consume half their body weight in food everyday too. Especially teenage boys.
Mom, what’s for dinner?
Mom, I’m hungry.
Mom, can I have a snack?
Mom, I need food.
Mom, what is there to eat?
Mom, can you fix us something?
Mom, how long till dinner?
My kids are always HUNGRY. Keeping up with their appetites feels endless. Seems like I’m constantly one box of cereal from an empty pantry and I need to run to the store yet again. It takes so much planning, shopping, unloading, cooking, cleaning, only to start over again the next day.
Repeat, repeat. Day after day.
Our kids need food. They want food. And lots of it. And they look to mom to meet that need. And we must do it with joy. Why? Because serving our families is serving God himself. And it’s a beautiful thing.
It fulfills our purpose as Christians: to glorify God by doing good works for the good of others. (Eph. 2:10)
Love for Him by loving THEM.
That’s our calling. Joyful service. Even the wearying and relentless work of meeting the food-needs of our kids reaps a FULL heart when done to glorify God.
Galatians 6:9 is one of my favorite “mom” verses. It reminds me that while weariness is a normal feeling, we will reap wonderful blessing for being faithful. Especially to those in our household…
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” -Gal. 6:9
Besides physical food, there is another type of food that we need to provide for our children: spiritual food that feeds their souls. In the same way that physical food nourishes their physical bodies, spiritual food nourishes their hearts. This kind of nutrition teaches them the Word of God and applies it to their lives. It helps them see God in every situation. It exposes sin and offers forgiveness. It fortifies their trust in God and strengthens their fearful hearts. It’s the kind of sustenance that can resolve conflict and help turn a bad attitude into a good one. It gives them “everything pertaining to life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:3)
This kind of food also takes preparation and planning and creativity. Too often I focus on filling my actual pantry, but my spiritual pantry is empty. And I lack the wisdom to give to them when they need it. But God is so gracious to fill us up when we fill our minds with His word. And then it can freely flow through us to them!
Author and mom of seven, Rachel Jankovic says in her blog post…
“…let’s stock up our spiritual cupboards. Let’s think about how to feed these things to our children in the car, and when we are grabbing a few things at the store. When we are cleaning the toilets and when we are folding the laundry. It requires that we as mothers lay up the words of God like they were so much free food being handed out. “https://www.feminagirls.com/2017/02/23/whats-for-snacks/
Let’s abundantly and enthusiastically feed our children delicious food, and then let’s lavishly fill them up with the necessary “daily bread” of God Himself.
Because they need both to thrive.
“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart…” – Jeremiah 15:16