As a Mom, it’s okay to make your own rules and follow them.

Do you know that look people give you when you tell them you haven’t done something that almost everyone has? Uhmmm…Yes!!! That one!

I usually get those looks when ever I say my children don’t eat candy or don’t eat noodles. Or that I haven’t use seasoning cubes to cook in almost 8 years. Or is it the look I get when someone visits my house and asks for sugar and I don’t have any. (Hehehe, I’m sure you are giving me the look as well as you read this. Haha) It’s always as though I am from another planet and it really makes me wonder why it should sound strange to people. It’s my home and I make the rules (don’t worry, dearest boyfriend sure makes the rules but you know there are those ones that are made by mom)

As a new mom 3 years ago, I unconsciously created some rules and one way or another, I just found myself following through on it. Even when the process of staying committed to the rules were hard and I just wanted the easy way out.

One of the rules was ensuring my children and entire family eat healthy. I am a believer in the school of thought – “You are what you eat.

As a Christian believer, I understood that God was so very concerned about my physical health as much as He is concerned about my spiritual health.

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.” 3 John‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭(AMPC‬‬)

As moms, we naturally have choices over what our family eats. So why not make them healthy and profitable choices? Don’t be pressured by the dictates of anyone. Not everyone will agree with your choices but so far as it pleases the Lord, that is the utmost. It is to the glory of God that we eat what will not harm us.

“So eat your meals heartily, not worrying about what others say about you—you’re eating to God’s glory, after all, not to please them. As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God’s glory.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:31,32 (MSG‬‬)

I was challenged by well meaning people about my choices especially on the day that my little one was given a popsicle and was asked to take it and I collected it and kept it.

Now this post wasn’t about food, but I digressed. And I hope you got something from it anyway. Now what are these rules you may ask? They could be as simple as: Going to bed early, Eating at a particular time, Having your bath before going to bed, Laying your bed immediately you get up, No self medication, No bathing my new born child with palm oil, No turning my child upside down and so on. As moms, our rules vary and it is okay for me not to agree with your choices just as you don’t mine. It doesn’t make us less of moms, it just simply makes us different and unique. We don’t have to enforce it on anyone. What works for Home A may not work for Home B and some may work for Home C.

So beautiful mom, whatever your rules are, or whatever choices you have made regarding your family; so far as it pleases the Lord, brings all the glory to HIM, you are doing just fine.

From one mom to another with all the love that abounds and avails in Jesus Christ.

God bless you and stay beautiful.

Author: Phebe

Phebe (Reju) Olaniran is a Christian full time Wife, Momma, Architect, Designer, Idea-woman, Writer and an ever learning student who loves God and Family intimately. Aside all these, she is a big Foodie who loves to create healthy recipes and cook “yummy”-healthy-beautiful meals. When she is not doing all that, you’ll find her sketching or reading. Her heart desire is for everyone to discover, experience and flourish in the beautiful scenery of Life just as God designed.

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