There is nothing very glamorous about the long stretches of serving the children God gives you. Motherhood breaks you in every way until you snap into the reality that you’re going to need God to get the job done. I clearly remember being alone in a prayer closet and knowing God was leading me to put my journalism days on hold while I washed diapers, mashed food and cleaned the house. Repeat. One gift in that season was that my children, born 18 months apart, would nap at the same time. I still joke that my favourite verse for our son, Adam, was Genesis 2:21 …“God caused him to fall into a deep sleep….”
Naptime became my time to learn how to read the Bible. I see now that it was also time used to process my own selfish nature with a God infused love that young children need from their mother. My passion for writing turned instead into devotional journaling, writing out all the baggage I needed to process in order to simply be a kinder woman.
I recently took out those journals as I prepared to speak to women in my home church about being a person who wrestles to follow God. I can honestly say that nothing I have done in my interesting career work compares to the meaning and purpose of having raised children. Even on the day I write this, I had texted off a link to an inspiring praise song we had in staff chapel to my “children”. I hope they listen to it, Adam and Elise love the Lord, and I am proud to watch them working out their path.
I still joke that my favourite verse for our son, Adam, was Genesis 2:21 …“God caused him to fall into a deep sleep….”
Those reflections are a bit of background to a very emotional moment I had at work. I have spent almost three years in the wonderful new job of being CEO at Crossroads and YES TV, and it has taken this long to birth something for children here. Meisha Watson, our newest media missionary, is a media producer dedicated to teaching children about the Bible. As Meisha oriented to her new team at YES TV and Crossroads, I gathered two other young producers from Castle and we sat around the table to pray. I started to weep as I realized all of us at that table had been raised by godly mothers who unselfishly taught us about Jesus, and now we were tasked with taking that teaching to a world of children needing Jesus.
Be patient with us, support us, and pray for us because in many ways we are growing a new “child” in our media mission of Castle, our digital streaming service for Christian story. Young parents are not TV watchers like my age demographic is, millennial parents are spending twice as much time on digital streaming, than traditional broadcast, giving their children phones or screens to view. That is why we have created Castle, a digital streaming platform with over 500 pieces of content for families to browse and select for strengthening their lives in Christ.
Thank you for being such a treasured part of our media family, we couldn’t shine for Christ without your sacrifice in prayer, time, and donations to us.