I am so excited to share some wisdom from a more experienced godly woman in my life right now! I have been blessed to get to know LaNae this year as we serve along side one another in the K-1st grade room on Sunday mornings, are in Bible study together and are able to talk through out the week while walking together.
Please tell us a little about your experience as a wham.
My name is LaNae Sanchez. I have been married to Roland for almost 19 years. We have three biological kids-ages 11, 9, 7 and are in the process of adopting twin two year olds from the Philippines. Roland is the Family and Children’s Pastor at Faith Bible Church in Spokane.
What advice or encouragement would you give a young woman who is newer in her journey as a wham?
The advice I would give to a younger woman is to find a mentoring wife/mom whom she respects. Ask her to disciple you. Hang out with her and learn from her. Spend informal time in her home. Ask her questions about everything from time management to discipline to marriage.
What are some of the most valuable mothering lessons you learned over the years?
One thing I have learned to be true is that time really does fly by. The baby and toddler stages are so short! I know many older women say that, but it’s true. While you’re in it, it feels never-ending, but those precious years will soon be gone forever. Enjoy them.
I am thankful to the Lord that we emphasized first time obedience when our children were young. No other single thing has reaped such a rewarding harvest. If I could encourage young moms with one thing it would be to train your children to obey you the first time, every time. Require that they say, “Yes, mommy” and do it happily. Do not allow them to whine, complain, or tell you “no”.
It is not impossible. It is hard. It is time consuming. It is exhausting. It requires numerous spankings. But it is worth it! Your children will transfer that same obedience to grandma, babysitter, and Sunday School teacher. They will, through the process, learn to respect authority. They will learn self-control. They will be a joy to be around as they grow older. And they will be a blessing to those around them.