Being a mother is one of the greatest privileges known. Mothers shape the generations to follow. Sadly, we live in a day in which mothers have given their children over to others to raise. The connection between mothers and children is becoming more and more non-existent. Please understand, I know that some moms must work. For those of you who do, your job is most difficult, but your children are depending upon you to help them in their quest to become all that God designed them to be. So, moms, this one is for you.
Understand that you help shape their spiritual lives
Moms are the ones who by nature nurture the children
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
1 Timothy 5:14
I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
Moms need to sacrifice things to produce strong mature adults
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Every child deserves a good mother
Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.
- Rufus’ mom was instrumental in Paul’s spiritual development
- Paul’s parents are not mentioned by name in the scriptures but were prominent Pharisees
- History records his dad and mom as respected among the traditional Jewish religion
- Sometimes being a surrogate mom is the best gift you can give
Understand that you will help determine how they feel about themselves.
You can teach them about God’s love for them
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
You can teach them about God’s forgiveness
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
You can teach them how to become a child of THE king
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
You can always be a source of spiritual strength in their lives
Understand that you have a responsibility to spend quality and quantity time with them
Slow down and realize today will soon be gone and you will never be able to live it again
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Enjoy being with them – do not look for excuses
Sacrifice things for time
Reread Deuteronomy 6:6-7
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Keep your word
But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
Your time is your greatest gift to them
Understand that things are not the important thing in raising godly kids
Teach your kids to do without all the stuff that they do not need
- TV in the room
- Computer in a private spot
- Guard their screen time
- Most expensive clothes
- Teach them to value of a dollar – make them earn things they want
Take time to teach them to read God’s word
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Take time to teach them to pray
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Take time to teach them the value of sacrifice
Take time to teach them to love others
1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
1 John 4:11
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
Take time to teach them to love themselves
Take time to know their heart
Understand that one day, you will be held accountable for what you have taught your kids.
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Your children will bring you honor, or they will bring you heartache – you get to shape what they become
- Learn when to say no
- Learn when to say yes
- Learn to say wait