I’m attending a wonderful Bible Study on Thursday nights about being a woman after God’s own heart. The workbook for last week focused on loving our children and that’s what discussion centered on last night. I came away so encouraged, inspired, motivated, and a little bit convicted. My deepest desire as a mother is to be a godly one. My greatest hopes and dreams for my son are that he would love the Lord passionately and serve Jesus with his life. My role in his life cannot be overestimated. It is my God given job to teach, instruct, train, develop, and pray for this little person that God entrusted into my care. It is a weighty calling and I feel so inadequate much of the time.
A favorite thought…
“What is a godly mother? A godly mother is one who loves the Lord her God with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength and then passionately, consistently, and unrelentingly teaches her child to do the same.” – Elizabeth George
It all starts with ME loving MY God. It cannot be enough to preach something I don’t live. I must love the Lord with all my heart and out of the overflow of my own passion for Christ it will spill over to my son. I must live the life I am teaching. I need to BE the type of person I pray that he will grow up to be. Then I can instruct my son. How?
Decide that it is important to make time for teaching him the Word of God.
Decide to turn off the television [or phone, or computer] and pick up the Bible or a Bible storybook or activity book.
Decide that I will speak and sing constantly of the Lord all throughout the day.
Decide what verses Mareto and I will learn together.
Decide to pray together.
Decide to pray for him.
Decide to correct in love and grace – not anger or frustration
Mothering my son in a godly way is intentional. It’s a decision that I must make daily… hourly. What we watch on TV, what music we listen to in the car, the types of books we read, the songs we sing at home, the way we talk to each other and about others are all things that must be intentionally decided on.
Mareto is still quite small. He can’t memorize scripture or speak his own prayers. But, he can watch and listen to us as we pray before meals and at bedtime. He listens to our songs and the books we read him. He is a sponge and it is a daily decision for me to put out godly things for him to soak up.
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” -Deuteronomy 6:6-7
I pray to be a mother after God’s own heart because I want my son to be a man after God’s own heart. He is learning from me and that fact alone drives me to my God for grace and wisdom.