There are two Mother’s Days. Do you celebrate both of them? One Mother’s Day is celebrated on earth. The other brings rejoicing in heaven. God’s creation of the heavens and the earth was not random. It was specific and purposeful. He designed an environment where His created would thrive. Likewise, God’s design for the family was specific and purposeful. The Biblical framework of the family gives mothers a position of powerful influence on their young. It is God’s intent that mother’s influence their children in a way that leads to life eternal. That pathway is described in John 14:6: Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Mother’s have the specific and purposeful charge of providing an environment where the faith of their children will thrive…by God’s grace and enablement, of course. Allow me to walk this path with you…using the acronym M O M.
Model Faith in your home. …but the righteous will live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4). You are your child’s Bible. You mirror faith to them. Strong faith does not come casually. It requires daily devotion to God. Let your child see you with Bible in hand. Let them hear your dependence on God as expressed in your prayers. Let them know of God’s faithfulness and His love for your family. Children have a great capacity for belief in God. You have been given a place of place of great influence. May the Lord take you faith forward in it.
Open God’s Word to your children. Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds (Psalm 71:17). You have first call on teaching your children to live for God. The Bible is full of accounts of those whose lives mirror faith in God. What I love about Bible characters is that they are presented in all their human frailty. Help your children see themselves in Bible greats like Joseph, Daniel and David. Most importantly, help them see God’s hand in the lives of His people. God’ protection and plan for Baby Moses is a good place to begin.
Memorize Scripture. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; (Genesis 26:24) Plant this verse in your child’s heart. They will need it throughout their lives…how well we know. Children have an incredible capacity to memorize. Choose verses that express God’s love for them and His presence with them. As your kiddos grow God will bring stored verses to their mind in their time of need. They will learn incrementally that God will be with them as they face challenges, doubts and fears. Do not deny your child the arsenal of God’ Word in their heart.
My passion in life is to encourage MOM’s (and all close mentors to children) to cultivate faith in the children in their circle of influence. I am with you heart and soul. Help is on the way…Faith Feedings: 12 Principles to nourish your child’s spiritual development is COMING SOON!
Go Ahead! Celebrate two Mother’s Days this year. Rejoice in both of them. My Mother’s Day sentiment for you: Her children arise and call her blessed; (Proverbs 31:28)
Happy Mother’s Day x’s 2!
OPP: Do not be afraid, for I am with you; (Genesis 26:24). Help your children hide these words in their hearts by writing the first letter of every word on a card. Explain to them that these letters are the initials of each word. The initials will serve as a prompt to your child’s mind. They will be able to repeat the verse by looking at the letters. Example: D n b a, f I a w y (Genesis 26:24). Through repetition of this process this verse will be seeded in their hearts. (The Scripture Code by DeeDee Cass). Give it a try. Ready for another verse…let me know!
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