As I sit here and write this devotion, I am already struggling with concentration. Although I have studied this topic extensively, took pages of notes, wrote a handful of scriptures and reviewed it over and over again my mind keeps on wandering out into the living room. Where I hear my 3 children fighting over who is chewing with their mouth open. Finding time to concentrate on anything when your kids are home can be close to impossible to accomplish. Whether it is watching your favorite movie, reading a good book, finishing your daily devotion or just simply bathing yourself, all of these tasks come with a challenge. What I find most difficult about this situation is how to control myself from not taking my whole month’s worth of en-capsuled frustration out on each one of them. In Part one of “Molding Mothers of the Lord” I talk about how we can be Available & Involved in our children’s lives while trying to maintain our own.
Mom’s Power Verse of The Day:
I chose this verse because it covers some issues I mentioned above. How many of you have no burdens? How many of you are not tired, exhausted, or emotionally drained? If you are like 99% of mom’s I know you are weary and burdened and you feel like this often. I urge you to take a look at this verse and apply it to your life. God is telling you to come to him, lay your worries upon him and he will give you rest. As simple as it seems, it is hard to just lay your problems out there, give them to him and sit back in your bubble bath listening to Kenny G (which by the way I love, the saxophone is very relaxing). Our human nature in this corrupt world is interfering with every aspect of our faith, everyday, until he comes to bring us home. I don’t know about you but rest sure sounds good to me right now!
Bonus: Check out the worksheet for this lesson, this verse is printed just for you. Cut it out and post it somewhere you will see it and read it several times a day. (The files are at the end of the devotion)
Now that we have covered our Mom’s Power Verse, it is time to talk about how to be available to our children. How many mothers out there can say they read a daily devotional, study God’s word or journal everyday? My guess is not many. I continue to struggle with this on a daily basis, I will do so well for awhile and then BAM I think of some excuse that will keep me away from it. In Deuteronomy there are several passages about parenting, yet I chose verses 6:6-7. Please feel free to look them up in your bible for a word for word account. To sum up the passage in my own words and understanding, I think that Moses is trying to tell us that we need to be in God’s word ourselves, everyday. We also need to love God first with all our hearts before we can try and teach our children to love God. We have a set of guidelines and commandments we as mothers must follow to set a good example. We then must make ourselves available to our children to show them all of God’s beauty and love in everyday circumstances. By being available, we are reading our children God’s word, never being to busy to answer a question or sing a hymn, and certainly by watching our everyday reactions. Kids are like sponges, they remember everything, and usually copy the behavior a time or two. Take it from me, my two year old runs around saying the most interesting things at the most inconvenient times.
Once we become available for our children we then need to get involved. In Ephesians chapter 6 Paul speaks to us about how we need to care for our children even in times of disobedience and quarrel. In truly caring for our children we must put our interests, needs, and desires aside and put their’s first. We also must “bring them up in the training and instruction of the lord” Ephesians 6:4. This is really where we need to step up our involvement. This must be catered for every age of child you have. For example:
~My 12 year old daughter does a soapy journal, this journal is catered for her age but follows along with my own journal. Even though the reading is not exactly the same, we are still learning about the same topic. This way you can both individually do your journal entry and then sit together and discuss what each of us got out of it. An amazing way to connect and even get to know each other better.
~My 7 year old son loves to listen to his bible stories on cd. Most even go over scripture memorization. He listens to the lesson at bed time and then in the morning we discuss what he has learned and write down the memory verse. This is so great because not only is he going to bed in the word but he is starting his day with the word as well.
~My 2 year old daughter loves to watch cartoons. Her favorite is Hermie and Wormy a Max Lucado DVD. This teaches her what is right and wrong in the eyes of a silly misbehaving Caterpillar. Afterwards we always talk about what he did that was so funny and what God told him to do. She also loves to listen to music. This is a great way for your younger children to celebrate God’s word, they remember the words and hand movements so quickly and it brings them so much joy.
No matter how much time this takes from your day and your priorities, it is a commandment for us mothers to follow and it must be taken seriously. 1 Samuel 8:1-3 is an example of how children can turn away from God and resort to evil ways or actions. Now we cannot be the judge of what kind of parent Samuel was to his children, after all his sons were grown. Yet, while we have our kids at home under our care, who we are and what we present to them can affect their life in huge ways. Do you feel you are being the best role model for your child? I know I am not always at my best, and that is why I have to constantly remind myself to be in God’s word. It changes my whole outlook on the days events, which is very crucial when it comes to interacting with my children.
Prayer is so important and should be a common line of communication in your home. Family prayer time, as well as individual prayer time is a type of involvement you should have with your children. Be available to pray, listen to your child’s needs or questions and be involved in their prayer time. Along with this lesson, I challenge you to pray for patience, knowledge and desire to be available and involved in your child’s prayer time. Let’s also not forget about your mommy prayer time you need to follow what our Mom’s Power Verse of the Day reads: Lay your burdens on him and rest your soul.
In closing, I want to remind all you mom’s out there. We are not perfect, we are going to make mistakes. Just because I have studied and wrote this does not mean I claim to be the Christian Mother of the Year (wouldn’t that be a cool award), because I am not. I fail on a daily basis, being a mother is the toughest job out there, nothing is more important. God needs us to step up and follow him, so we can direct our children to do the same.
~Arm yourself in his word~
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ArmorMe Worksheet 1