Spring is bursting with full force! And the busy birds building their nests and tending their young remind me of my busy days as a young mom. We are now the proud grandparents of eight. And from my two grown daughters I get a bird’s-eye view of the day-in, day-out issues, accidents, and squabbles that occur in every modern family… right along with the tender, oh-isn’t-that-sweet moments. But, the days of raising our two girls to love and follow God are near and dear to my heart.
So, these two weeks before Mother’s Day, I want to put a special focus on encourage and equipping all mom’s – both young and old – to carry on the good work of raising children after God’s own heart.
As a mom, God has graced you with an incredible calling. Opportunities abound to love, encourage and serve your family and others in ways that no one else can. You spend every waking hour of your day encouraging others. And at the top of your list is encouraging your children, helping them grow up (and of course driving them here and there)!
Do you desire that your children love God with all their heart? If there is one thing that I could shout from mountain top to every frazzled mom it would be, “Pray! Pray! And Pray some more!” Put your desire for your children right at the top of your prayer list.
Secondly, be diligent to live a life that reveals your love for God. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men [before your children], that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” A woman—a mother—who loves God is a light in darkness. Pray for the Lord to help you be that light for your children and family. And, pray diligently that the Lord will work in their little lives to grow them into a light that shines before all men!
A Prayer to Pray:
Dear Father, let my lips sing praises, speak requests, and make frequent mention of Your mercy. Give my children ears to hear of Your goodness so that they turn to You, their heavenly Father, with ease and delight.
Do you have a busy mother in mind, who needs encouragement or direction? Both of my books, A Mom After God’s Own Heart and the companion devotional would make great gifts to accompany any mom on her journey.