Encouragement for Mothers

What If My Child Hasn’t Come to Faith Yet?

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Like the farmer who is diligent to sow seed so that there might become crops, parents must wake up each and every day and sow God’s life-giving seed into our children’s hearts. That’s your part. And God’s part is to produce the harvest. It’s up to Him to move your child’s heart. He is the one who brings him or her to a full knowledge of His Son, Jesus Christ.

So rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him in faith. Know that He will do His part perfectly and in His timing. God is completely sovereign. He knows all things and is in control of all things, including how and when He will transform your child’s heart. Remember, the timing of the harvest is in God’s hands (Psalm 31:15).

When you find yourself worrying, don’t!

Don’t get impatient if time is passing and your little—or big—one is growing up and has not yet experienced personal faith in Christ.

And don’t compare how God is choosing to work in your child’s life to His plan for other children’s lives. The timing is totally up to God. You cannot “make” salvation happen. You can only do your part in faith. And you can only sow the seed—and pray. Then your heart can rest in faith.

In Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart, Elizabeth George provides an engaging and inspirational resource for every mom who wants to lead her daughter to a godly life by example, encouragement, study, and prayer.

When Everyone Is Looking for You

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Do you ever feel by the end of most days that everyone is looking for you? Maybe you even feel like this when your day is just beginning! Your husband, children, boss, parents, women’s committee, and prayer chain at church are all clamoring for a piece of you.

Well, in a small way, you are getting an idea of how Jesus may have felt on one particular day that is described in Mark 1:29-39. Here’s how Jesus’ day went after teaching in the synagogue and dealing with demons. Notice that however physically tired or drained He already was, His heart was with the people looking for Him. He was available to keep right on reaching out to them, one after another.

  • He reached out and healed Peter’s mother-in-law in the house (verse 31).
  • He reached out and healed all who were waiting outside the house (verse 32).
  • He reached out to the rest of the city as word spread that He was available to help them (verses 33-34).
  • He reached out to all Galilee after being directed through prayer to be available to those in other towns in the area (verses 35-39).

How do you decide who gets—and truly needs—your attention and care when everyone is looking for you? It’s right and it’s Christlike to be available, but you can’t go every place or minister to every need. Make sure you get clear direction for each new day. Start by praying. Like Jesus, check in with the Father for His lead. Then begin at home by being available to your family first.

Find encouragement in Elizabeth’s new devotional, One Minute with the Women of the Bible!

How To Leave a Godly Legacy

Being a mom is in no way an inferior or a secondary calling! No one else is called to love our children but us. And no one else can love our children like us. God calls you and me to love our God-given children. How they came to be ours doesn’t matter. The fact that they are ours means that they are to be loved. God’s high calling is five-fold. If you have children, you are to:

  1. Love them and make loving them your highest pursuit.
  2. Look to the Word of God for His guidelines for being a loving Christian mother.
  3. Look at the modeling of older Christian women as they express Christlike love to their children.
  4. Look to older Christian women to teach you the how-to’s of such love.
  5. Look for—and learn from—such women.

By God’s grace, you can leave your mark on the world by leaving behind a child who grows up to love and serve the Lord… who then also raises godly children to continue your godly legacy for generations to come. This truly would be one of our greatest blessings as a mom after God’s own heart!

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Love Lived Out In You

The only way we walk in love – God’s love – is to look to Him to fill us with His love, the kind of love …

… that is an act of the will,

… that takes action rather than being content with mere words,

… that extends itself to the unlovely,

… that gives for the sake of loving, and

… that involves the sacrifice of self.

How to walk in love today:

  1. Begin loving the people God puts in your path by first loving those people at home. As the saying goes, “What you are at home is what you are!” So walk in God’s love… at home.
  2. Go to God throughout the day for a fresh supply of His love to share. At the first hint of waning love, look to the Lord of love.
  3. Remember that your assignment is to serve (Galatians 5:13).
  4. Remember Jesus, who “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

As you live out God’s love, be sure to spend time praying to the God of love. And while you are praying about living out God’s love, open yourself up to receive from Him His endless supply of life-giving, life-changing love.

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Mom, Let Your Light Shine!

If you desire that your children love God with all their heart, then there’s something you can do about it. Pray! And put your desire for your children right at the top of your prayer list. Then be diligent to live a life that reveals your love for God. Ephesians 6:4 says to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (NIV).

There’s a very simple way for this to become second nature: Talk of the Lord. Talk about Him when you’re at home and in the car, before the kids go to sleep, and as soon as they wake up.

A woman-a mother-who loves God is a light in darkness. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men [and before your children], that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

O 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. Amen.

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The Clothes of Love

Ruth…became his wife; and…bore a son.
Ruth 4:13

Here’s a thought to prop up by your kitchen sink, attach to your computer, and tape to your bathroom mirror:

True service is love in working clothes.

Perhaps Ruth’s most outstanding distinction was her servant heart. She consistently ministered to Naomi. Ruth rose before dawn, put on work clothes of love, gleaned in the barley fields, and returned home at night with food and grain for them {Ruth 2:17-18). When God gifted the widowed Ruth with a new, wonderful husband and a precious baby, her joy was complete. She now had an entire family to serve and love again!

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What clothes of love can you put on?

Service to others-Jesus models this heart attitude for us. He “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28).

Service to your husband-God’s Word is clear: “Whatever you do [including serving your husband], do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23).

Service to your children-Every meal prepared, every piece of clothing washed, every room tidied, every floor swept, every ride given is love in action.

Service to your church-Married or single, you can exercise your servant heart at church. There are meals to take to those in need, pew racks to stock, chairs to set up, and Sunday school classes to teach.

The Bible points out many beautiful services rendered by women, including giving people food and places to stay, washing the feet of fellow believers, offering relief to the afflicted, and diligently performing good works (1 Timothy 5:10). Why not join their inspiring ranks?

A Place of Refuge

“If I can just get home, everything will be okay!” Wouldn’t it be great if every member of your family knew there was one place where everything will be all right? Your home should—and can be—a place of refuge. A place for healing. A place for renewal.

Look around your house or apartment… inside and out. And while you’re looking, make a list of the things that need to be added, repaired, or set up to create an ambiance of a peaceful haven. And don’t forget your attitude. That’s where we’re sometimes put to the test. What is that one attitude that if it were improved-transformed by God-would enhance the feel of your home?

I encourage you to take a new look at your home and how people interact there. Take whatever steps you need to improve the sometimes calm, sometimes fun, and always supportive atmosphere at home.

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Jesus, I so appreciate having a place my family and I can call home. Bless everyone who walks through my doors. I want my home to echo Your love and care. Amen.

Long-Distance Loving

His mother used to make him a little robe.

1 Samuel 2:19

How does a woman who loves God and her family fill her days when her nest is empty?

That’s the challenge Hannah faced. After her many years of suffering, grief, and prayer, God graced Hannah with a son (1 Samuel 1 tells the whole story). As she loved and trained Samuel, her days were happy, full, and rich. But she had wanted a baby so badly that she vowed to “give him to the Lord all the days of his life” if she got pregnant. Because her love for God was genuine, Hannah kept her promise and took her young son to the house of the Lord.

So how does a mom fill her days when her children have moved out? Rather than give in to sadness, Hannah worked on long-distance love. Each year she made Samuel a robe and took it to him. Hannah, whose life was such an exquisite weaving, became a weaver herself-making clothing for the next generation.

Imagine the rich variety of colors she carefully selected for Samuel’s warm and beautiful coats. And imagine the memories she rehearsed before the Lord-memories of lessons she’d learned from the Lord through the years. And don’t you think Hannah, who prayed so fervently for a son, prayed for him also as she made his robes?

What can you do today to love your children and grandchildren across the miles? As a loving, praying mom after God’s own heart, reach out to your children today-and every day!-with your prayers and your love. Call, write, text, send emails, give gifts (large and small) — and always tell them you love them.

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The Mother of All Living

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Eve… was the mother of all living.
Genesis 3:20

“Guilty!” God pronounced after Adam’s wife listened to the tempter, ate of the forbidden tree, and involved her husband in rebellion. It reverberated in Eve’s heart and mind. There was no doubt about her guilt. But as darkness settled in, she heard Adam declare, “Your name shall be called ‘Eve… the mother of all living.'” With these words Eve glimpsed a fresh ray of light.

Having been given a name filled with promise, Eve realized she, the guilty sinner, could still serve her gracious and forgiving God. How? By bearing Adam’s children and becoming the mother of many generations (1 Corinthians 11:12). Her name reflected the role she would play in spiritual history.

“Eve.” From death sprang life. From darkness, light. From the curse, a blessing. From a sentence of death, hope for the future. From the stinging despair of defeat, the strength of budding faith. Eve was the mother of all living!

Do you know your life counts too? True, you share Eve’s sentence of physical death (Romans 5:12). But you also have life to give and pass on! How?

  • You give life through your physical efforts to care for others.
  • You share spiritual life by telling others about Jesus.
  • You are the life of your home, bringing the sparkle of laughter and joy to others.
  • You pass physical life on to your children.
  • You can pass the potential for eternal life on to your children by teaching them the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Feed your spiritual life by sending your roots deep into God’s love. The energy of life, the purpose of life, all you have of life to pass on is from the Lord!

10 Ways to Love Your Children

There’s nothing more important than the value of spending as much time as possible with our children. We have the awesome privilege and joy of loving them and molding them in godly directions. Here’s a list of 10 ways you can love your children:

  1. Teach them and train them.
  2. Do not provoke them (Ephesians 6:4).
  3. Talk to God about your kids.
  4. Talk to them about God.
  5. Read up on mothering.
  6. Read to your children.
  7. Teach them to pray.
  8. Take care of them.
  9. Tell them about Jesus.
  10. Do your best to model godliness.

A very wise person said, “If we don’t set aside ungodliness today—it will show up in our children tomorrow.”

Lord, I love my children! Help me care for them just as You care for me-consistently, compassionately, and creatively. And help me daily to point them to You. Amen.

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Elizabeth & Jim George


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