Encouragement for Mothers

The Flower of Motherhood

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We love to honor our mothers with roses on Mother’s Day. Today let’s honor Manoah’s wife with a single beautiful rose for her motherhood.

Known throughout the Bible as “Manoah’s wife,” another phrase can be used to describe this lovely lady: She was “Samson’s mother.” This gentle woman lived her life in the shadow of two men—her husband, Manoah, and her famous son, Samson, a judge of God’s people and the strongest man who ever lived. Being a wife and mother appears to have been enough for her happiness and fulfillment.

Aren’t you glad the Bible paints such a positive picture of parenting? From it we learn these divine truths about being a mom:

  • Children are a heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3).
  • The fruit of the womb is a reward (Psalm 127:3).

The Bible also gives parents sound advice for raising children. For instance …

  • Train up a child in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6).
  • Bring your children up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
  • Love your children (Titus 2:4).

If you’re a mom, your calling is a high and noble one, a momentous stewardship as God entrusts precious children—His special creations—to you! Have a blessed and happy Mother’s Day!

 

Start or end your day with the powerful reminders of God’s work in the lives of women in the Bible in One Minute with the Women of the Bible by Elizabeth George. You’ll find encouragement for your own faith journey as you learn how God has comforted, helped, and provided for these women.

Faith in a Fallen World

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All around you is evidence that evil is in this fallen world. But take heart! You can make a difference….like the mother Jochebed did. She lived in an evil world that was growing darker every day. When her third baby was born, the Egyptian Pharaoh put forth his evil hand of oppression. He ordered that every boy born to the Jews be murdered (Exodus 1:16, 22). What could Jochebed—a godly woman and devoted mother—do against such evil? She could take action in faith!

  • CourageJochebed decided to keep Moses, her baby, rather than kill him, thereby preserving him to bless the world.
  • CreativityJochebed made a basket from bulrushes and put her baby in it. He floated in the Nile River close to where Pharaoh’s daughter came regularly.
  • CareDuring the brief time she had Moses, Jochebed lovingly nursed and diligently trained him in the ways of the Lord.
  • ConfidenceAfter giving her son loving care and spiritual instruction, Jochebed returned her son to Pharaoh’s household. She trusted God would care for her boy.

Like Jochebed, don’t fret because of evildoers. Instead, take up the challenge. Devote yourself to raising children who have faith and who love God. And take heart! The prince of darkness is helpless against the power of the truth you plant in your children’s hearts and minds.

In A Mom After God’s Own Heart, Elizabeth George offers 10 principles to help moms make God an everyday part of their children’s lives. Whether your kids are young or grown, you will learn how to teach your children God’s Word, train them in God’s ways, and pray with and for them.

Praying for Your Daughter

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As a mom, you are God’s go-to person for your daughter, Number One on His list as someone who prays for her. Each of the following suggestions will help you become the mom you dream of being, and will better your life … and her’s too!

  1. Check your heart.
    Being a mom after God’s own heart is a matter of the heart—your heart. We’ll get to praying for your daughter, but first pray about your heart and its spiritual condition. When you pray, you are acknowledging that God is an active participant in your life, and your girl’s too.
  1. Ask God for wisdom.
    Here’s what I call Mom’s Go-to Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God…and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). Pray day and night for wisdom from God about how to raise a young woman after His own heart.
  1. Make a prayer list for your daughter.
    If you’re not careful, your prayers for your daughter can become general or even rote. Yet she has specific issues she faces each day of her life. So develop a prayer list or book just for her. Record your concerns and her prayer requests too. Then bring these concerns before God.
  1. Refuse to miss a day.
    If you, dear mom, aren’t praying for your girl each day, who is? Probably no one. Don’t let a no-one-prayed-for-my-daughter day happen! The stakes are much too high for you to miss even one day of spending some time in prayer for your precious child.

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.

Church Is a Great Mother-Daughter Time  

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I don’t know what stage of daughter-raising you are in right now, but it’s never too early to take your daughter to church. Mary took Jesus to “church” when He was only eight days old. We see Him in the temple again at age 12 (see Luke 2:21, 41-46).

And it’s never too late to take your daughter to church. The more she goes, the more friends she will make, the more she will feel like she fits in, and the more fun she will have. And, of course, the more steady and powerful the influence the Word of God will have on her heart and mind.

And what if she’s not too excited about going to church? Well, hang in there. The time is now. Start praying. And be faithful about attending church yourself. As a parent, you are responsible to train up your daughter in the things of the Lord. So make the decision to go to church and hold to it.

Don’t forget to make going to church special—pick up donuts on the way, or have lunch out afterward. Encourage your daughter to bring along a friend. Be sure to include lots of love and encouragement … and prayer that God will break through to her heart and show her the joy of knowing the Lord.

In Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart, with her biblical insight and child-raising experience, Elizabeth guides you through the development of your daughter’s spiritual life of faithfulness, obedience, and joy lived daily.

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?

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Elizabeth & Jim George


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