No matter what you do each day… or in life… doing things God’s way is a matter of the heart. Whether it’s deciding how to spend your money or your time, how you treat people, how you dress, or how you do your work, your choices reveal your heart. And the same is true when it comes to how you raise your children—no matter what their ages.
The heart is the chief organ of physical life. It’s obvious to everyone that the heart occupies the most important place in the human system. But the heart, as used in the Bible, also stands for our entire mental and moral activity, including the emotions, the ability to reason, and the will. According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary of the Old and New Testament the heart is also used figuratively for “the hidden springs of the personal life.”
That’s why God warns and instructs us to “keep [our] heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). So what does this have to do with being a mom? First, we need to know how important our child’s heart is. As moms, our job assignment from God is to raise children after God’s own heart—children who seek to follow God and hopefully experience salvation through Jesus Christ.
But where does all of this mothering, committing, praying, dedicating, dealing with, and disciplining begin? It starts in your heart, dear mom! We need to also recognize how important our heart is for we cannot give what we do not possess.
Following-through on God’s plan for us is all about our hearts. It’s all about fulfilling God’s instructions to us. He wants us to focus on giving our heart, soul, mind, strength, and time to influencing and shaping the hearts of our children toward God and His purposes.
Doing things God’s way is always a matter of the heart. That includes choosing to focus your heart on raising your children God’s way and praying with each breath that they will develop hearts after God. Dear mom, no matter what your situation at home is—whether your children believe in Jesus Christ or not, whether they are young or older, whether their dad is a Christian or not (whether there is a dad or not!), whether you are new in the faith or know a lot, whether years of ignorance or neglect of God’s Word have gone by up to this point—do your best. From this second on, give your best efforts.
And since you want your children to love God and follow Him, set the focus of your heart on God and let them see you love Him and follow Him. Just be a mom after God’s own heart. He’ll help you take care of everything else that goes with parenting.
A Prayer to Pray:
Lord, give me a sense of purpose and priority as I teach my children what matters most. Help me show what it means to build a life of faith and love for Jesus.
Find more encouragement for your heart in my book, A Woman Who Reflects the Heart of Jesus.