My girls are 13 months apart, which means that during their at-home years, I often felt like I had twins! So I had to really be on my toes because there would be little-or-no catching of the mistakes I made on the first child so they weren’t repeated on the second one. What I was—or wasn’t—doing to love and raise my children was being done to both of them at the same time.
So early on I realized the importance of getting God’s powerful Word into my heart each day. I tasted the powerful effect it had on my parenting and on the atmosphere in our home. And the same is true for you. What happens to us moms when we don’t take time to nurture our hearts? Here’s my list. I found myself…
…running on empty. And when we’re spiritually running on empty, our hearts are hollow and numb. Without spiritual refueling, our parenting is empty. All becomes dull and devoid of spiritual energy, purpose, motivation, and accomplishment in both parent and child.
…heartless. If we are heartless, our parenting becomes heartless and rote. We unconsciously put ourselves and our child-raising on autopilot.
…worldly. If we are preoccupied with the things of this world and enamored by earthly pursuits and rewards, our parenting will be worldly. We won’t be following God’s criteria and God’s ways. We’ll be walking and parenting in the ways of the world. The things of this world will creep into our homes and into our children’s hearts.
This is all serious stuff… all brought about because the goodness of God’s Word is not regularly refreshing and reminding us of Christ’s better ways. God’s solution? Pick up the Bible and read it. When we do, God touches and transforms our hearts into those of moms after His heart.
Dear Mom, are you hearing God’s message?
Before we can even get to mothering and training our dear precious children, we need to take care of business with God. We need to take care of our own hearts. We need to take time to nurture our hearts. You see, we are to love the Lord. And we are to love and obey His Word. His Word is to reside in our hearts. It really is all about us as moms and our hearts.
Spend some time each day reading the Bible. Share its life-giving truth with your children. It requires the sacrifice of time and energy, but the years you have with your children fly by so quickly. Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart.”
And what will happen (by God’s grace) if our hearts are dedicated to God? What will happen if our hearts are filled with love for the Lord and with His instruction? We will be godly mothers. And then…and only then…can we successfully teach God’s Word to our children.
Complete devotion to the Lord must first be in the heart of the mother—in your heart and my heart. And then our godly training of our children and our diligent teaching of God’s Word will follow.
Your time in God’s Word is time He’ll use to make you a mom after His own heart. It’s time well invested!
A Prayer to Pray:
Lord, help me choose You and Your Word as my source of strength and refreshment each day. I want to deepen my understanding of Your love and Your will so that I become a mother who invests in her faith and family with everything she has and is.
The encouragement for today is an excerpt from my book, A Mom After God’s Own Heart. There is so much more to consider in this vital role. Please consider a copy for yourself or someone you love as you continue on the adventure of raising children after God’s own heart.