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Intentional Mothering

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But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2. Tim 3:14-17

In our passage for today today Paul is encouraging Timothy to continue in the faith–in the truths he has known and learned from the time he was a child. He was blessed with a godly mother and grandmother who faithfully taught him all about God and there is a lot we can learn here. We should never underestimate the power and influence a person can have on the spiritual life of another, especially children. Our little ones may not say much, but our words, example, and actions will soak deep into their hearts and minds.

We can’t save our children, that is the work of God. But we can point them to the cross. We can show them the beauty of Christ and the blessings of living a godly life. Our job as parents is to raise children in the knowledge of God, but in order to do this we need to act on 3 truths.

1. Know God’s word

Many families in America have more than one Bible laying around their homes. I know we do. While it is the best selling book of all times, it is not necessarily the best read book. It is certainly not read carefully or consistently enough. As believers we must be learn to see the value and importance of this book especially if we want to train our children in righteousness. God, in his grace, became an author because he wanted us to know him and be changed by him. We must give ourselves to the intake of God’s word because only by it do we grow in holiness and love for God. And as we know and cherish God’s word our children will learn to have a reverence for his word as well.

The great cause of neglecting the Scriptures is not want of time, but want of heart, some idol taking the place of Christ.
- Robert Chapman

Weed out the idols that take the place of spending time with God. Be radical about making sure you spend a little time each day with his word and you will begin to not only look forward to reading and studying you will love it and find life in it.

2. Use God’s word

God’s word is not only meant to be known in an intellectual sense, it is meant to be used.  We need to learn how to apply the truth to our everyday lives as well as the lives of our children. Our wisdom must come from scripture: the way we handle conflict, discipline, instruction, and relationships comes from God’s word. We need to make sure that the rules we make in our home are rooted in God’s word and not in our selfish desires for mere peace and quiet. If God’s word isn’t being used well in our homes then it is either being abused or neglected, both of which will lead our children further from God and his word.

We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.
- John Stott

3. Speak God’s word

It is important that in our teaching, training, and correcting we speak the words of God. But we must also do this in normal, everyday situations as well. When talking about the weather, when looking at animals, when someone is sad or going through a hard time, we can point to the stories of saints and theological truths in scripture that will help to make sense of our and our children’s experiences.

Whether we teach young Christians truth or not, the devil will be sure to teach them error. – Spurgeon

Let me say a word to those who do not have children. This season is a great opportunity to practice these things in your own life. To store up scripture in your heart, to learn how to apply it to all areas of life, to speak God’s word to yourself, your husband, and your friends. This way, when you are entrusted with children of your own, living out God’s word will be natural.

Spurgeon said this of John Bunyan, “Prick him anywhere; and you will find that his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the Bible flows from him. He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his soul is full of the Word of God.”

I have a long way to go, but this is the kind of woman, wife, and mother I want to be. It all starts by living in the word of God and resting in the work of Christ.

Looking To Jesus,
jen-sig

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you for these words today Jen.

    Yes, as mothers we have a long way to go but the journey is not hopeless when and if we walk with Jesus.

    Thank you for pointing out the very important point that “God’s word is not only meant to be known in an intellectual sense, it is meant to be used” too many times we try to memories the words of God to heart, but we forget that is only by acting it out that we can truly understand and appropriated it fully.

    Our children live and grown by watching what we do far more than what we say to do.

    Peace to you today.

  2. Thank you for these encouraging words, Jen! I especially love how you’ve reminded us of three basic truths that are essential for intentional mothering. As a mommy of a three-year-old and one-year-old, I so often struggle with knowing how to discipline, teach and rebuke in ways that are also bringing them back to God and his Word. Too many times, I look back on my day with them and see more fits of mommy rage than I do those moments of peace, patience, kindness… the fruits of the spirit which show our children the love of Christ. The truth that speaks to me loudest this morning is to focus on USING God’s Word–something that both my husband and I know we need to pray together about. I know that we’ll never be perfect, as much as I wish we could be for our children’s sake, but it’s often through our imperfections when the beauty of the cross speaks the loudest to our little ones. :)

  3. Thank you Jen for speaking to those who don’t have children and those who do. I really appreciate the fact that you mentioned it today. This was really well-written blog. I enjoyed reading your insight.

  4. Wow… This was amazing and I’ve definitely been convicted of some things through your words! Thank you!

  5. mandy perry says:

    I am so grateful for your resource here in applying this scripture- great practical strategies and reminders of how to do this noble and daunting task called, mothering. So deeply grateful for the wisdom & insight shared here.

  6. Cristina o says:

    Jen, Your words were such an encouragement and uplifting to me today. The Lord is so faithful. I had been having a hard week but today, the Lord has delivered me from it. I’m so blessed. :)

  7. Kari adams says:

    Just read the focused questions on week 6, I’m a little bit behind. But I wanted to post encouragement on here. The last question was if you don’t have children are you praying over the future ones you might have. I was a woman who prayed for her unable to conceive children, ached and longed for them. I was encouraged to take the time I had before God gave us our family to spend time reading His word and seek out what it meant to be a mom. I am standing on the other side now with four beautiful gifts from God, and for those that maybe discouraged in not being able to conceive, may He be using this study to prepare you for children He may have for you down the road. Right now you are being intentional even if you don’t have them yet, and that is already making a huge impact on eternity. So keep praying and hoping and seeking out what He is calling you to do. He loves you so much!

  8. Yes! Finally someone writes about kirning.

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