Hey Mama! Does every day seem like a countdown clock to bedtime? Are you in the cycle of trying to ‘survive’ until 8 pm? Do your days consist of more chaos than joy? Are you suffering from mom burnout? It happens to every one of us! And it can sometimes get in the way of us raising godly children.
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Motherhood is tough; yet it is one of the oldest jobs around. God created Adam and Eve and ‘Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.“‘(Genesis 1:28) Can you imagine having to raise and nurture children being the first woman on earth?! There were no parenting books, no websites with tons of advice, she had no mother or sister to turn to for help, no babysitter for ‘date night’; she didn’t have a village. You know who she did have though? Yes, she had God! God was enough as her village. Even though they had separated themselves from God physically due to sin, He had not abandoned them. You have this same privilege now, Mama! It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, ask God for strength, courage and patience and He will help you through your tough motherhood moments.
Eve also had to deal with sibling rivalry as a mother. The devastating result of this was the death of her son. One son did what was pleasing in the eyes of God and another did not. As a mother, we must first and foremost, teach our kids the ways of God and to put Him first. Everything else is secondary and will fall into place. We must spend enough time nurturing each of our children so that they will be encouraged and will choose to walk in the path that God has laid out for them.
The books of I and II Kings explain several scenarios where certain kings (David, Jotham, Josiah etc.) do what is pleasing in the eyes of the LORD. However their sons (Ahaz – son of Jotham, Jehoahaz – son of Josiah etc.) did what was evil in the eyes of the LORD. Many good kings had children who did not follow God. Perhaps it was because of neglect (the equivalent of our present day social media addictions), or being preoccupied with political and military affairs or because the kings delegated the religious education to others. Many of the children rebelled at the way they were raised. Being a strong believer as a parent doesn’t guarantee your child will pick up your beliefs. Children must be taught about faith and as parents, we should not leave this task for others.
Perhaps your child may grow to be a principal of a school, a human rights activist or even the president. What did you do today to prepare him for that job? Can we truly raise godly children by being in ‘survival’ mode everyday? Instead of counting down to bedtime, we need to make those daily hours count. It can be as simple as reading a bible story at bedtime!
Want tomorrow to be a better day? Pray!
LORD, You are great and mighty. I want to do good in Your eyes and I want to raise children who do good in Your eyes. Help me to be the best mom that I can be. You are my village and You are all I need! Thank you. Amen.
This is a journey, Mama! We can do it!
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