Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:4-7
“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” —Abraham Lincoln
- Call your prayer partner for your 10-minute prayer call. Keep trying to connect until you get to pray together. This tiny habit of praying with a friend regularly will truly change your life!
- Start your day with God. Grab your Bible, your journal, a pen, and a chair. Ask God to speak to you as you read his Word about the importance of a Christian mom.
- Read Deuteronomy 6:4-7. Write these verses in your journal.
My Journey to Becoming a Christian Mom
Many years ago, when we were expecting our first baby, I was placed on bedrest due to preterm labor. I was only twelve weeks along!
I remember feeling anxious at the thought of spending months on the couch with lots of time on my hands and nothing to do but lay on my left side and count contractions, so I decided the one productive thing I could do during this time was to read. This potentially depressing season turned out to be one of the biggest blessings of my life!
During this time, I began to read the Bible more than ever and learned new things about what it means to be a Christian. I read the Old Testament, Proverbs, and Psalms and all about the life of Jesus. The Bible was starting to make more sense to me because I was regularly spending time with God.
I read books which taught me about Christian motherhood by authors like Ruth Bell Graham, who was committed to her children and raised them up to serve the Lord with all of their hearts.
I also read wonderful biographies about women like Susanna Wesley (the mother of John and Charles Wesley), who diligently prayed for her children an hour each day with an apron over her head. Her children knew when the apron was over her head, not to disturb her because she was praying. She also spent one on one time with her ten children every week, teaching them about God and memorizing Scripture. I saw the beauty of life as a Christian mom, and the unlimited potential and importance of the Christian home, and the joy of raising godly children.
I remember reading Deuteronomy 6 for the first time, and it convicted me about teaching our children about God:
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:4-7
From then on, I found myself on a quest to learn all I could from the Scriptures, spending time with Christ-centered moms, and life-giving books. I remember going to older women’s homes and crying because I deeply wanted what they had — a Christian home. I was learning but still felt like I didn’t know what I was doing because I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. I decided to put my whole heart and soul into learning all I could about raising up children who love Jesus. I was hungry to learn as much as possible, and I prayed constantly asking God for help.
Now 23 years later, I am still learning more every day about how to be a Christian mom at each stage of my adult children’s lives. I am now in a season of letting go, but continually seek the Lord for wisdom and grace each day to know how to love well. I still make lots of mistakes, but I know God is with me and helps me to keep going. As moms, we are always learning, and never outgrow our need for the Lord to teach us what we need to know.
Thankfully, we have a God who longs to help us every step of the way in motherhood!
“For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a NASB.
God promises to “strongly support” you in your endeavor to raise up children for the Lord. Pray and ask Him to give you everything you need. Ask God for understanding as you read the scriptures, and to lead you to life-giving Christian women who can help you to learn what you need to know. Ask God for discernment as you are reading and for help to stay away from legalistic and worldly philosophies.
A good rule of thumb is this: if what you’re reading makes your heart angry or turn away from your children or husband, it’s not life-giving wisdom. Any philosophy which seems legalistic or makes you upset or feel hopeless with your family is not productive in my opinion.
Below, I am listing some of the books I read and enjoyed immensely. They encouraged me in my hunger to be the best Christian mom I could be.
As always, the best book ever is the Bible, and the best teacher is the Holy Spirit. You can learn everything you need to know there. I look at the other books as side dishes to my main meal of the Scriptures.
Questions to Ponder
- What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about in today’s study? What stood out to you?
- Do you ever feel overwhelmed at the thought of raising up children for the Lord? I believe it’s common to feel like you don’t know what you are doing in this area of motherhood. Ask God to help you to be intentional with your children and to show you one thing you can do now to start discipling your children. Write your thoughts in your journal.
- Write this verse on your bathroom mirror in dry erase marker. “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a NASB. Each time you see it, let the truth of this verse remind you that God will help you to be the best Christian mom you can possibly be!
- Put a jelly jar at your table filled with a few little treats your children like to eat. Take 10 minutes to read a simple scripture passage to your children from an easy to read Bible after dinner three days this week.
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If there was one thing Deb would love to share with you is that God is personal and loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by our amazing God! Come as you are! His loving presence can be practically known and experienced. He is not a God who is far away, He is dearly near and easily found. He longs for you to come to Him!