What does it mean to be a spiritual parent? It means taking upon ourselves the God- given mandate to train our children to know God, to follow His precepts, and to trust His plans wholeheartedly. Sounds simple enough in theory, but if you’re like me, that feels like an overwhelming task most days—especially when our own faith feels so weak at times. Thankfully, in our weakness, He is strong (Romans 8:26, 1 Timothy 1:12, 2 Corinthians 12:9). He is more than enough for us, so it’s not our job to worry about tomorrow; it’s our job to trust in our Heavenly Father!
So, practically, what does this look like? Mama, your relationship with God is your highest priority. Just as you cannot drive your minivan with an empty fuel tank, you cannot—cannot—raise your children with an empty spiritual tank. In Genesis, we read that Adam and Eve walked in the Garden with God, communing constantly with the loving Father who created them in order to have relationship with them. Friend, we were created for relationship with God—continual companionship with the God of the universe. God desires our presence. He desires our reliance. He desires our communion. Only with time spent walking with God through worship, prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with our spiritual community, will we be filled in order to pour into the lives of each of our children.
And, if doubt tries to sneak into your mind and heart, telling you that you cannot hear from God, or you cannot raise your children the way God intended, just think of The Little Engine That Could. Can I hear from God? “Yes, I can. Yes, I can. Yes, I can!” Has God empowered me to raise my children spiritually? “Yes, He has. Yes, He has. Yes, He has!” You were made for this, Mama!
Rebekah Measmer and the Help Club for Moms Team
“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine… Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors.” Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (NLT)