“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:5-7
In a day where social media ‘unfriending’,break-ups, and heart-wrenching divorce are so common, how do we instill the importance of faithfulness and genuine commitment to our children? This dilemma has been on my heart for years, and as my tiny toddlers have grown into teens, the difficulty has become paramount as their keen eyes and hearts have grown ever-observant to the broken world around them. There can be no glossing over the fact that we live in an increasingly faithless world.
Thankfully, we are not the only ones. The infallible Word of God is filled with encouragement and promises for His people throughout the ages. “Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever. For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones” (Psalm 37:27-28). And, “Be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you” (1 Samuel 12:24). Friend, Samuel reminds us that God has lavished His great love upon us by proving Himself to be faithful, and we must remember His faithfulness in the ways that He has blessed us, provided for us, and drawn each of us back into a relationship with Him through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
God has been teaching me that it is the mundane, daily acts of faithfulness that create long-lasting, thriving relationships. This is true for my relationship with Jesus Christ, my husband, and my children. In action, this means beginning and ending my day with prayer for these precious people in my life. It is acknowledging everyone who walks into the room with a smile. It is affirming them regularly through words of truth and encouragement. It is faithfully stewarding the cooking and cleaning tasks with love and patience while seeking to understand their hearts during conversations, etc.
While faithfulness is impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit, with His help and guidance, you will be a powerful model of faithfulness to your children and spouse! Invite the Holy Spirit into your relationships and ask Him to guide you in every word you say and every decision you make. God, our loving and patient Father, will bless your efforts, and He even gives grace and wisdom in the failures. So, continue striving in faithfulness! May it be said of you, beautiful mama, “[She] was a righteous [woman], blameless among the people of [her] time, and [she] walked faithfully with God” (Genesis 6:9). Remember, you are not alone! If you do not have a prayer partner, invite another spirit-filled mama to be your partner in weekly prayer and encouragement as you hold one another accountable!
Bek Measmer and the Help Club for Moms Team