What’s Inside: 9 ways moms can remain faithful to God, not only through their own relationship with Him, but in teaching their children to stay faithful to Him as well.
Being a mom is hard enough. However, being a Christ-following mom is even harder. As Christian mothers, we are set to a higher standard. For instance, We have to follow Christ and be Christ to our kids. How do you remain faithful to God in your role as a mother?
9 Ways You Can Remain Faithful To God As A Mom
1. Love your children as Christ loves them
Simple right? I mean, you’re their mother and you’d die for them, right? Of course you would, and that’s exactly what Christ did for us. What I’m talking about is Agape love – unconditional love or the highest form of love.
The love that Jesus shows us is taught in 1 Corinthians 4:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (NIV).
This is the kind of love that we need to show our children daily.
2. Remain faithful by asking for forgiveness and forgiving easily
None of us but Jesus are perfect people. We all make mistakes, however, we can remain faithful to God by remembering that God has called us to forgive.
What better way to show your children an example of forgiveness by asking them for forgiveness when you mess up?
Owning your mistakes when you screw up is an incredible step in your spiritual growth. God calls us to forgive and to ask for forgiveness when we do wrong. When we humble ourselves in front of our children, they learn how to do the same.
3. Learn how God wants you to discipline
Throughout the Bible, and especially in the Book of Proverbs, God makes it very clear how we should discipline our children.
- Proverbs 3:11-12 says, “My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.” (NLT).
2. Proverbs 10:17 says, “People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.” (NLT).
3. Proverbs 12:1 says, “To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.” (NLT).
4. Proverbs 13:1 says, “A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction.” (NLT).
5. Proverbs 13:24 says, “Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.“(NLT).
6. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” (NLT).
7. Proverbs 22:15 says, “A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.” (NLT).
8. Proverbs 23:13-14 says, “Don’t fail to discipline your children. The rod of punishment won’t kill them. Physical discipline may well save them from death.“(NLT).
9. Proverbs 29:15 says, “To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.” (NLT).
Nine references of scripture in the Bible that talk about the importance of discipline and a parent’s role in that.
4. Make Christ the center of your life
You can’t carry on what you don’t possess. By showing your kids a love of Christ and how you can remain faithful to Him, you have to show them that He’s the most important relationship in your life.
God and your relationship with Christ should be more important than your kids or your husband. There’s a tiered umbrella image that I love because it shows God above all. After that, it’s your relationship with your husband, and after that, it’s your relationship with your kids.
When you make Christ the most important area of your life, you’re teaching your kids to grow up doing the same.
5. Filter everything you do through the Truth of God’s Word
Scripture is full of direction and wisdom from God. For instance, 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” (NLT).
Everything we do in life should be filtered through what the Bible says to be good or bad. Therefore, if the decisions you make are what the Bible says to be true – keeping doing them. If the Bible says what you’re doing is bad – stop it by repenting and changing your behavior to what is pleasing for the Lord.
When you show your children how to filter, you remain faithful to God as a Christ-follower who has been given these children as a gift from God. He has made you a steward of them.
6. Realize motherhood is a mission from God
God has a calling and a ministry for all of His children. We were created to do the will of God. Your mission as a mother is to serve your family and to raise your children to be future Christ-followers.
Follow where God leads you and say yes to His promptings, because you want to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant” and not “depart from me, I never knew you”.
7. Stay faithful in a faithless world
We’ve all now lived in a time when we see the majority of the world living against God’s commands. As Christians, we’re told by Jesus to be in the world and not of the world. (John 17:14-19).
As mothers, it’s our job to be an example of Christ to our kids and to be the foundation of values and morals that they will one day grow up with. It’s not up to anyone else on this earth to raise and teach your children.
We are the ones who have been called to be the stewards of our kids. The Bible says in Luke 6:40 that a child will become like his teacher. There will be a lot of people against your family values in this world.
Stay strong and stay faithful, even when it’s hard. Even when there are people who do not have the love of God around you. It’s important for your relationship with God and your children’s relationship with God.
8. Continue to be the strength of your family
Like my family, some of you don’t have a husband who follows Christ and has a relationship with Him. When you are your kids’ only source of knowing who God is, you have to stay strong.
It’s difficult, believe me I know. If it weren’t for our faithfulness, our kids wouldn’t know about God. I know you’re feeling the same, and are praying in agreement that our husbands will know the Lord one day.
Until that happens, we have to remain the strength for our families.
For those women whose husbands do know Christ and are the spiritual leaders of their families, God bless you as well. It’s so freeing to have that relationship to rely on. However, you can’t only rely on your husband’s strength in his relationship with God.
He needs you to have strong faith as well. Some days he may falter and will need your strength and faith to keep him strong.
In either situation, the strength of a mother’s relationship with Christ, is the backbone of a family. They need us to stay in constant faith.
9. Pray for your children’s past, present, and future
A strong prayer life with God is extremely important. As stewards of our children’ relationship with God while they’re young, we’re put in charge of how they’ll live their lives.
When we pray for their past, we should be praying on their behalf for the things they’ve done wrong. We need to be praying for the seeds that have been planted early on and that they’ll bear fruit. However, we also need to be praying for them to remember the things they’ve done right or wrong and learn from them.
When we pray for their present, we should be praying for the situations they’re going through right now. Any challenges that they’re facing and for the ways that they can be reminded of God’s faithfulness to them.
We also need to be praying that the Holy Spirit works in their lives right now, while they’re young. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (KJV). They can learn now how to behave when they’re adults.
When we pray for their future, we’re asking God to take hold of their lives and keep them focused on His path. We can pray for their future mission field (the reason God created them).
We can pray for their influence and who they’ll be influence by. And we can also pray for God to continue to have a shield of protection around them.
There are so many ways that we can remain faithful to God. We’ve been given wonderful children as a gift from Him, and it’s our job to show them how to be used for God’s glory.
And not only that, but it’s our job to show them through our words and our actions how they’re supposed to behave. God will see you through so many amazing opportunities if you let Him lead you there!
Can you think of other ways you can remain faithful to God as a mom? Tell me in the comments!