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     At the end of last school year, my husband and another home-school father planned a celebration.  They wanted to honor us as wives, mothers, and teachers.
     Our friend's 6th grade daughter and our 1st grade son had disappeared upstairs to create their own contributions for the evening.  Shortly after, Heather came downstairs with a custom-made card.  Stretching from top to bottom was the word MOTHER, each letter starting an adjective — Marvelous, Outstanding, Terrific . . .
     It took our son Daniel just slightly longer to make his card.  He had obviously put his heart into it and was pleased with the results.
     He also had found words to link with each of the letters in MOTHER, but had missed the point about complimentary adjectives.  His list went something like this: Mud, Omit, Train . . .
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     Just a quick note to thank you for this newsletter. Our teen-aged children are well established. However, I find myself struggling with consistency and definitely see areas I've sown and am now reaping.

     Paragraph 8, on Discipline, especially hit home. Because I'm not firm, my oldest daughter and I are often at odds; yes, she's strong-willed too. I find myself pulling back, which I read is not good, for either her or myself. And I see a tendency not to like this child God has given me to raise for His use.

     I often despair, which leads me back to God. He is the one who can evoke change, but I must do "my" part and try to build bridges. It's quite an effort, but the Bible is clear on what I'm to do (Titus 2, 1 Peter 3).

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     You cannot be a godly mother in your own strength, but our loving Lord will give the wisdom and strength needed for this task if we call upon Him for help!

"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." James 1:5

"We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects,

Bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might,

For the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; Joyously giving thanks to the Father!"

Colossians 1:9-12

     Read more about the support we can find from the Lord, our family, and friends in Newsletter #49.

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In This Issue:

The Godly Mother
1. The Godly Mother
     Loves the Lord God
2. The Godly Mother
      Loves Her Husband and Children
3. The Godly Mother
      Teaches and Trains Her Children

Recommended Resources
• NorthStar Academy and NorthStar HomeSchool
• Doctors Network & Associates


Happy Mother's Day!

     Motherhood truly is a wonderful gift from our Creator, bringing us fulfillment, blessing, and joy.

     As Christian mothers, we want to obey and please the Lord by being Godly mothers. As such, we are a model before a watching world — and our watching family — of a truly unique specimen today.

     Is this an impossible dream, or something that should make us feel bad because we are not now in our perfected state? No! It is the natural outgrowth of loving and following our precious Lord and Savior.

     We trust that the challenges, practical suggestions, and encouragement in this issue will help you on your way to becoming a Godly mother.

     May the Lord bless you and your family for His glory.

Cordially,
The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

The Teaching Home is a home-school, family-run business operated in our home since 1980.


The Godly Mother
Loves the Lord God

     The Godly mother loves the Lord above all and puts Him first in her life.

"'What commandment is the foremost of all?'
     Jesus answered,
'The foremost is, you shall love the Lord your God
     with all your heart, and with all your soul,
     and with all your mind, and with all your strength.'"
Matthew 12:28-29



How You
Can Do This

     The more you know about the Lord, His love, and His promises to you, the more you will love Him. You will grow to love Him more as you spend time with Him in meditating on His Word, His wonderful attributes, and His goodness to you.

Keep a Consistent Quiet Time
     Schedule time to be with the Lord and make it a high priority. A regular private time and place is a necessity.

 •   Read: Proverbs 31, Titus 2, I Peter 3, James 3, Colossians 3, Phillipians 4, Romans 7, Ehpesians 5, Galatians 5:22-23, I Corinthians 13, I Corinthians 7.

Focus on the Lord throughout the Day
     You can also read, quote, or meditate on Scripture with your family throughout the day, and fill your home with godly music. These things will help you focus on the Lord and help prevent the world from pressing you into its mold in so many ways.

Find Support and Accountability
     It often helps to have a friend that will pray for you and provide accountability for you if you have not already established this all-important habit of spending time with the Lord.

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     NorthStar Academy is a teacher-led, nationally accredited, online school.
     NorthStar HomeSchool is a parent-led, homeschool and independent study program.
     See NorthStar's website or the accompanying e-mail to learn more about these two programs!

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The Godly Mother
Loves Her Husband
and Children


     The Godly mother loves, submits to, and is faithful to, her husband.
     The Godly mother loves her children in a way that includes, but goes beyond, natural affection.
     When the home is filled with love, God is glorified and the entire family benefits and thrives.

"Wives, be subject to your own husbands,
     as to the Lord." Ephesians 5:22
"That they may encourage the young women
     to love their husbands, to love their children." Titus 2:4




How You
Can Do This


Forgive
     If you hold grudges, you cannot really love. In Ephesians 4:32 the Lord tells us to "Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another."
     The Lord knows others will do and say things to us that we need to forgive "just as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you."

Show Love
     Love is shown by sacrificing yourself and your needs to meet someone else's need.
     Gary Chapman, in " The Five Love Languages," suggests the following practical ways of showing love.

1. Words
     Regularly write notes or tell your husband and children out loud how much you love them, how important they are to you, and how much you appreciate certain of their attributes or actions.
•  The more specific your words, the more meaningful they are.
•  Establish the habit of saying something kind to each member of your family every day.
•  Let your family hear you praising them to others as well.

2. Time
     Spend time focusing on your husband, or one child at a time, and his needs and interests.
•  Spend a few minutes with your husband when he gets home.
•  Schedule time alone, even 5-10 minutes, with each of your children each day (as they help you with one of your chores or errands, etc.).
•  Enjoy time together as a family. Find 18 ideas in Newsletter #60.

3. Gifts
     Small, thoughtful gifts can show and remind your family that you love them.

4. Acts of Service
     Do one of your husband's or children's chores, run an errand, or do something small like sewing on a button, noticing something he needs and bringing it to him, etc.

5. Physical Touch
     Hugs, kisses, and other physical demonstrations of affection are appropriate and meaningful between family members.

Renew Love
     Dr. Willard F. Harley, author of "His Needs, Her Needs," identifies the most common "love busters" in marriage (or any relationship): selfish demands, disrespectful judgments, angry outbursts, annoying habits, independent behavior, and dishonesty.
     In Dr. Harley's Marriage Builders website, you will be introduced to some of the best ways to overcome marital conflicts and some of the quickest ways to restore love.

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The Godly Mother
Teaches and Trains
Her Children


     The Godly mother recognizes the priorities of spiritual training and character development amid her many duties and the urgent demands of physical needs and crises.


How You
Can Do This


Lead Your Children to Christ
through Knowledge of the Scriptures

     Teach your children the truths of the whole Bible, starting in Genesis with creation and ending in Revelation with the new heaven and earth.
     Introduce your children to the Lord Jesus through His own words and actions in the Gospels to lead your children to the Lord so that they may accept His salvation.

"And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures,      which are able to make you wise for salvation      through faith which is in Christ Jesus. II Timothy 3:15

 •   Pray that your children will accept the Lord as their Savior as soon as they are able and that you will know when and how to talk to them about salvation.

 •   At the right time, speak to your child about his need of a Savior and how he can personally accept the Lord Jesus Christ.

Teach Your Children To Love and Obey the Lord
     Teach your children to love and obey the Lord by helping them get to know Him and what He tells them to do in His Word.

 •   Schedule regular Bible reading and discussion -- more than once a day if possible. For example, read a Psalm at the breakfast table, work on a memory verse after lunch, and have family Bible reading with Father.

 •   As soon as your child can read, encourage him to read from God's Word on his own at a certain time each day. (You could have him read it aloud to you for a while until he establishes the habit.)

 •   Model Bible reading by letting your children see or know when you are reading God's Word.

 •   Most importantly, show that you love God and desire to know Him better and respond to His message to you. Your attitude will make a life-long impression.

 •   Pray for your children's spiritual growth and strength throughout their lives.

Teach Your Children To Honor Their Parents
     Teach your children to honor and obey their father and mother in obedience to the Lord so that they will receive His blessing of a long and good life.

     You might be tempted to think that it is self-serving to teach your children to obey and honor you, but it is for their benefit. You do yourself, your children, and their future families a grave disservice if you do not teach and require obedience and respect.

 •   Teach your child what God says about obeying and honoring their parents. (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-3)

 •   Have your children memorize pertinent verses. For example, "Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord." (Colossians 3:20)

 •   Discuss ways of honoring parents in word and deed.

 •   Model honoring your own parents by your actions and words, even if they live far away or are no longer living.

Discipline and Train Your Children
     The discipline and training of our children is clearly ordained by God as duties of both parents.

"My son, observe the commandment of your father
     and do not forsake the teaching of your mother."
     Proverbs 6:20
"The rod and reproof give wisdom,
     but a child who gets his own way
     brings shame to his mother." Proverbs 29:15

 •   Establish child discipline and training in agreement with your husband.

 •   Study what God says about requiring obedience and then present to your children a set of clear rules along with reasons and consequences.

Resources for Child Training and Discipline
 •   See "How To Establish Child Training and Discipline" in Newsletter # 45.

 •   "What the Bible Says about Child Training," is an excellent book by J. Richard Fugate. Also available is a video set, an audio set, and a Spanish translation. To order and read excerpts see www.rfugate.org/bookstor.htm#What.

 •   Doorposts offers sound and practical helps in applying Scripture to the discipline and training of your children.

 •   Video and audio tapes by Dr. S.M. Davis deal with all types of family problems and biblical solutions.

 •   See "The Advantages of Habits" and "17 Ways To Form Good Habits" in Newsletters #89 and #90. and

Resources for Teaching Your Daughters To Be Godly Women and Your Sons To Be Godly Men
     "Keepers at Home" is a program providing a system for children (at home or in a group) to learn new home and family skills, with an emphasis on Christian values.
     "Polished Cornerstones: Projects for Daughters on the Path to Womanhood" and "Plants Grown Up: Projects for Sons on the Road to Manhood" from Doorposts offers hundreds of ideas for Bible study, reading, and everyday activities to help prepare your daughters and sons.




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