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in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
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to please Him in all respects,
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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
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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?'
'The foremost is, you shall love the Lord
with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your mind, and with all your
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
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,
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.
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The Godly Mother
Loves Her Husband
The Godly mother loves, submits to, and is
faithful to, her
The Godly mother loves her children in a way
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
Can Do This
If you hold grudges, you cannot really love.
4:32 the Lord tells us to "Be kind to one
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."
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.
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
• Let your family hear you
praising them to others as well.
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
• Enjoy time together as a family.
Find 18 ideas in Newsletter
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
Dr. Willard F. Harley, author of "His Needs,
identifies the most common "love busters" in
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The Godly Mother
Teaches and Trains
The Godly mother recognizes the priorities of
training and character development amid her
many duties and
the urgent demands of physical needs and crises.
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
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
which are able to make you wise for salvation
through faith which is in Christ Jesus. II
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
Teach your children to love and obey the Lord
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
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
throughout their lives.
Teach Your Children To Honor Their
Teach your children to honor and obey their
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
teach your children to obey and honor you,
but it is for their
benefit. You do yourself, your children, and
families a grave disservice if you do not
teach and require
obedience and respect.
Teach your child what God says about obeying
their parents. (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians
Have your children memorize pertinent verses.
"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
Model honoring your own parents by your
actions and words,
even if they live far away or are no
Discipline and Train Your Children
The discipline and training of our children
ordained by God as duties of both parents.
"My son, observe the commandment of your
and do not forsake the teaching of your
"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
Study what God says about requiring obedience
present to your children a set of clear
rules along with reasons
Resources for Child Training and
See "How To Establish Child Training and
Discipline" in Newsletter
"What the Bible Says about Child Training,"
is an excellent book by J. Richard Fugate.
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offers sound and practical helps in applying
Scripture to the discipline and training of
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.
Resources for Teaching Your Daughters To
Women and Your Sons To Be Godly Men
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help prepare your
daughters and sons.