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TABLE OF CONTENTS
How To Become a Godly Mother
1. Love the Lord God
2. Love Your Husband and Children
3. Teach and Train Your Children
4. Care for the Physical Needs of Your
5. Teach Others To Be Godly Wives and
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As summer approaches, and many home-school
mothers will be
spending less time on academics. This is a good time to work
the foundations of your home. "The wise woman builds her house."
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How To Become a Godly Mother
A review of the basic goals of a mother will
prioritize your efforts, inspire you with spiritual motivation,
and give you clear direction as you go about the myriad tasks you
do each day.
We have grouped the responsibilities of mothers
following five goals in order to organize our thinking and help
us grasp the big picture.
To Love the Lord God
As a person, you are to love the Lord above
all and put Him first in your life. Obedience
to this most important of God's commands enables
you to keep everything else in perspective -- and
as mothers, you know how necessary that is!
"'What commandment is the foremost of all?'
'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)
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.
* Schedule time to be with the Lord and make it a high priority.
A regular private time and place is a necessity.
* You can also read, quote or meditate on Scripture with your
family throughout the day, and fill your home with godly
These things will help you focus on the Lord and help
world from pressing you into its mold in so many ways.
* It often helps to have a friend that will pray for you and
provide accountability for you if you have not already
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To Love Your Husband and Children
As a wife, a mother is to love, reverence,
and be faithful to her husband. A mother is also to love
her children in a way that includes, but goes beyond,
natural affection. As always, God's commands in these areas are
for both His glory and our good. When your home is filled with
love, everything you have to do will be easier.
Ephesians 5:22, "Wives, be subject to your
own husbands, as
to the Lord."
Titus 2:4, "That they may encourage the young
women to love
their husbands, to love their children."
When the Lord tells us to "be kind to one
hearted, forgiving one another" it is because He knows others
will do and say things to us that we need to forgive "just as God
for Christ's sake has forgiven you." (Ephesians 4:32) If you
hold grudges, you cannot really love.
Love is shown by sacrificing to meet someone
Gary Chapman, in "The Five Love Languages," suggests the
following practical ways of showing love.
1. Words. On a regular basis, 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
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, and let them 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 the first few minutes with your husband when he gets
* Schedule time alone, even 5-10 minutes, with each of your
children each day (as they help you with one of your chores
* Enjoy time together as a family. Find 18 ideas at
3. Gifts. Small, thoughtful gifts can
show and remind
your family that you love them.
"One thing I appreciate about my mother is
the fact that she
has taken the time to make each of my nine siblings and me our
own unique quilts. Each quilt is different and creative; some
are made of old jeans, others are made of colorful strips of
fabric, and one even has an appliquéd clothesline complete with
real baby clothes! Each one is inscribed with a special message
and serves as a reminder of our mother's love and the love our
heavenly Father has for us as He carefully crafts a place for us
in the vast tapestry of His world." -- Mallory Rascher
4. Acts of Service. Do one of your husband's
chores, run an errand, or do something small like sewing on a
button or mending a garment, noticing something he needs and
bringing it to him, etc.
"One of my fondest memories of my mother is that
do the dishes for me after dinner while I played the piano. She
said she liked to hear me play, but I look at it as a sacrifice
for her child to encourage me to practice. When I remember this,
it reminds me to do similar things for our children." -- R.M.
5. Physical Touch. Hugs, kisses, and
demonstrations of affection are appropriate between family
Read more in "The Five Love Languages" by
What is the opposite of showing love?
Dr. Willard F.
Harley, author of "His Needs, Her Needs," identifies the most
common "love busters" in marriage (or any relationship) as
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.
A Home Filled with Love
A home filled with love for God and each other
obtainable goal that we should not give up on.
* You might need the courage to sweep your home clean of ungodly
influences and limit too much time outside it before it
filled with love, joy, and peace (Galatians 5:22-23).
* You definitely need to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians
6:10-18) because Satan is especially targeting the family.
* You might need to establish discipline (see below) and retrain
bad habits before you are able to maintain a home filled
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To Teach and Train Your Children
A mother has many duties, and the urgent (physical
needs and crises) often seems to overshadow the important
(spiritual training, character development, and education).
1. Knowledge of Scripture
That Leads to Salvation
Teach your children the truths of the whole
in Genesis with creation and ending in Revelation with the new
heaven and earth. Introduce them to Jesus through His own words
and actions in the Gospels to lead your children to the Lord so
that they accept His salvation.
Matthew 19:14, "But Jesus said, 'Let the children
do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven
belongs to such as these.'"
II Timothy 3:15-17, "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. All Scripture
is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for
every good work."
* Pray that your children will accept the Lord as their Savior
as soon as they are able and that you will know when and
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
* Read "How to Lead Your Child to Christ."
2. Love and Obedience to
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
table, work on a memory verse after lunch, and have family
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.
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 a love and desire to know God and respond
to His message to you. Your attitude will make a
* Pray for your children's spiritual growth and strength
throughout their lives.
3. Obedience and Honor
Teach your children to honor and obey their
mother in obedience to the Lord and 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.
"I like to remember my parents who are in
heaven now, by
talking about them on their birthdays and Mother's and Father's
days. I tell our children different things about them as I think
of them throughout the year as well." -- S.W.
4. Discipline and Training
The discipline and training of our children
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
* Study what God says about requiring obedience and then
present to your children a set of clear rules with consequences.
* See "10 Elements of Child Training" at
"What the Bible Says about Child Training,"
book by J. Richard Fugate. Also available is a video set, an
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Home schooling is an excellent way to follow
"You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of
them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and
when you lie down and when you rise up." (Duet. 6:7)
Some Advantages of Home Education
* All subjects can be taught from a Christian perspective.
* The superior teaching method of one-on-one tutoring can produce
* You can provide moral and spiritual protection for your children.
* Your children will have opportunity for independent study of their
Some Goals of a Good Christian
* Ability to read and understand God's Word (phonics, reading).
* Enabling your child to serve the Lord and others (including his
future family) more effectively (math, life and job skills).
* Giving him more appreciation of the Lord's working in nature
(science) and nations (history).
* Gaining the ability to tell forth the Gospel and proclaim God's
Word (speech, writing, art, music).
* Concentrate on the basics: reading, writing, and math.
* Teach subjects such as science, history, and Bible to all of your
children together with individual assignments on their
* A solid Christian curriculum can save you a lot of work putting
together your own, but you can feel free to incorporate
of other methods and materials as well.
* Inspire your children to enjoy and be excited about learning
together. Motivation is wind in the sails to move
faster and easier.
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To Care for the Physical Needs
of Your Family
The physical needs of your family can be
overwhelming, but organization and perspective
will bring them into your control. We can serve
these physical needs of our family as unto the Lord.
"Then the righteous will answer Him, saying,
'Lord, when did
we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and
clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come
to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly,
say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these
My brethren, you did it to Me.'" (Matthew 25:37-40)
It is not impossible for you to become the
model wife as
presented in Proverbs 31 if you:
* Are good and virtuous, loving and obeying the Lord.
* Are trustworthy and loving to your husband.
* Are a willing and hard worker in managing and cleaning your house
(organization and children's chores help too).
* Manage and live well within your budget.
* Make yourself strong and healthy (many of us need to lose
weight to be able to serve our family better and longer).
* Give to the poor and needy.
* Provide adequate clothing for your family (sewing or thrift
stores help the budget).
* Speak with wisdom and kindness in teaching your children and
younger women (see below).
To Teach Others To Be Godly
Wives and Mothers
God also tells the older women to teach the
younger mothers to love their husbands and children
(Titus 2:3-5). This would include teaching our own daughters
to be godly wives and mothers -- by word and example.
"My mother is a woman of few words and I have
'you can say more by not saying anything at all.' I wish I had
the self-control to hold my tongue as she does." -- Kathryn H.
"Polished Cornerstones" offers hundreds of
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"Keepers at Home" is a program providing a
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Help and Support
Can you become a godly mother in your own
of course, is a rhetorical question. Our loving Lord will give
the wisdom and strength needed for this task if we call upon Him
for help! (James 1:5; Col. 1:9-11)
Read more about the support we can find from
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Sunnyside Up: The Complete Opposite
One day our
five-year-old daughter was making a card and
asked how to spell "open" to write on the front of it. I told
her, then thought that this would be a good time to teach her about
opposites. I explained to her that an opposite is something that
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with "NEPO" written on the paper, she asked if nepo was the
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