Dear Moms and Friends,
Today we celebrate Mother’s Day 2018. Mother’s Day has always been especially joyous for me as I celebrated my Mom, then the mother of my children, and now I also celebrate the mothers of my grandchildren.
Here are 2 fun stories that our daughter-in-law, Randi, tells about her two youngest…who happen to be overflowing with personality. When Fallon was 4 she said to her mom, “Mom, sometimes I wonder if you’re my real Mom. But now I know you are!” Randi asked, “How’s that?” Fallon answered, “Because you bought me string cheese! You are my real Mom!!!”
Randi and Graham’s three year old, Craig, told Randi one day that he wanted a new mom, one that would give him his way. Randi said, “Ok, but where would I go?” Without missing a beat Craig answered, “To one of the church dads!”
A mom once asked the pastor, “Pastor, will you pray for my son? He’s wild and out of control.” The pastor responded, “Sure, what’s his name?” The mom answered, “Maverick.”
Some of you moms out there have Maverick’s for children. At least there are many of you who can relate.
Here are 4 key concepts in rearing godly children:
- BE DILIGENT IN SHARING JESUS WITH THEM. Let them see Jesus in you. Make the Gospel the center of your family life. You can’t make your faith part of your life. They must see that your faith in the Lord is your life.
3 John 4 (NLT) I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.
- BE CONSISTENT IN WORSHIPPING TOGETHER AS A FAMILY—making this non-negotiable.So many families make worshipping the Lord optional. I believe you are conditioning your children to think of worshipping the Lord as something they do if they don’t have anything better to do.
Joshua 24:15b (NLT) “But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
- BE FAITHFUL IN TEACHING THEM GOD’S TRUTH. Children must be taught God’s word. They need to hide it in their hearts. They need to have answers to the 3 great questions for mankind: (1) Who am I? (2) Why am I here? (3) Where am I going? Christ alone provides the ultimate answers to these questions.
Deuteronomy 6:7 (NLT) Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
- BE HOPEFUL IN TRUSTING GOD. You must trust God that He loves your children more than you do. You must do what you can do and trust God to do what you cannot do.
Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
Here are some words of wisdom from Ruth Bell Graham (Billy Graham’s wife) addressing this subject:
Words of Wisdom for Mothers by Ruth Graham
“We mothers must take care of the possible and trust God for the impossible. We are to love, affirming, encourage, teach, listen, and care for the physical needs of the family.
We cannot convict of sin, create hunger and thirst after God, or convert. These are miracles, and miracles are not in our department.
I have, as a wife and mother, a good cause–the best cause in the world–but I lack the shoulders to support it. The job isn’t too big for me. I’m not big enough for the job.
As a mother, I must faithfully, patiently, lovingly and happily do my part and quietly wait for God to do his.”
I’m praying for you Moms today who are in the process of training the next generation of godly leaders. May God pour out His grace, strength and wisdom!