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Table of Contents
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
Help in Becoming a Godly Mother
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Motherhood truly is a wonderful
gift from our Creator,
As Christian mothers, we want to obey and please the Lord by
bringing us fulfillment, blessing, and joy.
being Godly mothers. As such, we are a model before a watching
world -- and our watching family -- of a truly unique specimen
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
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The Godly Mother
Loves the Lord God
The Godly mother loves the Lord
above all and puts Him
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
and with all
your mind, and with all
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
family throughout the day, and fill your home with godly music.
These things will help you focus on the Lord and help
the world from pressing you into its mold in so many ways.
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Loves Her Husband
The Godly mother loves, submits to, and is faithful to, her
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."
"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. 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
need to forgive "just as God for Christ's sake has forgiven
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
• Establish the habit of saying something kind to each
of your family every day.
• 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
• Schedule time alone, even 5-10 minutes, with each of
children each day (as they help you with one
of your chores
or errands, etc.).
• Enjoy time together as a family.
18 ideas in Newsletter #60.
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
are appropriate and meaningful between family members.
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The Godly Mother
Teaches and Trains
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.
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Lead Your Children to Christ
through Knowledge of the Scriptures
Teach your children the truths of the whole
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
which are able
to make you wise for salvation
which is in Christ Jesus.
II Timothy 3:15
• Pray that your children will accept the Lord as their
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
Savior and how he can personally accept the
Lord Jesus Christ.
Teach Your Children To Love and Obey
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
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
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
Him better and respond to His message to you.
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
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
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
• Have your children memorize pertinent verses. For
"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,
Discipline and Train Your Children
even if they live far away or are no longer
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."
"The rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a child
who gets his own way
to his mother."
• Establish child discipline and training in agreement with
• Study what God says about requiring obedience and then
present to your children a set of clear rules
along with reasons
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• See "How To Establish Child Training and Discipline" in
• "What the Bible Says about Child Training," is an excellent
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Help in Being
a Godly Mother
You cannot be a godly mother in your own
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
who gives to
all generously and without reproach,
and it will be given to him." James
"We have not ceased to pray for you and to
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
to please Him
in all respects,
Bearing fruit in every good work
in the knowledge of God;
Strengthened with all power,
His glorious might,
For the attaining of all steadfastness and
thanks to the Father!"
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