I Want to Be a Godly Mom

You may be a brand-new mom, a mother of toddlers or preschoolers, a mom of school-aged children, a mom of teenagers, a foster mom, a step-mom, or any combination of the above. Please know, God has biblical truth, encouragement, empowerment, and strength for you! There is no motherhood scenario He doesn’t want to lead and direct.

You will find that spiritual principles and truths are not what the world promotes in being a successful mom. But for the daughter of the Abba Father, biblical values are foundational and imperative in being a mom after God’s own heart.

Mom, be encouraged and built up in this most precious calling the Lord has given you. You have been given both prized privilege and awesome responsibility in being a godly mom. Biblical direction, support, correction, encouragement, and inspiration are appreciated more and more as the believing woman called “mom” latches onto them and makes them her own plumb line for raising her children using God’s ways and truths.

Mom, look briefly at five areas in which God’s Word has biblical instruction for you!

1) Pray Effectively for Your Children

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous [mom] avails much!” James 5:16

First of all, don’t believe the enemy when he tries to condemn you in your prayer life. He will tell you that because you don’t pray well or enough, the kids are misbehaving, and everything that is wrong is because of you.

Pray for yourself in this role as mom—it is never selfish to pray for yourself in what God calls you to.

Seek to pray specifically for your children. Even consider praying scriptures for your loved ones, tapping into the power of God’s Word. What a powerful and faultless way to pray!

Teach your children to pray! As they see you value and esteem talking to God, they will adapt that same worth in talking with Jesus.

Pray out loud at times, allowing your children to hear your heart for them.

2) Teach and Nurture Your Children

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength . . . You shall teach them diligently to your children . . . ” Deuteronomy 6:5-7

There are three primary ways to teach and nurture your children spiritually.

Formal training –Set apart specific times to teach them biblical truths. Purpose, plan, and pray about godly principles and Christ-like qualities you want to impart to your children.

Informal training – Take advantage of opportunities to share truths with your children during unexpected and unplanned moments, allowing you to point to the Lord and integrate a spiritual truth. There are dozens of unanticipated moments that you can incorporate these teachings into each day!

Modeling – Role modeling is a 24/7 type of training. It is the most impacting of the training your children can receive. Your lived-out personal relationship with Jesus is HD viewing to you kids (HD – Holy Designated)!

3) The Power of a Mother’s Words!

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21

A mother’s communication should contain teaching, correction, affirmation, and encouragement, to name some of the life-giving aspects her children need. A mother’s supportive words can pump confidence and courage into her child’s heart.

A mother’s communication that is filled with criticism, anger, complaints, grumbling, comparison, and profanity are destructive to her children.

Are your words life-giving to those you love most?

4) The “D” Word: Discipline

“Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

The purpose of discipline is correction. Biblical correction and discipline are the means to reach the goal of children behaving and acting in acceptable conduct, based on the truth of God’s Word. Every godly mom wants her children to become more Christ-like and to be the people the Lord has designed and called them to be for His glory.

Disciplining is an aspect of a loving parent’s responsibility in raising godly children. Discipline is not optional for moms!

5) A Mother’s Love

“Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:8

Words are not adequate enough to express the power, effect, influence, and impact the love of a mother has on her children. Love is both a noun and action; love the feeling is manifested in love the action.

Love bears all things – The sacrifice of self may be involved in “bearing all things.”

Love believes all things – Biblical love chooses to believe the best instead of assuming the worst about her children.

Love hopes all things – Biblical hope is a confident expectation rooted in God.

Love endures all things – Choose to bear and tolerate trials and pressures as opportunities to become more like Christ.

Precious mom, will you be willing to pray for yourself and your growth in becoming a godly mom after God’s own heart? Ask Him to mold and make you into the godly mom He desires you to be, meaning it from the sincerity of your heart. Give Him the steering wheel to this calling of your life and see more deeply the responsibility and privilege you have been given in being “Mom”!

[excerpts from I Want to Be A Godly Mom mentoring curriculum]