Monday, February 27, 2017

The World Need Mothers Who Are Engaged






How many times have you seen a mother ignore their child over and over again and see that child walk away sad?

I read an article the other day that talked about how women were struggling to stay engaged with their children. Their busy lives, busy schedules, the internet, their smart phones and so forth was pulling them away from their kids even though many times they were home with their children. 

And truth be told, doesn't that just sometimes happen to us all? Don't we get distracted with the little things that seem to always pull us away that seem to happen? Yes, we do

But I also believe that children need mothers who are engaged. I know it can be a struggle to make time to "do-it-all" but we don't need to do it all. We need to focus on the important things first. 

I like that when you look at Scripture you see engagement in parenting. It creates a model for us all to follow. 

HERE ARE FOUR BIBLE VERSES ON PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT TO HELP US:

1. A MOTHER WHO COMFORTS

"As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you..." Isaiah 66:13

Here we see a mother who takes the time to comfort her child. This comforting can include physical or emotional comfort for a child. A child needs his mother to share this type of love. 

2. A MOTHER WHO TEACHES ABOUT THE LORD

 "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." - Deuteronomy 6:4-9

God's heart is for parents to take the time to teach them about what is most important--His Word so that they can become saved and grow in wisdom. 

3. A MOTHER WHO WATCHES OVER HER CHILDREN

"Discipline your children for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death. " Proverbs 19:18

Taking the time to discipline our children consistently can be tough but we must take the time to engage them and teach them what is right and wrong. 

4. A MOTHER WHO LOVES HER CHILDREN

"They are to to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands..." Titus 2:4 

Loving our children can be done in many ways, we need to take the time to really nurture them and engage them ( but do not confuse this with our children needing to be the center of our attention 24/7 which is also unhealthy--there needs to be a balance! We need God-centered homes and not child-centered homes)The helpful list above is a great place to start thinking about how we can improve as moms. Ask God to show you what you might need to work on. 



Remember that they are on loan to us from the Lord for just a short time so be sure to take the time to love and influence them now while they are with you. 





If you need extra encouragement and reading in this area we highly recommend A Mom After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George (we love her!):



The bestselling author of A Woman After God's Own Heart®(more than 700,000 copies sold) has a brand-new release! Elizabeth George's A Mother After God's Own Heart offers 10 principles to help moms make God an everyday part of their children's lives. Readers will explore how to...
  • teach their children God's Word
  • train them in God's ways
  • talk to children about Jesus
  • pray with and for them
Elizabeth, who has two grown children and six grandchildren, gives practical advice and real-life suggestions for helping children—no matter what their ages—incorporate God into daily life. 


You can find it HERE.
















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2 comments:

Donna Reidland said...

This is so important even though it is challenging in our fast paced world. I'm pinning on my "Parenting" board and will share on FB later today.

June Fuentes said...

Thanks so much for sharing and stopping by, Donna! Hope you visit again soon!

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