Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you are serving.”


I have always wanted to be a mother. I loved the thought of one day seeing my children returning home from school and there I would be waiting with water guns ready to have a water gun fight as my mom had done on our last day of school one particular year. I remember sitting and thinking how satisfying it would be to dress my daughter in cute dresses and my son in handsome dress clothes. 

As time went on, I kept anticipating the thought of being a mother. Then, in April of 2020, I was married and three weeks later, I had a positive pregnancy test. My heart filled with joy, I was going to finally be a mother! In January of 2021, after 20 hours of labor, my long awaited precious gift of a daughter was born. There were many emotions to come with that journey: joy, fear, worry, and excitement. Now, three months into motherhood, I have one question that continues to cross my mind: will she follow the Lord? 

How do I know my daughter will follow the Lord? Well, from what I have learned so far, it is my responsibility under my husband’s authority and guidance to teach her to fear and glorify God above all other things. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it”. 

I believe there are three things that we can do to train our children in the way which they should go: 

  1. Teach our children to hunger for the Word of God by demonstrating our daily dependence on the Word of God. J.C. Ryle said in his book, The Duties of Parents:

“You cannot make your child love the Bible, none but the Holy Ghost can give us a heart to delight in the Word. But you can make your children acquainted with the Bible; and be sure they cannot be acquainted with that blessed book too soon, or too well”.

Duties of Parents, page 9
  1. Teach our children the necessity for prayer by ourselves being faithful in prayer. Actively pray for our children and their obedience to the Lord.

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”.

Matthew 26:41
  1. Teach and model repentance to our children. 

“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounes them finds mercy”.

Proverbs 28:13

Being a mother is a high calling, but there is a tremendous amount of joy in being able to teach our children about the goodness of God. There are many influences on our children in today’s society, in which some can be good, but some can be absolutely destructive if our children are not rooted in the Word of God, praying daily, and actively repenting. 

Now, my daughter is only four months old. I know that she does not necessarily understand what is going on when I am reading the Bible out loud, praying with her, or repenting to her, but doing so makes it a good habit. Let us be challenged and motivated to look at how we are training our children to be women or men of God. I think it is important to take one thing at a time to avoid getting overwhelmed. So, what area do you need to grow in the most? Teaching your children the importance of the daily need for the Word of God? Prayer? Or Repentance? 

Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you are serving.”

Love,
Halie

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