This morning during my quiet time I was thinking about my mom and all the lessons that I have learned from her. With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, I thought it was a good time to share some thoughts about how important our calling is as Christian moms. It is often such a busy time in our lives and can be overwhelming.
There is no such thing as a "perfect" mom but there are many ways to be a good mom!
Each year I appreciate my mom more. As my children grow and we go through new experiences I often think back to my childhood and how my mom handled things. Of course she wasn't perfect but I find myself more and more thinking back to how my mom handled situations. Sometimes I even find myself doing or saying things that my mom did – things that I was sure I would never do or say!
My mother taught me so many things about being a Godly mother just by her example. I value her wisdom and advice as I strive to teach and train my children to love and serve God.
We can learn so much from our mothers or other older women in our life. It is all part of how God created the human life cycle. He designed it that way. Mother's are there to care for us when we were little but are also a great source of wisdom when we are mothering our own children. My mom has been a great example to me of what it means to be a Christian mom and woman. I have chosen just a few character qualities that really stand out that I am trying to teach my own children.
My Top 3 Lessons from my Mom:
1.) Work Hard – My mom is a very hard working woman and does it with a good attitude. She was (and still is) a stay at home mom. She is very organized and always worked very hard to keep the house clean and have good meals prepared for us. She always taught us to take good care of what we had. When I think of my mom I always think of this Bible verse: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." Colossians 3:23
2.) Help Others – My mom is a great example of someone who thinks of others and is willing to help people out. She has always made food for people from church or friends who needed some help after a surgery, who were sick, or just had a baby. She did not complain or grumble, but did it out of love and concern.
"Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." Philippians 2:4
3.) Be Supportive/Encouraging – My mom was always supportive of us and what we were interested in. She attended our school and church events. She encouraged us to pursue what we were good at and to use the gifts and talents that God had given us. I think she tried hard to not compare us but encouraged us to do out best.
"So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11
I am so thankful to have a mom that taught me by example what it means to be a loving and caring person. She passed down many character qualities that I want to teach my children. So often as a teenager or young adult you go through a period where you think your mom doesn't know much or she is "out of touch" but once you have children of your own, you really appreciate her and all that she did for you.
I encourage you as busy moms to slow down and enjoy each day with your children. Although some days may not feel like it, life goes so fast and our time with our children is so precious. Make each day count as you strive to train your children to love and serve God. Look to God daily to give you the strength and wisdom you need to be a Godly example to your children.
If you are blessed to still have your mother living, make sure she knows how much you appreciate her, not only on Mother's Day but throughout the year!
Share below what you most appreciate about your mother!