Sometimes I think about how I’m 24 and that it’s practically halfway to 50. And then one day I’m gonna be 60, or maybe 80, or maybe even dead before then. That’s kind of morbid to think about now that I’m actually typing it out.
But I do think a lot about my legacy if you will. How do my kids see me? What do they think of me? After I leave the earth (a lot less morbid?), what will they remember about me?
I know some of the things I want them to say about me. I want them to remember that I was a good mom, a fun mom. I want them to remember that I was a giving person. I want them to know how much I loved them, how grateful and blessed I thought I was.
But mostly, I want them to remember the life I led for Christ.
5 Things Every Christian Mom Should Do
1. Let your children see you cultivate a Christ-like life.
I read an article one time where a woman said that she doesn’t make her children share. She doesn’t make them use manners. Instead, she leads them by example. Woah. Mind-blown. Kidding. I think it’s rubbish. Y’all, we’re all born in sin, a sin that has to be acknowledged and repented of. If I always take the sidewalk but never tell my kids to not walk in the street, you think they’ll always keep to the sidewalk? I mean, they never have seen me walk in the street. Bologna. They’re gonna walk in the street cause they’re kids. Which means I’ve got to teach my kids right from wrong, then enforce it by proving it true in my own life. Teach your kids the way, but let them see you live that way too.
2. Bring your kids to church
Growing up, most of my memories of the church came from Sunday School. Crafts, songs, stories, parables, were so intriguing. My friends were at church, we ate at church, we ran around like wild kids while our parents chatted after church, it was amazing. The more I was there, the more natural it came that Christ was a part of our lives. Which made it easier to live for Him once I grew up. I had a foundation. You don’t build a house on the sand, right?
3. Teach them about Christ.
If you’re anything like me, then your kids are with you 99.9% of the time. So if you don’t teach them, who else will? Besides that, I want my kids to know how important Christ is in our day-to-day life. I want them to know He’s more than a Sunday morning thing, He’s an everyday thing.
4. Don’t just pray for your children, but pray in front of your children.
How do you teach your kids to do something? Most of the time, it includes a lot of repetition. Showing them over and over again until they learn. If your kids never see you pray, if they never hear you pray, how are they gonna learn how to do it? How are they gonna be expected to do it? Make prayer normal in your home. Let your kids see, let them hear you pray.
- Idea: Every afternoon when Christopher gets home from work we pray together. We set aside all the distractions and we pray. Make family prayer time a priority in your home.
5. Encourage your children to pray.
I’ve always encouraged Johannah to pray. Whether something was wrong, or if it was just to pray for her food. I’ve always encouraged her to take the initiative in praying. Often, it was just repeating the words I would say, but that was ok because she was learning. A few months ago, during altar service at church, I heard a couple of faint little prayers. “Jesus”, “Yes, Jesus” along with some other ‘tongues’. Y’all, my heart just about burst. Whether she was mimicking or sincerely praying, it did my heart so much good to hear those few little words. Plant the word of God in your children’s hearts, teach them of His goodness, lead them in ways of righteousness; we’ve got a promise that they won’t turn from it.
As Christian mothers, we have such a responsibility to teach our children about Christ. Because of this, every Christian mom should strive to raise little beings that love the Lord and long to be like Him. Be encouraged mama, you’re doing great!
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