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Discover the Book - Feb. 12, 2010

  • 2010 Feb 12
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Godly Mothers, In Partnership with God Love Their Children

 

Today we are right in the middle of looking at godly wives and mothers. Our theme is that godly moms are in partnership with God and they love their children with love that can be felt.

Lovers of Children

 

Godly mothers who are in step with God's Spirit and allow Him to energize them by His grace, are "lovers of children". 

 

This character quality God seeks in godly moms is captured on paper by Paul with only one word in the Greek text: philoteknos and it means to be a lover of children.

 

Most importantly for Titus 2 mothers energized by grace, we need to consider that many kids hurt because they sense that their parents don't even like them. Some ways a lack of love can harm our child.

  • A struggling student watches his parents gloat about his sister's straight A's.
  • A boy strikes out in a softball game and notices his father's disappointment.
  • An overweight daughter is told, "Stop snacking so much if you even care about your looks."

 

 This absence of loving approval, can lead to untold pain; whereas loved ones who feel approval and love face the daily challenges in their world with eagerness and confidence.

Practice Ways to Make your Love Felt

 

Make sure your loved ones in your family feel your love. To help them receive and be touched by your love, we can try to use those several key ingredients that we see in Paul's ministry to Timothy. These small choices always help us to communicate affirmation and encouragement.

  • Godly moms partnering with God in raising their children: love their children in a way that can be felt when they prepare special words for them. Like Paul they used tender and encouraging words to help his son in the faith Timothy, they speak to their children. And Like Paul they won't belittle their children for their weaknesses and tears. We should always remember that hugs aren't enough. Tell your children how you feel about them! 
  • Godly moms partnering with God in raising their children: love their children in a way that can be felt when they attach high value to them. Remember what we saw in Paul, how he told Timothy he had a "treasure" entrusted him; and that he was "gifted"; and that God was "going to use him". Grace-energized-mothers tell their children the qualities you admire in them.  
  • Godly moms partnering with God in raising their children: love their children in a way that can be felt when they picture a bright future for them. Paul told Timothy about a "crown" that was awaiting him as he ran the "race" set before him; and that the Lord was going to "reward" him. 
  • Godly moms partnering with God in raising their children: love their children in a way that can be felt when they make a commitment to pray through life with them.  Start a life-long prayer list with specific areas that you have learned from them need prayer, and then PRAY. Ask for updates. Celebrate answers. Pray together.
  • Godly moms partnering with God in raising their children: love their children in a way that can be felt when they use meaningful touches with them. That is what Jesus did (Mark 10:16) when he blessed the children, He was always touching those He ministered to.
  • Take the initiative in asking your children questions. Have an endless learning time asking about what they think, what they feel, what they like or don't like—and why. see your eyes light up when they talk to you.
  • Godly moms partnering with God in raising their children: love their children in a way that can be felt when they meet their needs with love: a regular schedule of nutritious meals, clean clothes, clean bodies, adequate sleep and rest.

 

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