Becoming A Grace-Energized Mother
Mothers energized by grace are "lovers of children." Titus 2:4c
This characteristic is also one word in the Greek text, philoteknos and it means to be a lover of children. As we see in I Timothy 2:15, this is a woman's highest calling. God doesn't want all women to be mothers or they would be. Those women who have no children mean a great deal to God's kingdom because He has given them freedom to serve in unique ways. God wants women who are mothers to love their children, which involves making personal sacrifices for the benefit of their children. Remember, loving your children is not merely expressing love your children can feel, it is also pouring yourself into your child's life so that he or she grows up to love Christ.
Almost all mothers in the world have the same maternal instinct of love, nurture and protection for their babies. It causes great and widespread public indignation when a mother is found abandoning, or even worse, harming her child. That is built into almost every mom. But there is also an equally widespread reality. From time to time it becomes so very hard to take care of children that a mom no longer "feels" positive feelings towards her children.
In new marriages or when children first come to a home, busyness and activity reach a high pitch as the tasks of homemaking and child care increase. Is it possible that being loving can get crowded out? Don't forget the love that motivated the marriage and the desire for children. Don't let all the tasks (even though some are very irritating) ruin the love relationship.
Here are ten practical "love gifts" that mothers energized by grace can offer that can be felt; in other words practical ways a Titus 2 mentor encourages a younger mother in loving her children.
- Give them a heart that prays.
- Give them a heart that serves and meets their needs with love: a regular schedule of nutritious meals, clean clothes, clean bodies, adequate sleep and rest.
- Give them a heart that rejoices and is filled with happiness. Psalm 113:9 describes a "joyful" mother.
- Give them a heart that gives like Christ's (Mark 10:45): because love gives (John 3:16); because love is generous (II Cor 9:6); because love expects nothing back (Luke 6:35).
- Give them a heart that plays and is full of fun.
- Give them a heart that celebrates all their special days (Matthew 5:41); and since we have to do all those things in the family, why not make them special!
- Give them a heart that prefers your family first (Titus 2:4), says they are your first priority.
- Give them a heart that is focused (Matthew 6:24).
- Give them a heart that is present and attentive (Psalm 119:10) ‘my whole heart'.
- Give them a heart that trusts in the Lord (Isaiah 26:3) ‘perfect peace…trusts'.
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