The Bible provides so much wisdom for mothers to pass along to their children. Our own eyes can be opened as to how we can parent our children through the examples provided by God. In the past, it seemed like many more parents would seek the advice of their Bibles when they had trouble raising their children. Today ,we have a plethora of resources to aid in parenting but sometimes it is best to return to the Bible for wisdom and advice. A great place to look is in the Book of Proverbs:
"My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent."
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding."
"The wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools."
"A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken."
"Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it."
Building love, patience, kindness, joy, peace, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in our children is one of my goals as their mother. If I can teach them to hold these character traits in their heart, then I will feel I have been successful as their mother.
Sometimes it is not easy to find the words to pray for our children. Soon I will share a review of Warfare Prayers for Women: Securing God's Victory in Your Life in which there is an entire part devoted to praying for children and grandchildren. The prayers range from praying for the unknown born to stepchildren closing with a declaration: "I declare that my children will see the light of the Gospel of Christ" (118).
This Mother's Day, I pray that my children will not only celebrate me as their mother but also celebrate God today and every day. I want to be a good example for them as a mother and follower of Jesus. I pray that they will find as much wisdom in reading the Bible as I have found myself.
May Peace and Mercy be Upon You.