This study is for mothers and grandmothers, biological, adopted, foster, etc. Really, for anyone who has influence in the lives of children.
It actually started last week, however, I KNOW this will be beneficial for everyone. The more I think about it, the more I'm considering approaching my church to see about teaching this there or starting a "small group" with it.
Today I will post the topics/introduction and Week One, Day One and Week Two, Day Two so that we can play "catch up". Please feel free to discuss what you have received from this study in each of the comment sections for the individual posts.
Also, on the weekend following the 5 days of lessons you are welcome to post about what you learned or what God has brought to you during the previous week's lesson.
B/C this comes from a book, I'll keep the headings, but not the page numbers as these will be blog posts.
I hope several of you will join me on this journey and see what Biblical Motherhood is all about!
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Loving Her Family, Teaching Her Children
Table of Contents
Verses to Memorize
Honor and Discipline
The God of Honor
Salvation is the Lord’s
Anger or Love
Time With Purpose
Mother, the Helper
Criticism vs. Hope
Yoked Together (Part I)
Yoked Together (Part II)
Mother, the Student
“Who Are You, Lord?”
Authentic or Counterfeit?
Open Heart, Open Eyes
Links of Approval
Mother, the Restful
Have I Missed God’s Plan?
Effective Rest (Proverbs 31)
Mother, the Teacher
Fleshy Fear/Godly Fear
Seeking Precious Gold
Mother, the Visionary
The Name, the Word, the Life
Mother and the Law
Our Likeness: the World or Jesus?
Evidence of Faith
Mother, the Homemaker
Traditions of a Vessel Unto Honor
Gullible No Longer!
The Rebel and the Road
Building Your House
Mother, the Called
Called to Occupy
List of Resources
This Bible study is written for you. It is your journey as much as it is mine. Jesus goes before us, He goes with us, and will never leave nor forsake us.
How can we take courage in this great privilege of raising our children? It is much too great a responsibility to see through in our own strength. We need God – the God who hears our prayers, who knows how we feel before we do, and who is never surprised at us and will never give up on us, who comes alongside us to hold us up and empower us to love and to draw near to Him, and in so doing, draw near to those He loves. We need the God who will forgive our sins and cleanse our conscience. It isn’t His love that will forgive and cleanse us. It is His blood, which He shed upon the cross.
It is in this power that I write to you. It is in this God I trust. He rose from the dead, and will enable us to live that kind of life, free from the wrappings of the world that so easily entangle us. Inside of us, after we have received His sacrifice on our behalf, we can live the life that He always intended for us to have, full of love, forgiveness, joy, peace: peace with God Himself.
After all the effort we have poured out, none of it matters unless it is grounded in His reality. How can what we do last past this life? How can we be healed, and raise up our children to be connected with the Healer Himself, to live lives of purpose, wisdom, and love?
It is in this hope that this study is in your hands.
Drink deeply and be satisfied!
Unless otherwise stated, all quotes are taken from the New King James and New International versions of the Bible. Italics have at times been added for emphasis.
What is my work to be as a mother? What should my days be like? Is there a certain way to dress? How should I think of my children? How should I talk to them, and teach them what they need to know? How do I know what they need? What does God think of motherhood? Does He say much about mothering in the Bible? How much of motherhood is actually teaching? How can I know God in order to ask Him? Will He really talk to me?
As a mother you may have many questions, and you will find that many people have differing opinions. But God doesn’t change, and He has much to say to us in His Word about our lives – specific things that change the way we see Him and ourselves; things that give us hope! Because He made us, He knows how we best operate overall as humans, and also as individuals. He knows your makeup – your special talents, interests, abilities, thoughts. He made you! He made you who you are, and He loves you so much.
Whether you are a student wanting a Godly understanding of education, a mother with the longing to love her family well, a Grandmother whose desire is to be a Godly influence on her loved ones’ lives, or are wondering what Jesus is like, I pray that this study will be enlightening to you, and will encourage you on your journey. Remember that at whatever age you or your children are, now is the time to look to the Lord for His counsel! If you feel you have failed, take heart! The Maker of heaven and earth is the God who delights to “restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,” Joel 2:25.
You may hear a lot of information, but believing it is another matter. Pray as you study. Ask God to help you to understand what He would say to you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a Christian for many years or whether you don’t yet know God. If you will come truly seeking Him, He will answer you. He is pleased when you come to Him for help. He is the God who sees you, and meets you right where you are.
Verses to Memorize
Your study will be fulfilled as you choose to commit these verses to your memory! Whether you tape your verse by the kitchen sink, rewrite it each day, or repeat it aloud alone or with your children, you will be greatly encouraged as you memorize these words from Jesus!
John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
Matthew 11:29, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
1 John 4:16, “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.”
Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Colossians 3:23, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”
1 John 4:4, ”He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”