What is a mother?

CDG is pleased to offer a new and very timely resource by Sally Michael, Mothers: Disciplers of the Next Generations. Here are some words of wisdom from the booklet to whet your appetite…

  • Motherhood involves a vision, too. It may be conscious or unconscious, well-articulated or haphazard, but the vision that drives us also shapes our attitudes, our actions, our influence and, to some degree, the outcome of our mothering. What is your vision of mothering? Is it shaped by the Word…or by the world?
  •  As mothers, it is tempting to be consumed with the busyness of life—getting meals, changing diapers, bringing children to school, doing laundry, attending to the myriad of necessary tasks to manage a household and family—at the neglect of our spiritual development. Not only is this personal spiritual suicide, but it is detrimental to our children. If we would nurture the faith of our children, we must first nurture our own growing relationship with the Living God.
  •  Our primary struggle in raising our children is not subduing their wills, knowing how to teach them the Bible, or even knowing how to pray for them. Our greatest struggle will be in striving to love and worship God above all else, so that we can overflow in imparting that love to our children.
  •  Our primary calling as Christian mothers is to be Christ’s ambassadors to our children, speaking His truth, and reflecting His heart to them. Christ has given us a divine calling as ministers of reconciliation. All our other responsibilities pale in comparison to this one great charge.
  •  Only as we are united to Christ, can we truly fulfill our calling as mothers. So our vision for mothering is to be first lovers of Jesus. Of all the mothering responsibilities we have, our first and foremost is to grow as Christians. If we are good Christians, we will be good mothers.

Written by Chris Martin

11 Responses to “What is a mother?”

  1. Beatriz May 10, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    so true. I get so easily distracted by all the house chores that need to get done. I’m finding that sometimes even discipling our children can become a distraction from my time in communion with God. Thank you for the reminder that first and foremost I need to be a lover of Jesus. A good mother is only good by the grace of God… “If we are good christians, we will be good mothers” (love that last line).

  2. Veronica Shelton May 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Not growing up in a Christian household, resources like this are invaluable to me in helping me become the mother God has called me to be. Thank you for all you do.

  3. Angela S May 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Thank you for creating this new resource! I think all mothers need to be reminded (often) what our real priorities should be. It is really easy to get lost in the daily activities or in the fact that you have not gotten enough sleep! I’m thankful for God’s grace and people like Children Desiring God who take time to mentor Christian mothers.

  4. Kristin May 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    Those portions make me want to read more! I’m encouraged to share this on Sunday at our family Mother’s Day Tea Party 🙂 I just saw these (the booklets)at the MACHE conference and was looking forward to eventually purchasing, using them at home and as a resource for our families at church. These words were very encouraging to take that extra time to be in the Word before I teach my kids for the day. I’m so thankful God is equipping people with these resources to live our lives for Him.

  5. Erica May 11, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    It’s so easy to get busy with all the ordinary, everyday tasks! I need reminders like this!

  6. Erika May 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    When I have my eyes on Christ my attitude and my vision as a mother are centered on Him. No matter how crazy and hectic our days/nights get if I remember I have been called to disciple my children and model a heart after Christ we thrive–even if the laundry is piled high and it is leftover night, again. It is when I have my eyes on myself that our lives turn quickly into a storm. It is easy in this place to wallow in self-pity and false guilt. I am so thankful for God’s grace in those moments and for the reminder that we are called to the glorious mission of the gospel in the lives of our children. It is a thrilling calling to be used by God to shape hearts and minds even if the details seem mundane.

  7. Cora May 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Some great nuggets to think about. When you are in the thick of everyday living, it is sometimes hard to keep the main thing the main thing. Thank you for sharing this resource!

  8. Dorina May 13, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    The godly woman who “mothered” me was a woman unable to have children of her own. She taught me to cook and to play the piano, but most importantly she taught me how to study my Bible, how to love and serve my Lord, and about living a life surrendered to Him. She was not the mother in my home, but she still passed on a godly legacy to me. As women, we have an opportunity to not only “nurture the faith” of our own children, but that of those around us. We can be spiritual mothers to them.

  9. Gloria May 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    “If we are good Christians, we will be good mothers.” I thank God for motherhood, God uses it to reveal the sins in my heart: impatience, unkind, without mercy, quick to anger, loving myself more than others etc etc. God uses it to constantly remind me of my weaknesses and dependency on Him. I am thankful for this character development phase in my life.

  10. Allison May 15, 2013 at 5:03 am #

    I am so excited about this booklet! I think every godly mother has the desire to overflow with God’s love, but the world and our sin do not always make that easy. How wonderful to have a resource that points is to the source of love and the intended purpose of parenting– discipling. Thanks

  11. Krista Coronado May 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Being a mother is the most sanctifying work thus far. So glad God has given us his word to help us in mothering.

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