To instill the gift of faith in your children, as a mom, to have what I call a kingdom mindset, an awareness of your life, and your family, as part of the ongoing story of God’s kingdom.
“Seek first the kingdom of God,” said Jesus (Matthew 6:33), and the first part of your calling as a mother is to introduce your children not just to the reality of God, but to the knowledge that each of us is called to love him, to know him, to seek him daily, and to form our lives according to his will.
It is in your home and presence that your children will learn what it means to be a follower of Christ. The spiritual life at home is a practice of living, a way of seeing, and a habit of prayer that sets God and his kingdom at the center of all you teach and do. Paul affirmed that “in Him [God] we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, NIV). The life you create in your home can communicate this reality every day. But it is vital to remember that the spiritual life isn’t a list of rules you and your children must
The spiritual life at home is a practice of living, a way of seeing, and a habit of prayer that sets God and his kingdom at the center of all you teach and do. Paul affirmed that “in Him [God] we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, NIV). The life you create in your home can communicate this reality every day. But it is vital to remember that the spiritual life isn’t a list of rules you and your children must keep, or a schedule you must follow.
The kingdom life at home is a life centered on a relationship with God, an awareness of his presence, and love in the smallest details of your family. This includes cultivating habits of faith, making time each day for a family devotion, teaching your children to pray, and helping them to memorize scripture.
But it is also a way of life that is a celebration of who God is. This life includes watching for His beauty in the changing of the seasons, thanking him together for life or health or unexpected grace, feasting on holy days, and cultivating a constant awareness of God’s goodness at work in the world.
But you as a mom cannot give what you do not have. Before you can pass on a love of God to your children, you need to know that love yourself. You need to know Scripture before you can teach it to your children.
Whatever it takes, you must plan for ways to nourish your own spirit, to keep your own heart close to God.
For me, that meant getting up before my kids for a cup of coffee and some quiet time. It meant planning in specific hours when I could get away. It meant fellowship with like-hearted friends.
You must do whatever it takes to set aside a space of time each day to pray, to read Scripture, to journal. You need encouragement and accountability. Seek out friends and mentors who will keep you accountable in your walk with God. If like-minded souls are hard to find, start a Bible study or fellowship yourself. Read. Pray. Seek.
The goal is to be sure that your own heart is rich so that when you teach your children, you can give to them out of your own treasure.