What makes biblical motherhood different from just motherhood? It's the Living Word of God working through us. It's being subject to the authority of Scripture (which is Christ) and following the standards set before us.
As a Christian, God calls us to a pretty high standard and we are asked to walk that standard, not make excuses for being lazy in our faith walk. That's not to say we won't slip up, but we still need to be intentional about running the race. There's a difference between being lazy and making excuses for not showing up, and showing up and falling down in the race.
While there aren't a lot of verses specifically aimed toward mothers, there are plenty which easily addresses us as people and overflows into our role as mothers.
As mothers, we need to keep the house clean and train our children. We need to be patient and serve with joy. We need to remember how much we need Jesus and convey that to our children. Whatever we learn, we need to pass down to our children. There is plenty in Scripture that can be applied to motherhood.
My goal in this series is to draw some of that out and lay out how it can be applied to our lives as mothers in a practical and spiritual sense.
Wait. What's spiritual about motherhood? Everything.
If you are a born again Christian, and the Holy Spirit is dwelling within you, you are a spiritual being. You begin to see things through spiritual eyes and with an eternal focus.
First of all, we cannot do anything apart from Jesus. Not a thing. Everyday is grace from Him. Every strength comes from Him. We only need to recognize that fact and offer thanks where it is due.
The days that I struggle most as a mother are the days I fail to meet with the Lord and intentionally ask Him for direction, strength, patience, and a fruitful day.
So, What is Biblical Motherhood?
Biblical motherhood is taking God at His word and applying it to our lives. It's not just stuffing knowledge in our head because it does no one any good to keep the wisdom of God bottled up and not walk it out.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22
Motherhood is no cake walk and I could not imagine doing it alone. Even when I have no friends around me in the physical sense, God is there to comfort me through His word. His peace washes over me.
But there are still days I forget His word and I forget His promises, particularly when I fail to read the Bible and meet with Him in prayer.
There can be no biblical motherhood where He is not present. He Himself is the Word. Where the Word is not evident in my life, God is not.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. John 1:14
Let's dig in and get our hands working for His glory!
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