Sunday, February 3, 2013

For Mothers: Our homes and the spirit of God

God has taught me many lessons since becoming a mother. I have heard God's voice in a new way. If I had not slowed down to "stay at home" I would have never learned them. One lesson God has been speaking to me lately is about what is in my home and the spirit it reflects.

  God has given each of us a home. It might be a small room, a studio, an apartment, a condo, our dream home, whatever size it is is our home. You might own or rent or live with family. You might even dislike the looks of the walls that surround you. Whether we live in our home for a week and then move, or years, it still is our temporary earthly home. But what does God call us as mothers to fill it with for our families? Do we fill it with things? With multiple tv's? What DO we fill our home with to make it feel like a home?

The most important thing isn't a thing at all. Our home starts being filled with the spirit of God and everything else is extra. Does our home reflect that spirit? How do we infuse our home with the spirit of God?  No decoration, no flower arrangement, no picture or candle will put God in our home if He does not first live in us each and every day.

As mother's, we are raising little ones to be the next generation. How can we pass on the right things to the next generation if we are not right within ourselves? God has to weed the things out of our hearts and minds as mothers as we are mothering. He makes us better each day as we pray and ask for help.  As we actively listen to His voice telling our hearts and minds what He is working on, what He wants to weed our of ourselves to mold and shape us better. We are changed as our children are molded and shaped too.  That is a gift God gives us. Slowing down to be with our children, to listen to God and to teach our children to listen. We have to be on the journey with God to finding wisdom and rest in Him.
 None of us start our mothering years being a perfect person nor will we end them perfect either. Isn't it wise to allow ourselves to be worked on as we mother rather than the alternative? The alternative is ignoring all of our personal baggage, all of our "issues" and continuing on in this life blind to them and never growing. What happens then? It get's passed on to our children. The change and growth for the next generation begins with us. We are growing and changing for the better in Christ. Only then can we have the knowledge to train and teach our children correctly.

As mothers, the spirit of God living in us daily is what brings Him alive in our homes and in our children.

Stand firm on working on yourself and building up your home on the wall of God's peaceful spirit.  Ask yourself, if you don't reflect God to your child, who will?

" A wise woman builds her home, but the foolish woman tears it down with her own hands." Proverbs 14:1

"The career of motherhood and homemaking is beyond value and needs no justification. It's importance is incalculable." - Katherine Short

"Home is the grandest of all institutions."
~Charles Haddon Spurgeon

One expression in Titus 2 deserves special notice. It is the word homemakers. The Greek word is oikourgous, which literally means “workers at home.” Oikos is the Greek word for “home,” and ergon means “work, employment.” It suggests that a married woman’s first duty is to her own family, in her own household. Managing her own home should be her primary employment, her first task, her most important job, and her true career.
-John MacArthur


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