Today I’m sharing some excerpts from one of my favorite books on motherhood…(read more about my heart behind this here).
In this wonderful book, Jean Fleming shares some really valuable practical advice. I hope you enjoy these excerpts and ideas to possibly implement in your own home!
“[Mothers] can… talk about the parable of the good soil as we work in the garden, or tell them Jesus knows the number of hairs on their head as we comb their hair. Making or slicing bread can be the setting for telling them that Jesus is the bread of life, or that man doesn’t live by bread alone, or how Jesus fed five thousand people with two loaves of bread and five fishes. Seeds of truth are waiting everywhere to be planted in your child’s mind. But you must be there to plant those seeds.”
“As I feed my children, I pray God will nourish their souls; as I bathe them I pray they will experience the spiritual cleansing Christ provides; as I dress them I pray they will be clothed in righteousness. Time to intercede for our children may seem scarce, but if we plan at least a brief time to pray each day, and combine prayer with routine activities, we may greatly increase the prayer we invest in our children’s behalf. We must make and take time to pray.”
“The prayers of Moses, David, Hannah, and many others can be our patterns as we learn more about how to pray. In the New Testament, the prayers of Paul for his spiritual children are especially useful in learning what to ask for our children.”
“Be available when they want to talk. We fool ourselves if we think we can relegate conversation totally to time slots that are convenient for us. A wise mother figures out when each child likes to talk and makes herself available at those times. Does he bubble over right after coming home from school? Is it the quietness of bedtime that seems to loosen his tongue? Or maybe he likes to sit on a stool in the kitchen while you cook dinner.”
“Have you ever thought of your home as a learning tree – a place where you provide spiritual and intellectual stimulation for your children? Do you consider your home as a setting in which to encourage their dreams and inspire their creativity? Is your home a safe place for sounding out new ideas? Is it a launching pad from which your children can go out to explore the world beyond?”
“The book of Proverbs qualifies as a parent’s handbook and can help you determine good aims for your children…above all, the aim of Proverbs is to promote wisdom, for ‘wisdom is supreme’ (4:7).”
“…consider teaching about Jesus as the bread of life, or as the light of the world. Think of as many ways as possible to communicate this truth: Bible verses, art, music, drama, literature, and storytelling. Consider ways to involve them personally and to use all five of their senses: hearing, smelling, seeing, feeling, and tasting. Above all, relate Jesus simply and interestingly to their everyday experiences…”
“Such effective, timely teaching must be an overflow of our lives. We can’t share with our children what we don’t know ourselves. The right words won’t automatically roll from our lips. Our readiness depends on our intake of the Bible and our fellowship with God.”
“As mothers, we exercise our faith when we look beyond what is visible…just because your children are not where you would like to see them at this point in time does not mean all hope is lost. Keep praying and trusting God to work.”
“Viewing our children’s weaknesses through the perspective of a lifetime can ease our concern about certain problems, but make others seem more serious. For example, dishonesty or laziness should be deliberately confronted because of their disastrous effects over a lifetime.”
“Weaknesses often heighten your child’s consciousness of his need for God and provide natural opportunities for him to experience God’s help.”
What are some ways that you pray for and teach your children about their heavenly Father?