A peek inside this post: Looking for biblical principles for parenting? Use these Christian devotions for Moms to see what scripture tells us about how we should parent, and take steps toward intentional motherhood. These are devotionals for mothers of all ages and stages.
I am so glad you have found this set of devotions on parenting. One of my gifts and passions is to encourage others. I long for them to be seen and feel confident in wherever the Lord leads them.
As a mom of 3 boys, I often ask myself what it looks like to thrive as a Christian mom.
There is no magic formula, but I do think it happens with a humble heart and a desire to seek God each morning as we raise our children. Whether they are in diapers or learning to drive, we all face hurdles.
The best way I have learned to handle those hurdles is to look up and go over them. It’s going to be a lot harder than going around them, but the end product will be totally worth it.
How to Use These Devotionals for Intentional Motherhood
This devo has 7 daily devotions to help you as a an intentional Christian mom. Each day consists of scriptures with biblical principles for parenting, because as we know from 2 Timothy:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”2 Timothy 3:16-17
I don’t know about you, but I want to be equipped for every good work!
I strive for intentional motherhood and need to be reminded daily what that looks like. How about you? I mean, is there any experience more humbling than being a mom?
There are also stories and examples of real life application, a prayer followed with a question for reflection, and a challenge to help you live out these verses and start thriving at this whole intentional motherhood thing!
You could complete this short study alone, or maybe with a couple of friends or even a women’s group!
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Biblical Principles for Parenting: Christian Devotions for Moms
Day 1| Proverbs 31:26
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
I remember exactly where I was standing in our old house, getting chocolate out of my secret stash, when one of our sons caught me. He had some pretty solid wisdom for me. “Mom, God wants you to be kind and share that chocolate with me.”
He had a valid point. God does like it when we share.
To be fair, he did say it in a very respectful way. He could have easily stolen my chocolate later when I wasn’t looking. (Which is what they try to do now!)
I can’t think of that moment in my kitchen without thinking about wisdom and kindness.
I love the word “and” in this verse. The first part of the verse is joined together with the second part. It’s happening at the same time.
It’s like peanut butter AND jelly.
Macaroni AND cheese.
Bacon AND eggs.
“She opens her mouth with wisdom AND the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
Wisdom and kindness go hand in hand. Let’s take a closer look at how that plays out in parenting.
RELEVANCE TO MOMS
Have you ever been given advice in an abrupt/matter of fact way? Sure you have. It happens all the time.
If you are like me, you may have a hard time hearing what is being said to you because you keep thinking about the way you felt during the delivery of that advice.
More often than not, with my kids, I try to share my wisdom in a matter-of-fact way and I forget the AND part of Proverbs 31:26. The kindness part.
Wisdom AND Kindness.
It’s our God-given responsibility to raise our kids the best we can. Pointing them toward loving God and each other. In doing that, we have to teach all day long.
Sometimes it’s teaching with words and sometimes it’s letting natural consequences play out.
We are constantly shaping and leading our children. That must be one of the main reasons we are constantly exhausted!
Wisdom is better received when paired with kindness rather than frustration or judgment.
Of course we are going to get frustrated throughout the day. Especially after you ask your child about 25 times to use two hands when carrying a cup and they choose to only use one. Before you know it, milk is flowing like the river Nile through your dining room.
I hear you.
Thankfully we can take a deep breath and look to God to help us respond with kindness. We can rely on his spirit when our flesh is tired of teaching.
Write a little note by your bed that says “I speak with kindness.”
I know that may seem silly, but we magnify what we meditate on. If we tell ourselves each day that we can kindly share wisdom, we are going to be much more prepared to practice it when the occasion comes.
Please give me wisdom. Please give me the words to say when I need to teach and the ability to be silent when words aren’t necessary.
Please pair my wisdom with kindness. Please give me a sincere heart, helping to lead my child towards better decisions.
Please remind me of the kindness I long for so that I might pass that on to my kids.
In Jesus’ Name,
When was the last time somebody shared some wisdom with you with kindness? How did it make you feel? Did it make you want to spend more time with that person?
Day 2| Deuteronomy 6:5-7
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Have you ever planned out the “perfect” conversation in your mind to teach your kids a life lesson, only to have it erupt like Mount St. Helens?
Frustration rises like the temperature inside the volcano and before you know it, words are coming out of everybody’s mouth like hot lava.
I’m not sure what causes the uneasiness.
Worrying that our children won’t learn the important lessons? Feeling fear that our kids won’t know God well enough to go to him when things fall apart?
It feels like the weight of their daily decisions and more importantly, their eternity, resides on whether we do a “good job” raising them.
These verses in Deuteronomy help to ease my fears. It reminds me that raising our kids isn’t a sprint to be crammed into a few important conversations. It’s marathon after marathon after marathon.
RELEVANCE TO MOMS
In looking at the advice that Moses wrote in Deuteronomy , it is surrounded by loads of commandments. It holds numerous guidelines for the Israelites as they prepare to enter the promised land.
It’s an encouragement to remember where God’s people have been and where they are going.
Isn’t that our goal as parents?
To help our children remember and learn from where they have been and remind them that the choices they make each day determine where their life is going?
It wasn’t that the Israelites did everything perfectly. In fact, they had a track record of making the wrong choices.
God was faithful and kept showing up. He gave them guidelines to help their lives go better.
Not because he wanted to be bossy and in control. He knew that these commandments would result in a closer relationship with Him and a firm foundation when hard things in life come flooding in.
Take off the stress that you have been putting on yourself to have fruitful conversations.
Ask God to help you to love Him with all your heart, soul, and strength so that you can model that for your kids.
Look for moments in the ordinary days. When you are outside and see a squirrel storing up food for the winter. The beautiful butterfly landing on every flower. Point them out to your kids. Even when they roll their eyes. Point them out anyway and worship God for his creation with your heart and mind.
Look for opportunities before bed to see if your kids have anything they need to talk about. Our kids all seem to open up a little more when it’s one-on-one right before bed. Ask if they need prayer for anything. Pray for them to have strength for the next day.
Point out the ways God cares for your family, whether that be a great sale at the supermarket or an encouraging text from a friend.
Having those small, natural conversations consistently will make a larger impact on our children’s faith than having big, occasional discussions.
Thank you for the gift of being a mom. Today, I ask that you pull me towards you. That you remind me of your love for me so that I can love my kids with the better version of myself.
Please provide opportunities as we go throughout our day to reflect on you. Your gifts. Your consistent love that we don’t deserve but you give so freely.
Help me to point my kids to you.
In Jesus’ Name,
Are any of my kids in the wilderness right now? Have they had big transitions or been struggling in making wise choices? (If you find them there, take their hand, and reassure them that it’s not forever. They will get on the other side of this and you are going to help them along the way.)
Wrapping Up Devotion on Intentional Motherhood
This sample of our devo speaks to the heart of what we hope to accomplish here at Just Homemaking: to be a place where Christian Moms can find Heart Change as they grow closer to Jesus and learn about their Biblical value as a Homemaker.
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We hope this Devotion on Intentional Motherhood encourages you to treasure the gift of Christian homemaking and helps equip you for what God has in store for you in this role!