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for a Season Studies
on the Role of Mother
will concentrate on concepts from three main passages for this study
us recognize first and foremost that our husbands will be the ones
accountable to God for the direction of our children by virtue of the
position of authority God has placed on them.
2:18-22 (notice that a help meet was needed by Adam, not Eve
Peter 3:7/ vessel (4632) means an implement, equipment, goods,
ďspecifically a wife contributing to the usefulness of the
is concerned about the fatherless child.
Accountability and protection is the responsibility of the father.
For this reason the absence of a father must not go unmet and God
Himself chooses to fill that missing role; this may also be linked to
22:6 (notice the two parts to this verse)
up a child in the way he should go Ė our assignment
(2596) means narrow or to initiate so we are to begin this process of
channeling the child, but it is the work of God that completes it.
he is old he will not depart from it Ė Godís promise to us; one
which involves His work in that child's heart.
Proverbs 22:6 is speaking of the spiritual nature, character, and training
of the child. Our role as
mothers in influencing this area will have more to do with our
relationship with our husband, God, than anything we could say or teach
with our mouth. Again, the
importance of our obedience to 1 Peter 3:1-6 is dominant.
is our focus then and how do we pray?
and quiet spirit (verse 4) will be the Christ that they see in us
and which we need to pray for and focus upon in the training of our
children. It is by this
spirit that our children learn how to wait on God and go to him for
their perceived needs, wants, and desires.
They will learn from our behavior to not be argumentative
with others but wait on Godís timing and will when they donít
agree and are becoming impatient.
of godly mothers:
Samuel 1:1 Ė 2:11, 218-21, 26
25:21-34, Chapter 27-28:3
1:18 Ė 2:11
1 Ė 2:51
process as outlined in Deuteronomy 6:4-25
We have looked at this
The Word of God should be so filled in your heart that
it saturates your daily conversation Ė donít preach or quote Scripture
Ė God will put the words on your tongue spontaneously as you pray for
Him to speak through you.
When your children see you
making daily decisions based on your trust in God they see His influence
bound as a sign upon your hand. They
see that your vision for the future is through the eyes of God as directed
by His Word. They see your
peace and dependency on the Lord and how you pray over every decision.
They learn how you wait for the Lordís answers to the difficult
issues you face as a family. The
trust you have in the Lord is a powerful tower before them. They see the invisible through His visible provisions as you
give Him acknowledgment for them. That
which is your anchor in the Lord will become theirs.
The very way we decorate our
home is a command from the Lord. Is
your home splashed with Biblical truth?
How can we do this?
with pictures that have Scripture references on them
taped to your mirrors and refrigerator
reminders of God and His truth all around your home (Even our
government sees the merit in this practice and works to defend the
right to have Scripture mounted onto government buildings all around
The difference between our
homes and the world that our children must live in should be a striking
16:6 (reason for fearing God)
Some of the gods of our childrenís world today
include pornography, drugs, sexual lust, alcoholism, love of money that
directs their life choices, and eating disorders.
Have you shared the testimony of how you came to trust
the Lord with your life with your children?
Remember, they cannot ride on your shirttails but must at some
point choose to embrace this faith on their own.
Donít let Satan bring fear to your heart over this.
God is faithful!
Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
Really take your time as you examine this passage.
Cross-reference as you feel led and consider these thoughts as you
Look at the fatherís
response to the younger sonís decision to step out. We do not know how old this son was, but there is no
evidenced of anger or arguing over the request.
It appears that the fatherís response was immediate even though
as we know from the end of the story that this action was not the
fatherís desire for his son.
Verse 14 (possibly Godís
intervention through natural events; these are the consequences of poor
Look at verse 18-19/
reveals what a great humility on the sonís part and amazingly without
hesitation over what the fatherís reaction might be Ė no doubt due to
the manner in which the father handled the sonís poor decision to begin
with. This kept pride out of
the formula concerning the sonís decision to return.
Verse 20 tells us that
forgiveness was unconditional and even before the confession of the son in
Verse 30-31 indicates that
even though a great celebration was entertained, the father made no
attempt to restore what was lost by the son when the son squandered his
father was at peace over these life events.
He set no expectations or goals for his sons. He was able to trust God with their lives and his responses
were evidence of that. How
often do our expectations and ungodly goals get in the way of our
responses to our older teen/adult children?
Have we given them up to God or not?
Can our peace be obtained from a different source than how they are
living their lives or is our mother role and life so intertwined with
theirs that our self-worth and sense of accomplishment is determined by
their actions? We cannot afford to believe that God will in some way
evaluate us based on their behavior.