Developing a Godly Character As a Homeschool Mom
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Developing a Godly Character As a Homeschool Mom
Being a homeschool mom means you have to juggle and multi-task many times throughout the day. We all have those days where we count down to nap time, and then once again for bedtime. You have those days where you hear the same question being asked over and over again, the whining, the meltdowns, and the list goes on. It can be tough being a mom, but it doesn’t have to be.
When life gets chaotic, and we feel like we are one step shy of having a meltdown ourselves we need to hit that pause button. We need to start developing a Godly character as a mom (Proverbs 31:28).
Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her NIV
Developing Godly character is something that takes time to work on, and the reward is amazing. When your life gets hectic you will have a stillness inside that is unwavering. Without balance and self-control, your entire day can get away from you so quickly. I once spilled a cup of coffee, panicked to go clean it up and it ruined my day before it even began. The contents of that cup were merely coffee. A rag could wipe it off the counter and floor, and no one would know it even happened. But I allowed my whole day to go downhill because that coffee spilled and from that moment on, I was expecting more bad things to happen. We have to learn that no matter what when our coffee gets spilled, the kids fight non-stop, or your toddler wakes up sick, that we can walk with grace to tackle the day at hand and have peace when we go to bed.
Characteristics of a Godly Mom
Pray for Guidance
Sit down and take time to pray for God to help show you what character qualities you need to work on. Maybe you need to be slower to anger, or more patient. Take time to pray and be quiet and listen to hear what God is trying to tell you needs work. Prayer is key to self-control and preparedness as a Christian.
Learn to find patience in those hard moments. Don’t be quick to anger or lose your patience because your child is taking a long time to get their shoes on. Learn to accept and be okay with things taking time. Start your task earlier, so you have time to wait patiently. Pray for that patience to grow stronger in your life, so that when you have one of those days, you can find grace and peace in it. I have found that by changing my perception and accepting the season of motherhood I am in, I can have patience through moments that would otherwise aggravate me.
Teach What Matters
We are teaching our children curriculum daily, but are we teaching what really matters? As a parent, we are to help teach our children God’s ways. Show them love, teach them about God’s unconditional love, the rights and wrongs of life, and of course discipline them when needed. It is our responsibility to raise up our children to leave our nests and be well rounded Godly individuals for the world. We need to teach Biblical principles and stay in the word with our children. I believe this is more important than any textbook curriculum they will ever come in contact with. If you need help ask God to guide you on how you should raise your child and for wisdom.
Fruits of the Spirit
To have Godly character traits of being a Godly mom, we have to look at the Fruits of the Spirits. Faithfulness, Self-Control, Joy, Love, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Peace, Gentleness (Galatians 5:22-23). These are all the traits we need to work on in our everyday life. To grow stronger in these areas we have to work on mastering them diligently. I suggest looking at your personality and determining which ones you should tackle first. These might take time, and you shouldn’t expect changes overnight. Start with a word study in the Bible on one specific fruit and work from there. The Fruits of the Spirit are a perfect place to start or do a bible study with your children.
The most important is to make sure you take time to show your love for your child each and every day. Spend time with them, laugh with them, hug them, and just let them know you are there for them. We all make mistakes each day, and if you have a bad day, remember that tomorrow is a new day. Give them the love they need, and God will help you take care of the rest. Remember that one day you will wish they were back in your arms looking up at you with adoration.
Psalm 127:3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. NIV
Motherhood is an evolving journey that stretches and grows you. All for the better of course, if you allow it. Grow in grace, study the word, and enjoy your many blessings.