"...and His descendants shall inherit the earth." Psalm 25:13
"Blessed shall be the offspring of your body." Deuteronomy 28:4
"They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they are the offspring of those blessed by the Lord, and their descendants with them." Isaiah 65:23
Prior to becoming a mother at age 27, a friend of mine gave me a list of 50 scriptures concerning God's promises during pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood like the ones I listed above.* The direction of my life and subsequent motherhood journey, over the span of the last 22 years, was forever changed! God's word began to transform my mind about His ways and thoughts concerning being a mother. I began to see that what God had planted in me (a growing child) was much greater than I could ever imagine! His plan was to have me partner with Him in nurturing and training up the next generation to love and serve Him! Big job description for a selfish young mom.
But I embraced these beautiful promises and somehow managed, with God at the control center of my everyday life, to actually "...abide in the house as a joyful mother of children." (Psalm 113:9)...most days, that is. But even in the hard days, when my flesh was screaming, God was gracious and forgiving (along with my forgiving children).
My desire in the next couple of blog posts is to encourage mothers in their call. I am beginning to see some of the fruit in partnering with God in this motherhood journey. "Her children rise up and call her blessed...give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates." (Proverbs 31:28,31) I have made plenty of mistakes as a mother, as my children have made plenty of mistakes being the sons/daughters of Adam and Eve as well! But God has captured the hearts of my children and they are walking with Him today....to which I give Him complete and total glory!
So here are a few aspects of an Intentional Mom:
1. Be intentional in what you believe and confess over their lives. Bottom line...believe and confess God's word. Resist negative, critical words. As you project into the future, train your mind to see your children loving God, pursuing and desiring Him. I like to meditate on how God captured the hearts of young people like Paul, David, Daniel, Ruth and Esther. It builds my faith...if God did it for them, He can do it for your children. Don't settle for anything less, despite how bleak the current, natural circumstance may look. "He seeks godly offspring." (Malachi 2:15) "Lo, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward. As arrows are in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth." (Psalm 127:3-4)
2. Be intentional in how you pray. Pray the scriptures over their lives. This is much more powerful than "bless Johnny during his spelling test and keep him safe." For example, you could pray "Listen to me; be silent, and I will teach _____wisdom" (Job 33:33) when praying for their tests and school work. I have listed wonderful prayer books on the side bar of this blog (under Parenting) that have scriptural prayers to pray over your children.
I am praying for (not just hoping or worrying) purity, according to I Cor, 6:17-20,
godly spouses (Psalm 1, Prov 31, 2 Cor. 6:14), etc.
...this is all for now....more Intentional aspects next post!
* If you desire a list of these scriptures for a pregnant or new mom, please let me know! I will be happy to send them to you.