Sure YOU can!
And guess what?
If we are all real honest, most of us would have to say that there is no one better to pass down the one, true God of the Bible to your kids than moms.
I know what you’re thinking: Dads are supposed to do this.
I know that line above is gonna get me some flack for saying it all up to moms.
In a perfect, or close to ideal, world I wouldn’t need to suggest that a mom is the perfect person to pass on Jesus and the truth of the Bible to her kiddos.
But we aren’t living in a perfect world
no one will ever be “perfect” for this job, right.
So let’s just get “perfect” OUT of the picture, okay?
We ain’t aiming for “perfect”. (Sorry for the terrible grammar….just had to impart some of my southern-ness in here somewhere!)
In a “great” family situation where the Dad has the upbringing and/or conviction plus takes the time to be the family spiritual leader, then YEAH, Dad is (literally) the man for the job.
And to those Dads I applaud!
How I wish that ideal situation were true for all of us.
And maybe it is for your family.
Maybe your husband is that guy that’s pulling this heavy load and you’ve “got his back” or at least trying hard to do it with him.
Or maybe YOU, momma, are the only parent that feels the calling.
And it can feel like a burden. You know, a weight, to carry around. Because as a believer YOU KNOW their is absolutely nothing more important that sharing Jesus with your kids.
On top of that you have (again literally) a million things to do in a day.
You do, don’t you?
If you don’t, you must have a dozen hired servants.
Most of us have way, way, WAYYYYY too many things to get done each week.
Yeah, I know. #MomLife ain’t easy is it?
Just when you think you have one thing done, there come ten more things for you to figure out.
And you know….YOU know…that somehow, someway, you’ve just gotta pass on your love of Jesus and His love for all of us to your dear little family.
It was hard before 2020…
Looks like it won’t be easy in 2021 either…
Maybe we should consider moving to a different planet!
I don’t think that’s possible, but some days I sure wish there really was a way to move somewhere that seemed better to raise a Christian family.
I considered looking for a time machine, but when I tried to think of a generation, even in the past century, that looked close to perfect, I couldn’t find it.
Living here on earth can feel like we are living in darkness.
Ever since sin entered the world back with Eve and Adam, things have been very im-perfect!
And ya know, TBH, if Eve hadn’t started it, then once things got to me, I would have messed it up!
Well, let’s go back and look at the original question: Can a mom pass on the truth of her faith to her family in today’s world that’s crammed full of endless influences and distractions?
Just think about it:
God knew. HE KNEW Adam and Eve would mess up royally! And He had a plan (Jesus).
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17 NLT
And God has a plan for us Christians living IN the world.
Although we’d like to run away from our to-do lists and all the junk going on in the world around us, God has put us here IN the world IN our particular family AT this particular time (yeah, even in 2021).
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. John 2:15-17 NIV
Will this be easy?
Is it possible to have relationships with those OF the world, but still be Christian self?
Again, yes. And your children need to see you do this and be taught by your example.
The world will always have its “pull” on us…on our kids…on everyone.
As Christians, this is not our home. We aren’t going to feel comfy!
And growing up in this world with us (for a short time, I must add) is our precious kids!
Your children are YOUR first ministry.
As a Christian parent, it is YOUR DUTY–not a church’s or a school’s or a grandparent’s duty—to point your kids to Christ in every way (as Savior, as a compass, as an interceder, etc.).
BTW, if your husband isn’t on board with this calling, just know that miracles can happen. Put praying specifically for him on top of your prayer list today.
Is that blunt? Have you been telling yourself that but lack the will or disciple to act on it?
You aren’t the only one!
I’ve been there and am still steering that boat myself, navigating the “waters” of attempting to live a full and fun life on earth while weeding out the bad (constantly) AND being a Sheppard to my kids.
I guess I’m a sailor and a shepherd?!!!
In fact, moms have countless jobs, don’t we?!! Have you read my post on being a firefighter?
We are all on this journey.
We don’t have to do it alone. It wouldn’t be near the fun, would it?!
Would you like to go on this journey with me?
Please take the next steps.
Don’t delay. ACT!
But you don’t have to do this alone. I’m here (yeah, living this too) and doing it with you!
I’m recommending you start these steps below that I also do myself.
Because this isn’t something you can do once and check off your to-do list like cleaning the toilet (Yuck).
And it’s SOOOO much more fulfilling than cleaning a toilet!
In 22 years of parenting, I have made tons of mistakes (and still do, uh huh, for sure), but I’ve learned a lot when I’ve dug into God’s Word and given Him that heavy burden of ministry my kids in the midst of everyday, busy life.
Use these resources below as you take this journey. You won’t be alone with me walking beside you (and we are walking, not running, okay? ):
Start first by subscribing to my Fuseletter. It’s a very “quick-read” twice-a-month email that points you towards some awesome practical Christian parenting ideas with extra insights from my own life (plus I give helpful freebies and have fun giveaways too).
Sign-up for our Mom Challenge Group, starting soon, where together, a bunch of us moms will build our relationships with our kids one easy habit a month. Each month we have a new challenge we take on together.
Then explore my site, where I have resources on how you can pass on your faith to your kids. You can go here to get started now on your specific situation.