After raising three girls, Lynne knows the struggles and joys of motherhood. She loves sharing her experience and aha moments w/ other moms.
Devotions for Women
These devotions written especially for mothers are meant to inspire and encourage you! Being a Christian mother is often a thankless task, the world doesn't share our values and we're tempted to give in to the pressure.
These writings are meant to encourage you to continue in your journey to raise children who love Jesus Christ as well as inspire you to become the best person you can be in Him. In addition to the devotions you'll find on this page, look for links to more than six other pages with more short readings to help you on your way.
Devotions You'll find on This Page
- I've Been There Before
- Good News for Parenting Mistakes
- To Raise a Child Like Jesus
- The Beauty of Sabbath
I've been there before
“The Priest is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness.”
Sometimes when I look at my children and my grandchildren, I remember my past, and I smile. I see things they’re doing and wish that I could give them some sort of sound advice that would help them avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made. Generally, though, I keep my mouth shut, because I remember how much wisdom I’d have accepted as I journeyed down that stretch of road. As Christians, Peter tells us we are priests. Every single person who has accepted Christ has entered a royal priesthood.
As moms, we are not only part of that royal priesthood, but we’ve been entrusted with little followers who we become “priest” to on the day they are born. Priests in Jesus’ time had a lot of responsibility. They not only taught the people what the word of God said, they also made the sacrifices and made rulings when there were disputes among God’s people. If it’s a priest who helps people understand the love, mercy and grace of God, then you are a “priest” to your child. If it’s a priest who explains what it means to fear and respect the Creator of the Universe, then every Christian mom must be a priest. If it’s a priest who hears the confessions and accepts the sacrifices, listens to the arguments and administers justice, then you are not merely a mom, you are a priest.
And Hebrews 5 reminds us that the greatest “priests,” like the greatest moms, remember that we are human, we are “subject to weakness” and sometimes we fall. Remembering that we aren’t perfect, always keeping in perspective the forgiveness that’s been extended to us through Jesus Christ helps us to “deal gently” with our children while not letting them off the hook.
There’s always the danger of extremes in everything we do. In parenting, to one extreme, there’s the danger of not enough discipline, raising a child who is a terror. But there’s also the other extreme, forgetting that we’re all human and God offers grace with every punishment and discipline. Today I invite you to consider yourself your child’s priest. Are you helping him know Christ a bit better every day? Does she know how much her Creator loves her? Will he understand that his misbehavior not only hurts you but dishonors God? Are you helping them become all they can be in Christ, dealing gently with them because you’ve been there?
Good News for Parenting Mistakes
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
This weekend I was at a worship conference. Ben Mandrell was the speaker. He talked about all the things we don’t do because of fear, but the thing that the Lord impressed upon me was when He reminded me about my favorite Bible verse, Romans 8:28. Ben mentioned it as a verse to help us as we walk through fearful times, but for some reason it struck me that this verse is also a promise to us moms!
If you’re like me, you make parenting mistakes more often than you’d like. It’s a bit better now that my children are all adults, but the entire time my girls were at home, I found myself doing or saying things that I later regretted. I love my girls desperately and did my very best, but the truth is I didn’t always get it right. I lost my temper more than I’d like and sometimes my best intentions weren’t necessarily the best thing for my kids. These words from Romans 8:28, words which have given me comfort and power a number of times before gave me a huge blessing this week.
As I thought about God working all things for good, I considered those mistakes I’d made in my parenting. What if God took even these mistakes and worked them for good as long as I truly love Him? What if all parenting mishaps committed while we love God with all of our heart are correctable, usable and even full of potential to become part of something God works together for good?
I certainly don’t want to ever use this as an excuse to not even try to be the kind of parent that makes God proud; however, this thought, that God has always been taking all of my unintentional mistakes and well-meant efforts molding them into something good, lightened my heart and gave me hope. I know that many of you are doing your best to live as Christ-like as possible, even as you raise your children. But I also know that just as many manage to beat yourself up at least one day a week or so because you wish you’d said something different, spent more time or offered more signs of your love.
Today I want to give you this reminder to encourage you. Always remember that God is working all things together for good for those who love Him, all of our mess ups, all of our mistakes and all of our regrets, even those we make as a parent.
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These are some of the titles you'll find here: How to Raise a King - Mark the Day - Interruptions - Another Lesson I learned from My Dog - Helping Your Children Find their Gifts
To Raise a Child Like Jesus
7 . . . being made in human likeness.8 And being found in appearance as a man, . . .
I had the privilege of sitting in with our youth this week. We were talking about “walking the walk” even with our family. At some point during the discussion turned to ways that we make Jesus look bad or embarrass Jesus. One of the girls mentioned that sometimes she’ll break out in dance in public, and it embarrasses her brother. So, she thought maybe it embarrassed Jesus too. This gave me an opportunity to share with them my own view of Jesus.
You see, I’m the oldest in my family. I’m a girl who always kind of wished she’d had an older brother. So as I got to know Jesus, I became intrigued with the thought that He IS my older brother. Jesus is that person who will stick up for me when the bullies come around and watch out for me when I'm outside of my comfort zone. I am tremendously grateful that Jesus was “made in human likeness” and “found in appearance as a man” because it’s that picture of Jesus that gives me my “big brother” image.
But it’s also that verse that reminds me that Jesus was a kid once too. He had at least six younger siblings, and while we read about Jesus being tempted in the wilderness, I’ll bet the temptations He experienced as being the oldest of seven children were what really prepared Him for those forty days in the desert.
The youth laughed as I shared my picture of Jesus as a child. I explained that they’ll never read my description in the Bible, it was just my idea. I see Jesus as a fun loving and gracious kid. I imagine my Savior as being in “human likeness” when he was 12 and 13 perhaps even more so than when he was 32. And I can’t help but wonder if at least one time when He was young, Jesus put a frog in His sister’s bed.
Now before you think I am sacrilegious, I truly believe that Jesus never sinned. I believe that He was perfect so that He could make the sacrifice for our sins. However, unless your parents (or your Heavenly Father) have told you not to, is putting a frog in your sister’s bed, or any ornery sort of fun, a sin? I just don’t think it is.
Alright, so perhaps Jesus never put a frog in anyone’s bed, but you get the point.
Sometimes we want our Christian children to be so perfect, so Christ-like, that we convince them, sometimes unknowingly, that breaking out in dance in public is a sin. And while I want the children in every Christian family to be a little more well-behaved than the average 21st Century child, I would rather see them smile more and have more fun. Jesus didn’t come to make more rules. The Ten Commandments had already proven that there’s no way rules can get us closer to God. Jesus came to teach us how to live life together. He showed us how to forgive the unforgivable and party when the world says we should be somber (Luke 7). He demonstrated respect and love for all persons, but He also attended dinners that even by today’s standards wouldn’t have been places Christians should be seen. As Christian parents, sometimes I hope we’ll raise our children to show love and respect to everyone, to always put others needs before their own and to show Christ in all their actions. But I’m also hoping we won’t get too legalistic and suck all the fun out of life. I’m praying that as Christian parents when our kids bust a move in public we’ll join them, and we won’t get too bent out of shape if we find an occasional frog in the bed.
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Lynne Modranski (author) from Ohio on November 11, 2014:
@Favored - :-) Of course you can peek in!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Fay Favored from USA on November 11, 2014:
I'm sure you don't mind me peeking in on this even though I'm not a mom :) I like your explanation of honoring the Sabbath. It's something that I believe isn't taught correctly and people become judgmental over those who follow it differently than they might.
Charla Pitre from Saint Martinville, Louisiana on November 11, 2014:
Very inspiring. As a dedicated Christian wife and mother, this helps.