A few weeks ago, I discovered Missy’s blog, Graceful Little Honey Bee. She blogs about frugality, simple living, and more, all from her faith-filled perspective. I enjoyed what I read so much that I invited her to guest post here. I hope this post blesses you as much as it did me, and that you will hop on over to visit her as well–she has a great freebie available right now also.
As the saying goes, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” God has given us a huge amount of influence over our families. How are you using that influence today? We are each uniquely gifted to care for our families and today I want to share some practical ways that mothers can use their influence for good and be a blessing to those that they love the most.
So here are 10 Simple Ways Mothers Can Bless Their Children.
Spend time with Jesus
It’s amazing the difference in my mood and patience level when I spend time in the word and in prayer. The simple fact is we need God to fill us up first so we can then turn and pour ourselves out in service to others. Plus, what a blessing it is to our children to see their mother in the word and in prayer on a daily basis!
Get a Good Night Sleep
This may sound simple, but sleep is vitally important for mama and the whole family. I know when I’m short on sleep I tend to snap at my kids and be grumpy with my husband. So make sure that you and your loved ones are getting 8-10 hours of sleep per night to feel refreshed and energized during the day.
Don’t Over Commit
Our society seems to think that busy = important, but that isn’t always the case. The truth is moms are busy enough without adding outside commitments. I’m not saying outside commitments are wrong, but we need to make sure that our family comes first. Simply being present in our child’s lives is a huge blessing to them!
Get Rid of Clutter
I don’t know about you, but I feel so much more relaxed and peaceful when my house is clean and clutter free. Think about how your kids are feeling if they have toys scattered all over the house. Like adults, children tend to be happier and calmer in an organized space so let’s bless them by keeping the house as clutter free as possible.
Resourcefulness seems to be a lost art these days, but it’s an extremely important skill to have in life. Knowing how to stretch what you have and going without when you don’t have the money are great life lessons that our children need to learn. They are watching us so we need to teach them by example. If they learn to be resourceful while they are young, then hopefully they will carry it throughout their lives and be blessed.
Pray for Them
Prayer is such an important part of motherhood. Just think about it, we have the chance to go before our God daily on behalf of our children and pray for their salvation, safety, health, character, future, etc. and that is a powerful thing that should never be taken lightly. What a blessing it is to a child when their mother is a prayer warrior for them throughout their lives!
“The LORD is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.” -Proverbs 15:29
It’s easy to get so caught up in the busyness of life that we forget to sit down and enjoy our children. A lot of times when a child is acting out it’s simply because they want our attention and don’t know how to ask for it. As mothers, we need to be intentional about setting aside time each day (20 minutes is a good starting point) to just sit down and play or talk one on one with our children.
Live the Fruits of the Spirit
One of the biggest ways that we can bless our children is to set a Christ-like example on a daily basis. Character development is so important in children and the way that they learn the best is through the actions of their parents. Read Galatians 5:22-23 and take the ones that you struggle with the most to the Lord in prayer. If we are going to raise Godly children, then we need to first be Godly women.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” -Galatians 5:22:23
This is probably the easiest one for most of us, but it is no less important. Tell your child that you love them on a daily basis. Hug them. Kiss them. Hold them. Tell them how special they are to you. This may seem simple, but these acts speak volumes to our children’s precious hearts. What a blessing it is to a child to know and feel love on a daily basis from their mother.
We need to love our children as Christ loves us. If our children are going to come to know Him then we need to be an example of His love to them. We can do this by loving our children without condition. Always. Just as Christ loves us without condition. What a blessing and relief it is to a child to know that their mother will love them no matter what they do or say!
I hope that you have been encouraged by these words and will strive to be a blessing to your children today and always. Do you have any ideas to add to the list? I’d love to hear them!
Missy is a stay at home mom with two children. She has a passion for encouraging women to live a simple and Godly life. She blogs over at Graceful Little Honey Bee sharing easy recipes, frugal living tips and spiritual encouragement for daily life.
Crystal here: One thing I would add to the list is to invest in your marriage. I believe that is so important to our children and families :)