The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Jesus and Leading Our Children

mother leading child by the hand

This season of life is simple—exhausting, but simple. Between the diaper changes, the newborn feedings, the 2-year-old’s “magical” moments, and finding time to bathe everyone in the house, we have entered a time of basic survival mode.

There are some days when it would be easy to get lost in the sleep deprivation, toddler tantrums, loads of laundry, and singing the ABCs too many times to count and forget who Christ has called me to be in all seasons.

Where is that missionary, the woman who loves to cross cultures, try new things, and share the gospel? Who has time to plan a mission strategy? I can’t even escape my house long enough to meet my neighbors.

I know this season is temporary and motherhood overall brings more opportunities to share Christ than it limits. Yet, even through a temporary season when life and ministry can feel “limited,” it’s good to remember that my calling as a mother is just as important as my calling as a minister and missionary. If anything, the calling of motherhood brings about an important reminder that I am completely in need of Christ’s grace and presence in every moment of my day.

Here are a few reminders for mothers (including me) during these transitional seasons:

  1. Start the day with the Lord in His Word and through prayer. We can give our true Christ-following self only when we are connected to Christ Himself. Anything else is giving a false version of us to people (and that is where our sin nature will begin to show). Let’s begin our day in Scripture, connecting ourselves to His Word, and then pray those words sink into our hearts and minds, connecting us to His will. Then, we can mother out of a heart already submitted to God.
  2. Seek teachable moments in the ordinary. Every glimpse of creation and learning, from the meals we prepare and eat to the times we take nature walks or use our imaginations, can be a time to connect our little (and big) ones to God. Find the divine in the ordinary moments and share Christ with your children.
  3. Involve your children in your calling and mission. One of my greatest joys as a mother is to watch my child love on others and show kindness and empathy. We must first model this to our children, then give them the opportunity to join us in sharing Christ with others not only through our actions but also through our words. Teach your children simple biblical concepts to share with others: God made you, God loves you, and Jesus wants to be your friend forever. These simple truths will develop over time, and they can be used as an easy way for your young one to share the gospel.

Remember to offer yourself—your tired, sleep-deprived, not-showered self and all—to others, including your children, for the sake of them knowing and worshipping the one true God. The ministry of motherhood is a good one. Let us be faithful to it.

Courtney Simpson is “momma” to 2 girls (a 2-year-old and a newborn). She’s a pastor’s wife and an advocate for all believers to be on mission.

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