Confessions of a Christ-Centered Mom
Hi, I’m Laura, and I have focus issues.
Here’s a fuller picture: I’m a stay-at-home mom, a work-at-home mom, and a mom of two (ages 5 and 2). Need I say more? Well, I will anyway.
Sometimes what seems like the simplest things are really the most difficult to do. I’m a Christian who has had a relationship with God since I was 12, but I don’t spend every moment of my day in tune with God.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
No matter what’s happening today, I should act and speak in Jesus’ name, and I should be constantly giving thanks to Him. I’m not writing this to be hard on myself, but to let you all know that it’s okay to admit to the truth: living out our faith is challenging.
Every day, I want walk in Jesus’ footsteps, taking up the cross of my sins and imperfections (Luke 9:23). Daily, I want to be transformed the way God intends (Romans 12:12).
So how does a busy mom go about it? What does having a Christ-centered home and spirit really look like?
You all know that when I’m working on something, you get to join me for the ride. Buckle up.
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How to Be a Christ-Centered Mom Every Day
1. Create an Atmosphere of Worship
It’s so helpful for me to do mom life in a house that encourages worship. I’m much more likely to be focused on Christ if there are reminders of His presence surrounding me. These ideas are simple, but they truly make a difference in my attitude.
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
In my house, I often play Christian music throughout the day. It’s not the only thing I listen to, but it helps me to worship in my heart no matter what’s happening.
I also love surrounding myself with verses, inspiring artwork, good aromas, and maybe wearing a Christian tee. Bringing in a little of God’s creation, like flowers or letting in the sunshine, can go a long way too.
Whatever lifts your spirits and inspires your heart to praise God, use it in your home.
2. Lead Your Kids in Devotionals
This is one that I’ve let slide, so I’m eager to make it part of our daily routine. Grabbing a children’s Bible or a devotional and reading together has been such a wonderful way to start the day. (Here’s our favorite pre-k devotional!)
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
Finding time when it’s just mommy and the kids is a great way to:
- agree together that we need God today
- set the tone for our day together
- affirm our beliefs
- remind the kids God loves them
- bond together
- guide the kids as only a mother can
I think it’s important that we’re acknowledging God in different combinations as a family. We’re in a mommy-son-daughter combo eight hours every weekday in the summer. #canigetanamen
3. Mama’s Devotional Breaks
I think it’s wise to focus on study and prayer at some point during your day, at a time (or times) that work best for you. Sometimes it’ll feel impossible. Other times, you’ll be able to throw a coloring book in the general direction of your children and have a quiet time.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
If I haven’t fit it in while my kids were sleeping, that’s okay. I love the fact that my kids can see when I’m reading the Bible (I use this awesome journaling Bible instead of an app now). I almost always read one verse to them aloud. But for the most part, I keep this a me-and-God moment as much as possible.
1. Be Proactive About Stress
Before you face your day, or as soon as you can, take a second to decide how you’re going to handle the problems that arise. You already know the typical ones you could face…maybe sibling rivalry, a broken appliance, an extra long to-do list…
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Whatever hits your buttons, be aware of those triggers and decide how you’ll handle them when they come.
Because I’m a mom of young kids, I’m well-versed on ways to calm down. Can I apply the strategies we learned from Daniel Tiger to myself? Well, most of them. Even taking a few deep breaths makes me a lot less likely to react in stress.
2. Pray and Worship Continually
This looks ridiculous in a list, because it’s not something we can simply check off. Don’t worry, I’m used to looking ridiculous. (I’ll have to tell you about the time I accidentally dyed my hair jet-black.)
Constant connection with God is the core of being a Christ-centered mom. It doesn’t matter how your day might look to others as much as how your day is spent with God. Moms have non-negotiables in our routines that can make our quiet-time dreams, well, die.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Brother Lawrence, a 17th century monk whose printed interview became a classic and best-seller, was known for doing dishes. Did he love doing dishes? No. Did he find this mundane task to be part of worship? Yes.
…he made himself do everything (in the kitchen) for the love of God, with prayer, upon all occasions. He asked for God’s grace in order to do his work well. He found that everything went more easily.
—Brother Lawrence, Practice of the Presence
We all spend our days doing a mix of things that make us happy and things that potentially drive us crazy. But no matter what, we can enjoy simply being in God’s presence. In Him, we live, and move, and do dishes, and have our being…I’m pretty sure the verse goes something like that. (Okay, it’s Acts 17:28, and dishes aren’t explicitly mentioned.)
3. Embrace Your Season
I want you to be inspired, to create goals for your spiritual life, to try something new and something that challenges you. That being said, I also want you to embrace your season.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens.
You aren’t a monk. (I’m just guessing.) You might not be a morning person. You might be homeschooling 10 kids. Whatever season you’re in, embrace it. Know your limitations as well as your ideals, and stay far away from comparison.
You can be Christ-centered no matter where you live, what you do, or how busy you are. Let’s worship God together in our work today. I’m in if you are!
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