Moms Making Disciples

Should a mother focus primarily, or only, on discipling her children? Life can often be so demanding for a stay-at-home mom, for instance, that the thought of making disciples beyond her own children can seem like an insurmountable task. Maybe if there is only one child in the picture, but as soon as you have more than one, chaos sometimes does not even begin to describe the situation. Not to mention a home that takes time and attention. Is it even feasible for a mother to disciple someone outside of her own children in light of all of her other responsibilities?

These are questions that are being asked all the time, whether said, or unsaid. David and Francis give some biblical/practical principles through which to think, and a real life example to look to. Ultimately they help point us toward Jesus’ model of discipleship as the only sustainable way going forward.

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1 comment
  1. peaceliving said:

    I like what Francis and David have to say here and I want to start incorporating more outside of the home service into my life. I just want to add that I do believe there is a season with very young children where a mom’s primary ministry of discipleship IS inside the home. Between naps and diapers and taking care of the home with infants and toddlers, as well as tending to kids (who generally tend to get sick often in their first years), there isn’t much time left to spend regularly ministering outside the home. I have found that it wasn’t until my youngest was about four or so, that they were old enough for me to devote my energies to much other than their upbringing and housekeeping.

    Right now, as we currently have no foster children in the house and my bio kids are six and eight, I find the energy and time to reach out returning. With younger kids in the house, there was the chance to talk with neighbors and at playdates to get into others’ lives, and we are foster parents so we could model outreach and discipleship within our own home to our children. Moms do need to find SOME way to purposefully develop relationships with unbelievers in those young years that can lead to deeper conversations as the kids get older and the conversations can get longer than a few minutes. There are always ways to use our gifts and we should look for them, but I think those infant and toddler years have more than enough pressure for moms without adding a feeling of inadequacy that they should be outside of the house doing more than they’re already doing by loving on their littlest disciples. I love the picture of Lisa serving and her older daughters watching with admiration. Great example for me to follow as my boys grow.

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