Why does your faith matter in order to develop a godly culture in your home? Let’s consider what scripture has to say about the role your faith plays in raising up a household of faith.
Here we have the best example or formula, if you will, for understanding how exactly to develop a godly home. Let’s take a look:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Before you see any other directive given to raise your kids to love God, verse five says that you must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
This commandment is given to the parents. In order for our kids to develop a strong faith in God, they must see it in us, first. These words must be on our hearts. Without a strong faith of our own, we cannot teach our children a love for God.
Notice: this commandment that God is giving has nothing to do with knowledge. He doesn’t say that you must know everything there is to know about God before you can teach your children. He simply tells us to love God. Having a love for God will naturally display your faith to our children. That’s the first step in teaching them.
Having said that, it’s important to be striving in your understanding and love for God. So you must grow in your faith. Having a love for the Lord that is firmly rooted in faith will be the only way to create a godly culture in your home. It is the very foundation for both a great marriage, and successful and godly parenting.
You can’t give your kids what you don’t possess. You must already have a love for God in order to teach your kids.
So now that we’ve established that you need to grow a godly faith in order to cultivate a godly home, you might be wondering what the next step is and that’s exactly what I’m here for.
I’ll help you take the next step in your walk with the Lord, in order that you may be able to develop godly character as a mom and begin to see the godly culture in your home take shape.
The options are limitless in how you will actually grow spiritually, but this one element I know:
You must spend time with God, in the Bible in order to know Him and grow spiritually.
Check out this post. It will help you set up a routine for spending time in God’s word on a daily basis. Since I’m a busy, mom of seven kids, I wrote it understanding that you probably don’t have hours to spend, cross referencing scripture and studying the Greek Lexicon.
If you do, send me an email! I’d love to chat!
Also, check out this resources that I made that will not only make spending time with God effective, but it will also make it fun!
You might also find that listening to an audio Bible is a good way to grow spiritually. However, try not to let it replace spending actual, physical time reading your Bible. There really just isn’t any other replacement.
This is one of my favorite devotional apps. I’ve found it very helpful for the busy seasons of life where I’m struggling to find time to even eat. The devotions are quick, straightforward, and to the point. And they pack a punch! However, as I said please use this as a supplement to your actual Bible reading or a once in a while option.
Church attendance is imperative to your own spiritual growth. In order to grown in your faith, you must be a part of a body of likeminded believers. Not only will church attendance help you grow spiritually, but it will also be helpful for having the support you need as you grow godly kids.
In order to determine your spiritual health, it’s important to take a moment and evaluate. I developed this resource to help you determine a “spiritual grade” for yourself. That way you can know exactly how/where you can improve an also have an idea of where you’re doing well in your spiritual walk.
You can download it for FREE here.*** I’d encourage you to do a spiritual evaluation every several months to make sure you’re growing in your sanctification.
According to dictionary.com, a leader is a guiding or directing head, as of an army, movement, or political group. In this case, we’ll substitute army with family. According to Merriam-Webster, the word spiritual means, concerned with religious values.
Therefore, we can conclude that a spiritual leader is simply, a person who is guiding or directing a group (family) where religious values are concerned.
Maybe you’re saying, “Great, Amber. I know I need to grow in my own walk with the Lord. How am I ever going to lead my kids and family?” “What do I need to do in order to become the spiritual leader of my family?”
First, let me just say that as long as you are married, and your husband is present in the home, he should ideally be the spiritual leader of the family. I know that is not always the case in ever Christian home.
Having said that, my encouragement to you is that, as a godly, Christian mom, you have the responsibility to become your kids spiritual leader. Which means, you must be growing in your own walk with the Lord.
By first becoming spiritual, yourself. In order to lead or teach someone, you only need to be a slight distance ahead of your apprentice. Don’t get hung up on everything you don’t know.
In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul said, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” As you learn to grow in your walk with the Lord, bring your kids along with you.
You will find many resources here at Cultivating a Godly Home to help you become the spiritual leader of your home. Together, we can do this! And if at any time you need a hand, a hug, prayer, or encouragement, you just reach out and I will be here to help you!
As you begin leading your family spiritually, you will see that it takes effort, commitment, time, prayer, energy, blood, sweat, and tears! I really am trying to encourage you! I don’t want you to be discouraged by the amount of effort you’ll need to pour into this endeavor, so I’m being up-front and honest.
It’s hard work! But as the late, great, Theodore Roosevelt once said,
“Nothing worth having comes easy.”
My friend, this is worth it! Are you with me? Let’s get started creating a godly culture in your home!
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