Three Requirements of a Successful Mother
"Manoah said, 'What shall be the boy's mode of life and his vocation?' So the angel said to Manoah, 'Let the woman pay attention to all that I said...'" (Judg. 13:12-13).
A mother who is VIGILANT.
"She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness" (Prov. 31:27).
"Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him" (Prov. 22:15).
Know the difference between: PUNISHMENT & DISCIPLINE.
Punishment is motivated by ANGER and focuses on past MISTAKES.
Discipline is motivated by LOVE and focuses on future CHARACTER.
It's not always what a parent does that ruins a child. It's what they TOLERATE.
"Samson went to Timnah and saw a woman, so he told his father and mother, 'Get her for me as a wife.' They told him, 'Is there no woman among the daughters of your own people that you should take a wife from the Philistines?' But Samson said, 'Get her for me for she looks good...'" (Judg. 14:1-3).
- It's not always what a parent does that ruins a child. It's what they TOLERATE.
A faith that is REAL.
"So that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may found to result in praise and glory and honor at the coming of the Lord Jesus" (1 Pet. 1:7).
A family that is GRATEFUL.
"Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also praises her saying, 'Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all'" (Prov. 31:28-29).
"Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God" (Phil. 4:6).