In honor of Mother’s Day, this post is dedicated to my wife Sonya.  As a wife and stay-at-home mom, she is the greatest leader I know.  For more on her leadership skills, click here.

Earlier today, my pastor Crawford Loritts of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, GA preached a challenging message about what makes a great mother.  Since the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world, I felt the leadership lessons presented needed to be passed on to you.

A few introductory comments:

  • A mother’s love provides the emotional security needed to face life.
  • Moms produce and shape the future.
  • There is nothing stronger than heart attachment.

Now, the 4 commitments every mother needs to make to be a great mother.

A Commitment To Live A Godly And Humble Life.  This is the Principle Of Example (Titus 2:3-5)

  • Love your husband and children in that order.
  • Teach the generation to love.
  • Live with self-control.
  • Teach your children to think right and act from that.  Keep your emotions under control.

A Commitment To Make Your Home Your Passionate Priority.  This is the Principle Of Focus (Proverbs 31:27-28)

  • Don’t treat your husband or children as if they are interruptions to your life.
  • Do not judge or persecute women who choose to stay at home to raise their children.
  • Do not judge or persecute women who choose to work.  Some people have a higher capacity.
  • Do not know everyone else’s business but your own.
  • Keep your reward in mind.
  • Do not take more from a woman than you invest.
  • Husbands, do not let your child get away with disrespecting your wife.  Honor has to be taught.

A Commitment To Give Your Children To The Lord.  This is the Principle Of Stewardship (I Samuel 1:27-28)

  • We do not own our children.  They are on loan to us.
  • We raise our children to go in one direction – toward God and out the door.
  • This child is being sent somewhere by God.

A Commitment To Not Stand In God’s Way.  This is the Principle Of Release (Mark 3:31-35)

  • Stop inviting your children home all the time.
  • Let them leave.  Stop giving them so many reasons to hang around.
  • Celebrate their adult choices.

I hope every mom reading this post has a wonderful Mother’s Day.  We can’t thank you enough for all you do.

What additional qualities do you think great mothers possess?

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