If you are a mom, you undoubtedly wear many hats. You have a lot to do. You often get lost in the mundane rituals, that can be incredibly overwhelming. You can sometimes feel so drained just by life in this busy season that you feel like you are in survival mode, and you lose sight of the why. The Why that I am talking about is, why did God make you a mom?
In many people’s fallen views, children are a curse and an inconvenience, and being a mother is far from the high calling that God says it is. Some parents view their kids as trophies to show off, and unknowingly project their own insecurities onto them. But I can tell you right now, friend, that God did not make you a mom to make your life hard or so that you could have kids who you can brag about being the best at everything. Yes, being a mom is hard. Yes, we should push our kids to hone their talents and interests. But the answer to the real “why” is this…
God made you a mom so that you could fulfill the Great Commission in your own home.
That’s right. God made you a mom so that you could make disciples, and those disciples are your own children. The dishes and the laundry will always be there. Volunteer opportunities will always be there. Hobbies and social media will always be there. Your kids will be gone soon. The chapter of discipling them will be closed.
Heavy words, huh? Not to mention, while the idea of family discipleship seems ideal to many Christian moms, it can also seem intimidating. Where do you begin? What does it look like?
In my quest to disciple my young children, I’ve tried many different approaches. The one that has worked the best for our family has just been what I like to call organic, on-the-go discipleship. In fact, this type of discipleship is straight out of Deuteronomy 6:6-7: “These words that I am giving to you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” As we’re living our daily lives, we can look for “teachable moments” to point them back to the gospel and to Biblical doctrine. This applies to children who are already saved and children who are not saved—discipleship is a journey.
It’s hard though, right? It’s hard in all the daily hustle, when we’ve had little sleep, to be think of creative conversation starters for our kids. So, I’ve compiled a list of conversation starters that I either have already used with my oldest daughter, or I plan to use. They are mostly one-liners, that I can just bring up and see where the conversation goes. I hope that this list can get your creative discipleship juices flowing…
1.) Did you know that God loves you so much that he sent his only Son to die for you?
2.) Did you know that the Bible says that God’s love for you reaches to the sky? God is completely fair, but he is also full of grace.
3.) You are loved with an everlasting love.
4.) God has a plan for your life.
5.) You are a sinner and you need Jesus to save you from your sins.
6.) I like the drawing that you are working on. Did you know that God created you in his own image? Do you know what that means?
7.) You need to apologize to your sister for what you did. Did you know that God can forgive you of all of your sin?
8.) You can trust God.
9.) Isn’t bath time fun? God knows the number of the hairs on your head!
10.) God chose you before the foundations of the earth.
11.) God is good, isn’t he?
12.) Look at that tree! God created everything, including that tree!
13.) God has called you to do a work for him.
14.) God is the King of the universe!
15.) God sees everything, even what we try to hide.
16.) Jesus paid the price for our sin.
17.) The Bible is God’s Word. God wrote the Bible for us.
18.) Do not be afraid. God is with you.
19.) God will provide for everything that you need.
20.) God will protect you.
21.) God will help you.
22.) God wants us to love one another.
23.) God wants us to tell the world about him.
24.) God is a God of Truth.
25.) God can perform miracles.
26.) When you receive Jesus, you will be born again.
27.) When you receive Jesus, God will raise you from death to life.
28.) When you receive Jesus, God will put his Spirit to live inside of you.
29.) When you receive Jesus, you will be made right with God.
30.) When you receive Jesus, you will become a child of God.
31.) When you receive Jesus, your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
32.) God is working all things together for your good.
33.) We are all born sinners because of Adam and Eve’s sin.
34.) We can only be saved through Jesus.
35.) Jesus is coming back one day to set up his Kingdom on the earth.
36.) You are in the world, but not of the world.
37.) If you are in Christ, you are a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.
This list can go on and on. Have you started conversations like this with your children? It is so important. What conversation starters can you add to this list?