Nicki writes monthly for Expository Parenting Ministries. You can view all of her articles here.
In my most recent post for Expository Parenting, I want to encourage mothers who feel a pull into some kind of ministry outside the home. Your first ministry is IN the home. There is no substitute for you there. And if you consider for just a few minutes how huge this ministry is, you’ll find that no other calling outside the home can compare.
I encourage you moms to sit down and imagine (or even sketch) a possible family tree, starting with you. How many children do you have, or will you have? Now do some grandchildren math. And then do the great-grandchildren math. And think about the hearts and minds of all of those descendants.
Your influence can be profound, affecting generations. Generations! This illustrates just how important our role as mothers is right now. What we do, with the children given to us, is not just about these children. It’s about their hearts, minds, and souls, and this, in turn, will be about their children’s hearts, minds, and souls. We have the power, in simple motherhood, to change our family tree.
Mothers, this is your first and most important ministry. You cannot be replaced, and the work you do in your own home is more important than the opportunities available outside the home. Childhood is short, and the necessity of the ministry poured into it cannot be overstated.
Expository Parenting is an excellent book on the WHY and HOW of teaching your children the Bible at home. I recommend it for every Christian parent!