John Piper uses 1 Peter 3:1-6 to explain six things that submission is not.
- Submission is not agreeing on everything.
- Submission does not mean leaving your brain at the altar.
- Submission does not mean you do not try to influence your husband.
- Submission is not putting the will of the husband before the will of Christ.
- Submission does not mean getting all of her spiritual strength through her husband.
- Submission does not mean living or acting in fear.
A discussion on whether mothers should work outside the home can be polarizing. Macy English reflects on her thought process when she learned she was going to be a mom. Even though she had always thought she would be a home keeper, two graduate degrees and a successful career complicated her plans.
Many girls already perceive her external flaws in our image-driven society. Jen Wilkins reminds all of us that there is power in telling our daughters that they are beautiful. And even if she know that when you tell her “You’re beautiful” that what you mean is “You’re beautiful to me,” your words of affirmation are important and necessary.
A mother often just does not feel that her motherhood is a gift. Gloria Furman reminds us several key truths from the Bible that should help mothers when they don’t feel their role as a Christian mother is a blessing.
Mothers are constantly teaching their children, and somethings this responsibility can be very laborious. Nick Batzig highlights four blessing that we receive when we teach children.
- The blessing of remembering the central truths.
- The blessing of growing in your ability to break down the deep truths.
- The blessing of watching children process God’s truth.
- The blessing of knowing that you are planting seeds of truth for life.
Christian homes should be an open place for children to learn and ask questions about sex. The world is already teaching our children about sex, and pornography is prowling for our kids. This article encourages us to strongly consider opening this conversation and keeping this conversation going with our children.
Even though Ephesians 6:4 is a command directed to fathers, both parents can have a sinful tendency to provoke their children to anger. Mark Altrogge lists 15+ ways that we provoke our children to anger. See if you are prone to doing anything on this list.