A Minute for Mommy

Sally Michael Childhood provides us with an opportunity to establish for our children a habit of Bible reading or “devotional time.” Habits started in childhood can last a lifetime. Here are a few suggestions to consider in starting your children … Continue reading

A Minute for Mommy

Elizabeth George Titus 2:4 goes on to say that Moms are to “love their children.” …Raising children is not easy. Every mom will say “Amen!” to that. You’ve got diapers, food preparation, sickness…and laundry galore! It’s never fun or a … Continue reading

A Minute for Mommy

Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson When God calls our children to come to him, even if we haven’t gotten it all right, even if we’ve trained little Pharisees or have a house full of prodigals, nothing is impossible for him. … Continue reading

A Minute for Mommy

Nancy Leigh DeMoss Parents don’t usually realize how much their example affects their children. Kids know what their parents’ standards are. They notice when their parents use language at home they’d never say in public. They notice when their parents … Continue reading

A Minute for Mommy

Rachel Jankovic

As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. This is what it looks like to walk with God, as a mother.

God treats us with great kindness as we fail daily. He takes the long view of our sin—knowing that every time we fail and repent, we grow in our walk with Him. It is easy for us to accept this, because our sins are, well, ours.

But our children sin against us, annoy us, and mess up our stuff. we want to hold it against them, complain about them (if only to ourselves), and feel put upon by their sin. We have a much harder time accepting that every failure from them is a wonderful opportunity for repentance and growth and not an opportunity to exact penance.

(Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches, p. 14)

About A Minute for Mommy… 

Even though busy moms don’t have much time to read, we still need biblical encouragement as much anyone. That’s what A Minute for Mommy posts are all about, sharing Godly wisdom from solid teachers that you can read in right around a minute or less. 

A Minute for Mommy

Elizabeth George

With a busy schedule, it’s possible to end up going several days without praying for your daughter. There’s just so much to do! But here’s a thought: “Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work.” That’s especially true where your daughter is concerned!

And here’s another thought: If you aren’t praying for your daughter each day, who is? Maybe a godly grandparent or your husband? I hope so. But it’s possible that on any given day, you are the only one praying for your daughter. So don’t let a no-one-prayed-for-my-daughter day happen!

Your daughter needs your prayers, every day, come what may. Every busy mom can somehow find five or ten minutes in her day. So find them…and pray. The stakes are much too high for you to fail to spend some time in prayer for your precious daughter.

(Raising a Daughter after God’s Own Heart, p. 49)

About A Minute for Mommy… 

Even though busy moms don’t have much time to read, we still need biblical encouragement as much anyone. That’s what A Minute for Mommy posts are all about, sharing Godly wisdom from solid teachers that you can read in right around a minute or less. 

A Minute for Mommy

Sally Michael

The greatest guide God has given us in praying for our children is His Word. As you read the Bible, use Scripture as a springboard for your prayers. For example, using Psalm 1:1-2 might look like this:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2)

“Lord, help my children not listen to the advice of ungodly friends, or to participate in mocking what is true, good, and right. Instead, help them to love the truth, treasure your Word, and stand up for what is right. May Your Word be their guide, and not the opinions of others…”

Just take each phrase and pray what it stirs up in your heart and mind. In so doing, you are praying Scripture-soaked truths into your children’s lives. Though we are not guaranteed the results we want or the means by which God answers our prayers, God, the Giver of prayer, often puts on our hearts that which He ordains.

(Mothers: Disciplers of the Next Generation, p. 21)

About A Minute for Mommy… 

Even though busy moms don’t have much time to read, we still need biblical encouragement as much anyone. That’s what A Minute for Mommy posts are all about, sharing Godly wisdom from solid teachers that you can read in right around a minute or less. 

A Minute for Mommy

Sally Michael


As mothers, it is tempting to be consumed with the busyness of life—getting meals, changing diapers, bringing children to school, doing laundry, attending to the myriad of necessary tasks to manage a household and family—at the neglect of our spiritual development. Not only is this personal spiritual suicide, but it is detrimental to our children. If we would nurture the faith of our children, we must first nurture our own growing relationship with the Living God.

We must be spiritually armed for the day which means doing whatever we must do to preserve our time with God. We cannot be good ambassadors if we are not meeting with the King. In order to fulfill the responsibilities given to parents in Deuteronomy 6, we must first feed our own souls. Then our love for God will flow naturally from our hearts to our children.

(Mothers: Disciplers of the Next Generation, pp. 12-13)

About A Minute for Mommy… 

Even though busy moms don’t have much time to read, we still need biblical encouragement as much anyone. That’s what A Minute for Mommy posts are all about, sharing Godly wisdom from solid teachers that you can read in right around a minute or less. 

A Minute for Mommy

“The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is
to sit down and look comfortable.”

-Lane Olinghouse


If you’re a mom, I know you’ve discovered the truth of that quote! Moms rarely get time to themselves to use the bathroom, let alone read a good book.

Even though we don’t have much time to read, busy moms still need biblical encouragement as much anyone, and that what’s A Minute for Mommy posts are all about, sharing Godly wisdom from solid teachers that you can read in right around a minute or less.

So, mommy, if you’ve got a minute, get some encouragement! 

Sally Clarkson


Before I had children…I really had no clue that admiring a Beanie Baby’s pen, taking a picture, finding a T-shirt, and helping to unlock a gas cap would be the kinds of sacrificial acts required of me most often while I attempted to fulfill the mission
of motherhood.

As I have grown through the past eighteen years of motherhood, however, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of the many thousands of routine moments in a mother’s life, for it is in these moments that real greatness tends to be taught and caught.

It is certainly important to grasp the great calling of motherhood and respond to a vision for what a family can be. But it’s the way I respond to my children in everyday moments that gives me the best chance of winning their hearts.

If I have integrity and patience in the small moments of life that are so important to my children, and if I approach them with a servant’s heart, then I have a far better chance of influencing them in the larger and more critical issues of life.

The Mission of Motherhood, pp. 62-23

Sites to See

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a post like this, but I came across a few goodies online yesterday that I wanted to share with you. I think you’ll enjoy checking them out…

Dear Moms, Jesus Wants You to Chill Out — Stephen Altrogge reminds moms that they don’t have to sew their kids’ clothing or maintain organic gardens to be godly mothers. Our calling as moms is really very simple.

Jesus Understands Loneliness — Feeling totally out of place and misunderstood in the world? In an article for Desiring God, Jon Bloom points out that no one understands loneliness better than Jesus does.

Why Abortion Is the Most Important Issue This Election — Denny Burk writes a compelling argument for why Christians should keep the sanctity of human life at the forefront of their minds as they cast their votes on November 6. If God’s children won’t take a stand for the unborn, who will?

A Year of Biblical Womanhood: A Review — I have been greatly disturbed by Thomas Nelson’s decision to publish Rachel Held Evans’s book on “biblical” womanhood. As Trilla Newbell reviews the book for Desiring God, she points out some of the major flaws present in Evans’s perspective on the Word of God and womanhood.

Cancer—Joni’s Journey — October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In a new episode of Joni and Friends, Joni Eareckson Tada talks about her recent battle against stage 3 breast cancer: “Within minutes Dr. Polan came into the room with Ken and me and announced that this was a suspicious-looking mass with irregular edges and she thought I should move right away to have it further examined. That was pretty scary.” As always, Joni’s steadfast faith in God in the midst of suffering is an incredible encouragement.

Image: Svilen Milev

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What memories are you making in your domestic domain? Each home has its own distinct environment. Does yours speak of the Creator of the universe?

Are peace and beauty and comfort and welcome to be found there? Is communication clear and kind, leaving room for criticism without allowing anyone to be crushed through cruel or angry outbursts? When hurt and resentment flare up, are there legitimate ways to express it while still keeping a guard over one’s mouth (Psalm 141:3)? Can people be honest without injuring one another unfairly (Ephesians 4:25-27)?

The fearlessly feminine woman sets an example for her household to follow. She knows there are some things that must never be said no matter what the level of frustration or anger. What memories are being formed in the environment of your home? Children should learn kindness, compassion, and self-control at home. When they don’t, schools and communities are forced to pick up the pieces of their cruel, selfish, and uncontrolled behavior…

Don’t make your home just another item on your “to do” list. God calls you to devote yourself to your home above any career. If you are too busy to manage it well, who will do it?

~Jani Ortlund in Fearlessly Feminine

Photo: OBMonkey

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When women—sometimes well-meaning, earnest, truth seeking ones say “Get out of the house and do something creative, find something meaningful, something with more direct access to reality,” it is a dead giveaway that they have missed the deepest definition of creation, of meaning, of reality. And when you start seeing the world as opaque, that is, as an end in itself instead of as transparent, when you ignore the Other World where this one ultimately finds its meaning, of course housekeeping (and any other kind of work if you do it long enough) becomes tedious and empty…

The routines of housework and of mothering may be seen as a kind of death, and it is appropriate that they should be, for they offer the chance, day after day, to lay down one’s life for others. Then they are no longer routines. By being done with love and offered up to God with praise, they are thereby hallowed as the vessels of the tabernacle were hallowed—not because they were different from other vessels in quality or function, but because they were offered to God.

A mother’s part in sustaining the life of her children and making it pleasant and comfortable is no triviality. It calls for self-sacrifice and humility, but it is the route, as was the humiliation of Jesus, to glory.

~Elisabeth Elliot in “On Motherhood and Profanity

Photo: OBMonkey