When I think about dressing for motherhood, I think practical. I think what can I wear and still sit on the floor? What is going to show the least amount of stains? What is going to accommodate my rapidly growing belly with baby #2? And bonus if it is somewhat cute!
But dressing for motherhood spiritually is not about what is practical or about cute maternity dresses. It is about character.
The Bible talks a lot about “putting off” and “putting on.” The things that we are to put on as moms are no different from the things that all Christians are called to put on.
Put on a heart of compassion
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Colossians 3:12-13
When we wake up in the morning, we need to put on a heart of compassion for our children. Our children are sinners who need the Savior just like we do. The days are long as a mother and it is easy to get frustrated. Let us compassionately point our kids back to the Savior when they disobey. Let us be kind when they wrong us. Let us forgive them as the Lord has forgiven us.
Put on the armor of God
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:10-12
Every day we go into battle for our children’s souls. We battle against the very devil for their hearts. He uses every thing that he can to capture them and to distract us from our purpose. It is crucial that we put on the armor of God so that we can stand firm against Satan.
Recently, I had the opportunity to partner with Pinkblush Maternity and try on of their maternity dresses. It was so fun to look through their beautiful clothing and pick out something. When the dress came, I fell in love with the comfortable fabric and lovely pattern.
But as I admired the dress, it made me think about dressing intentionally for motherhood. Do I put as much thought into what I wear spiritually as I do physically?
Moms, this morning let us intentionally put on compassion and purposefully put on the full armor of God. May we show God’s kindness to our children as we battle for their hearts!