Satan hates Christian motherhood. If it’s your goal to raise children for Christ’s glory, Satan will come and try to stop you in whatever way he possibly can.
He will lie… and try to steal.
He will discourage you and try to keep you in a hopeless state.
But, if you know God’s Voice of Truth, you will be able to recognize and combat these lies and stop Satan in his tracks.
Here’s some lies that I’ve heard from Satan regarding my motherhood.
9 Lies Satan whispers to you about your motherhood
Lie # 1. You don’t have friends
Loneliness is one of the most used and most effective tools used by the devil. God created us for community… for the fellowship of a church body that lives and moves together. You have more friends than you think, and I bet some of them are lonely as well. Reach out!
Also, making mom friends might be difficult if you want to find someone with kids that are similar ages and has a similar parenting philosophy. My advice to you on this would be to try to allow God to bring unexpected mentors in your life. Maybe that means looking through your church directory and calling an empty-nester mom and asking if you can bring the kids over. Or maybe that means helping to lead a Bible study and mentoring women who are younger than you.
Lie # 2. You can’t attend church with those disobedient children
Satan will ALWAYS discourage you from any spiritual discipline. Satan wants you to be disconnected from the body of Christ. He definitely doesn’t want you to grow in the knowledge of God and the fellowship of other Christians.
Lie # 3. You are alone- your husband doesn’t care about your children in the same way that you do
God designed for your marriage to be a parenting stronghold. If Satan can split this union up, he will try his hardest.
He might try to discourage you with a subtle whisper of: “Your husband is too busy or distracted to care. You are actually alone in this parenting thing.” Once you believe that, Satan will use that open door to whisper even more of these destructive lies.
Combat this lie by intentionally partnering with your husband and having a conversation about this and other lies on this list.
Lie # 4. Being a mother is hard work and not worth it
Do you wonder if you’re a good enough mom for your kids? No one is perfect, but if you’re attempting to show your children both love and boundaries, and if you’re showing your children the Gospel, through church attendance, family Bible lessons, or both, your kids have a good mom.
In our career-driven world, it might be unpopular to decide to put your career on the back burner. If you’ve made the choice to work part-time to be around your kids more often, or if you’ve made the choice to be a stay-at-home mom or homeschool your children, you might wonder if you chose a fulfilling lifestyle. You might wonder if it’s enough, or if God would call you to do something different.
Let me assure you that motherhood is a serious task, and it is worth your time. I would even venture to say that if you are called to be a stay-at-home mom or a homemaker, then it would be unwise for you to take on another job until God called you to do something else. As one of my favorite authors put it:
“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career. ”
– C. S. Lewis
Lie # 5. You should feel guilty about how you treat your children
I think every mom has had this worry in her heart; the worry that her children will end up denouncing the way they were raised… or that they might grow up to dislike us.
Isn’t that just where Satan wants you? Not living in the now, not trusting God for our daily bread, but worrying about some distant possibility?
Satan’s desire for you is guilt.
However, I want you to know… God isn’t a God of guilt.
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”
If you are dealing with guilt in your motherhood, it comes from Satan. If you have a place of parenting you’d like to improve on, that’s available to you through the power of the Holy Spirit!
Lie # 6. Your children are worse than other children
My son is 2, and I already feel that he is more strong-willed than other children his age. Where does he get this from? Did I… somehow… break him?
Your children are sinners, that’s for sure. They are in need of God’s grace to save them from the consequences of their sin. But they won’t hear that message of grace if you lead them through life with a spirit of condemnation.
BUT…the problem with getting discouraged about your child’s sin problem, especially if you label your child as “broken” or “beyond God’s grace” is that if you believe something about your children, your children have a much higher likelihood of fulfilling that prophecy.
This is especially true if you voice that out loud to them. If you say, even off-hand, that your child is a “bad kid” or that she’s “always too loud” chances are, they might want to fulfill that. Kids are always looking for a definition of who they are and what makes them unique.
So. Address the behavior, but don’t give your child a new middle name. Tell your son that he is being disobedient or your daughter that she needs to speak more softly instead.
Help your child find their identity in Christ, not in their sin.
Lie # 7. Your marriage isn’t as important as your motherhood
The proper hierarchy, as designed by God, is that we as mothers would place the most importance on God. That we would honor God first and give our time to Him in whatever way possible.
Next on the ladder is our husbands. As wives, we should honor our marriage, and try to serve our husband and nurture our marriages.
Our third priority should be our children. Serving and teaching our children should be a priority, followed by all of the rest of our obligations.
Satan wants to turn all of this on its head. He wants moms to place the most value on their other tasks, then their kids, then whatever is leftover going to their husbands, and then finally what scraps of energy and time are left can go to God. Life isn’t supposed to work that way, and we don’t feel healthy when we live life this way, and that’s just where Satan wants us: discontent and frustrated.
Lie # 8. Prayer doesn’t work and you don’t have time to pray
Satan wants us to think God is unapproachable and formal. That if you’re gonna pray, you have to “do it right”. These are both bold lies that hold you back from fellowship with God.
Christ is our High Priest and our Brother.
“For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet He did not sin.”
Lie # 9. You don’t have time to read the Bible
For some it might mean waking up early, for others, using some of the valuable nap time to read God’s Word. Satan wants to cut you off from Jesus, the True Vine.
What about you?
What lies do you struggle with as a mom? Have you heard any of these 9 Lies Satan whispers to you about your motherhood? What lies would you add to this list?
Also, check out 8 Lies Satan Whispers To You About Your Marriage
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