by Leslie Hollowell
Recently I sat on the couch in my living room with a beautiful young mom who has a heart for discipleship. She is also the mom of two little boys and we discussed what this looked like in a season with little ones. I’ll be the first to say that the sweet kids that God entrusted to us are our precious disciples (who also happen to live under our roof.) We are called to teach these little ones the ways of our Lord.
A disciple of Jesus is a student or learner of Jesus and we are blessed to walk with the Lord daily as his teaches us, so we can teach them.
Deuteronomy 6:6 says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon YOUR hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you get up.”
As I pondered the verse above, and my call to discipleship, I was challenged to use every aspect of my life to strive to point my son to Jesus- even my failures.
Moms, we get to teach our children about forgiveness and serving and the importance of kindness and how in all of our everyday humanness we truly need a Savior. I truly believe that as we let our children see the Lord working in our lives (even in our failures) they will see how much they, too, need a Savior.
I was also reminded when I read Deuteronomy 6:6 of how much I, myself, must continue to study God’s Word and Learn God’s Word and have it upon MY heart first, in order that I can teach my son the truths of God’s Word. This is something I never want to do flippantly.
As my friend and I continued to talk about the discipleship of younger women, we discussed how God has called us to also teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Discipleship has been a passion of my heart for over 20 years and I shared with her how the Lord continues to allow me this privilege of investing into younger women; not because I have it together, but because God wants me to share how HE is at work in my life and how HE longs to work in the lives of His people. It is all about HIM getting the Glory and HIM working in the lives of His people and not about me having a clean house or a great kid or a perfect marriage.
“… we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord and his power and the wonders He has done.” Psalm 78:4
I have learned that being transparent about the way The Lord is transforming me allows Him to use all that He is teaching me, to help point others to HIM. Day after day, the Lord continues to remind me that discipleship is not about me, but about my need for HIM and sharing what HE is doing and has done.
I’ve also learned that making time in my life to disciple younger women has truly been another tool the Lord has used in the life of my son. There have been times that he has sat in my lap in our living room while our Bibles were open and we were discussing Scripture. For a while, I worried about taking time away from him to invest into these younger women, and the Lord assured me over and over that this was a tool that He was using to show my son the beauty and value of investing into the lives of others and the beauty of community.
I often see these ladies invest back into the life of my son in so many ways and am overcome with gratitude. These girls are beautiful and teachable and they have taught me so much about God’s faithfulness.
Moms, my prayer for all of us is that we will spend time walking and talking daily with our Heavenly Father. I pray that we will understand the beauty of discipleship as we study and learn God’s Word and experience His Presence working in our lives, in order that our Heavenly Father can use our lives in the lives of others. We must remember- it’s not about having it together as a wife or a mom, but allowing the Lord to teach us and grow us and transform us as we point others to HIM.
“…. They gave themselves first to the Lord, and then to others, in keeping with God’s will.”
2 Corinthians 8:2
Leslie is an Alabama girl who now lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, Ronnie, and their son, Hudson. Leslie considers being a wife and mommy the best job ever having married her husband at 38-years-old and birthing their son at 42-years-old. She is a former elementary school teacher and eventually made her way toward full-time Christian ministry as a girls ministry leader in her church. She is the founder of Beyond the Eye Girls Ministry and travels to speak to local churches leading one-day girls’ conferences. She has a heart for discipleship, mentoring, teaching, and encouraging young women to follow after God with all their hearts.
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