Mama Mantras

January 2017 - Feature Article
by Amy Petersen

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January 2017 - Feature Article

Last month I shared four mama mantras (things I say on repeat mode) to develop lasting relationships with my boys. Today I’d like to share four more sayings designed to train and teach them to be strong, direct, godly men who stand up and face life with confidence. I pray they’ll help you as you rear your sons in the Lord.

1. You often have to do what you don’t want to do.

This is not an easy lesson for any of us, no matter how old we are. In their boy-world now, the hard, not-so-fun things are unloading the dishwasher, doing homework, picking up dog poop. But later, the challenges and difficulties only escalate. May they be men of diligent action.

“Prepare your minds for action. Be self controlled” (1 Peter 1:13).

“We want each of you to show the same diligence to the very end. We don’t want you to become lazy but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit that was promised” (Hebrews 6:11-12).

2. If you want to know, ask. Be brave and direct.

This one doesn’t come natural to me. As an adult, I’m still learning. In my earlier years, if there was something I wanted, I’d drop hints and hope the other person would pick up on it. I hoped they would initiate what I wanted to happen.

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