Autumn Wall Shares Some Lessons She’s Learned as a Mother

Autumn Wall, online at, is an author, speaker, worship leader, pastor’s wife and mom of three in Indianapolis. She is the co-author of “Across the Street and Around the World” (New Hope Publishers).

As a mom of three kids under the age of 6, I shift from day to day — thinking I can conquer the world (like when I actually get all three kids dressed and in the car in under an hour and a half) to feeling like the worst mom on the planet (like when my kid has a meltdown during that quiet moment of communion at church).

So, Mother’s Day can make every mom on the planet feel (even for a day) like a huge success.

Whether you’re crushing it as a mom or wishing you knew how to do things better, here are a few of the lessons I’ve learned as a mom:

1. Make your relationship with Jesus your No. 1 priority.

Make sure your kids know how much you need Jesus every day. Teach them to seek Him by modeling a dependency and desperation for His presence that they see every morning. Let them see you spending time with Jesus, reading your Bible and praying. Include them in your personal worship time every once in a while. Talk about what God is teaching you throughout the day. You don’t have to be perfect, just make sure your kids see you turning to Jesus in every situation.

2. Make your relationship with your husband the No. 2 priority.

So many parents focus so much on their kids that their marriage takes a back seat. My kids know that “daddy comes first” when it comes to my attention. They also know that they will have my full attention in just a minute, but when we’ve been going different directions for the day and finally get home, daddy always gets those first few moments no matter what else is going on. We budget for a weekly date night and protect it with everything we have. The two of us connecting, being on the same page, and enjoying each other is the best thing we can ever do for our kids.

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Source: Baptist Press