If there is one thing I have learned that I have to be intentional about, it is my parenting. As I go each day, I am parenting three blessings, three rewards, given to me by God. My children belong to the Lord first. They were gifts to me. Specifically since I did not birth them myself. So, as I read this week through my Good Morning Girl, I have to say conviction flooded my soul. Let’s take a look at this week’s verses, and what the Lord showed me.
Monday- Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (specifically verses 7-9) – One of the most important task that we will ever do is teaching our children God’s word. I love the use of opposites in the passage- when you sit down and when you rise up…. when you sit and when you walk- there is never a time when we should not be teaching our kids God’s word! It is an all day task. We are teaching them in our every day moments. How we respond. What they see us reading and doing. I also see the importance of having them memorize scriptures – so that they will have them written on the tables of their heart for a life time. Even the moments we don’t want to be teaching them – we are. They are learning in our positive moments, and those at are weakest. Let your kids see your weak moments – because it is in those moments, that they see God’s power and strength working out in your life.
Tuesday- Psalm 78 – We need to tell our kids about our stories of faith. The good and the bad.Some of the stories of my grandmothers faith and beyond are the things that I have learned the most from… or the women who have gone before me. I want my kids to be able to see the story God is writing in our lives. I want them to remember those things. I want to live a life of legacy of faith before their eyes – and have those stories be told for generations to come. We are leaving a legacy behind – what kind of legacy are you leaving Mama? One who was too busy for God – or one who spent time at His feet each day?
Wednesday- Psalm 127 – Children are a reward. Sadly, many don’t view them this way. And I can totally be pulled away from this view when things are going crazy in our home! Yet I want to focus on the blessing they are, and know that this season will pass all too quickly, and I will want to be able to shoot them like arrows of light into a dark world. What is the view on the children in your home, or the ones that you come in contact with? Are you taking the time to guide and train them in God’s word to be sent out? We can’t have them with us forever, so train them and use every moment to introduce them to Jesus!
Thursday- Matthew 18:1-6 – Who is the greatest. That is always the question we want to know. How can I achieve more? How can I make more money? Yet, we need to humble ourselves. Kids are a great example of this. They can not provide for themselves. They are pure. They seek and love Jesus for who He is, not what He can give them. There are times we need to make ourselves more like children, and appreciate the newness and excitement that they have – about life and about faith. Jesus had such a care and love for children. We need to remember, they are a gift from the Lord, and it DOES matter how we raise and train them!
Friday – 2 Timothy 3:10-17 – ALL teaching of the Bible, every…single…word… of… it… is profitable. It is good. All of it needs to be taught to our children – from their very first moments – we are to teach them God’s word. Be sure that you are spending time with your children daily in God’s Word, instructing them in the way that they should go. We are in the process of discipling and equipping our kids – and ALL of them have been called by God to do something great for His Kingdom. We are accountable for what we teach them, and how we train them- we will answer before God how we trained those blessings that He gave us.
Here are just a few more thoughts on this topic….
This week, we went from just having children in our house, to having a teenager. Wow. I have felt the responsibilities of these verses come even MORE to life as I feel like my time truly is short with her. She is beginning to form her own thoughts and opinions about the world, and even about God. It is so vital that we don’t stop talking with our kids about God – even when they hit these teenage years. Now, more than ever, it is important to keep these lines of communication open, and flowing, so that we can know where our kids are at.
We can worship with our kids… and we can worship as we raise our Kids.
Worshiping With My Life,