For two years, I co-hosted a weekly link up encouraging Moms to memorize scripture. My friend, Jennifer, and I ended it a few months ago. We loved that time together with you and with one another, but I wanted to branch more into family discipleship. I wanted to really encourage the hearts of Moms and Dads to really take on the task of encouraging their children in Christ – to remember that Discipleship begins in our homes…if we don’t start there, we should not consider going out into the world and expecting our children to do the same.
We need to remember, our children are children.
They are blessings given to us by God.
I was truly reminded of that last year when I attended Teach Them Diligently and began attending a new church. Both, providing me and my husband with the truth that our children deserve to learn about God in our home…that it is a mandate from God that Fathers lead their homes, that children not be sent into the world to learn about Jesus, but for the Father to take on that responsibility.
We have taken that to heart. We have seen the consequences of leaving our children’s hearts in the care of others. We have answered “I don’t know what they are learning in school or even in their Sunday School lessons”. We have answered that question and walked away without concerns….and we have been convicted of that.
We know, based on our own lives….that is dangerous. YES, it is dangerous and against the will of God for us to leave our children’s hearts for others to shape…WE are blessed with their hearts and they are on loan to us….for the Glory of the Father.
As I write this, I am anxiously awaiting a few moments to read another chapter in 7 Tools For Cultivating Your Child’s Potential. I am loving this book and I am excited about a book club, my friend Amanda is hosting. You see, the more I learn, the more I know how far I have been from God’s plan in the past. And with this, I find mentors who can guide this walk with me….for my children…for my grandchildren.
Yes, I am thinking about my Grandchildren.
I am leaving a legacy….every day.
That legacy may or may not include wealth, earthly wealth…of that, I have had and have watched it whither. It is not eternal.
My children’s souls…they are eternal.
Daily, I sit next to each of them. We read the Bible together, as a family….and then, individually we have Bible Study. I used to just send them on their way and hope they would ‘get it’…. I was causing them frustration and did not realize it….until I witnessed that damage.
That’s not what a loving and nurturing Mom should do. We should be there, next to them, taking time, showing them they are worth it. Helping them….and giving them the time they need in quantity and quality.
This summer, we are working on the Bible Bee Curriculum. It’s been beautiful….
We are reading through the Bible Chronologically…..
and me, I’m holding myself accountable for my own heart….
because one day, I will kneel….and when I do, I pray that I hear: “Well don, good and faithful servant.” NOT because I need to work to get into Heaven! NO – He has paid the price for me….and I have accepted his beautiful gift…I know where I’m going. I want my children to know the same.
And because HE loved me first, I LOVE HIM….and we want to please those we love….and I want to please HIM above and beyond all things temporary.
What about you?