Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Being Intentional

Lately, I have been trying to be very intentional in teaching my girls about the things of God. If I don't do it, who will?

One thing that we are doing is turning off the TV and listening to praise and worship music together in the mornings. It is amazing how it quiets my soul to have the "noise" of the black hole gone and words about God filling the house. Reagan and Gracen both love music so they have been enjoying the change. I will raise my hands with certain songs and Gracen will raise her hands too. It is pretty cute.

I have noticed that from the songs, Reagan is starting to ask questions about different biblical words or phrases that she hears. The words are starting to penetrate her little heart and that is very important to me.

We are starting our day with prayer and a few Bible verses and Gene, as he has done for the past 2 years, leads a longer devotional time at night. Reagan will literally cry when Gene is not home to do this or is too tired to do it. I try to take over when Gene has had a really long day and it is just not the same for Reagan. She listens but she would much rather Gene do it. She loves him so!

When Reagan complains about something or someone, I am trying to give her a biblical response of how she should respond, rather than how I would respond in my flesh.

I am trying to point out things outside that God made or that we should be thankful for.

When we see an ambulance or a fire truck with its siren on, we pray for the people who might be involved.

We pray before our meals, and I am trying to encourage her to pray as much as possible. Gracen will even bow her head when we pray as a family and mumble something that sounds like "Amen" when we finish.

I am allowing Reagan to see me reading my Bible and praying throughout the day so she sees that mom needs God.

All of these things will work together to open Reagan's eyes to the fact that there is a God in heaven who created her and loves her, and in the future Gracen will see this as well.

I am praying every day that Reagan and Gracen will accept Jesus as their Savior and that their lives would bring glory to Him. I want to do my part to point them in that direction.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 "And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."

Moms, some days are really difficult, but if we are consistent, in the future we will see the fruit of our labor, we will shoot out Godly arrows into a dark world.

I want to encourage any moms who read this blog to be intentional in teaching your children about the things of God. It is THAT important! Their futures are at stake.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this post! I had a horrible day on Tuesday and did not show my love for God to my children. That makes me sad when I think about it. I am trying to make up for that day and reading your post reminded me again...which we all need reminding sometimes!