You know how it goes. It is everywhere. The same theme seems to bombard you. You hear it in songs, sermons, books you are reading, and random blurbs on the radio. You know they are not random coincidences, but God sending YOU a clear message. A message that He wants you to respond too.
During the fall, a message was definitely being repeated over and over. I’m not sure how or when it started, but by October there were two aspects I knew God was telling me to work on.
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I know haven’t got this one down perfect yet, and I’ve been reminded of it as it has been forced on us this week. Using essential oils normally helps us stay pretty healthy and limits our doctor visits. This week though, we’ve been hit with a mean coughing bug that we haven’t been able to shake. What has ensured has been two trips to the doctor, and I was fortunate enough to be able to take just the child that was sick.
Both of the doctor appointments happened to be around lunch time, and while we waited on the meds to be filled a spontaneous lunch date transpired. I thoroughly enjoyed this special one on one time that very rarely happens. It was a chance to build more connections with that child, and let him know that he is important to me. The joy in my three-year-old’s face as he told his brothers about his trip confirmed the need to be more intentional in special interactions with each of my kiddos.
In the book “Six Ways to Keep The Good In Your Boy” (a book I highly recommend reading…there is one for girls too) Dannah Grest says, “What I think God is saying to you and to me is this: “I’ve got a specific way that I’d like you to dedicate your child to follow, but to be successful you’ve got to know the unique strengths and qualities of your child. And by the way, that’ll take some time. So plan on investing it. Remember what I said about ‘sitting in the house’ and ‘walking in the road.’ It’s going to take a lot of that.”
What a task we have as parents”
You can’t find a truer statement.
We live in a world that wants to claim our children. To distract them, pull them into snares, and convince them that they can’t show love when they believe that something is a sin.
It is our responsibility to fight for them and to do so we must build connections with them. How?
Spending time focused on our youngsters.
Listening to our kiddos without electronics present.
Engaging with them (especially our boys) in physical activities.
Teach them God’s word.
Be an Instructor
This last lesson came into play as I got to participate in the new Beth Moore bible study called Entrusted. The whole premises is that God has entrusted us to be effective for Him in this world.
God has entrusted us with our children. We are the ones that are called to disciple and instruct the gifts that God gave us. There are so many verses in the Bible that “instruct” us on how to “instruct” our children.
Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Deuteronomy 6:7 (NIV) Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
We all know this, but sometimes we need a good reminder that it is our job and our job only to train our children and to teach them. Taking them to church is definitely a must, but we can’t rely on the church to be the only instruction our children receive.
With this in mind, I decided to do something I had always wanted to do. Write a devotional.
Standing Firm: Putting on the Whole Armor of God
Years ago, I had wanted to write a devotional for adults, but this Fall the leading to write a devotional for early elementary children was pressing heavy on my heart.
Both my 5 and 6-year-old boys have asked Jesus into their hearts, and I want them to begin building a relationship with their Savior. I want them to learn how to utilize the Holy Spirit in their lives, and stand firm and strong in a sinful world.
Thanks to the Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe we are going through a period of loving anything knight related. Knowing of this enthusiasm, I choose to create a study of Ephesians 6:10-20 about putting on the armor of God. This passage was perfect. It fit in with their fascination of armor, yet at the same time, my boys are learning about the Holy Spirit and what we need to do to prevent sin in our lives.
The study begins by challenging the children to memorize all 10 verses and allows them to color in parts of a Roman Soldier when each verse is memorized.
There are places where the children read verses, with the help of an adult, and then underline specific words to help them answer questions.
Other times children are asked to draw pictures or write about what they have learned.
And each day encourages the child to pray with you about areas they need to improve on, learn more about, or just need help with.
I am cherishing this time with my boys. Seeing them memorize a long passage of scripture, learning more about God, and watching them make connections later on in the day is priceless.
We are in the final stages of finishing the book up, and being able to provide it in a workbook. If you are interested in a different way to spend time with your child and teach them more about God’s word, I would love to send you an email when it is published. Just sign up below.
Our enemy wants our children. They want them to be weak and focused on anything except our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This year will you join me in placing a greater focus on equipping our children for the work that God has for them.
You’ve Got This – but only through the power of the Holy Spirit