Imitation is the primary way we learn.
If you want your children to love the Lord, then you must, with your whole heart. You can’t teach someone something that you don’t know, you can’t teach a passion for God; it’s transferred. It’s something that is caught. It's kind of like the flu, but not so icky.
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."These words, which I am commanding today, You shall teach them diligently to your sons 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 up.…” Deuteronomy 6:5-7
Loving God with all your heart, soul, and might is the most important commandment. We chase too many petty things with our heart, souls, and might. These instructions, the “Shema”, were given by God to Israel for their homes. This is the original parent manual for families. The word “Shema” literally means to listen. We have to listen to God with all our heart, soul, and mind. It’s the only way to raise children who will. We are their teachers and the classroom is the everyday. If you don’t have God in your everyday, then they won’t. It is that simple. We can’t teach what we don’t know. God will give us as much of Him as we want. Spend some real time with Him, because time is of the essence. The one thing we aren’t guaranteed is a tomorrow. If you really invite the Holy Spirit and you really show up, it will ignite a passion for God; it’s almost out of your hands. So if you are lacking it, you know where to find it. If you feel empty, you know where to be filled. No excuses, there is no growth without time in the sunshine and water.
No excuses, there is no growth without time in the sunshine and water.
As Moms I find we need a lot of renewal because of the amount we give. We need to allow ourselves time to be refilled, and we need to make it a priority. Otherwise we will spend our time fighting and striving, feeling like we are on empty and scraping the bottom of the barrel all the time. That is not what God intended for motherhood. I am pretty sure He did intend exhaustion, there is no way around that, but He wanted it to be in the best sort of way, like after accomplishing a project, or the feeling you get when you have actually checked everything off your list (I am told, I have never actually experienced this one myself). At the end of the day, He wants us to feel less spent and more poured out. The only way for that to work is to start our days with God. I mean first thing. I am not bending on this one. David said it best,
"Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. " Psalm 5:3
Early in the morning, before my thoughts get all out of control and my list threatens to over take me, I have to seek God first. Only He can take my day and shape it and show me what needs done, in what order, and who needs more attention this minute, and even who and what can wait. He is omniscient, and try as I do, I am not.
God, first and foremost I want to love you with all my heart, and all my soul, and all my might. If I am not being continually sanctified in your presence and soaking in what you are loving me into being, then I cannot guide my children in spiritual growth. Help me embrace your love and understand its depth and height better than I do. Help me see that sanctification is your loving of me. God, I want my days to count. I want my children to learn about you because you are ever present in our home and they could no more doubt your existence than mine. I commit my days to you to shape and mold into your plans. I give you my hours, my minutes, my seconds. Add them up the way you desire and let them glorify you.