Wednesday, September 03, 2008

write them on your doorframes...

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 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. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
- Det. 6

How do you begin to impress the Gospel on a 21 month old? How about a 1 month old? The same way you tell everyone else about Jesus: Your life. Josiah may not understand the concept of grace or agape love right now. Josiah does feel love. Josiah can see grace. Josiah can learn these basic concepts of our faith by watching. That's pretty heavy. I was at church and it was a sermon on parenting. Seeing as I haven't been a parent for very long and I'm still learning, I was a diligent note-taker. I was really hit hard by this verse. I need to put God's word all over my home. I need to share it with my children all the time. When I was a kid I was in AWANA and I learned that God's word was a light unto my path and that I could hide his Word in my heart. Because of this I have several Cubbies and Sparks books worth of verses memorized. They were impressed on me. Even when I was too young to understand. The words were there and the meaning came later. What a gift we have as parents to impart this love of Christ on our children. That's not always easy... Josiah discovered he could open the China Cabinet today and Mae screamed because she could not burp... but if I can show him discipline and her patience I've taught them both. If I can listen to Cameron without talking or interupting (which I can be really bad about) I have taught them that you should be slow to speak and quick to listen. In the meantime I myself have grown in my walk.
I know that there is no guarantee of my children being "good Christian kids" after all the hard work that their Dad and I put in... I've learned that lesson and I've learned not to judge families who have a hard time with their kids. One of the points that got me quite choked up this Sunday was this: Your kids will never be out of reach of your prayers. Thank God for prayer. It's a chance to see that we aren't in control, but we can talk to the one who is.
Love your kids... impress upon them who Christ is... what His word means. One day it will mean the world to them. ♥

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