And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and 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.
Thought for the Day: Teach your children well
Tonight we decided to take a suggestion from our church’s stewardship video message from this past Sunday to spend family time together. The suggestion made was to have two meals within the next week totally unplugged of technology and to share conversation with each other. We started out by playing “Truth or lie” as suggested in the video and we found that it was a difficult game to play. That is a really good thing. The reason this is good is because we all found that “we can’t lie” to each other. My son didn’t do too bad – but his daddy read him like a book and knew the thing he was not truthful about. My husband had a tough time lying and laughed throughout his statement of truth and lie. I thought I would giggle through the whole thing and that they wouldn’t guess my lie, then my husband knew because he said I couldn’t look at him during the lie. So, we failed miserably at the game but felt success in that we have a family that is truthful with one another and that we can trust each other. We have one more meal to share as a part of the stewardship challenge and we all look forward to the time we will share together.
God calls us to come together to teach our children in the way they are to live and to follow Him. Time together as family is crucial in parents understanding their children and in children understanding their parents. There are days when I, as a mother, feel I have no idea who my twelve year old son is and then some conversation takes place and I know everything is okay. There are days when I, as a mother, feel I have no idea who my 5 year old is as temper tantrums seem to appear out of nowhere and then the sweetest “I love you, Mommy” calls out to me bringing everything back to a good place. That tells me that even though everything does not go as planned and when it seems there is little love between our children, and between our children and us, that we are okay. We have led them right and God is helping us to lead them.
Prayer: God, thank you for our children and for leading us in the way we need to be led to raise them. Thank you for the instruction manual you have given us through the Bible. Help us everyday to feel you leading us through parenthood and help us teach them in the way they are to go. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Parents