I developed these thoughts over the last several months and today set aside time to devote to getting thoughts to paper. I dedicate it to my Husband and Children. May God bless it!
My Witness – My Challenges – My Prayer
“And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord Your God with All your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Matt. 22:37-40
My Witness: God is our Father and to Him we shall respect above all else. In all of our actions we shall acknowledge Him. As a parent, I need to be mindful of my children, that while they are being raised in a Christian home, they are not yet saved. I am their first opportunity for daily witness of God and His mercy, and Christ as my Savior. In order to be Christ-like, I must walk in the Spirit.
“The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness,
Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.” Galatians 5:22-23.
My Challenge: I must always stop when I am angry, frustrated, etc. and seek God’s wisdom and His word. Sometimes, I must pause and take time to determine how to handle responses and discipline myself or the children in accordance to the Spirit. Christ instructs us to love others as we love ourselves which means a spirit of giving or doing for others.
“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time
for every event under heaven-” Ecclesiastes 3:1
My Challenge: I must find routine for our family-that all we do is in order. It benefits our family and all who associate with it. The structure of routine will benefit the children in discipline and expectations we have of them. God set the stars, the planets, moon and sun in place to govern the day and the night, years, etc. God created many things including order. As Mom and homemaker, and need to guide the children through the day and having a routine in place can help us do it more successfully with God’s blessing.
“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord” Psalm 127:3a
My Prayer & Big Picture for my Children: As Colin Gunn stated, “Children are the only treasures we can take to Heaven.” So is our time, rightly invested wisely in our children and in prayer that they will ultimately know the Lord as their Savior and Lord and live according to His purpose. Lord, I pray that I rightly use my time to edify you to raise these children in light of your word.
“for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21