So for today, I would like to remind all my sweet Mrs. Youngers that YOUR WORDS are FORMING YOUR CHILD. What he thinks of himself, what he thinks of others, what he thinks about the world - is a direct result of your daily speech. To him. About him. About others. The world is bombarding your child with unGodly advice, unGodly opinion about what's important, what's "cool." If you remain silent, or if you don't understand the power of a mother's words... you are being foolish with the future of the child you love. Your words decide if your child has hope, has joy, has love.
But most importantly, YOUR WORDS will hold the most influence over what your child thinks about GOD. God never created a system where we drop our kids off at children's church, or the youth group meeting and hope that the youth pastor will influence our child to love God. When did this happen that Christian parents rely on someone ELSE to influence their own child?
Your child needs to see YOU loving God - every day - in every aspect of your existence.
I cannot remind you enough that God has placed the FULL RESPONSIBILITY for children knowing Him and knowing about Him on the shoulders of the child's parents. Deuteronomy 6:5-9 gives us a look in to God's plan for parents when it reads HIS WORDS to HIS PEOPLE:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates."
We learn from these verses that God instructed parents:
- The HEART of the parents should be full of God's love and God's laws.
- THIS fervency for God was to be IMPRESSED on their children.
- It's all an all-day every day walk of talking.
TALKING. TALKING. TALKING.
"Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
I was blessed, blessed, blessed with Godly parents. The Lord was what they talked about. Every situation became a way to show me God and His love. We sang songs about the Lord. We talked about the Bible. We prayed together before bed. We prayed first each morning.
MOM... what are you talking to your kids about?
In the end, you cannot ignore God's words to parents by not caring about your words to your kids. YOU are SUPPOSED to.. COMMANDED to.. REQUIRED to TEACH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT GOD.
But first you have to know Him for yourself. Take time to seek God.
Take time to speak about His goodness and love to your children
I love you.
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