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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Raising Moms & Dads {Teachable Tuesday}

A recent conversation at breakfast with my two older kiddos:

Evelyn: "When I grow up, I want to be a mommy and grow a baby inside me"
Beckett: "When I grow up, I want to be a daddy and go to work."



We live in a world that is filled with conflicting messages to young men and women. And so, as a mom of both genders, in the midst of all this confusion, what do I want for my children? Most importantly I want them to love Jesus, be exactly who God created them to be and chase after Him in all that they do. But, it would delight me to see my daughters being wives, mothers, homemakers and missionaries in their homes and communities. It would delight me to see my son being a husband, father, provider, and spiritual head of his household. 

You see, I couldn't help but beam with pride at that breakfast conversation. Obviously they are young and have plenty of time to change their minds (again & again) about what they want to do with their lives. But there is something natural and organic to them about being a mommy & daddy. They see so much value in the work that their father and I do each day. They think that our jobs of "mommy" and "daddy" are the best jobs in the world. And you know what? They are.


I turned from my place at the kitchen sink, looked at my children and said,
"Being a mommy is the best job in the entire world. Daddy feels the same way about being a daddy."

I want to support and encourage my children in their endeavors in this life. They each have different gifts and talents, and will use them in different ways. My mom often tells me that her greatest reward as a parent is seeing her children be better parents than she was. I have disagreed with her statement many times because I don't feel like I could ever measure up to the mother that she was/is, let alone surpass her. But I understand her point. And I share the desire for that reward. If I raise my daughters to be purposeful, compassionate, nurturing, wise, faithful mothers and if I raise my son to be an intentional, courageous, loyal, discerning, understanding father, then I have received a great reward. The reward is in the life, love & passion of future generations. Raising Godly moms & dads has the greatest impact on the future of our world. For our children, their children and their children's children.



"These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life." 
~ Deuteronomy 6:1&2

"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 doorframes of your houses and on your gates."
~Deuteronomy 6:6-9





Teachable {Mom}ent:
Let go of the world's ideas of success, don't worry about being politically correct. Let God lead you in raising your children to be who He created them to be...making courageous future leaders of our world, one great mommy or daddy at a time. 

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2 comments:

  1. This is my first visit to your blog. How I enjoyed reading the thoughts of your sweet children.
    I have no children of my own but serve God by sharing Jesus with other people's children- college age!
    This week I had a teachable moment when I had a Bible study with a young woman from The Dominican Republic. She is a young believer I am discipling. This day she had no one to care for her five year old daughter so she sat near us, quietly drawing as her mother and I explored the Word of God.
    Long into our Bible study the mother was struggling with a concept so I asked her, "To whom do we pray?" Before she could even form a word, her daughter, who didn't even lift her head from her paper, spoke from the stillness of the moment and calmly said, "God".
    I was reminded once again that children can learn and understand far more than we give them credit; that they are always listening even when we forget they are there; that by teaching the mothers I have influence in the life of the family.
    May God continue to teach me!

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