Thursday, May 14, 2009
Where does HIS WORD live in your house?
So lately I have been so upset about the fact that our children- children raised in church- raised with Godly parents don't know basic Bible stories. Yet those same children know every Disney star, current singer, and even scores of their favorite basketball team all year.
I don't want to sound "preachy" or that I am a soap box- but maybe I am. My heart has been so burdened about this. I am not telling you HOW to raise your children- I just know that this has hit me so hard and fast in my OWN face that I am doing something about it - in my own family. The decision as to what you do in your house is up to you.
I fear that we somehow one day are going to held responsible for this. Last night I was at Kids Church- and then had a meeting. I got home at 10:00- I told the girls to run up to bed and to say their prayers. I did not have dinner yet so I was pretty wiped out- I sat ate a sandwich and tried to catch up on John's day. Emma called out to me from upstairs. Mom we have not read our daily Bible together (this is a daily Bible story book for her age). I said that is okay Emma - I will do it when you get home from school tomorrow.
I sat there and ate my sandwich and tears began to flow. I thought if it would have been her calling me up there to study for a last minute quiz for school- I would have been up there. If she would have had an urgent physical need- I would have dropped my sandwich and helped her. Since it was just the WORD of GOD- I pushed it off till the next day.
God forgive me- Forgive us. Forgive our slothful selfish nature. How did our worlds get so upside down?
Tonight as we read and talked and prayed- we talked about the ark of the covenant and it entering into Jerusalem with David. She and Seanna talked about how that was David doing his own victory lap. After I turned off their lights and turned on their nightlights I left their rooms. I prayed over each of them silently as I left them. I DON'T WANT their Sunday School teacher to teach them those things- AS A MOTHER- I want to put that into them. I WANT TO SHARE HIS WORD with them.
I have been working in Children's Ministry since I was 15. That is a long time. Okay- So I am old- get over it. I remember one time a parent telling me that it was my responsibility to teach her child the Bible- and not hers. I turned back and looked at her and said- really how does that work? Because I only have them for 45 minutes a week- and you have them for all of the rest. I probably had to repent later for that sour remark. But the words still ring true.
At our church we have a program called "Stepping Stones". Each year -each age group has either scriptures, or things from the Bible that they have to tell their teachers to be promoted. I am always amazed at the excuses each week why kids don't know them. I realize we are busy people- but WE HAVE time for what we FEEL is important in our homes.
Again- I am not preaching to you- I am REMINDING myself that the Word of God will not be second to anything in my house. That HIS principles, Prayer, and the Word will always have priority.
I know that that the man is the spiritual leader of the household- but the woman does set the spiritual tone, or atmosphere. I am determined to crank it up like never before.
I even hesitate to blog this as I don't want this to come across as being weird or that I feel like we all need to be floating on our spiritual clouds. I just want this to resound in my own heart. This blog is really meant to be a sounding board for things to get into my own head and heart. I want the girls to have a record later on in their life that they had a mother that was serious about teaching them the things of God.
You and I don't know what God has in store for our children-
What if in your house tonight is:
The next missionary
The next evangelist
The next Doctor
The next Lawyer
The next store clerk
The next school teacher
Whatever they are called to be- they are called first of all to be Christians. If it is not a priority our lives - how can we ever expect it to be in theirs?
God- take away my selfish nature- fill me with your daily grace.
You have to be a daily priority for my family!