Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day Fourteen (of 31 Days)

There have been several questions lately from my children about drawing close to God. They don't always know what they're asking exactly, but like all of us, there's a God-shaped hole in their hearts that must be filled by Him in order for them to have peace and contentment. I have shared Scripture, explained answers, given examples, but today the Lord showed me that nothing I say will make a difference if I don't model this drawing close.
It's so important that our children wake up to their mom sitting with an open Bible in her lap (or whatever time of day works for you). They also need to see us in prayer--on our own and not always with them. They will witness a real relationship and communion between their mom and her God. I had a mother who mentored me silently in this area. She always encouraged my sisters and I to read and pray but it was her own habit of communing that makes it important for me today. Modeling will be the most powerful lesson they will ever see. Let's be sure to model what we preach this month as we draw near personally.


Wanting What I Have said...

Amen. Thank you for the encouragement!

And what a beautiful picture!

jeana said...

I agree with this so much. I realized a few weeks ago that no matter how early I get up to do devotions, exercise, blog, and shower, I should let the thing they wake up to me doing should be spending time with God.
Missed a few days, but I'm back! =]

Anna said...

Great reminder!

Camille said...

SO TRUE!! Thank you Heather for this practical encouragement.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Heather said...

This is so true. When I think back to my parents their personal reliance and enjoyement of Jesus was far more influential than merely what they 'taught' me.

It used to be my goal to have my quiet time before the kids woke up, but I usually was never finished before they came plodding downstairs. It took me a while to realize that it was GOOD for them to find me still in the Word instead of feeling guilty that I hadn't snuck in enough quiet, undistracted time... :)

Beautiful post.

Craig and Bethany said...

I keep praying that God will make me into the woman He made me to be so my children will understand how to be the people He made them to be. It's a silent, continual giving over and trusting the Lord -- that He will speak to me. And to them.