By: Kim Crowe
The role of being a stay-at-home mom is often overwhelming. With a kitchen to clean; laundry to wash, fold and put away; and dinner to cook, on top of making sure your kids are fed, safe, and happy; it's no wonder at the end of the day, we are exhausted!
With all of those items on the to-do list, I often forget the one thing that is more important than all of that housework.
God has placed in my care a little human being who will one day be grown and out from under our constant care and supervision. How am I using my time to prepare him?
Life skills are important. After all, our kids can't be grown adults and expect us to cook and clean and make responsible decisions for them. One day they will leave the nest and they need to know how to take care of themselves.
But even greater than the gifts of a clean house or life skills-- there is a legacy of faith and trust in God.
What an amazing gift we can give to our kids-- greater than anything else we could ever teach or give to them because salvation through Jesus is eternal.
It won't break like that toy that was given at Christmas.
It cannot be lost like the blanket or stuffed animal that was left behind.
It cannot be wasted or squandered like money or gift cards.
It is an everlasting hope and relationship with our creator!
The good news is that we were never designed to do it alone. God has called us all as believers to support the people around us, walking shoulder to shoulder, praying for one another and helping each other. We must stay connected with other like-minded Christians in a gospel-preaching, bible-believing church where we and our children can learn about God and grow in our faith.
But it cannot be the church alone that teaches our children. It's starts in the home. It starts with God's word.
"So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your foreheads as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up." Deuteronomy 11:18-19
God has called us to teach our kids about Him all the time-- not just Sundays or Wednesdays, but every moment of every day.
Teaching our kids about Jesus is so important. The world will teach our children to believe in themselves and be the masters of their own lives, while we know that faith in God and surrender to His will is the only way to real and fulfilling life.
And so, God has set this most important task before us. Let’s keep this amazing gift at the forefront of our minds and our eyes on God’s guidance. He shows us what to do and gives us grace to walk in His plan.
Word of the Day:
So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your foreheads as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19)
Heavenly Father thank you entrusting my child(ren)___(your child(ren)'s name)__ into my care. Help me to remember that your gift of salvation is greater than anything else that I could offer them. Give me grace to teach my children about you. All the while, give me a heart that burns with passion to know you more and more. In Jesus’ Name Amen.