Friday, May 4, 2012

Journey of Faith Friday: Intentionally Training Your Children


Intentionally Training Your Children

Last week, I shot a video of B singing a song we sing most mornings before I get him out of his crib. It is always a sweet time for me, so I wanted to have the video to look back on and to share with his dad and grandparents.  I immediately sent the video to those previously listed with a smile on my face as I thought about B's sweet personality.  However, I received an email from my mother-in-law that really encouraged me to look at this moment in more ways than one.

She wrote, "This is SO precious - of great value - to me.   Not just because of the special moment caught but also because it shows a mother's intention, acted upon in a simple, yet effective way to train her child to set his will, his outlook, and his purpose, each morning, deliberately, with simple songs, simple disciplines.  I am so thankful....that teaching your children these values are important to you both [speaking of my sister-in-law and myself]."

As a mom it is easy, at times, to get caught up in the day to day tasks required for survival and forget the important role I play in training my child(ren) in the way he should go.  There are many days I beat myself up wishing I would have dealt with a situation differently or would have set forth a different example or am just plain exhausted and wonder if all this is worth it, but the reality is.......IT IS!!!!!  And deep within me, I have a desire to train my child(ren) to respect authority, to love others, to be compassionate, to know and live truth, to be generous, and so much more.  Those desires fuel me most days to be intentional with the way we start our day to the way I discipline to the way we play to the words I speak to the activities we participate in.  Some days, I am exhausted and my tank is on empty.  It is those days God provides a simple email, a text, a comment, and/or a hug that confirms I may be having an off day or moment, but I am still being intentional, so stop being so hard on myself.  

2 Cor. 3:18

18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Thanks to my mom and my mother-in-law who provided much encouragement as a result of this video.  It was much needed.  Also, thank you to the leaders of Bible Study Fellowship who pour their time and energy into my son and myself, so that we may better know and apply the truth of God.
Read previous Journey of Faith Friday posts.

Most Friday's, I post about the work God is doing or has done in my life, as I journey with Him on this road of faith.
How is God working in your life as you journey with Him?

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elizabeth said...

Good job, Mama! :)

Amanda said...

So sweet! I love videos of Bennett. It is a beautiful thing to hear our children praise God with their little voices.

Carolina said...

Such a precious video! and I love that you purposely work hard to teach God's ways to Bennett even when its difficult. Love you!