I am a mother to a very active, compassionate, super intelligent, beautiful 9 year old little girl. I am honored to be her mama because I strongly believe that children are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3). I also believe that parenting is a high privilege from our God. I have really been praying and thinking about my responsibility as a parent, as a mother. How am I investing in my child spiritually? Yes I am investing in her education, I feed & clothe her, love her beyond words, but lately I have been asking myself - how am I teaching her to be a woman of God? She knows God and has come to accept Christ as her Lord and Savior on her own but I want her to grow close to Him and know Him in a very real and personal way. I want her to avoid the pitfalls of doubt and to have a strong unshakable faith in God. This got me thinking – How do I live by faith in the eyes of my child? Am I being purposeful in how I plant God’s word in her heart? You see this responsibility; this privilege is not an item only left to Sunday or bible time in school. Also, it is not just telling her about God but living and leading by example. I started to ask myself how often my daughter sees me:
- Reading & studying God’s word?
- Spending time in prayer?
- Praising God?
- Depending on him in difficult time?
- Putting my faith into action?
All of these things can and should be demonstrated. People, especially children tend to pay more attention to what you do then what you say. Now don’t misunderstand, what you say is important but it means nothing if you are not living your words. So as I move forward this year in a purposeful way I move forward in parenting in a purposeful way as well! With that said, I asked God - How can I be more purposeful in my parenting. He reminded me of a blog post I read last summer written by Priscilla Shirer from Going Beyond Ministries encouraging parents to write a mission statement for parenting. I like this idea – it reminds me of Habakkuk 2:2- write the vision, make it plain. I like the message translation –
“Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be
read on the run. This vision-message is a witness to pointing to what’s coming…”
I love that scripture and I can apply it to parenting. I know what I want for my daughter, but more importantly I want to be a vessel used by God to help her be what God wants her to be. So by seeking God for how he wants me to raise her, teach her, and guide her - not in the religion of Christianity but in the lifestyle of Christ is essential. So I am going to seek God for his vision as it pertains to my daughter, write it so it can be read as I run the course of parenting, and trust Him to bring it to pass. This mother’s hope is for my daughter to not only see her mama when she looks at me but to see Christ in me!! I purpose to be a Godly mama, always leading my daughter - by example, towards her savior, towards Jesus!
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