My number 1 goal as a Mom is to ensure my children know the Lord.
God in a person’s life is everything.
Recently, I have been studying to get certified to become a children’s storybook writer and whilst at that, I have been engaging my beautiful children in exciting activities. One of which is reading and praying.
I shared with my children (even though they may not totally understand all I said) that every morning they wake up, they have to say, “Good morning Jesus. Thank you Jesus for today.” I shared with them that God made everything including Daddy, Mommy, and them (mentioning their names)
Another thing I did was have everyone in the family declare over our own lives with our own mouths after we recite the Lord’s Prayer together; and then we say a big AMEN!!!
Growing up in a Christian family, I can’t exactly remember when we were first told about Christ but I remember learning to read by reading our church magazines, Pilgrims progress and the KJV Bible.
Now, our youngest of 2 year old, even while she recites after me or hubby with our oldest, there are times she just keeps quiet and listen. On this particular day, I was attending to my oldest and I looked behind me; only to find my youngest on their rug with her teddy. She placed the teddy at one end and stayed at the other end, knelt down, one hand on head and one on heart (as we do) and began reciting our family’s declaration to her teddy. I was so excited and then it hit me, all the while she was listening and she was watching.
Dear beautiful Dad and Mom, the godly upbringing that you so desire starts with what you do with your children right in the church in your home. You don’t have to wait for the teachers at church to do this for you. Who told you they’ll do a better job? Don’t just send them off to the Bible club. Do you know what they teach them there?
Scriptures says in Proverbs 22:6 TPT – “Dedicate your children to God and point them in the way that they should go, and the values they’ve learned from you will be with them for life.”
The Scriptures didn’t say the Pastor or the Sunday school teacher should point them. The instruction was given to you and I and God expects us to do it.
Timothy is an example of a child that knew the Lord from a young age and you know who taught him? His mother and grandmother.
2 Timothy 3:15 NLT – “You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 1:5 NLT – “I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.”
Don’t think your child is too little to know about God. Just keep reading the Bible to and with them; and pray with them. Let them learn to say Amen and one day the power of God that transforms life will work in them and work for them.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT – “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
As I conclude, I am reminded of a prayer point I shared in a conference some years ago regarding our children. I’ll share with you here and I’ll request that you pray this prayer every day for your child.
- Do you have older children who need to know the Lord, it’s not late. Pray for them.
- Are you reading this and thinking, oh I’ve failed. I didn’t start early. No you haven’t. And the grace of God is always available.
- Are you about to be new parents, this is very important for you too. Start even before they arrive. Read to and pray for them in-utero.
Prayer: “Father I send a missile of salvation to (Child’s Name). Wherever they go let it find them. I lock them as the target for your salvation. Wherever they are, whatever they do, let them be hit with your mercy and let them come to the knowledge of your love for them and your saving grace in Jesus Name. Amen!”