Impacts the future generations.
Sometimes I forget that the work I do today is directly impacting the future generations. The way I raise my children, the values and morals I teach them, whether or not I raise them to be independent adults contributing to society…. or not. Beyond them contributing to society, I want them to contribute to the Kingdom of God. Yet, is that truly what I am showing them is important day in and day out?
I’m not going to try to be ‘super-spiritual’ here. I’m just going to be honest. I will tell you a few things that I am passionate about, in no specific order:
1.) Writing on my blog:
For you who have been here for some time, this may be obvious as I have started over. It is something I spend a lot of time on and I truly enjoy it. It is a bit therapeutic for me and I hope and pray that my writing will be a blessing, encouragement, and challenge to all who read. When the day comes that God (or my husband ) says I need to be done, I will be done. No matter how hard that will be. For everything there is a season.
2.) Staying Home and My Family
The two of these are hand-in-hand for me. I am very passionate about staying home and raising my children. Honestly, to the point that it offends others. (Forgive me, please. I don’t try to offend you.) With that comes other things: homeschooling (I’m still learning this part!), cooking, cleaning, laundry diapers, etc. I believe being a keeper at home is Biblical, and although there are exceptions where women have to work, I believe the home is where a woman will find the most fulfillment and satisfaction. If you are the exception, I am not going to Bible-thump you and tell you to quit your job and stay home. That’s not my decision. You and your husband will decide for your family. This is what we have decided for ours.
3.) The Word of God
My prayer is that this is evident through my writing. For those who know me, I really think I write the same way that I talk. I am passionate about the Word of God. I want to know more. I have not arrived. I do not know it all, and I certainly don’t live it all. I am a work in progress. He’s still working on me! (to make me what I ought to be…. ) I love that a book that was written centuries ago can still impact my life today! What an amazing God we serve!!!
I am a book junkie. I won’t even deny it. I love books. I have 3 full bookshelves right now and Greg informed me, he’s not buying any more. Although, I have rubbed off on him and I think he reads more than I do!
Laugh if you will. Coffee seems to make all things better. I’m sure it’s more the company than the coffee! Yet coffee is just one of those things that is a pleasurable thing for me. Whether I go out and get it, or stay home and enjoy a cup with my husband on the front porch.
With that said, I understand that I am showing my children every single day what is important to me. Do I want them to follow in the footsteps of Christ? YES! However, is that what I am doing? Or am I walking all on my own, doing my own thing, finding satisfaction in things other than Him? They will see that. Don’t be deceived.
“Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.”
What will I be sending out into the world? What do my arrows look like? Are they going to be in the image of God, or the image of Gail?
“And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today? Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.”
I understand this is an Old Testament verse and that Christ came to fulfill the law. My point with using this verse is this:
Be careful. Watch yourselves closely. We are teaching our children. Do not forget where the Lord has brought you from or forget to look where He is taking you. Remember that all that you have comes from Him. Don’t forget Him. Don’t forget to teach your children the most important thing: That they are sinners in need of a Savior. That Christ came to pay the price for their sins. That God has a great work in store for them.
Church, as great as it can be, can not be the sole teacher of the Word for your children. It starts in the home! Remember I have not arrived. I just hope that someday, someone will look at our family and say, “They are doing something right.” And not for our praise, but to the glory of God. I want to raise up children who will stand up for Truth. Who will live in righteousness. I don’t care if they are athletes, ballerinas, or anything else, as long as the love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and minds, they can do whatever they want.
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