“Children are a blessing from the Lord” Psalm 127:3 I love this verse, we all need to take the time and thank God for His blessings, and make sure to look at your children as blessings from Him, I know sometimes with all we go through in a day we can forget this but children truly are a blessing and we need to cherish them every single day.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
Justin and I had gotten out of reading the bible for a while I hate to say. There was a time when every night we would read the bible and a devotional book and then pray together, and somehow we got out of that habit and before we knew it, a few months had gone by without us doing this. Matter of fact a few months had gone by without us even opening our bibles at all other than a church.
Isn’t it funny how it seems to work out that way, we wouldn’t go without so many things for that long ever, but, the one thing that we need that will make an eternal difference and we don’t pick it up. Justin was telling me one day a few weeks ago now about preaching he heard on the radio and then again I’m sure it wasn’t by coincidence our preacher told about a similar scenario of how what if a very important person, someone who was very major to us, a political figure, a well-known pastor anyone like that had a letter for us just for us, we couldn’t wait to go and read it we wouldn’t be able to focus on anything else until we read that letter. That’s exactly what God has given to us through His word. He wrote a letter just for us, to get us through anything in this life and yet we don’t pick it up every single day and read it.
So, on with the challenge, we have now been reading our bibles daily, sometimes multiple times per day and it has been such a blessing I feel so much closer to God and I am learning so much more that I didn’t even know before (isn’t it neat how the bible is like that you can always get something different from it). I want to challenge you to pick up your bible and read it every single day even if you only have 5 minutes, give that 5 minutes to the Lord and read His word, you will be glad you did. It doesn’t matter where you start, we just picked our bibles up and started from the very beginning some people like to start by reading the gospels or, if you just want to pick somewhere and start to read, do that but whatever you do just make sure you get to it everyday whenever you can.
As the children’s song goes: Read your bible and pray everyday and you’ll grow, grow, grow!
Let us know if you will take us up on our challenge, just comment below!!
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.” Colossians 3:1
Do your children do chores? I have chores that our kids do each day Caidence always helps with laundry she puts the clothes in the washer and then takes them out of the dryer and Jeremiah does the dishes, he unloads the dishwasher and puts up what he can and Isabelle has the easy part of just being a baby for now. Of course other than this, the older two have to clean their own rooms, if they make a mess they clean up after themselves, they have to put away their dirty dishes and clothes etc. but, until recently this was all was all that they were doing and for a while I was fine with that.
Then I got to thinking, they enjoy doing these chores for now which I know won’t last, but not only that but we are constantly training our children to live in this world, to know how to work diligently and to learn all these tasks they will have to know in life and I realized that even though they were doing these things everyday, it wasn’t enough. I also want them to learn that we work as if they were working for the Lord which we all are (Colossians 3:23 “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”). So, was trying to think of what they were actually capable of not just what I thought they could do but what are they truly capable of even if it means they have to try really hard. Well, now we have added to Jeremiah’s list vacuuming which he has been wanting to do forever anyway and he gets to help hang up laundry as well, and Caidence now gets to help out with getting the dishes out of the dishwasher with her big brother (which is also getting them to learn to work together even better) and she gets to sweep the kitchen. I’m thinking of letting them let the task of moping and drying the floor but haven’t done it yet so we will just see.
Maybe to you reading this it doesn’t seem like much and it should be obvious that they should be able to do these things but to me it wasn’t I still saw them as being smaller than they are and not capable of many things but that couldn’t be further from the truth children are wonderful and intelligent and know and can do much more than we give them credit for. Also, to some of you it may be too much, you may not agree with children doing chores in the home, but that’s your own choice but for us, I really want to raise our children to learn how to work hard and to work for the Lord and I believe it’s best to start them young while they love it so it will be normal to them to do chores when they really, really don’t want to.
So, what are your thoughts, do your children do chores, what are they and why did you choose to have them do them? Or, do you not give your children chores to do and why did you choose not to have them do it? I would love to hear from you all!