Y'all we're living in uncertain times, and it's got me to praying and thinking a lot about my children. I'm considering all things as we stay home and ride out this storm with Jesus. What's REALLY important in life, and how can we make sure our kids get the important stuff and let the other stuff slide on by? How many of y'all know the world is teaching them one thing, but we have to teach them something else? In times of trial and uncertainty, it's not our government we lean on, it's not our own understanding, but Jesus.
So as the days have been a little long recently trying to keep my kids occupied as we hang out at the house even after homeschool is finished I am trying to teach them well. We were fortunate to have a good supply of food already, so I didn't have to buy a lot, but some of our staples around here have thinned out the past few days and I don't want to make unnecessary trips to the store so I'm waiting to do my grocery run until I run out of a few more things and also hopefully allow some of the shelves to be restocked a bit. One of those things is cereal. We actually have cereal, but their favorites have been demolished. Typically I'd go out and pick up some more even if I wasn't making a store run that day, just a box or two to tide us over until I did a larger grocery shop. I'm not doing that this week and my kids are about to lose their minds. Instead of getting frustrated, and aggravated I tried to use it as a teaching moment. I was reminded of words from the bible and felt compelled to share those words with my children.
Philippians 4:11-13 tells us, "Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Being content in all circumstances is a hard one. It's hard for kids, and yet we must teach them the truth of God's word, and how that translates into our lives. Psalm 34:10 says "Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing." We must teach our children to seek the Lord, not just in troubling times, but always. As we go through the coming days and weeks, and many of us have more time on our hands than we've had in a very long time, our children are watching us. They're looking to us to set the pace and the tone of life. What are you doing to set that pace and tone in line with the word of God and to teach your children that if we have Him, we have everything. Yes, we need certain things on this earth to survive, but we don't have to have Fruity Pebbles like my kids so strongly protested this morning that they needed. They need the very word of God, they'll find something to eat in our pantry, even if it's not their favorite.
So I want to be an encouragement today. Don't get overwhelmed by everything going on that's out of your control. None of it is out of God's control, and if you're seeking Him, and teaching your children the same, all those little things will fall into place. I read a meme once that said, "Teach your children to follow Jesus or the world will teach them not to." Sadly this is exactly it, and now that you have some extra time with those precious ones the Lord has entrusted to you, don't waste it! Show them the order of importance in your life, and model for them so they'll figure out where things need to be ordered in their own lives. Yes, they're children, and no they're not going to get it all right now, but I'll tell you what they will get, and that's where your heart stands with the Lord, and what your intentions are. Be faithful to the Lord, just as he has been and will be faithful to you, and show your children that God's truth trumps all, and that the important things have everything to do with the Lord.
Proverbs 19:23 says "The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble." Today, our lives are untouched by the trouble of the world, and it's not because we're immune to it all, it's because we have Jesus in our hearts and we trust Him. Teaching our children not just that in theory, but practice is something we try to do daily, but you can be assured that during this time, we're working diligently to clarify things for them, and to gently lead them further down the path to a life lived for Jesus.
Praying for y'all today. I pray that you are also using this time to teach and mold your children and grandchildren because we certainly do not normally get enough time with them where we can shape their character and their thoughts so free from distraction. They typically spend so much more time "in the world" than they do with their own families. Perhaps God is slowing things down and giving us a chance to right some wrongs? Perhaps He's saying to us today, gather my flock and teach them well my intentions and my desires for their young lives.
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