This afternoon the children and I took Lacey to the park and wandered the maze of paths on a ‘Mother’s Day’ walk. I admired the spring flowers, Katy attempted to take control of the dog and Ethan got as muddy as he could possibly get along the bank of the river. We attempted the outdoor exercise machines together and Lacey said hello to at least 20 other friends. I took a few moments with them both individually to remind them how much God loves them and to talk through a couple of issues they are facing today. It was a precious hour.
It got me thinking again of the immense number of influences that they are exposed to just in their day to day interactions. Friends, teachers, activity leaders, media etc. How many words they hear each day which speak of values within society today. Sometimes they are worthy values and sometimes they are not. I understand that as they grow they need to hear the points of view of others, the beliefs and values of others, but also that my responsibility as their Mum is to lay down foundations of our family and faith values. I so want them to be ‘trees of righteousness, planted by living waters’ with strong roots going down deep. I want them to be able to stand on their own and know where they’ve been grown and the source of their life.
I am fascinated by Jewish family traditions which embrace the children in the knowing of scripture and faith. We have our own family traditions of reading scripture and praying together, but today I feel spurred on to even more intentional moments of bringing God, the source of their life, into their every day normal.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6 v6-7
Father, we ask for your help today to inspire us to talk more to our children as we walk with them everyday. To say your name, speak your truth and teach them your ways. Please be our guide as we seek to grow well planted trees of righteousness.