By Katie Wenze,
Manager of Shipping & Receiving at Precept
As parents we have been given the responsibility of raising our children up in the Lord; teaching His statutes, ordinances and commandments; raising godly children who grow into godly adults who strive to live for the Lord.
“You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 11:18-19
As a single parent this is a monumental calling. How do I guide my girls? How do I teach them to love God? Love others? Know the Word and live it out? If I look at this as MY job; that I have to do it alone, that it is solely up to me; I will not be successful. However, when I rely on God’s guidance and trust Him to do what only He can do in their lives I can rest in the confidence that He will do far more than I could ever do.
This is not about me, not about what I can do for my girls, how I can make them the best that they can be, but about stepping back and letting God do what He will do. It’s about less of what I desire for my children and more of what He has set out for them. It’s about handing over the reins, letting go of MY earthly goals for them. As I let go of the reins and watch God work, I find my faith increasing. Seeing the Lord using them for His glory—even at this tender age—is teaching me even more about trusting the Lord and His good and perfect plan.
It is not easy letting go and watching God work. I struggle with this some days. MY dreams for my girls can get in the way if I let them. In these instances I rely on Scripture. I go back to the promises in God’s Word. I love the promise laid out in Ephesians 3:20-21:
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen”
HE is able to do far more abundantly than we could ever ask or think. In my submission to His Will, God will do far more abundantly in my life and theirs but the key is less of me, more of Him. I know that He has my girls in His hands and He will do in them far more than I can ever plan for, prepare for, dream about…
So does this mean that I just sit back and wait for the Lord to move? Of course not! As parents we are called to have an active role in equipping them as they grow.
As I submit to God’s Will, He shows me how to teach my girls about Christ-like living:
- Modeling godly character when dealing with others
- Praying before beginning an outing: asking the Lord for safety as we travel
- Sharing prayer requests and praise reports: showing God is real and answers our prayers
- Giving thanks for the big things and for the small things
- Attending a solid Bible based and Bible teaching church where the Word is taught without apology
- And of course, studying God’s Word together: showing that God’s Word is alive and applicable for us today.
I love seeing my daughters’ hunger for the Word that I can study with them using Precept Ministries’ D4Y Bible Studies. Verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter, together we look at the truth of God’s Word . . . nothing fluffy, just the Word. Before we begin we pray, asking God to reveal His truth to us, to show us how we can apply what we are learning to our lives today. As I listen to Kaleigh read and watch her eyes light up when she discovers something new about God and His goodness, and as I watch Kauna listening intently, I know that this is how I am to fulfill my calling to teach my children and raise them up in the Lord. I am reassured, that the Lord is moving in their young lives in ways that I will never comprehend, that He will do far more abundantly in their lives than I can ever dream.
I have been blessed to see my girls growing and changing as they see God more clearly, as they begin to have a personal relationship with the Lord, as they grow in the knowledge and understanding of who God is and how deeply He loves us.
Have you submitted completely to God and His will for you and for your children? Are you nurturing their ability in a hobby or a passion more than nurturing their relationship with the Lord? Are sports and friends more of a priority to your children than spending time in the Word of God?
There is no better time than right now to begin to shift their focus – and yours – from a worldly-view to a Kingdom-view. Deuteronomy 11 commands us to impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul and to teach them to your sons. We do this by establishing ourselves and our children in God’s Word.
Did you know that Precept Ministries has a Family Discipleship Plan? This plan is designed for your family to study God’s Word together. Moms, dads, children and teens able to inductively study the same book of the Bible or topic together.
Ask God for opportunities throughout your day to talk to your children about the Lord. Pray with them and over them. Begin studying the Word with them, and most importantly—let go of the reins—submit to God and His plan for you and for your children. Look to the Lord, trust Him with their lives, their goals and dreams. Believe that He will do far more abundantly in your life and in theirs.
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