Proverbs 1: 7-9 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mothers teaching; Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head and ornaments around your neck.
Some days I feel like I have 2 babies going through the proverbial "Terrible 2's".
My sweet boy didn't throw a tantrum until well past 3 and I think Ava's first tantrum was at birth. This girl knows what she likes and more importantly, she knows what she DOES NOT like. She is so very precious.
Some days I feel like I am constantly saying "No" or "Listen to me or I will need to swat your bottom!" and I don't know if either of those phrases have ever come across in a loving voice.
While reading this morning I was so struck by the above verses! God has entrusted me with Tennyson and Ava. He didn't entrust them to Sunday School, pre school, caretakers at the gym, other mommy friends or even grandparents, aunts and uncles. They are given to Daniel and I to raise and instruct.
The question that these verses shouted to me was "As I raise them am I pointing them to Jesus?" My job isn't to list rules and "do not's" but to model and teach a fear of The Lord and in that the grace if Jesus and (As Tenn's bible so clearly states) The "Never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love of God" through his son Jesus.
So today my heartfelt prayer for myself and my sweet mommy friends is that the Holy Spirit would so clearly remind us that our kids are not ours but give to us by God, their perfect Father, to instruct in HIS ways and truth. What an amazing joy and responsibility. I pray that all day long (especially on days that seem SO long) we would remember that every word of encouragement or correction needs to so desperately point back to Him!
Happy Wednesday :)