Your everyday life is teaching important lessons

It is in who we are and how we treat each other, all day, every day that impacts our children, not just one off lessons and reminders. God is not meant for just bedtimes and Sunday mornings. His message has been given for us to live out daily in our everyday lives. Our children are watching, learning, and copying everything we do. So what is your daily life teaching them?

I’m going to be very bold and direct. What are your children learning from you? Are you walking the walk? Are you modeling for them how you’d like them to act?

Motherhood can be overwhelming sometimes. We have so many responsibilities and stresses including caring for our children, working, our kids’ education, maintaining the household, and more. With all that going on, it is no wonder that we aren’t always our best selves. I know I have messed up a few (or more) times. This can create a lot of guilt too. The shame and blame that we carry with us lead us down the path of hopelessness. But, my friend, you can model grace, forgiveness, humility, and repair the messes too. When you do so you are living out your faith in very real ways.

When speaking about the commandments, God, speaking through Moses, told the Israelites to:

Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Deuteronomy 6:7

It is in who we are and how we treat others, all day, every day that impacts our children, not just one-off lessons and reminders. Families are together all the time, especially as I write this during a global pandemic. I have heard from far too many parents that the joy has been sucked out of their homes. It is as if every day has blurred into one another and everyone is just going through the motions mechanically. As moms, we need to breathe new life into our homes. Rekindle that fire and passion we have for Christ and help our family to see how important He is in our lives.

After many long months of social isolation, my family was experiencing cabin fever. Tempers flared over any minor issue. My children missed their friends and were tired of playing with their siblings. I was struggling too. I needed to step in and make some changes. After much prayer, God revealed to me that we needed more of Him. We had forgotten to put Him first each day. As we began to read our Bible daily and discuss what we were learning I began to notice a shift in the family dynamic. We made a list of activities that would help improve our mood and enjoyed being together again.

God is not meant for just bedtimes and Sunday mornings. His message has been given for us to live out daily in our everyday lives. It is still just as applicable now as it was centuries ago. Our children are watching, learning, and copying everything we do. So what is your daily life teaching them?

Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Reflect

Does your daily life reflect your values?
What are some areas of family life that you feel prompted to change?
How can you talk about God more often with your kids?
What are some of the ways you include God in your home life?

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