I make it a point that Anya knows she can always come to me, no matter what the issue is, but more importantly I’ve tried to instill in her that she should always turn to God. I When she is in trouble or is troubled she can always come to mom, but the Lord is her refuge. Sometimes I think she understands what I’m trying to teach and other times I think she is seven and can’t really understand quite what I’m saying. Well, last week any doubts I had about Anya understanding what I was telling her about seeking God were put to rest.
I put her to bed and shortly afterward I heard these pitter patter of feet. There she was standing their looking a little pitiful poor thing. I asked her what was wrong and she said she kept having bad thoughts and couldn’t sleep. I asked what it was she was thinking about, but she didn’t want to share. I started to think she may just have wanted to stay up. So, I told her to lie down and soon she would be sleeping. So, she grabbed the bible that was on the table and left. I walked around the corner and there she was lying on the floor in the hallway reading the bible. How can I be mad at that!
I told her she could read her bible in bed and she crawled up in bed and opened her bible to where she left off. At that point I knew something really was bothering her and I contemplated going in and talking with her, but I knew this was a moment where I had to just let her be in the word of God. This was a step in her own spiritual growth that I couldn’t interfere with. I thanked God that she was seeking him out and he was in her heart.
When I went back in the room this is what I saw…
This is becoming a habit of hers (smile). Every night since then she has read the bible on her own and when she went to her dad’s house this week she took her bible along with her. Interesting enough that week we had a doozy of a time. Her behavior was off and I have to admit I was getting increasingly frustrated. Then when I saw her taking the initiative to read the bible when she was having a difficult time, it was like God refreshed my own heart and gave me hope that what I’m trying to teach Anya is starting to bear fruit. All of the spiritual things we do together is starting to get her rooted in her own relationship with God. She is taking ownership of her relationship with him and that gives me so much joy!
It is so vital that our children develop an intimate relationship with God. In this world they are going to face more temptation than we can imagine and they need to be secure in knowing that they can turn to God, not just at night in prayer, but anytime. They need to realize that the Lord will sustain them and fill them up so they won’t look for unhealthy ways to be satisfied. If they learn that the bible is their blueprint for life they are less likely to follow the world’s pattern and if they do eventually I believe they will come back if they have that relationship with God.
I’ve said so many times that the legacy I want to leave is a spiritual legacy. When I leave this earth as long as I give her the best spiritual foundation I can, if I can train her, and teach her to seek God for refuge and peace in times of trouble and joy than I’ll know I did my job as a parent.
Never cease praying for your children mommas!