Sometimes I wonder if I am failing as a mother.
I actually stopped reading blogs and attending mommy groups because I would get so stressed out about all the things I WASN’T doing for my children. Instead of being encouraged, I would be SO discouraged. Why? Because I want to be perfect. There, I admitted it.
Perfection is in my DNA. (Sorry, Mom, I ratted you out.) But, guess what? Perfection is a LIE. A BIG FAT UGLY LIE. As Christians, we MUST seek truth. We must teach truth. We must live out the truth as best we can with the help of our Almighty God. But how?
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” Hebrews 11:1
This verse was written to the Jewish Christians who were being persecuted. The author was encouraging them to hang on and not lose faith during this trial because God loved them and is always faithful. Wow! How easily this message relates to all the things we face today.
As parents, we must have deep-rooted faith in order to teach our children about something we cannot see, feel or touch.
Did you ever use CliffsNotes in school? I do not love reading so those little yellow booklets became my best friend. I made good grades, but I missed all the details that make a book great. Sometimes we do that with the Bible. We look for verses that suit our current situation, even take it out of context, and forget the rest. Hmmmm…the phrase: “I want the truth, the WHOLE truth, and nothing but the truth.” Can you handle the truth?
Think about a puzzle piece. If you didn’t have the box or know anything about the puzzle, could you figure out what the entire puzzle would look like by having one little piece? Probably not. Every single word of the Bible is God-breathed. Every chapter, every word, every weird name is important. And, it’s really cool when you put all the pieces together and see God’s prophecies come true. How privileged we are to be able to have a copy of the entire Bible and see how it all fits together.
It’s so important to teach our kids, not only the New Testament, but the Old Testament—how you can trace the lineage of Abraham all the way to Jesus…that God didn’t go back on His promise to Abraham when his people kept messing up…again…and again….and again….how
He used ordinary, sinful people for His glory…how the prophecies of the Old Testament were fulfilled when Jesus came!
We must educate ourselves before we can educate our children, or else it’s just CliffsNotes.
If I didn’t know how this blog post was going to end, I may have broken out in hives already, thinking, “Well, we are doomed. I don’t read the Bible enough. Have I taught my kids enough about the Bible? Are we too distracted with activities to even make time for all this?”
In this time of instant gratification and distraction, we must choose to be still and make time to read God’s Holy Word. I used to feel guilty that I didn’t get up super early for quiet time. I just cannot focus that early in the morning. And you know what? That is ok. I promise there is not a verse that commands us to have quiet time at 5 am for one hour. You must choose what works for you.
As a very distracted person, the best way for me to stay in His word is by teaching others and/or having a structured Bible study (group or just a book). If I am not doing either of these things, I seem to “fall of the wagon.” (P.S. Carpool is also a wonderful time to dig deeper into God’s word!)
Recently, the Holy Spirit laid on my heart to encourage and teach my children to read their Bibles more. When they were little, it was so easy! It was a part of our nightly bedtime routine. But now, I turn into mom-zilla around 9 pm and that sweet Bible reading may turn ugly pretty quickly. So what now?
I started keeping my Bible in the front seat of my car—where we spend a lot of time these days. On the way to school or a practice, the kids will read passages to whomever is in the car with us. Then we talk about the context of that verse.
The first day we did this, my daughter said she wanted to read John 3:16. But what she learned that day is why Jesus spoke those words. Jesus was talking to a Pharisee named Nicodemus who had many questions about Jesus’ teachings. This was a neat conversation that led to application to our life now—there is probably a “Nicodemus” at your school who has questions about Jesus. If you are ever confronted with questions about Jesus, you have a great resource in these verses!
We must take make take action to educate ourselves about God’s word, in context, before we can expect our children or anyone else to listen to us.
Parents, if you feel defeated, take comfort in Jehovah-Jireh, our almighty God who provides. He will provide a spark in your heart to read His word. He will provide wisdom and understanding when reading His word. He will provide the faith you need to be a light in this dark world. All you have to do is ask. Matthew 7:7-12