God is showing my husband and I - in so many ways - the importance of how we act while our children are around. Because, we all know that values are caught and not as much taught.While reading during my quiet time, I found these verses in I Timothy 4:
11 Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. 12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.
14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. 15 Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.
These verses spoke to me as a mom. Look at all of the things I am to do as a parent (Heidi's paraphrasing, of course):
- Teach the Scriptures
- Be an example in what I say, how I live, how I love, my faith, my purity
- Read the Scriptures using them to encourage
- Use my gifts
- Give my all for God's glory
- Stand for what is right
- Remember others are watching
Holy Spirit, remind me at those times when I am beginning to boil that You have a better way. In I Corinthians 10:13 You promise me a way out when I am tempted. Nudge me in a huge way for my marriage and children's sakes. Thank You for loving me so much to care about these little details. In Jesus' name....
What has your child learned to do from watching you?