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“Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it. ~1 Kings 22:42-43~
We can be a generational influence and encouragement to our children. In the business of raising children, we often forget that they will someday grow up. We get caught in the stress of the moment, forgetting that moments make up our life and stretch into the eternal.
I love reading through the story of the kings of Israel and Judah. It is a sad story because most of these men did not choose to walk in the ways of the Lord and led their country down a destructive path.
Jehoshaphat walked in the ways of Asa his father and did not turn aside from it. He paid attention to all the things that his father taught him. Asa influenced and encouraged him to walk with the Lord.
I can’t help but think that Jehoshaphat’s ‘Grampa David’ influenced and encouraged him to live faithfully for God.
Instilling Christ in Your Children
God’s Word never returns void and reading the Bible to your children daily is so very important. Busy moms, take the time to read the Bible to your children each morning right after breakfast. Have a little lesson before starting your day.
Eat breakfast together at the table. It is so important to eat breakfast together with your children. No TV, no computer, or connecting on yours or their phones during breakfast. This is coveted time with your precious children. You can’t ever get it back!! What kind of influence will you have over the lives of your children once they are 12 and above if you have not laid the foundation? It is hard enough to keep them within boundaries if their heart is pulled by the world.
Read the Bible before clearing the table. Once the table starts to be cleared it is easy to lose the attention of your children. It is human nature to resist God.
Praying for Your Children
Take the time to pray for your children each day. Write their names down on your To Do List and remember to pray over their lives. Pray for them as you fold their laundry and discipline yourself to pray as you interact with them.
I have found Stormie Omartian’s books on prayer to help me know how to pray better for my children.
Not Everyone Has the Benefits of a Christian Family
Many of you never grew up in a Christian family and don’t have the benefits of automatically knowing how to raise your children to follow God. I found that even though I have a wonderful godly heritage in my parents, I still had a sin nature that made war against my intentions to raise godly children.
Relying on God’s Strength
I can do all things in my own strength and so can you. Tapping into God’s resources personally by getting alone with Him is so important so that we are renewed daily in His strength instead of our failing strength. (Philippians 4:13)
“Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” ~Isaiah 40:28-29~
Be diligent in teaching your children about God and modeling Jesus before them.
Take heart if not all of your children are following the Lord and keep praying for them and opportunities to be an influence and encouragement to the next generation.
What are you doing to be a generational influence and encouragement to your children? My thoughts are not exhaustive and I’d love to hear what you have to share!
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