Want to know how I was woken up this morning? My 8-year-old son came into our room, carrying his Bible. He had found a verse during his quiet time and he wanted to read it to me.
“I highlighted it in orange,” he said. “’Cause that’s what I do when I find verses I like.”
And so he read it to me.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”
Well, if that’s not a great way to wake up, I don’t know what is.
Whenever I post about the awesome things that my kids do I get told that I’m a great mama. As much as I appreciate the encouragement, in this case I have to make it clear that what happened this morning is a direct result of the fact that my husband is an excellent dad to our children.
Those of you who know my husband, David, know that he is pretty much the definition of the term “Laid Back”. He is a quiet guy, very rarely gets riled up, and although he is a gifted preacher, he is also content to just serve in the background.
But one area in which he has never been laid back is when it comes to the spiritual development of our kids. From the time they were newborns he has pointed them to Jesus. Every night before they go to sleep he prays with them and has them go over whatever verse they are memorizing at the time. He talks with them to make sure they understand what the verses mean, and together they come up with practical ways to apply the Scripture to their lives.
But that’s not all.
Every morning my husband sits in the front room, drinking his coffee and spending time with the Lord. He has a zippered Bible case, and in the case he has a journal and a pen. When each of our older boys got to the point where they could easily read through the children’s Bible that we have, they got their own new Bible. They got to pick out their own Bible case, and both of them chose a zippered case. And yes, they both keep a journal and a pen in their case.
When the kids wake up in the morning, they come out into the living room and join their dad in quiet time. They don’t say anything. They just climb up onto the couch next to him, open their own Bibles, and read.
This is by far the coolest thing that I see in my home – my children following their dad as he follows Jesus.
We know that we don’t do everything right, especially as parents. There are times when we look at each other and say, “Well, I guess that didn’t work.” And we know that there are going to be difficult times ahead.
But we also know that we are going to get through it. We know that God is faithful, and that as we all draw near to Him, He will work in us and through us.
One of David’s life verses is 1 Timothy 1:12, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.” I thank God that David considers his family his first place of service. He does not take his responsibility lightly, and because of that I am blessed. We are all blessed.
See you soon!