I teach the Word of God… I have the opportunity to teach the Book and its beauty here on this blog and through my book Devotions From Genesis. I have the opportunity to teach at least 40 children every Sunday and probably close to 75 children and adults every Monday in Co-op Chapel… and have had the opportunity to speak and teach before others many other times in schools and other churches and even in hotel floors in Poland and standing among the graves of the slain in concentration camps… It never ceases to stop my heart in almost pure confusion and befuddlement that God manages to use this woman with such a tainted past to teach such holy things…
But in all these public teaching opportunities none of those moments compare to when I jump in the bed in the morning with my 11 year old and have my one-on-one devo time with her and then go and pull my 8 yr old up in my lap, simply because I still can, and have my one-on-one time with her…
Nothing compares to being able to look them in the eyes and read to them and teach them who their God is and how very much He loves them and desires to guide them every day of their life.
Nothing compares to being curled up in our pj’s together with our bedheads and morning breathe and reading aloud:
You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book?
Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call;
This I know, that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise,
In the Lord, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
To be able to show them that every tear that they have ever cried or will ever cry their God has caught… He has stored them in a bottle and recorded the reason for them in His book… and then to be able to remind them that not only does He catch and record every tear He also keeps every prayer we have ever prayed before His throne…
Another angel came and stood at the altar,
holding a golden censer;
and much incense was given to him,
so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints
on the golden altar which was before the throne.
And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints,
went up before God out of the angel’s hand.
To be able to look in their eyes, the two souls formed in my womb, the two souls God entrusted to me to lead them as they lay down and as they rise, the two souls who watch me daily to see if I actually live what I claim to believe…
To be able to first thing in the morning, before the sleepy is even out of their eyes, to be able to open this Book of books and turn to its truth and speak over my children….
This I know, that God is for me.
To be able to remind them that even if the whole world is against them God is for them. If they they will always put their trust in Him and praise His word… they never have any reason to be afraid… because if God is for them… what can man do to them?
My goal as their mother is for them to know, that they know that they know, that God is for them.
Even if they are going through something hard that they don’t understand, or even if they have been taken to the Holy Ghost woodshed because they have chosen disobedience and it may seem to them that God is against them… they must remember that God is always for them.
Now I must confess that there are mornings when the devo time is missed… but that doesn’t mean we quit… we just shoot for tomorrow. But I say that as a mom who teaches her children at home and is able to tie Biblical truth into every subject… even using the covenant of marriage to explain fractions… I have this privileged and open door daily with my girls.
If your child attends public school you don’t have that opportunity… so precious one, does your child know that God is for them? Can he face the lies of the world head on because he is armed with his freshly sharpened sword of truth?
I would be so bold as to say that you can’t afford to miss these morning opportunities to speak truth over your child. Not only will it arm your child… it will arm you.
Do you know, that you know that you know, that God is for you? Do you know that he has caught every tear you have ever cried and recorded them in His book? Do you know that He gathers every prayer that you have ever cried out to Him and they are stored at the altar before His throne? Do you know that He is for you?
Can you say with David, “This I know, that God is for me.“