My days can be quite hectic with homeschooling, being a wife, mother, business manager, home manager, etc. All the duties we have can consume us if we let them. Without taking moments throughout my day to feast on scripture, I would spin out of control.
I am not alone. My children respond the same way.
Some might say that is because they follow my lead. That my emotions and peace (or lack thereof) navigates theirs. To a degree that is true. But I can testify that the when they get in the word, they change. When it is me alone it is simply not the same degree of change which our house experiences regarding peace. It is dramatically different when we take our eyes of self and put them on the truth.
Stay Saturated with His Love
Keeping my focus on the truth of God’s word keeps me saturated in Love.
1 John 4: 8 in the Amplified says:
“He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.”
To be fully acquainted with someone is to take time out of your day to know them. To talk with them, walk with them and learn their ways. Synonyms of acquaint are habituate and familiarize. That means much more than just being introduced.
Staying saturated with God’s love means that you are full of it. That means that when you squeeze me, I will ooze love. I think that is a lot better than oozing anger or bitterness. The same holds true for my children.
- What are am I oozing?
- What are your children oozing?
- What has our house been filled with?
- What has taken our attention?
Ask yourself these questions and any more that will direct your to some action steps. Take out paper and pencil to help you see where you have been. I am doing this too.
What is the purpose of an anchor? It’s purpose is to keep the ship from drifting. If you are looking at other definitions it’s purpose is to provide strength and support.
Setting anchors throughout your day to meditate on God’s word outside of the early hours of the day is key to a life full of joy and peace.
What we do:
- The children and I both keep journals that we pull out during school hours to write down 3 things we are thankful for and a scripture.
- We read about those who have followed hard after Christ as part of our curriculum and for reading enjoyment each day.
- We read our memory verse at breakfast.
- We review and say our memory verse at lunch.
- We spend time in the word or listening to a good word filled book after dinner.
- We pray often.
- We gather with fellow believers to encourage one another and pray with them as well.
This may sound like a lot to do if you are only squeezing short “breath prayers” into your day. Spending more time with the Lord actually seems to give me more time for the things I need to accomplish. He is faithful that way. It’s as if He stops time.
You choose how to set anchors in your home. You don’t have to follow my timeline. Discuss it with your husband. I would say discuss it with the children too, but you need to use your better judgement here. Sometimes these decisions are best left to
the adults. They will follow along once you make a decision and stick to it. In time they will miss these moments if you forget.
As simple as “breath prayers” are, these meditations on the truth are powerful weapons. These prayers are the words of God that come to our minds in the midst of trials such as fear, anger rising, and worry. You speak the word of truth quickly and accurately in prayer and out loud if you can.
Many trials are small but they add up in a hurry. Ignoring trials will only lead to greater build up in your life as they are never dealt with properly. Things like bitterness will take root in your heart. Fear and worry are against the truth of the gospel as Jesus flat out commands us not to worry or fear. (See Matthew 6 on worry and over 365 commands not to fear throughout the whole bible.)
Hiding God’s word in your heart creates an arsenal of weapons you can easily access to take every thought captive and bring it to the obedience on Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV
” For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”
Doing this subjects the fear, doubt, worry or anger to the truth and the power of that truth in Christ.
The word Christ means “the anointed one and the anointing” You are bringing your thoughts into obedience to the One who has the power and the keys to your life and your children’s. You are also tapping into that anointing to carry out His plans when you do this.
Take the time to find simple scriptures that address situations you come across on a regular basis.
- Highlight them in your bible.
- Write them down on 3X5 cards and hang them around places you will look to often.
- You can also use a bible app on your phone to quickly look up a phrase if you only have a part of the verse you remember.
I find that my soul rests solidly in Him when I have the whole counsel of a verse.
Involving the Children
How can this be more than just Mom or Dad leading? When we are raising our children we want them to own their faith. It can be a challenge for them as they tend to take a back-seat to life, they are always there anyways right? Then, when it comes time for great trials they have no real knowledge to apply. We need to help them in the transition.
Let’s visit this back-seat thing for a minute. Likely your parents didn’t just give you the keys to their car and say “no go drive” without teaching you a little beforehand? That would be hilarious! Or rather, completely lunatic.
Had I not paid close attention to all the my parents did when they drove me, I would have been a mess. As much as I did pay attention, and as much as they taught and re-taught me, driving still took my by surprise and racked my nerves when it happened for the first time. They had even allowed us to drive around parking lots when we were young but that was never the same as taking my first several spins on the streets with them by side let alone let alone by myself.
The same holds true for our children. They need to be involved with all the processes that grow our knowledge of the gospel and the Lord as we go through now and not later in life. The sooner you teach your children to walk in the truth, walk by faith and not by sight, take their thoughts captive and live victoriously by example, the easier it will come to them as they grow.
They will follow you and their faith will be theirs not yours, because they will have seen real living faith and they will want it. This is key to healthy spiritual lives.
These steps in your life lived out will help them on their way:
- Teach them as you go throughout the day.
- Be humble.
- Honor the Lord in your life.
- Respect those He put over you, everyone has someone in authority over them.
- Make sure they know when you make a mistake, one that needs to be known by them. Not to flog yourself, rather that they will know what not to do.
- Be teachable.
- Speak the word out loud when you face situations, have them do the same.
- Pray with them.
- Listen to them, I mean really listen to them. Eye contact and no typing people!
- Slow down, you will be a safer “spiritual driver”.
- Have them sit on your lap to get the feel of the “wheel” by reading their bible with you.
- Allow them to ask questions that provoke you to think deeply as those will teach you both more than you can imagine.
- Speak the word night and day.
Deuteronomy 11:19 NKJV
” You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
Now take what I shared and pick what will work for you and yours. Try some ideas out, throw them away if they don’t work but give them a good shot first.
As you hide verses in your heart, have your children hide the truth in theirs. Give them tools to remember scripture according to their personality. What may work for you, or one child, may not work well for another. Find their bent and guide them faithfully on using their tools.
Just like learning to drive, they watch you Mamma and Daddy. They do! Walking with them and keeping your faith alive and visible to them will help them know the One true God. Remember: Don’t keep your faith a secret to your children.
Matthew 5:15-16 NKJV
“Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
~ Amanda from Counting All Joy.com
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Amanda is married to her best friend. The Lord has blessed them with four children and a dog. They are native to the Rocky Mountains where they raise their family in the Grand Valley. She spends her days loving and serving her husband working to honor him, teaching her children to love and serve the Lord, as she seeks Him first for herself. She is currently enrolled in a course for evidence based herbalism to be a Master Herbalist. She blogs at CountingAllJoy.com where she shares life and other joys with her readers. You may follow her on Facebook or Pinterest.