Parenting Charge

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Deuteronomy 11:18-19

This Old Testament verse reminds me that "vision leaks" and that there's something in us, I don't know what, that often needs to hear the same things again and again and again before they sink through. What a charge though- and a sobering one. Sometimes it hits me like a punch to the stomach the amount of influence we have in our kiddos' lives. The amount of teachable moments that we will have handed to us. Sometimes it's scary and makes me want to go crawl under my blankets and suck my thumb. Other times, I feel certain that the Lord will equip us to parent well, despite our many shortcomings, as we call on Him and make Him center in our home.

*the pictures are unrelated, just for funsies.

**thanks for all the napping advice! As soon as Henry starts taking longer naps, I fully intend to partake, too! I feel rested today and don't harbor the desire to go shopping in a department store just so that I can hop in a well-made bed.


Olson Family said...

That verse overwhelms me because it implies that we are supposed to saturate our kids with God's word...it doesn't say 'once a week every sunday'...it says when you lie down and get up when you are sitting at home or walking down the road. quite the responsiblity! I just have to remember God is partnering with me because I could never do that on my own. Hope you guys are doing well and that henry gives you uninterrupted sleep soon!

Anonymous said...

This is a total exploration of your son.Your son may not want to have his pics all over the net when he gets older.He should have a say in this matter and pedophiles go through these sites to find children like this.This is bad parenting all around.

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Marylou said...

what an awesome reminder that parenting is more than just picking out cute clothes and choosing the right car seat! I truly hope that I can put all the other things aside and be that kind of parent for T.

The Tylers said...

so very true! what a sweet post! and I was going to comment on the sleeping post and never got arounf to it, so sorry! Just know that when Jake was Henry's age that he is now...I had just found out we were pregnant again. Yeah...shocked wasn't even the word! But the sleep will surely get longer and longer and you will feel more rested!