Think about your girl for just a moment. Maybe she is coloring at the kitchen table or listening to her iPod in her room. Maybe the sun has finally broke through the winter grey skies and you are watching her ride her bike before bath time.
Now, think of that same sweet girl in about ten years. Will she be a teenager? Will she be in college? Maybe she will have a family of her own. What do you want for that more grown up girl?
I want so many things for my girls. I can’t help it, I’m their mom. I pray for them. I train them. I open the Word of God with them. I do these things with the hope they will trust the Lord with all their heart and not lean on their own understanding. I desperately want them to acknowledge Him in all their ways. The promise from Proverbs 3:6 follows:
And He will show you which path to take. (NLT)
I want them to walk in this promise all the days of their lives with the path straight and clear. I can imagine the blessings they will reap when they do.
But, I have to ask myself a question as I pray this over them:
Do they see this kind of trust in their mom’s life?
Am I modeling this each day so they can see what a real life of pressing into God and His Word looks like? Can they hear me crying out to God acknowledging His ways over my own plans? Can they experience Proverbs 3:5-6 living and active in my life as they live under my roof?
I’m learning this as I mother them: they will model what they SEE in my life far better than they will learn it from a lesson I teach merely with words.
Oh sweet Lord, make my girls live passionately with a trust in You that never fades.
But first, let them see it in me.
May I trust with a whole heart.
Lean only on your truth.
Listen for your voice moment by moment.
Placing my hand in yours, walking on your straight, clear, paths.
Don’t let me ask for things to be true of them, that I have not first ask You to make true of me.
Amen and Amen.