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Train Up a Child
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Lately, I’ve been stuck with the importance of raising my children in such a way that they desire to know God. By that I mean to really know God—not just to know of God but to know God in an interactive way, as a friend.

How do you get to know someone? Well, by spending time with him or her. Now that I’m in my thirties, I finally figured out for myself that daily time with God in prayer and Bible study is the only way I’m going to get to know God personally. I’d rather my kids didn’t have to live several decades before learning this important lesson.

Beyond My Power

I’m not sure exactly how to make someone else want to spend time with God. Frankly, I think that’s a little beyond my power. What I do understand is the value of forming habits, especially at a young age. That’s why I’ve made it my goal over the last year or so to sit down with my kids every single morning for a simple morning worship. Nothing fancy; just a Bible story or two followed by prayer with them and for them. At first, I struggled to keep their attention, but as time passed, they learned to enjoy our morning routine. In fact, they often bring me the book we are reading or remind me to have worship if I forget.

Every day I pray for my children growing up in this crazy world, for the choices they will make and the challenges they will face in the years to come. I know they will make mistakes—we all do. Yet, I also know that they will survive spiritually if they grab hold of God’s hand every day and invest time in their relationship with Him. As a mother, I pray that God will show me how to impress this upon their young hearts, that He will teach me how to teach them. As I parent to the best of my ability with God’s help, I gratefully claim the promise in Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

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