Enjoying God with Your Children

“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.” Psalm 27:4

A few weeks ago, after a playdate with some new friends, I was driving my kids to a sports practice. As I drove, my kids reflected on how they had enjoyed playing with their friends at the park. Then they asked me, “Mom, did you like the other moms?” 

I replied that I did, but that we were unlikely to become close friends. Surprised, they immediately asked me why. And this is what I said: “They were really nice, but we don’t share the same priorities. And because they don’t share the same priorities, we are probably not going to become the closest of friends.” 

This led to a discussion of priorities. I explained what they are in general – that they were the top things that people cared about – the things that were most important to them and that they held most dear. I then asked my kids if they knew Mom’s and Dad’s top priority. They responded with an excited and resounding, “Yes! GOD!!!” 

I was so encouraged by their boisterous responses. Not only did they know our top priority, but they were incredibly sure of it! I then went through a list of some of our best friends and asked the kids what their top priority was. Of course, it was the same, and they responded with the same confidence and exuberance. As one of my boys reflected on these friends, he said, “You know what, Mom? All of your best friends love God the most, and all of their families are filled with joy.”

Out of the mouths of babes, right?!?! What a beautiful and true observation! Dear mom, I encourage you… Your kids are watching. And your priorities do matter. They can tell what is genuine and what is not. Do you hunger and thirst for more of God? Do you long to spend time with Him, to worship Him, to hear what is on His heart, to linger before Him? Do you truly enjoy Jesus and treasure your time with Him? Does your love for Him so excite you and overflow into your life that you best align with people who have the same priorities? When you get together with your friends, are you most excited to share what God is doing in your life and what He has been speaking to you? 

If this really doesn’t describe you very well, there is no condemnation! I’m not writing this to make you feel guilty. Just ask Him. In Matthew 7:7, Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”  This is the heart of the Father for you. He wants to give you more of Himself this year. He wants to take you deeper with Him. Just ask. And let 2021 be the year that your kids see their mom fall more in love with Jesus. And guess what? They will too!

With Love,

Linda and the Help Club for Moms team

Linda Steppenbacker
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