Monday, February 15, 2010

Don't Rush the Kids to Bed

Good Morning,

I hope that everyone is doing well this Monday morning.  Today while riding to work, the Lord spoke/convicted me.  Here I am driving down the highway and all of a sudden, it seemed like I was getting scolded.

I think in a previous WFTD, I mentioned something similar to the topic of not rushing the kids off to bed at night.  In this case, it is more specific I think.  The time that my wife and I spend with our kids in prayer, just before bed, is one of the most important times of the entire day.  This is the time that we as a family get to spend time together with the Lord and they get to see how we as parents worship Him! 

Believe it or not, children are always watching your every move.  I've noticed that our daughter use to say passionate prayers from the heart that would make us say wow.  Now it is almost as if it is just a routine to do so she can hurry up and go to bed.  I have to place blame on me for not having us all to continue to take the time out to pray from the heart instead of rushing the kids off to bed.  Having a big day tomorrow or because they have gotten on our last nerves all day is no excuse to rush through what little time we already set aside for God.

Our children mimic with whom they identify.  If I am rushing through a great teaching moment, what am I teaching and REVEALING about my current walk to my children?

"Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked him. "Yes," replied Jesus, "have you never read, " 'From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise'?"  - Matthew 21:16

Children have it right from the very beginning.  It is on us to teach them so the world does not influence them to lose their praise.
Be blessed fam.

Regards,

Antoine E. Hall

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