“Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace” (Romans 14:19).
Some days I am excited to write on a day’s topic and others I sit on it a long time. Today was one of those days. I had no words. I always pray for words from Father before I start writing but today I just sat here and stared ahead blankly. Thankfully, God’s Word has quite a bit to say in regards to peace.
“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts” (2 Timothy 2:21-23). I find this verse very fitting as we’re praying for our kids. It touches on an issue so many kids struggle with when growing up while also directing them towards honorable behavior.
“Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love” (2 John 1:2-4). To make this a little easier to understand, I like to cut out the middle portion and read it like this, “Grace, mercy, and peace—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love”. I love the end of this verse… “who live in truth and love”. This helps me understand what a life of peace looks like.
“And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness” (James 3:17-18). What a beautiful picture this paints – righteousness coming from practicing peace in our lives.
“Now may the God of peace…” (Hebrews 13:20) Most importantly, Father is peace and we are called to live in peace. I want righteousness for my kids. I want them to live peaceful lives that are honoring to God. Peace isn’t talked about enough in our day to day lives. Let’s change that and pray peace over our babies today.
Guest post – Rachel Theobold
“Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, laying up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for eternity” (1 Timothy 6:18-19).
I’m a mom of two kids. One is three years old and the other is almost one. The paraphrase of the scripture above is real to me because sharing is an issue we deal with almost every moment of every day. However, it’s not only about sharing toys and taking turns, and 1 Timothy drives the true point home, it’s about establishing a firm foundation for eternity.
Being generous sounds easy enough, but what does it truly look like? What if we take a second and examine each area of our lives. Are we generous with our time, for example? Let’s break this down a little. Do we stop to listen to our kids when they have something to say or are we too busy? Do we take a day off of work to enjoy our kid’s company even though it isn’t convenient or conducive to our schedule? Or how are our kids expected to learn generosity if we don’t give money to those who need it, or take a meal to someone who’s recently had a baby?
Our God has an amazing way of giving us opportunities to make the right choice. I was in the middle of writing that last paragraph and down walks Makenzie, who I might add is supposed to be in bed. Dad put her to bed earlier, but she needed “mom in her room”. I caught myself telling her that I couldn’t come, and then remembered what I wrote just two sentences before. Today I am thankful for Father’s grace and forgiveness and the chances he gives me each and every day to make a better choice. He uses things in our day to day lives to encourage us and gives us chances to honor Him. I am thankful for that chance.
Our kids are our mission field. It is our job to disciple them and pray for Father to work in their lives so that they can know Him and spend eternity with Him. If God’s word directs us to be generous and willing to share, laying up treasure for a firm foundation for eternity, then we need to do it. Let’s be aware of all the moments he gives us to make the right choice, and today let’s choose to be generous.
Guest post- Rachel Theobald