As a Christian mom to three kids I desire nothing more than that my children learn to walk with the Lord. Maybe you can relate. As mom’s it seems we spend countless hours that turn to days that turn to weeks, months and years, instilling basic truths into our kids.
I can’t count how many times I have said
“Show gratitude ”
Some days I feel like a broken record, but let’s be real, that is old school, I would need to say a scratched CD ☺️.
Regardless, when you take it all down, this mama heart wants nothing more for her kids than what you find recorded in Psalm 37:5
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act.
Oh if my kids could grasp this…if I could grasp this.
What a difference it would make!Psalm 37 is a natural set up for us as parents in training our little ones.
Modeling contentment with the Lord and walking with Him is hard. Our flesh so desires to complain and fret over little and big things. But as we look through these verses, there are some things David implores us to do- and in return pass to the little eyes watching us.
Here are few commands listed
When I think about all of the things I have tried to teach my kiddos in their interpersonal relationships and own hearts these things are often at the top of the list.
These are often the very things that I am being taught by in the quiet of my own heart. They involve a daily surrendering and decision to be purposeful.
It involves time for discussions with my kids such as “how can we show gratitude” or “how can we not worry about this or that?”
How many times have we had conversations that involve words and phrases such as
“wait a minute, be patient”
My life as a mama has an incredible mirror to how God responds to me as his daughter. He desires nothing more than that we watch and wait and trust Him.
Think of the one person or thing that you never think twice about trusting or waiting on.
For me, it is the sunrise. I have never in my entire life doubted or questioned if the sun would come up tomorrow. The day may look different, it may be cloudy or hot or snowy. But there is still day and I am content knowing it is there.
Another example is the ocean. There is a place I can always go and know without a doubt I will see the waves crashing, hear the seagulls, and feel the salt spray on my lips. I never question if it is gone, worry it has disappeared, or wondered if it will be doing what it was meant for.
This is the way God wants us to live in dwelling with Him. The way He wants is to teach our kids to walk in commitment with our lives.
Not worrying or sitting oblivious to His promises and blessings. Instead knowing and trusting that He is always there, always loving, always working life for our good.
Dwelling in Him.
The Psalmist David was in the throws of despair when he wrote this. He had wickedness all around him. He was tormented at every angle and he was asking God for relief and deliverance.
In the life of kids, wickedness doesn’t necessarily involve the mean evil villain that follows us. Instead it can look like frustration, rough friendships or emotional struggles. It can be a rocky relationship with parents or friends or apathy toward church or God Himself.
How do we respond from a mama heart that wants only the best? We lean in and hear what God has for us and pass that to our children.
David says in verse 18
The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever.
He then says in verses 23-26
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.
I have been young, and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.
David knew the vital link between us and the future. Walking and dwelling in the presence of God allows me to pass this on to my children. In turn this is passed onto future generations as a blessing.
I don’t know a single mama who doesn’t want their children to be a blessing. Let us pour into the little lives He has blessed us with and say with David
Trust in the Lord, and do good…
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.