Sunday, November 22, 2009

Motivate Me Monday - What Kind of Children Am I Raising?

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I posted about a Proverbs 31 article, that impacted me, over at my home preschool blog The Fifth Street Academy.
The Article is titled: I Don't Want to Raise Successful Children by Lysa TerKeurst.  

I am stepping back to take a look at what I am encouraging in my children. 
I want them to love God and know that He is always there for them.  Often I place chores much higher on my priority list though.
I want my children to love one another and their neighbors.  Often I place recognizing numbers and letter above sharing and visiting. 

Where is the balance in this?  Should I be throwing off unloading the dishwasher or putting away laundry to dance around my living room and sing worship songs?
Do I need to accept every initiation we get for week day morning coffee and playdates?
Is this where multitasking comes in and we invite others over to have school with us and make sure we are praying while sweeping the floor?
Sometimes (not all the time) the answer is yes to each of these questions.

I hope to be an example of Christ's love and teach my children to obey the Lord's two commandments:

"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"

Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' Matthew 22:36-39

I don't know if it is God's plan for my son to be a politician or a janitor.  I don't know if my daughter will live out God's will as a homemaker or a magazine executive.  I do know that it is the will of our Heavenly Father to have my children follow his path.  (Regardless of whether or not they recognize a number 5 yet). 

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Mel said...

Wow, thanks for this reminder. I too get caught up in all of our book learning, and I'm really working on backing off and knowing when it's time to try something different, do something order to plant those little seeds. Love this post.

He & Me + 3 said...

This post was great. I so want to make sure that my children know what is really important in life & that is to first LOVE GOD with all your heart. Beautiful.

sleepyhead designs studio said...

I love the devos at Proverbs 31 and get them each day. I printed this one was so convicting. I'm on to check out your preschool blog.

Sue said...

I really enjoyed your post and I think that you are already on your way to raising wonderful children! Hugs

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