Hudson’s nightly routine includes reading Bible stories from his storybook Bible. The stories are short, easy to understand, and they mostly focus on happy times.
Hudson loves them and especially likes the stories about different boys in the Bible. He’ll say, “Mommy, which boy should I read about tonight?”
At the end of each story, we pray and we talk to Jesus about what we’re thankful for, what’s worrying us, and thank God for the truths that He has given us in his Word.
My prayer for Hudson is that he recognizes the Word as truth even as he gets older.
As culture tells him that it’s not popular to obey God’s word, and as he grows up and realizes that he is different than his friends, that he’ll feel confident in what he knows.
Our belief is that God’s word is a blueprint for our lives. We are so very thankful to have it as we make decisions every single day. We fail and make many mistakes, and we’re even more thankful for the grace that can be found only through our faith in Christ Jesus.
But that time will come for Hudson and Hayes when they’ll each have to decide for themselves which way they want to go. What role will the Bible play in their lives?
I want them to know that being a Christian means loving and serving others. And I want them to see how much God loves us when they read His word. I pray that they value this blueprint of protection and guidance, instead of seeing it as a loss of freedom.
The commandments and rules are our protection. It works.
The world is changing so rapidly. And these boys of mine will face challenges that I can’t even imagine. But I pray that they’ll treat others with kindness, show as much of Jesus as they can to their friends and those around them, and that they will make a decision to value God’s word.
But this decision will have to be their own because it’s something they believe in their hearts. It’s their own personal decision.
The most important thing that I can do to help them, is to show them. Of course, I need to teach them and read to them and talk to them. But I have to show them what kindness looks like and what love looks like. And this means loving like Jesus loves. And if my boys can see and feel and their hearts are touched, they’ll understand what it’s all about.
In the meantime, we’ll still be reading our stories. And as my boys are old enough to understand, we’ll get a little deeper.
The “boys” that Hudson loves were just like him at some point. They made mistakes. They had mothers. They ran and jumped and got dirty. And they loved the Lord and asked Him for guidance through their many struggles.
As parents, Todd and I are so thankful that we have His Word as a blueprint for our own decision-making. And as young men, I pray that Hudson and Hayes find comfort in the truths and promises that they can find in His Word. As it becomes more and more culturally difficult to remain faithful, this is my prayer.
How are you thinking about faith and your children?
Share how this challenging topic is coming up in your home and what your game plan will be.