Your daily dose of true beauty advice…
Treat your children as though you won’t have them next year. Train your children as though they won’t have you next year. Ask yourself, “Am I being intentional about training my children for Christ?”
Identify the areas of training that you know need attention in your home. Lift those things to the Lord one at a time in prayer, and then write out what God is prompting your heart to change in relation to your kids.
My desire for us today as women, and we’re going to conclude here, is that God would call out women who, like Hannah, would embrace the gift of children; who will consecrate their children to God for His kingdom purposes; who are courageous enough to live counter to their culture.
If you love your kids and you raise them for Christ, you will be odd. You will not look like the rest of the women around you, and that is how it should be if we’re going to be women called out by God—women who understand the call that God has given us to nurture and train our own children.
But our call does not end there, because I am to nurture and train my own children, but then I am to turn around to those behind me and help them nurture and train their children, so that their children can nurture and train future children. Psalm 78:4-7 is such a neat description of this:
Tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord
And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.
For He established a testimony in Jacob
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers
That they should teach them to their children,
That the generation to come might know,
even the children yet to be born,
That they may arise and tell them to their children,
That they should put their confidence in God
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments.
~Holly Elliff in “The Power of a Mother’s Prayer“