This week several unexpected things happened.
One of my friends brought up her passion for her children to memorize scripture. It was a challenge to me, since I tend to be more sporadic than I should be about memorizing scripture with the kids and myself. Since all three children have expressed some doubts about salvation (more about that later), I was particularly challenged by these verses:
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:14-15
Second, I was challenged a few weeks ago to consider that as my children have gotten older, it has been more difficult to talk about spiritual things all together. It’s probably because I’m so distractible, but there seems to be something special about individual time. So I brainstormed and found a morning that would work before school. (I still need to find a nighttime time for my night owl, but I’m still wrestling with that idea because my brain is usually mostly useless when hers is buzzing.) Nothing earth shattering, but we had some good conversation and I’m acting more on faith that the time is well spent.
Today I also wanted to read the Bible with them. We haven’t in a while, and I’ve missed it. So I called them all over, and we read through Psalm 119, taking turns reading each stanza. It’s such a challenging chapter for me, and I love to hear the longing in King David’s words for God and His Word. I asked the children to pray something from what we read, and I was thankful to hear their child-like requests that God would help them seek Him and His Word.
Fourth, tonight after everyone was in bed, I went into each child’s room, sat beside them and prayed for them. I don’t usually do that, mostly because I’m not a night owl and I don’t think of it, but also because I hate the thought of waking up sleeping kids. I surprised myself, because I liked sitting beside their beds as they slept, and asking God to bless them.I suppose I needed God’s grace this week. It seems like it was a big jumble of good things that came together. Perhaps the rest of this week I’ll be a distracted mess. Tonight as I go to bed, I’m thanking God for his guidance and reminders of his love for me and my family!