He fills the longing soul with good things. Ps. 107:9


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Wednesday with the Word

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Praise the Lord.
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who greatly delights in his commandments. 
His offspring will be mighty in the land. 
The generation of the upright will be blessed. 

~ Psalm 112:1-2

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Now if THOSE Living Words don't get your motor going about being a parent, I don't know what will! 

This morning, Kayla called me from the bathroom.  She was holding her "throne" reading material, which was a book from our new family devotions kit.  She asked, "Mommy, what does it mean for God to be the center of your life?"  I said, "Oh honey, don't worry with all that stuff.  You'll learn about all that when you get bigger. Just put that old book away and brush your teeth."


I was SO excited to get to answer her!  What question could thrill a mama more? 

The other night during family prayer, Caiden's request was that "we will be powyerful!" He's a very dramatic boy, and pretty much everything he says is said with passion and intensity. Who knows where he came up with the request...he probably meant "powerful in fighting alligators and lions."  But it certainly got our attention.  Because we know of a real-life lion they must fight.  We pray power for our kids. (And I often think of the goal - raising powerful worshippers -  when the training gets tough and I feel I'm the one getting the brunt of the discipline.)....

We even named our boys accordingly.  Caiden means "warrior."  Corin means "spear-bearer."  Our highest dream for them is that they will be men of God's might - driven by worship - full of the strength of His Spirit. 

Now if I can just get this warrior to keep his clothes on and eat his vegetables.....
"Lord, I can deal with puked-on shoulders and crunchy floors and chopped-up nights if only You will give me children who are "mighty in the land".....mighty in character and love and worship and kindness and principle. Teach me to fear and worship you more freely and delight in your commandments more fully.  And guide my children with your powerful hand of love.  Amen!"

photos:  Girltime at Chicago's American Girl.....Baby Big Boy with those eyes, that spirit.
danielpauledwards said...

Yes, yes, yes! That is exactly how I feel too.

Laura said...

"What does it mean for God to be the center of you life?" WOW! Tears well up in my eyes...
I SO agree that no question could be more thrilling to a parent!
Bless you as you train, and share the REAL world with your precious children.

Deanna said...

I have no doubt that God will answer Caiden's request. At first,I wonder how much he understands, but then realize that God enables prayer, what would happen if we all prayed that God would make us powerful for Him? Some would feel that is egotistical, but it is so pure coming from my favorite warrior boy! Oh for a child's faith in prayer!

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