I had mentioned either here or in person how in our home we try to read scripture together every morning. We do that not because we feel we have to, or because this is what good Christian's do. Honestly we do it because of our philosophy of Big Picture Parenting. We believe that as our children leave our home every morning and attend school, we want the word of God in their heart. We want them to know scripture, to feel comfortable searching God's word for insight into his heart and to really know what God says about life and love. To really know God and not just what people say about him.
Then I went and had a play date with a friend of mine a couple months ago. As we were sitting in her kitchen, she had index cards covering her walls with scripture written on them. As I took a closer look, she had the first couple dozen chapters of Proverbs up.
I fell in love.
I asked her what was going on with all the proverbs posted on her wall and her response was, "I got the idea from you."
I had a look of total confusion. We have never done anything like this, so it didn't really feel like my idea. "I don't get it" was my response.
She told me that she appreciated how much we were trying to create a love of God and his word in our children. She said as her and her husband were trying to raise up their kids, they wanted God's wisdom strong in their mind and in their heart.
I Love it!!!
See, I pray for God's wisdom over my children almost as much as I cook their meals. These young boys and girl are faced with choices every day about who they are, who they are going to be, and what they stand for. Choices of fitting in, going along with the crowd, sticking up for the kid getting picked on, helping someone in need, it will never end. I want them filled with the knowledge of God's love and his desire for their life.
So instead of just praying wisdom over my kids, this felt like the perfect compliment to put it in their hearts.
The proverbs are also an easy way to find just a couple of verses to read in the morning. A couple verses read, then discussed leaves us with a perfect small 5-10 min devotion. It has sparked such great conversations and questions from the kids, and having them written down, on days when we don't have time for a new one, we can pick one off the door and read it again.
The other great benefit of having it written down and up where we can see all the time, is I can stop and read encouragement every time I need it.
The best part of all this...
I shared a desire of my heart and a small tradition that I do with my kids. Another mother took that idea and made it her own. I saw what she did and she inspired me to follow suit and take it another step further.
This is the best part of living life publicly The way our hearts, our desires, our traditions can inspire others and in turn, we can be inspired by them.
Thank you Jessica!