"One of the things that Sally Clarkson said that really stuck with me was, "You are the Bible your children are reading." This reminds me that it's not what I say but rather what I do. I can tell her how important Jesus is to me but if it's my iphone that I'm spending the majority of my day with that's what she is going to remember. I need to be reminded that everything I do is being watched, absorbed and lived out by the little people in this house. I need God's grace daily. It's only by him and through him that I can live each day with intention and purpose." - The Farmer's Nest
This - and because I am accountable to God - is why I make (although, sometimes unwillingly - I mean, let's be honest :~)) the choices that I do:
- I don't turn on the TV during the day. In fact, it's easy for weeks to go by without us turning on the TV at all.
- I read to B every day. Whether it's just a Bible story at bedtime or several books throughout the day, we read books.
- I make most of the food that B (and we) eat from fresh or frozen ingredients.
- I pray aloud. I want B to grow up being in conversation with God.
- I stay at home, even though it means that affording daily necessities is hard and small luxuries are rare. The benefits for B far outweigh the comfort that extra finances would bring.
- I learn. It keeps me sane, and I want to model being a lifelong student to my child(ren).
- I sing ... and dance. Life is full of joy. I want B to know that no matter what, God is good and faithful.
1. Children Are Sponges.
2. Be Intentional.