Jenny began by comparing cathedral building thousands of years ago to faith building from one generation to a next within our families today. Often times, it would take nearly 100 years to build these magnificent churches. Requiring one generation to pass on the work and vision to the next generation of builders.
Do we think of our children in terms of preparing them to launch into the world like arrows launch into the battle? Psalm 127:3-5 "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate."
What are we doing to share the story of God with our children? Psalm 78:4 "We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done."
Deuteronomy 6:5-9 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."
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Below are a few other points and questions Jenny posed to us this morning.
- "I have noticed that you..." cards. Write your children notes acknowledging the good things they are doing day-to-day.
- Question to ask yourself: "Am I building for the moment or thinking about future generations?" What would I do differently to have a generational focus in our family?
- Question: "Do I see my children as my ministry?"
- Pray for your husband if he is not the spiritual leader you would hope him to be. Don't nag. Respect him. Pray. It's a change of heart that requires the Holy Spirit's work and your prayers.
- Family worship can include all or some of the following: bible reading, memory verses, catechism, listening to worship songs, singing hymns, playing music, prayer, devotional books...