Today’s Reflecting Light is brought to you by my very special friend, Lesli Thomas. Lesli is an AMAZING wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, volunteer, and much more. She makes God’s Word a priority in her everyday life and it shows up in everything that she does, especially in raising her handsome boys. I know you will enjoy her wisdom!
Two years ago I chose to adopt a word for the year – JOY – to dig deep into and find out how God desired that in my life. Joy means so much to me as I have seen it bless my life by the reality that it is a daily choice… sure there are times that someone blesses my life which brings joy but most days it is a choice to find joy in my circumstances. Fast forward two years to 2017 and the word of the year became TRUTH. Then this scripture jumped off the wall at me… “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4
My husband and I have two little sports loving, outside playing, lego building, bayou fishing, dirt covered boys. Most days as parents seem so full with school, sports, homework, playtime, laundry, cooking, baths, bedtime, repeat. It’s easy to get trapped in the cycle of “life” and wake up days, months, or even years later and feel like what just happened? How are they already 6 and 8 years old?
This verse speaks such life to me… and so much intentionality! I desire to experience a life full of joy, don’t you? And I desire even more for my children to “walk in the truth.” Then this got me thinking about 2 things: 1) What is truth? And 2) How will my children know truth?
In an effort to answer the question of “what is truth,” here are a few truths found in God’s Word.
Truths about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit:
God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1
God is our strength and our shield, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. Psalm 28:7-8
God is with us wherever we go. Joshua 1:9
God is our deliverer from all fears. Psalm 34:4
God is our consoler, the bringer of joy. Psalm 94:19
God is my helper. Hebrews 13:6
God cares for me and lifts me with His mighty hand. 1 Peter 5:6-7
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. John 14:6
Jesus is our advocate who speaks to God in our defense. 1 John 2:1
The Spirit of God gives us power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
The Holy Spirit comforts us, teaches us, and reminds us of Jesus’ teachings. John 14:26
The Spirit guides us in all truth. John 16:13
The Spirit helps us in our weakness, intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26
Truths about us:
I along with my children must know Jesus Christ – the way, the truth, and the life – to come to the Father. John 14:6
To have fellowship with one another and be purified from all sin by the blood of Jesus, we must walk in the light. 1 John 1:7
We must love God and love one another. 1 John 4:21
We are known as children of God when we do what is right, obey his commands, love one another, and bear fruit. 1 John 2:3-6, 3:1, 3:10
We are His hands and feet, the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:27
We are children of the Most High. Psalm 82:6
We are not our own; we were bought with a price. 1 Corinthians 6:20
We are adopted to the sonship. Romans 8:15
We are strong and courageous. 1 Corinthians 16:13
We are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14
We are created by the Lord, His masterpiece, to do good things. Ephesians 2:10
We are redeemed, summoned by name, the Lords. Isaiah 43:1
We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Philippians 4:13
We are given strength when we are weary and increased power when we are weak. Isaiah 40:29
We are strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Ephesians 6:10
We will soar on wings of eagles, run and not grow weary. We will walk and not be faint when we hope in the Lord. Isaiah 40:31
We cannot be separated from the love of God in Jesus. Romans 8:38-39
Truths about Salvation:
By the gospel you are saved… for what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and then appeared to many. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
In an effort to answer the question of “how will my children know the truth,” here is where I as a parent find such conviction. One of my God-given responsibilities as a parent is to teach my children His Word – the absolute truth. Take a minute and soak that in… that is heavy! I must be intentional! I play a part in experiencing “no greater joy.”
And if 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 holds true, then of first importance is that I teach my sons about Christ and the gospel that saves. Judges 2:10 is a stark warning to us as parents. It states that “after that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.” The Israelites had been rescued out of 400 years of slavery in Egypt yet it only took ONE generation not teaching their children of what the Lord had done for them to not know the Lord.
So, let’s make this practical for our everyday lives. How can we as moms do our part to make sure that our children know the truth and bless us with the greatest earthly joy?
- We as moms must be in God’s Word… seeking His absolute truth so that we may know it, talk about it, teach it, answer questions about it, and be confident in His promises. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be on 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.” Talk about God’s Word and promises around the dinner table, in the car driving to practice, when you tuck your kids into bed, and when you send them out the door to school.
- Make God’s word tangible for your kids, your husband, yourself, and your house guests. Deuteronomy 6:8-9 states, “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.” Scatter the truth of the Lord around your home… notes on the bathroom mirrors, index cards by their beds, canvas scriptures on your walls… fill your hearts and minds with God’s Word.
If we are willing to seize this awesome opportunity to leave a legacy for our families by patterning a life lived in the light and truth of God, then we are raising up children who will walk in this truth that gives eternal life. There truly is no greater joy!