Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Our Children Are Watching Us

My son, Ryan, LOVES golfing. He would golf seven days a week if he could. He works in my home with Ken. At least once a day, when he takes a break, he goes in our backyard and swings a very old golf club. In his backyard at home, he does this quite a bit also.

His little son has watched him do this since the time he was born. He began walking recently on a Friday. On Saturday, he walked across the room, picked up his little golf club, and started swinging it at his golf balls. The amazing thing was that he didn't miss one golf ball! He had grown up watching his dad and knew exactly how to do it at just barely one years old. {He does need some work on how to hold a golf club!}

On television, there was a family of six being interviewed. The mother fixes very healthy food and runs a lot. All of her children have grown up to love healthy food and running. They are all in great shape.

This got me thinking what a strong influence we are to our children. From the time they are born, they are watching you. The more gentle, kind, and loving you are, the easier it will be for them to be gentle, kind, and loving when they grow up.

Erin, from Keeper Of The Homestead, had this to say about her daughters ~

I had an eye opening experience this past weekend. It was one of those moments I will hold in my heart as a reminder of why I am reaching out to other women. I had a phone call from a friend that needed me to drop my girls off to clean her home. My girls actually clean a lot of people's homes in our community. They have a reputation for being the best cleaning ladies. Leaving no stone unturned, they cheerfully clean every nook and cranny. They come home and continue cleaning with me. Because I had been working alongside them their entire lives, it has become a joy and purpose to their days.

It is so important to model Christ-like behavior to our children. It is important to model self- control, sacrifice, and hard work to them. It is important to model eating healthy and exercising to them. It is especially important to raise them up in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord.

Our children are sponges soaking up everything when they are growing up. Daily ask the Lord for strength to be Christ-like to your children. Remind yourself that you are filled with His Spirit, thus you are filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Continue to grow in the wisdom and the knowledge of the Lord.

Don't lose heart, young mothers. You can do it for with God ALL things are possible and you can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you!

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; 
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7

You can learn to clean your kitchen floors, 
 counter tops, and sinks with Erin HERE.