Obey-- to follow the commands or guidance of. Obedience-- a: an act or instance of obeying b : the quality or state of being obedient. The lesson at church today was on obedience and the hows and whys. Let me start by saying, obedience and obey are well known words at our house. One of the first things we taught our children was Ephesians 6:1-3--Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with promise that it may be well with you and you may live long on this earth. The preacher also reminded us that obedience starts with us. We as parents have to be walking with God daily and reading His word. We have to set the example for our children. One way to do that is memorize the greatest commandment. Deuteronomy 6:5 says, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. That is what God wants from us in every aspect of our life. In John 14:15 it says, If you love Me, keep My commandments. So if we truly love God we will obey and keep His commandments.
With this said, I know we aren't perfect people, but God knows that and He wants us to do the best we can and repent from our sins that we do commit. Deuteronomy 6:2 wants us to keep passing these commandments down from generation to generation. Just because our children grow up and leave doesn't mean we stop teaching them. We are still called to guide and pray for them and then when we have grandchildren we instill in them our values as well. This message obviously hit home for me because I can't quit thinking about it and felt the need to blog about it. Another couple of ideas to lay the path for our children was to have a special devotion time with them as a family, teach them to pray and pray for them and with them. God wants us to, as Proverbs 6:22 says, Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. This message preached today was a collection of all the thoughts in my head. This is basically what Tim and I had made for our resolution for this year. We want our children to grow up and honor God and do something that only God has called them to do. Even though we started homeschooling for another reason, God has laid on my heart to instill in my children every morning what an awesome God He is and that He is the real reason we home school. Will you please pray for us to be the godly examples our children need us to be?