What Will They Remember?
Today I wanted to share with you one of Leaving A Legacy’s most popular posts from the archives. It’s from my dear friend Jenifer from Sweet Blessings. Jenifer is a writer that displays a heart for the Lord in all that she says and does. As I was growing up, coming from a family with two older brothers, I always wished I had a sister. I know God has blessed me with a sister in Christ through Jenifer. Please take a moment to stop by her blog, and read her inspirational messages.
They say if you just blink, your kids grow up before your eyes.I am beginning to believe that statement.My oldest child is now fourteen years old.I remember when she was a baby as though it were only yesterday.I am the blessed mother of four children, the above mentioned fourteen year old daughter, twelve year old son, eleven year old daughter and nine year old son.My kids are growing up so fast. I can hardly believe this is our last year in the single digits.It brings a bitter sweet tear to my eye as I type this.
One day my children will go off to college, marry, and have their own homes and families. As not only their mother, but also their teacher, it is my job to prepare them for the life.I am the one to teach them to tie their shoes, understand math, how to iron, read and so much more.There are many important things that they need to know for their future.I want my daughters to know how to serve and care for their families.I want my boys to know how to treat their wives and be involved with their children.
When I stop and think about the number one thing I want my children to learn from me, it is an easy answer.The legacy I want to leave my children is a relationship with Christ.If they have a true, deep, intimate relationship with their Creator, all else will fall into place.Does it mean their life will be perfect?Always easy? No.But it does mean that when they are walking with God, He will give them the wisdom and power they need.
Teaching my kids to read is fairly easy.Teaching my kids to iron is easy.Teaching my kids to wash dishes, mow the lawn, bathe dogs and all of those necessary things is easy.Even if they struggle with something, it will eventually come to them.But how can I teach them to walk with God?
By an example. By praying daily for them.By praying with them.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.Proverbs 22:6
A few years ago I committed to taking my relationship with God to the next level.To having a real connection with Him, not just living as a Sunday morning Christian.Part of that is spending time with God on a daily basis.My children saw this example.They saw me at the dining table each morning praying and reading my Bible.They saw me carry my Bible into my bedroom in the evening for extra time in the Word.They heard praise music flooding our home.A few months later, I would go into my daughters’ room to tuck them in and find them with their Bibles in their hand.Oh make a mama’s heart melt!My sons soon began their own Bible reading time as well.That is leaving a legacy my friends.That is what I want my children to learn.
This is the legacy I want to leave my children.A legacy of walking with God.This is how I want my children to remember me, on my knees before God.I want my children to remember the times mommy prayed for them.The times mommy read the Bible with them.The times mommy talked about Jesus and served others out of the love of Christ.I don’t care if they remember that I made good cookies or kept the carpet vacuumed.I want them to remember that I loved Jesus with my heart, mind and soul.
Bio: Jenifer is a child of God, wife to Jeremy and mother to four blessings.She joyfully serves alongside her pastor husband and homeschools her children.She is the founder and co-leader of Woman to Woman Ministries and loves to encourage women to live the life God has called them to.You can find her blogging at Jenifer Metzger – Sweet Blessings www.jenifermetzger.org, and over at Woman to Woman Ministries at www.w2wministries.org.
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- This link up will be happening every Thursday at Leaving a Legacy. You can link up your posts that deal with leaving a legacy to your children and other loved ones. These posts can vary from spiritual lessons, to homeschooling tips, to recipes and homemaking skills that you want to pass down. You can also link up posts that offer encouragement to the community. I will do the best I can to read as many posts as possible throughout the week. However, if there are times that I miss you, know that I’m so grateful that you linked up and was so blessed to have you here!
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For those of you that link up throughout the month, I will be choosing a “featured blogger”, for the following month. The featured blogger will be someone who actively participates in the link up, and who’s posts have really touched the community. They will receive free advertising for their blog on my sidebar for that month, and also be allowed to submit one approved guest post during that month.
The featured blogger for the month of January is Alisha Gratehouse from Flourish. Please take a moment to stop by and read her encouraging words! You can also check out her eBook devotional for children, “God Said So!”, here.