I became a mother on this day “a number” of years ago. Becoming a mother started my journey of realizing how important godly parents are to their children. Growing up with a Christian heritage, I knew that in my head. But there is nothing like years of parenting experience, good and not-so-good, to impress that truth on a mom’s heart!
Deuteronomy reiterates this concept several times in several ways. Its exhortation has become more meaningful over the years as I realized the influence a parent can have on a child. Particularly in building a foundation of faith. Verses 18–20 of chapter 11 (reiterating Deuteronomy 6:6-8), urge us to, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to 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. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” We are to surround ourselves with God’s Word in everyday life so that it penetrates our own hearts, minds and lives, and those of our children and grandchildren.
We may not tie Scripture boxes on our foreheads or have a mezuzah on our doorframe, as you might see in Jewish culture. Still, there are plenty of ways to keep Scripture in front of us: Reading and talking about God’s Word and his ways with our families, listening to and singing Scripture songs at home or in the car, praying at meals and throughout the day. Because it’s very easy to get out of a habit, or never get around to it in the first place, it has to be a priority. We have to be intentional and consistent about it, to build our own faith and raise our children to know and follow Jesus for themselves.
Deuteronomy challenges us all to observe God’s commands, to obey them faithfully, to worship God alone and to recount his goodness to others – especially our families. He promised his blessing (not necessarily an easy life) to those who do, something I think we desire for ourselves and our children!
Wife, mom of three adults, grandma who loves to read Bible stories to little grand-boys