"And you must think constantly about these commandments I am giving you today.
You must teach them to your children,
and talk about them when you are at home or out for a walk;
at bedtime and first thing in the morning.
Tie them on your finger, wear them on your forehead
and write them on the door posts of your house."
When I was a young parent...I remembered hearing those scripture words quoted.
They have been embedded in my heart for years and years.
I'm one who loves visual learning and this commandment could not of been better said.
I remember thinking what it would look like if I went running around with ribbons on my fingers....
posting verses all over the doors and windows...
Knowing and recognizing the influence that parents can model, I too wanted to influence my children.
We are taught to use the practical day to day aspects of life to teach our children,
not just those related to church and to private schools.
This past year I have had the pleasure of working through
'One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp.
Once again, she has illustrated how we can stop and marvel at the depth,
and detail, the light and shadow, of all the scattered moments in life.
Again, in our practical day to day living, whether cleaning up their rooms,
or washing the boys clothes, or baking them some cookies;
we can continue exercising the gift of prayer and thanksgiving for the next generation.
Today, my heart warms as I've discovered young parents teaching young children
to bow down quietly in reverence before their Maker.
Let's encourage one another in teaching our children and grandchildren the truths.
The words from the scriptures give proof that the next generation hands on the legacy of faith.
Whether you are young or old...
join with me as we continue to see the daily blessings that God gives to us.
Let's dare and encourage each other to live fully right where we are.
"They awaken us to our lives...
One hundred times a day, everywhere we turn, everything we touch, everything we see.
Holy One of blessing, Your presence fill the Universe.
Your presence fills me."