Long time friends from our marriage group turned us on to music from Seeds Family Worship. What’s great about their music is that is is all scripture – the lyrics are straight scripture from the ESV version of the Bible. As Tripp continues to take us through the background of why and how we should approach parenting from a biblical perspective, he points us to the following verses in the Old Testament:
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
As I read this verse in the book, I immediately started humming the song that Seeds Family Worship put out on their album Seeds of Character (you can play the video below). It’s amazing how music can help us remember things and Seeds definitely hits their mission of helping me experience His Word through music.
We have huge jobs as parents. We are to teach our kiddos that while we love them, ultimately it’s because God loves them and we love God that we are their kind authorities to lead them through this life and teach them in His ways.
We don’t get to decide when it happens. Or how conveniently it fits into our schedule.
After cross country the other day, one of my high school runners remarked how patient I was with our toddler after witnessing a particularly trying outburst she had at practice. He said that he wasn’t sure he’d have the patience to teach his own kids patience someday. I jokingly replied that hopefully he’ll marry someone who will. But as I rode my bike home with my toddler in the seat mounted on the back, I took a second to reflect on what he said.
The task God has given us is not something we can pick and choose when to pick up. We can’t just relegate parenting to convenient times of day or portions of our week.
as you sit in your house,
walk by the way,
when you lie down,
and when you rise.
As you continue on this parenting journey, I encourage you to be filling your mind with His word. That way, when you are faced with the temptation to deal with a situation later or react in a way that wouldn’t be beneficial in the big picture of biblical parenting, you’ll have a better chance of saying or doing the thing God would want you to.
This is part of a 31 day series of shepherding a child’s heart in 5 minutes a day (click here for the series intro). I pray this series edifies you as much as reading Tripp’s book has encouraged and challenged my husband and I in how we raise our children. Subscribe to the blog in the side bar if you’d like to get posts emailed to you in a weekly digest or subscribe on your favorite blog reader.