I remember our drives to school as a child. My mom would always pray with us and encourage us to look for someone to be kind to. She would tell us to be Jesus to someone, whether that was sitting with someone lonely or smiling at another kid who needed cheering up. Now, in our family, these drives to school serve as a great time to pray with my own kids and have them make positive confessions over themselves. We’ve been working on memorizing scripture during this time. I think it gives us all a positive start to the day and puts our focus on the Lord first thing.
This morning I gave Em a new verse to memorize and profess, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118: 24” She felt overwhelmed by memorizing it and I reminded her how we can practice them often and soon they’ll be written on her heart just like the Bible says. She said, “May be when I’m done with school and grow up and I’m a mommy it’ll be written on my heart. Then I’ll teach them to my kids.” Cue the watery eyes in the driver’s seat.
It touched me to think that this would be passed from generation to generation. It once again reminded me what a great responsibility I have as a parent. It’s my role to instill in her a love for the Father and His word. I’m so thankful for my parents’ dedication to teaching me the word, for conveying the importance of having it written on my heart. What a legacy to pass on!
“Obey my commands and live. Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes. Tie them on your fingers as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.” -Proverbs 7:2-3
I encourage you to find time to speak God’s word over your own kids and teach them to speak it themselves. It could be at bedtime or during breakfast or on your drives like we do. The more we raise our children to speak the word over themselves, the more easily they’ll see themselves the way God sees them. The more we focus on what the Bible says about us, the more we’re assured of who we are in Christ.
If you’re looking for a good place to start, I’m going to leave some examples of scriptures turned confessions below..
“In all things, I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ, who loves me!” (Romans 8:37)
“This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118: 24)
“I will obey my parents in the Lord. For this is what is right!” (Ephesians 6:1)
“God is the strength of my life. I can do anything with Jesus in me.” (Psalm 27:1)
“No one can take my joy from me, for Jesus is my joy and his joy makes me strong.” (John 16:22)
“Thank you Lord, you never leave me alone. You never give up on me!” (Hebrews 13:5)
“I will let my light shine all the time so everyone can see Jesus in me.” (Matthew 5:16)